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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.
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.
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
The Policy Consensus for Faster, Cleaner Economic Growth
The increasing profitability of clean energy activity has come to drive exponential growth in global annual investment—amounting to over $333 billion in 2017. But the energy transition is still not moving fast enough. To simplify policymakers' task, the World Economic Forum reviewed and determined six core policy recommendations from leading think tanks, industry groups and research institutes. Our CEO Jules Kortenhorst and Kieran Coleman explain in our latest blog post.—March 7, 2018.
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Key Players Convene to Fast Track Minigrid Market Implementation
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) will kick-off a three-day minigrid charrette today that brings together leading global stakeholders and investors to create a roadmap that’s both actionable and scalable. —March 6, 2018.
The British Virgin Islands Advance toward a More Resilient, Reliable Energy Future
The Ministry of Communications and Works, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation, and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) convened last week to discuss BVI’s Resilient National Energy Transition Strategy (R-NETS). The group discussed the key priorities for BVI’s future
energy system, the scope of the R-NETS, and the implementation timeline.—March 1, 2018.
A series of large solar panels forms a symmetrical line at a power plant in the San Luis Valley of central Colorado. The installation must be one of the most scenic in the United States, as it backs up to the snow capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains. These panels utilize a tracking system to follow the sun, collecting its energy and using photovoltaic cells to transform the sunlight into electricity.
Community-Scale Solar the Fastest Growing Solar Segment as Barriers Are Addressed, New Rocky Mountain Institute Report Says
A growing number of electric cooperatives and municipal utilities are capturing the economic, grid, and environmental benefits from community-scale solar (CSS) installations as institutional barriers to development are addressed for this emerging technology solution. Our recent report explores this topic in depth.—February 26, 2018.
Davos: The Need for Renewables in Our Shared Future
The World Economic Forum at Davos recently brought together the world's foremost global leaders to create a shared future in a fractured world. Are they on the path to meeting that challenge? RMI Managing Director Miranda Ballentine shares honest and exclusive insights from her experience leading a dialogue at Davos this year—on gender dynamics, the missing voice of consumers, and energy access for all.—February 21, 2018.
Pushing The Limit: How Demand Flexibility Can Grow the Market for Renewable Energy
Download Demand Flexibility: The Key to Enabling a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Grid. This is the first of a series of three RMI reports on the role new technologies are playing in replacing traditional capital investment in fossil-fueled electricity delivery and generation infrastructure.—February 14, 2018.