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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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Features and News


Death And Taxes: How “Business-Friendly” Tax Reform Has Alarming Consequences for Clean Energy

How exactly could new tax bills affect renewables? The Business Renewables Center has a quick rundown of the most problematic provisions—December 11, 2017.


Auctioned Price Floors: Changing How We Invest in Climate

Auctioned price floors offer one answer—and we think a pretty good one—to the challenge of bringing climate finance tools into the 21st century. They provide a guaranteed price for emissions reductions generated from clean technologies. This is the first truly market-based, transparent approach to allocating subsidies and could prompt a revolution in the way climate finance is allocated—December 11, 2017.

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New Analysis Finds $9.2B Off-Grid Electrification Opportunity in Nigeria Presented at Africa Action Learning Event on Scaling Minigrids

A new collaboration between the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA), the World Bank and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has found that Nigeria is the nation that could unlock the nascent minigrid market in Africa. The joint analysis found that developing off-grid alternatives to complement the grid creates a $9.2B/year (N3.2T) market opportunity for minigrids and solar home systems that will save $4.4B/year (N1.5B) for Nigerian homes and businesses.

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RMI Case Study Showcases Successful Aggregation of Corporate Renewable Energy Demand

RMI's Business Renewables Center released a new case study to showcase a unique partnership between four companies—AkzoNobel, DSM, Google and Philips—to jointly negotiate power purchase agreements (PPAs) with wind projects in the Netherlands.

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DS Virgin Racing Launches Race Against Climate Change Initiative

The DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team, in conjunction with Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group, Rocky Mountain Institute and its partners, just launched an innovative new initiative entitled the Race Against Climate Change (RACC).

The new campaign aims to accelerate the energy transition and help the world achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord (COP21), and was unveiled during a special live event held in the Formula E pit lane on the eve of the opening rounds to the new season in Hong Kong.—December 4, 2017

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Join Us for a Live Webcast on COP23

This Friday December 1st 11:30-12:30pm MT / 1:30-2:30pm ET, join RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst and Managing Director Miranda Ballentine for a live webcast discussion on key COP23 insights, RMI's bold new 5-year strategic plan, and actions we can all take to harness the growing global momentum toward clean energy future. We look forward to answering your questions!—November 29, 2017