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RMI Reacts To America’s Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Trump’s climate policy, RMI Reacts To America’s Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

Friends, we are greatly disappointed in President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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5 Steps to Redefining Thermal Comfort

The ECOreport reposts the story of a building in Basalt Colorado hat does not use central heating or cooling systems – 5 Steps to Redefining Thermal Comfort

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

By Chris McClurg

When the story broke that RMI’s 15,610 square foot innovative new office building and convening center in Basalt, Colorado, has no traditional central heating and cooling system in spite of being located in the coldest climate zone in the continental U.S., we definitely raised some eyebrows. How would occupants stay warm with external temperatures that averaged 38 degrees Fahrenheit with only a small, distributed heating system that is the energy-use equivalent of 1.2 average-sized homes? The answer is passive, integrative design.

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Community-Scale Solar is a Multi-GW Market Opportunity

The ECOreport reposts an explanation of why Community-Scale Solar is a Multi-GW Market Opportunity

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

By Kevin Brehm & Joseph Goodman

The U.S. solar industry has enjoyed impressive growth of late, with strong forecasts for 2016, but it’s been an at-times bumpy ride as the industry has faced unfavorable rulings and stock-market troubles.

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Denmark’s Goal to Be Fossil Fuel Free By 2050

The ECOreport reposts the story of a tiny nation whose grid was 92% fossil fuel In the 1970’s,  now it is 40% green. Denmark’s Goal to Be Fossil Fuel Free By 2050

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

The small country of Denmark (pop. 5.6 million) is making a big commitment to renewables. In the early 1970s imported oil supplied 92 percent of Denmark’s energy. Today Denmark’s electric grid is over 40 percent renewably powered, and the country is aiming to reach 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and 100 percent renewable energy in all sectors by 2050. Denmark also plans to reduce its domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 relative to 1990 levels–without the use of carbon credits—ten years ahead of the proposed EU target.

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Most Wind Farms Are Built By Corporations

The ECOreport reposts the story of a sector previously dominated by utilities. Now most wind farms Are Built By Corporations 

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

By David Labrador

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its Q4 2015 market report in January, and it contained a surprise. “Approximately 75 percent of the megawatts contracted through PPAs [power purchase agreements] during the fourth quarter were through companies including Procter & Gamble, General Motors, and Google Energy,” noted the report. AWEA’s CEO, Tom Kiernan, says, “Increasing demand from these buyers has created a promising new market for clean, low-cost wind energy.” In fact, non-utility customers accounted for 52 percent of last year’s total of over 4,000 MW of wind PPAs. Non-utility customers include some universities and city governments, but the vast majority are corporations.

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Corporate Executives Are Looking To A Renewable Future

More than 160 corporate executives Went To the New York Meeting of RMI’s Business Renewables Centre. Corporate executives are looking to a renewable future

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

Today, more than 160 corporate executives are gathering at Bloomberg’s New York City headquarters for a meeting of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center (BRC). The over-capacity, invitation-only event is the latest proof point of corporations’ fast-growing interest in purchasing large amounts of renewable energy.

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Mapping the Future of Home Energy Upgrades

Mapping the Future of Home Energy Upgrades

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

By Mark Grundy, Nushin Kormi & Douglas Miller

Kitchen remodels are sexy to homeowners. Energy efficiency is not. This simple yet punchy statement shared at the recent Residential Energy+ 2015 Workshop, held just outside Washington, DC, is one of many pervasive assumptions top industry representatives shared for what’s holding back homeowner investment in home energy performance, and failing to make a meaningful dent in the source of one-fifth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Top 5 Topics That Defined ESNA 2015

Representatives from over 1,000 organizations attended the Energy Storage North America conference (ESNA) in San Diego. These were the Top 5 Topics That Defined ESNA 2015

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By Gerald Fitzgerald & Titiaan Palazzi

Last week nearly 2,000 policymakers, technology developers, and utility representatives from over 1,000 organizations and 42 countries gathered at the Energy Storage North America conference (ESNA 2015) in San Diego, California. Rocky Mountain Institute organized a track on distributed energy storage, where we explored key questions around aggregating DERs in wholesale markets, the role of electric vehicles in the electric grid of the future, and evolving tariffs and their impact on behind-the-meter assets. If you were not among the lucky 2,000 who witnessed the high energy and impressive panels and presentations, below we highlight the top five topics that defined ESNA 2015.

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Electrifying Transportation in Juneau, Alaska

How Alaska’s capital built an electric vehicle network embracing tourism as well as personal vehicles – Electrifying Transportation in Juneau, Alaska

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

In late March 2015, RMI hosted the second annual eLab Accelerator (applications are now being accepted for eLab Accelerator 2016). Described as a bootcamp for electricity innovation, the four-day intensive work session brought together 12 teams from across the country—from New Mexico to Alaska and California to New Jersey—working on new business models, energy innovation districts, and new customer solutions. Together with RMI facilitators, Reos Partners, and a panel of expert faculty, they sped progress on their respective efforts. This is one of their stories.

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San Francisco Prepares for the Big One

San Francisco Prepares for the Big One – earthquake of magnitude 6 or greater – with microgrids

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

By Laurie Guevara Stone

In late March 2015, RMI hosted the second annual eLab Accelerator (applications are now being accepted for eLab Accelerator 2016). Described as a bootcamp for electricity innovation, the four-day intensive work session brought together 12 teams from across the country—from New Mexico to Alaska and California to New Jersey—working on new business models, energy innovation districts, and new customer solutions. Together with RMI facilitators, Reos Partners, and a panel of expert faculty, they sped progress on their respective efforts. This is one of their stories.

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