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transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.

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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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Transportation

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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Electricity

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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Press Release

Top U.S. Fleets, Including PepsiCo's Frito-Lay Division and US Xpress, Sign On to Run on Less

Seven U.S. fleets representing nearly 11,000 tractors and 26,000 trailers have signed on to have one of their trucks and drivers participate in Run on Less, a first-of-its-kind cross-country roadshow to showcase advancements in fuel efficiency.—June 21, 2017

Award

REBA Receives C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Business Sustainability Leadership

REBA (Renewable Energy Buyers' Alliance) is being honored with the award for demonstrating how collaboration is critical to widespread adoption of renewable energy.—June 21, 2017

Podcast

Renewable Energy Capital Investment Considerations

RMI's new podcast explores the calculus incumbent utilities, regulators, and other electricity industry stakeholders are facing as aggregated distributed energy resources like solar PV, storage, demand-response technologies, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles become cost-competitive with centralized approaches of generating and distributing electricity -- and as the industry proposes as much as $1 trillion in traditional capital investments for the grid through 2030.—June 20, 2017.

Blog

The Grid Needs a Symphony, Not a Shouting Match

Today, the grid needs flexibility from diverse resources, not “baseload” power plants. Leveraging market forces to help us decide between options offers the best chance of avoiding the multitrillion-dollar mistake—and gigatons of carbon emissions—of blindly reinvesting in last century’s technologies—June 12, 2017.

Report

India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All

India’s “leapfrog ” opportunity to create a shared, electric, and connected mobility future promises to provide Indians with clean, affordable, efficient, and reliable transportation options to support and enhance their daily lives—May 12, 2017.