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eLab Accelerator: A Bootcamp for Electricity Innovation


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eLab Accelerator: A Bootcamp for Electricity Innovation

In Spring 2014, the Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab) assembled leading projects from around the country for a high-impact meeting to support and advance innovative work at the distribution edge of the electricity system. Multi-stakeholder teams joined Rocky Mountain Institute, eLab expert faculty, and other project teams to collaboratively advance their work. The invitation-only, four-day meeting accelerates high-potential projects by providing teams a structured working session to make real progress on their unique initiative.

The next eLab Accelerator will be held in 2015. More information and application instructions will be shared closer to the meeting date.

Why Attend eLab Accelerator?

Accelerator is a working session, not a conference. RMI staff and eLab faculty provide customized content training and tailored feedback to each team’s unique project and challenges. Specifically, Accelerator gives teams:

  • A structured working session to make progress on their project or initiative
  • A rich learning experience featuring experts on the latest thinking around new utility business models and distributed resources in the U.S. electricity sector
  • Tools and training to conceptualize problems in collaborative and innovative ways
  • A break from typical workplaces and meeting spaces, creating an environment conducive to creativity and breakthrough ideas
  • Opportunities to build new alliances and a broader support network with other teams working on similar projects

Who should attend?

Project teams comprise 4–8 people from different organizations working together on a common problem or towards a common goal. Teams attending Accelerator are oriented around one of three themes:

  • New Business Models: New utility business models, pricing structures and regulations
  • Energy Innovation Districts: For example, net zero communities, demonstration projects, and microgrids
  • Clean Energy Pathways: Implementation and design strategies to enable high renewable and distributed resource goals
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