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Articles by Rocky Mountain Institute

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Rethinking the grid: Changes in power sector are an opportunity, not a threat

Rethinking the grid: Changes in power sector are an opportunity, not a threat

The Department of Energy’s study on grid reliability and resilience offers an incomplete picture of our grid’s transformation.

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Corporations pledge to add 60GW of renewable energy capacity

Corporations pledge to add 60GW of renewable energy capacity

More than 250 executives attended summit at Microsoft’s headquarters last week, with the objective of accelerating corporate procurement of renewable energy.

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3 ways wind and solar can continue to grow in a 21st-century grid

3 ways wind and solar can continue to grow in a 21st-century grid

As the world gathers for COP21, charting a low-carbon, clean-energy pathway to the world’s future electricity grid is more important than ever.

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10 renewable micro grids that are reducing reliance on fossil fuels

10 renewable micro grids that are reducing reliance on fossil fuels

Affordable renewable energy provides island and remote communities an alternative to the risks and drawbacks from relying solely on oil for energy.

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'Flexiwatts' – and why demand flexibility can save billions

‘Flexiwatts’ – and why demand flexibility can save billions

How “flexiwatts” can reduce customer bills and lower grid costs by creating flexible demand options.

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How the US Navy will save $6m a year on energy at one air station

How the US Navy will save $6m a year on energy at one air station

Breakthrough energy savings performance contract (ESPC) projects exemplify how an ESPC can unlock deep levels of energy savings.

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Utility business model that embraces efficiency and solar without sacrificing revenue

Utility business model that embraces efficiency and solar without sacrificing revenue

City utility aims for 80% cut in emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050, and learns that encouraging solar and energy efficiency does not mean a cut in revenue.

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US transportation system can save $1 trillion, and 1GT of carbon emissions annually

US transportation system can save $1 trillion, and 1GT of carbon emissions annually

Today’s vehicles are overdesigned, underutilized, underloaded, inefficient, polluting, and—thanks to the drivers behind the wheel—dangerous.

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New York and California are building the grid of the future

New York and California are building the grid of the future

New York and California are betting big in different ways on distributed energy resources, solar and storage.

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A California community shoots for the moon

A California community shoots for the moon

The city of Palo Alto is eyeing today’s version of reaching the moon—becoming the first carbon-neutral city in the United States.

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The potential bridges to new solar business models

The potential bridges to new solar business models

Distributed solar’s continued growth requires aligning interests of utilities, solar companies.