Eligible projects for the 2016 eLab Accelerator tackle unique challenges that—when solved—can help drive the entire industry forward. Including:
- New Business Models: Projects explore new utility business models, market structures, and regulatory efforts focused on maximizing the value of distributed energy resources (DERs)
- Energy Innovation Districts: Projects demonstrate or pilot innovative local DER solutions such as microgrids, downtown clean energy zones, net-zero districts, and others
- Rate Design and DER Value Creation: Projects tackle new rate designs, compensation mechanisms, deployment strategies, and engagement programs focused on DER value creation.
Hear from past eLab Accelerator teams
“Rocky Mountain Institute's eLab Accelerator was a transformational experience for our project team. We hoped to clarify our vision, gain language and tools to help us communicate that vision, and establish a 1-2 year work plan to turn that vision into a reality. By the end of the week we had accomplished those goals, but we gained much more. The Accelerator is certainly a highlight of the past year. I expect it will be one of the best experiences of a career.”
-- Chris Ball, Energy Efficiency Director, City of Bloomfield (IA)
“eLab allowed me to pause, step back and view my work through an objective lens. My team offered the perspective needed to question underlying assumptions and translate the "start-up phase chaos" into concrete problem statements and our facilitator enabled each of us to apply our unique skill set and harmonize around concrete solutions to those problems. eLab is the most exciting thing I've ever had the opportunity to participate in as an entrepreneur.”
-- Katie Bray, Program Director, Clean Energy For Us
“What was great about eLab Accelerator was being with representatives from Idaho Power and Sun Valley Company, and being able to understand better the issues of the other parties involved...It was extremely effective in pushing us and helping us open up to the ideas of others in the group and we were able to come up with some commonalities.”
-- Rebecca Bundy, Senior Planner for the City of Ketchum (ID)
“eLab Accelerator was the perfect chance to bring all the parties together with the same set of facts and to explore the resilience plan together,” says Christensen. “It helped us make sure we were all on the same page.”
-- Aimée Christensen, founder and CEO of Christensen Global Strategies
“At eLab, we took a concept and truly came up with a full plan. We fine-tuned how we would implement a pilot project, and how we would work with stakeholders, customers, and policy makers.”
-- Jeff Bishop, CFO of Seattle City Light.
For information on 2015 teams and 2014 teams, visit our Resources page. Plus, see how Accelerator team projects are transforming the electricity industry on the RMI Outlet.