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DER 2.0: eLab Accelerator Unlocks the Potential of Distributed Energy Resources

After more than a decade of steady growth, distributed energy resources (DERs)—including rooftop solar, battery storage, demand-response systems, smart appliances, and electric vehicles—stand today at an important inflection point with respect to their role in the electricity system. This is reflected in half a dozen important shifts taking place in…

The Billion-Dollar Costs of Forecasting Electricity Demand

We make forecasts every day, and the technologies and other tools that help us make these forecasts are getting better each year. Weather forecasts, for example, have improved dramatically in the age of supercomputers and high-resolution climate models, and can now accurately predict the timing of rain or other events…

A Tidal Wave of Local Clean Energy in California

Menlo Spark is an independent nonprofit working to help Menlo Park, California, become climate neutral by 2025. It is working with Peninsula Clean Energy to provide clean energy to San Mateo County. RMI worked as a strategic advisor to Menlo Spark in the early stages of its effort. A clean…

The Corporate Renewables Market Is Ready for Smaller Buyers

This blog post is part of a series from RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC), which streamlines and accelerates corporate purchasing of off-site, large-scale renewable energy.   “The era of expensive renewables is over,” declared the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, at…