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Energy Efficiency : The Rest of the Iceberg

Report or White Paper, 2016
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/Iceberg
In 2014, Shell commissioned Amory Lovins to write a paper for its book The Colors of Energy www.shell.com/colours] commemorating the centenary of Shell’s Amsterdam Technical Centre, then to present its thesis at the ceremony, where it was warmly received. Its thesis: energy efficiency is a huge, cheap, often expanding-returns, and widely underestimated resource. The resulting risk: suppliers can run their supertanker into the iceberg of efficiency and sink without even knowing what they hit, because they weren’t properly tracking it and it wasn’t on their chart.

 

The Economics of Demand Flexibility: How "Flexiwatts" Create Quantifiable Value for Customers and the Grid (Executive Summary)

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/RMI-TheEconomicsofDemandFlexibilityExecSummary

Here, we analyze demand flexibility’s economic opportunity. In the residential sector alone, widespread implementation of demand flexibility can save 10–15% of potential grid costs, and customers can cut their electric bills 10–40% with rates and technologies that exist today. Roughly 65 million customers already have potentially appropriate opt-in rates available, so the aggregate market is large and will only grow with further rollout of granular retail pricing.

 

The Economics of Demand Flexibility: How "Flexiwatts" Create Quantifiable Value for Customers and the Grid

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/RMI-TheEconomicsofDemandFlexibilityFullReport

Here, we analyze demand flexibility’s economic opportunity. In the residential sector alone, widespread implementation of demand flexibility can save 10–15% of potential grid costs, and customers can cut their electric bills 10–40% with rates and technologies that exist today. Roughly 65 million customers already have potentially appropriate opt-in rates available, so the aggregate market is large and will only grow with further rollout of granular retail pricing.

 

The Iranian Window of Opportunity

Journal or Magazine Article, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/IransInvisibleOpportunity_RMIposting_30Sep2015

Iran's Invisible Opportunity for Energy and Security: Modern energy investments could sideline nuclear ambiguity. Amory Lovins's novel essay explains how helping and encouraging Iran to do what its key officials already want—harness its world-class resources of energy efficiency and renewables—could strengthen Iran's economy, security, global integration, political evolution, and international standing without compromising others' similar goals. Using the next 10–15+ years' severe restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities to expand modern energy technologies could further displace and discredit its failed nuclear power program,. That in turn could help disambiguate its nuclear activities and head off an incipient regional nuclear arms race, much as Argentina and Brazil did in the past three decades. It could also modernize the historically all-nuclear interpretation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty's Article IV (promising countries forgoing nuclear bombs access to exclusively peaceful nuclear energy) in light of its original purpose—secure and affordable energy for development—then aggressively meeting that legitimate need. This article expands a condensed version in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

 

Iran's Invisible Opportunity for Energy and Security: Modern energy investments could sideline nuclear ambiguity

Journal or Magazine Article, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/IransInvisibleOpportunity

Amory Lovins's novel essay explains how helping and encouraging Iran to do what its key officials already want—harness its world-class resources of energy efficiency and renewables—could strengthen Iran's economy, security, global integration, political evolution, and international standing without compromising others' similar goals. Using the next 10–15+ years' severe restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities to expand modern energy technologies could further displace and discredit its failed nuclear power program,. That in turn could help disambiguate its nuclear activities and head off an incipient regional nuclear arms race, much as Argentina and Brazil did in the past three decades. It could also modernize the historically all-nuclear interpretation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty's Article IV (promising countries forgoing nuclear bombs access to exclusively peaceful nuclear energy) in light of its original purpose—secure and affordable energy for development—then aggressively meeting that legitimate need.

This article expands a condensed version in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

 

The Economics of Battery Energy Storage: How Multi-use, Customer-sited Batters Deliver the Most Services and Value to Customers and the Grid (Executive Summary)

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/RMI-TheEconomicsOfBatteryEnergyStorage-ExecutiveSummary
Utilities, Regulators, and private industry have begun exploring how battery-based energy storage can provide value to the U.S. electricity grid at scale. However, exactly where energy storage is deployed on the electricity system can have an immense impact on the value created by the technology. With this report, we explore four key questions: 1. What services can batteries provide to the electricity grid? 2. Where on the grid can batteries deliver each service? 3. How much value can batteries generate when they are highly utilized and multiple services are stacked? 4. What barriers - especially regulatory - currently prevent single energy-storage systems or aggregated fleets of systems from providing multiple, stacked services to the electricity grid, and what are the implications for major stakeholder groups?

 

The Economics of Battery Energy Storage: How Multi-use, Customer-sited Batters Deliver the Most Services and Value to Customers and the Grid

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/RMI-TheEconomicsOfBatteryEnergyStorage-FullReport
Utilities, Regulators, and private industry have begun exploring how battery-based energy storage can provide value to the U.S. electricity grid at scale. However, exactly where energy storage is deployed on the electricity system can have an immense impact on the value created by the technology. With this report, we explore four key questions: 1. What services can batteries provide to the electricity grid? 2. Where on the grid can batteries deliver each service? 3. How much value can batteries generate when they are highly utilized and multiple services are stacked? 4. What barriers - especially regulatory - currently prevent single energy-storage systems or aggregated fleets of systems from providing multiple, stacked services to the electricity grid, and what are the implications for major stakeholder groups?

 

The Economics of Battery Energy Storage: How Multi-use, Customer-sited Batters Deliver the Most Services and Value to Customers and the Grid (Technical Appendix)

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/RMI-TheEconomicsOfBatteryEnergyStorage-Appendices
Utilities, Regulators, and private industry have begun exploring how battery-based energy storage can provide value to the U.S. electricity grid at scale. However, exactly where energy storage is deployed on the electricity system can have an immense impact on the value created by the technology. With this report, we explore four key questions: 1. What services can batteries provide to the electricity grid? 2. Where on the grid can batteries deliver each service? 3. How much value can batteries generate when they are highly utilized and multiple services are stacked? 4. What barriers - especially regulatory - currently prevent single energy-storage systems or aggregated fleets of systems from providing multiple, stacked services to the electricity grid, and what are the implications for major stakeholder groups?

 

Energy Efficiency: The Rest of the Iceberg

Journal or Magazine Article, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/Shell_Efficiency

In 2014, Shell commissioned Amory Lovins to write a paper for its book The Colors of Energy [www.shell.com/colours] commemorating the centenary of Shell’s Amsterdam Technical Centre, then to present its thesis at the ceremony, where it was warmly received. Its thesis: energy efficiency is a huge, cheap, often expanding-returns, and widely underestimated resource. The resulting risk: suppliers can run their supertanker into the iceberg of efficiency and sink without even knowing what they hit, because they weren’t properly tracking it and it wasn’t on their chart.

 

Battery Balance of System Charrette: Post-charrette Report

Report or White Paper, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2015-01_RMIBatterBoS Charrette Report-20150204-Final

The overall objective of RMI’s Battery Balance of System work is to foster the development of collaborative efforts between energy storage stakeholders that: 1) Drive down non-cell costs of behind-the-meter energy storage systems 2) Expand the value proposition of behind-the-meter energy storage systems

 

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