Rocky Mountain Institute is searching for leading projects that are taking innovative approaches to transforming parts of the North American electricity system. Through a staged application process, RMI will identify innovative projects and will work with project teams to lay the groundwork for a high-impact event.
Accelerator 2015 will bring together projects focused on the following themes:
- New Business Models: New utility business models, electricity pricing structures, and regulatory reform efforts focused on distributed energy resource (DER) issues
- Energy Innovation Districts: Demonstration projects, microgrids, downtown clean energy zones, and other localized projects to integrate and test innovative DER solutions
- New Customer Solutions: Customer engagement programs, innovative financing, strategies for low-income populations, or other initiatives to support clean DER adoption by customers
Accelerator teams comprise 4–6 people representing multiple project stakeholders and partners. Successful teams bring together the right combination of vision, experience, knowledge, and commitment to a project that can accelerate change on the electricity system. A team’s project must be actively under development, although it may range from an idea just being nucleated to a project well under way.
Applications can be found on the Resources page and are due by January 9, 2015.
For examples of past eLab Accelerator teams, see the 2014 Accelerator teams pages. Further information on teams attending the 2015 Accelerator will be added to this page as teams are selected in Winter 2015.