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We have offices in four U.S. locations including Basalt and Boulder Colorado, New York, and Washington D.C., and one international office in China.

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Global Energy Transitions

We’re working in China and the Caribbean to reduce dependence on fossil fuels; helping improve access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa; and helping India transition to clean mobility for all.

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We’re working in the U.S. and China to transform mobility to use significantly less oil for personal mobility and trucking; and globally to reduce carbon emissions from the shipping and aviation industries.

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We’re working in the U.S. to decarbonize the electricity system; supporting power sector reform in China; helping island economies transition to renewables; improving electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa; and providing renewable energy at mining operations.

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We're driving massive market growth for buildings that are better for owners, occupants, and the environment both in the U.S. and China.

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Features and News


The Corporate Renewables Market Is Ready for Smaller Buyers

Akamai Technologies—an American cloud-delivery-platform company—is a great example of a successful midsize renewable energy buyer with over 240,000 servers in thousands of locations across 130 countries and a goal of 50% renewable energy for this network by 2020.


MPG for Homes—Quest for the Best

An mpg-like rating for homes is here. For the first time in history, people can find out the expected energy use of any home in the U.S. As the market for this information grows, Rocky Mountain Institute is tracking best practices for communicating this information and will provide a state-of-the-market review on how the industry serves up this information.

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Residential-PACE Unlocks $33 Billion to Rebuild America's Cities Finds Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute revealed a $33 billion market opportunity in the U.S. for new net-zero energy (NZE) homes that can be scaled across the country with a special application of residential property assessed clean energy (R-PACE) financing. —October 5, 2017


Report Release: Best Practices for Deploying EV Charging Stations

Electric vehicles are coming fast, and we must figure out where to build EV chargers, who should own them, and how to make fast charging a sustainable business. RMI’s new report, From Gas to Grid: Building Charging Infrastructure to Power Electric Vehicle Demand, addresses these questions in depth and offers some best practices for how different states might proceed with deploying charging infrastructure.—October 3, 2017


Resilient Rebuilding in Puerto Rico

What if we were to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electric grid to make it both 100 percent renewable, and far more resilient to the mega hurricanes of our foreseeable future? And what if that new 21st-century power system was also less expensive to operate and provided lower costs for customers? Former Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley discusses the importance of grid restructuring for islands.