Microgrids Up and Running Despite Earthquake and Massive Power Outage in Puerto Rico

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With a large swath of Puerto Rico in the dark as a result of this week’s earthquake, there is some good news from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Microgrids in 10 schools are up and running. The solar plus storage microgrids were recently installed by RMI, Save the Children and Kinesis Foundation. Built in remote regions, the microgrids … [Read more...]

Yes, Solar Plus Storage is Cost Effective

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Ryan Shea and Madeline Tyson of Rocky Mountain Institute show why commercial customers paying demand charges and time-of-use rates should seriously consider an investment in solar plus storage, a common technology used in microgrids. As shown in a recent RMI report, battery energy storage costs are less than a fifth of what they were a … [Read more...]

Do We Need to Count Embedded Carbon Content Too?

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Is it time to look beyond just emissions from power plants and vehicles and consider embedded carbon in steel, scrap metal, minerals and other building blocks? Here is a new program to do just that, as explained by Paola Natali, of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI),  Suzanne Greene of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, and Perrine … [Read more...]

How Many Hours-of-Safety before Buildings become Dangerous in Extreme Heat?

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Microgrids and other distributed energy resources can extend a buildings "hours-of-safety" — a concept explained here by Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) authors Jacob Corvidae and Sneha Ayyagari. How many people in your community are at risk during extreme weather events? The heat waves wracking the nation right now can cause heat exhaustion, … [Read more...]

Climate Auctions: A 21st-Century Alternative to Grants and Loans

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Tyeler Matsuo and Julia Meisel, of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), explore climate auctions. This 21st century alternative to grants and loans uses competitive bidding to disperse public funding to carbon-reducing projects. With scientific reports warning of the urgency of concerted climate action, and with current national climate targets … [Read more...]

A Microgrid Toolkit to Bring Equity to Power Restoration in Puerto Rico: RMI

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Megan Kerins and Alejandra Castrodad-Rodríguez of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) describe a new microgrid toolkit to ensure power reliability for those most vulnerable in Puerto Rico. When the lights went out September 20, 2017, no one could have foreseen that it would take 130 days to restore power to seven out of ten people in Puerto … [Read more...]

How Undergrid Minigrids Could Shore Up Unreliable Electricity in Nigeria and Beyond

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Sachi Graber of the Rocky Mountain Institute describes a $200 million opportunity in Nigeria to develop undergrid minigrids, projects that shore up electricity for those served by unreliable grids. Traditionally in sub-Saharan Africa, electrification efforts have emphasized the hundreds of millions of people who live off-grid, with no … [Read more...]

School Microgrids Create Stability for Children in Puerto Rico

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Economics often decide the fate of a microgrid proposal. Sometimes, however, the calculator gets set aside when the project has a strong humanitarian purpose. Such is the case with a program launched by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Save the Children to build school microgrids in Puerto Rico. The program emerged after RMI began … [Read more...]

Minigrids in Nigeria: A $20B Business Opportunity for the Greater Good

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Minigrids represent a $20 billion business opportunity in Nigeria and a chance to improve the lives of over half the population that remain without electricity, according to a report released today. Prepared by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the report focuses on how lack of electricity impedes business … [Read more...]

Seeking Airport Resiliency with Microgrids? Start Here

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More and more airports are interested in developing microgrids following last December's power outage at the Atlanta airport. But often transportation officials aren't sure how to get started. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) aims to help them by developing a “microgrid implementation toolkit," according to Adam Klauber, RMI's director, … [Read more...]