Why DOE’s Plan Won’t Create a Resilient Grid. But What Might…

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A funny thing happened on the way to creating a more resilient grid in the United States. Rather than promoting technologies that actually do this – like microgrids – the Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing old-style generators that are part of the problem. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in September asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … [Read more...]

Accelerating Access to Sustainable Electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Claire Henly and Kelly Carlin describe how the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is creating access to sustainable electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa -- and challenges that stand in the way.A team from Rocky Mountain Institute is working in sub-Saharan Africa to address barriers to sustainable electricity access. Since September of last year, we have … [Read more...]

RMI: Live from the E-Lab Accelerator—The Path to Energy Resilience

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The Rocky Mountain Institute's Kelly Vaughn describes cutting-edge energy resilience projects displayed at this year's 'boot camp for electricity innovation.'  re·sil·ience: The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Energy resilience means … [Read more...]

The 10 Questions to Ask When You Hear the Word “Microgrid”

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As microgrids grow in popularity, suddenly all kinds of projects are described as microgrids, even if they are not quite. To figure out out if a microgrid is a microgrid, ask these questions outlined by Kaitlyn Bunker of the Rocky Mountain Institute.  Both SDG&E’s demonstration project in Borrego Springs, Calif., (recently heralded for … [Read more...]

Why Electricity Pricing Remains a Mystery…and How that Has to Change

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The success of any product depends on getting the pricing right.  That’s not happening with electricity pricing. As a result, we're not getting the most out of  energy efficiency, microgrids, solar, plug-in electric vehicles and other forms of distributed energy. That’s the message of a new report issued August 26 by the Rocky Mountain … [Read more...]