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The Economics of Grid Defection: When and Where Distributed Solar Generation Plus Storage Competes with Traditional Utility Service (4-Pager)

Fact-sheet or One-pager, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/RMI_GridDefection-4pager_2014-06

4 Page fact sheet detailing the spiral of falling sales and rising electricity prices that make defection via solar-plus systems even more attractive and undermine utilities' traditional business models

 

The Economics of Grid Defection: When and Where Distributed Solar Generation Plus Storage Competes with Traditional Utility Service

Report or White Paper, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/RMIGridDefectionFull_2014-05

Though many utilities rightly see the impending arrival of solar-plus-battery grid parity as a threat, they could also see such systems as an opportunity to add value to the grid and their business models. The important next question is how utilities might adjust their existing business models or adopt new business models—either within existing regulatory frameworks or under an evolved regulatory landscape—to tap into and maximize new sources of value that build the best electricity system of the future at lowest cost to serve customers and society. These questions will be the subject of a forthcoming companion piece.

 

eLab Annual Report 2012-2013

Annual Report, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-14_eLabAnnualReport

In its first year, eLab made significant strides towards building the capacity of change agents in the electricity sector, fostering the development of new ideas and solutions, and engaging directly with leaders to test and implement new ideas that can ultimately scale broadly throughout the industry.

 

Reinventing Fire Electricity Sector Methodology

Report or White Paper, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-14_RFelectricitysectormethodology

This document provides an overview of Reinventing Fire’s electricity sector analysis with a focus on the methodologies and inputs of NREL’s ReEDS and RMI’s dispatch model. The document is divided into two main sections. The first section provides a high-level overview of the ReEDS model and details of RMI’s assumptions that served as ReEDS inputs. Please note: This section relies heavily on NREL’s forthcoming documentation, Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS). This document will be updated when NREL makes its updated ReEDS documentation available. NREL’s documentation provides a detailed explanation of the ReEDS objective function, approach, algorithms, and common assumptions, including important information regarding generation and demand resource inputs, such as renewable resource potential. RMI’s documentation details key inputs or variables that differ from those described in NREL’s own documentation of ReEDS. The second section documents RMI’s dispatch model.

 

Keeping the Lights on While Transforming Electric Utilities

Journal or Magazine Article, 2010
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2010-04_keepingthelightson
This article discusses the new electricity paradigm required of electric utilities in the face of climate change, energy security concerns, and disruptive technologies. The new paradigm for utilities is based on energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, energy storage, and distributed generation.

 

Industrial Electric Productivity: Myths, Barriers & Solutions

Conference Proceedings, 2009
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2009-18_IndustrialElectricProductivity
There is an enormous gap in the electric productivity of the nation. Increasing industrial electric productivity is a significant near-term opportunity that can reduce electricity costs, carbon dioxide emissions per unit of output, and increase profits. RMI believes that increasing industrial electric productivity is an untapped source of value, and is important to the longevity of industry in the United States.

 

Resilience in Energy Strategy

Journal or Magazine Article, 1977
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/1977-02_ResilienceInEnergyStrategy

In this editorial, Amory Lovins argues that modern society is entirely dependent on the uninterrupted supply of electricity. Due to the over-centralization of our power supply, however, we find ourselves vulnerable to even minor perturbations in the electrical grid. Lovins argues that incorporating resiliency into the design of our power system is critical to success, and can be best accomplished by reducing the scale and complexity of electrical generation. A truly resilient energy strategy would use fossil fuels far more efficiently to tide us over while we rapidly deploy diverse, relatively simple, renewable sources of energy that are matched in scale and in energy quality to the tasks at hand.

 

eLab: Accelerating Innovation in the Electricity Sector

http://www.rmi.org/elab_accelerating_innovation
Strong forces—the growing need for major infrastructure investments, climate change, new demands for electricity services, rapid technological development and cost reduction—are aligning to drive transformative change in the U.S. electricity sector. Watch now and learn: • How diverse industry stakeholders are creatively collaborating to develop innovative, practical solutions • Why there's a special urgency now to fix the utility business model • Why accelerating the transformation to a new energy future requires multi- stakeholder dialogue Visit www.rmi.org/elab for more information

 

eLab: Setting the Course for a New Electricity Paradigm

http://www.rmi.org/C3405F49-8FC4-4D68-9D6B-035119DF5E03
What do you think it will take to change our electricity system to one that is cleaner, more reliable, and customer-friendly? Watch the second in RMI's eLab video series, and learn: - Why "business as usual" is the biggest threat to changing our balkanized electricity system - How collaboration on shared issues is key to shifting complex systems - How eLab is focused on action—not just talk

 

eLab: Transforming the Electricity System

http://www.rmi.org/C7ACC527-88C3-4CB2-9E43-5ED7872B4FD8
Integration and dialogue are critical to transforming the electricity system. While this multi-year project is just beginning, e-Lab has already engaged a diverse and influential group of stakeholders from the U.S. electricity sector to learn and work together. Watch the third in RMI's eLab video series, and learn: - How eLab is incubating new ideas generated by diverse stakeholders - Why a unified energy vision is a pressing need - What it means to take a bold new move

 

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