Working with utilities and state regulatory commissions to evolve business and regulatory models and advance more sophisticated electricity rate structures
We’re transforming the U.S. grid from one based on big central power plants that burn fossil fuels to a combination of centralized large-scale renewables and distributed solutions right in our communities, businesses, and homes. We are putting the customer at the heart of the equation and empowering low-income households and communities to access energy efficiency and renewables, including community-scale solar. And around the globe, we’re helping the energy-intensive mining industry adopt renewables and get off diesel, reducing both carbon emissions and energy costs.
The way we produce, distribute, and use electricity is not sustainable, cost-effective, or healthy, causing air pollution that harms human and environmental health and contributing significantly to climate change.
electricity system transformation
Convening critical industry players to identify promising reform approaches and strategize on how to scale them effectively to transform the electricity system from the inside out
Raising awareness of and support for emerging disruptive technologies that promise to deliver more transparency and efficiency, and lower operating costs to customers and the electricity grid as a whole
Renewable Energy Advancement
Streamlining and accelerating corporate purchasing of large-scale wind and solar energy
Rapidly accelerating on-site renewable energy at mining operations around the globe
Making solar energy affordable and accessible to all by unlocking the community-scale solar market
Aiding large real estate companies in the U.S. with on-site renewable energy solutions
The RMI Difference
We are uniquely positioned to drive impact in the electricity sector. We offer a compelling vision, a unique ability to convene key decision makers across traditional institutional boundaries, and the toolset and creativity to scale rapid innovation. Thanks to our market-based approach and analytical rigor, we have gained the trust of regulators and utility executives who need an organization like RMI to understand the opportunities and overcome the challenges inherent in such a massive transformation. Today, we’re again pushing the boundaries of what’s possible by expanding our network of partners and transforming an industry that needs our guidance and solutions now more than ever.
Features and News
Economics of Demand Flexibility
Utility customers have had three options for meeting their electricity needs: buy it, make it, or eliminate it. But now they have a fourth option: to shift it through demand flexibility.
Economics of Load Defection
Grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems are coming, and could soon supply the majority of customers' electricity needs. This report explains why that matters and possible paths forward.
Electric Vehicles as Distributed Energy Resources
The electric vehicle market is one of the most rapidly changing and fastest-growing high-tech sectors in the global economy, representing the beginnings of a demand-side opportunity like no other: intelligent, interactive electricity demand. Are utilities ready?