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...]

Unmoored from Facts: Is the EIA Looking at the Same Energy Markets as the Rest of Us?

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The Rocky Mountain Institute's Jules Kortenhorst and Kieran Coleman say that the U.S. Energy Information Administration portrays clean energy markets erroneously in its annual forecast. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) most recent Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) should give anyone watching today’s energy markets a jolt of … [Read more...]

What Will Become of the Electric Utility in the Age of Microgrids?

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What’s an electric utility? Better yet, what will it become? Those questions nag utilities -- and their competitors -- as technology disrupts the century-old power industry. Microgrids, electric vehicles, distributed energy resources (DERs), energy storage, the prosumer, blockchain will either upend utilities -- or bring them new opportunity -- … [Read more...]

Rocky Mountain Institute: Top 10 Clean Energy Developments of 2017

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Laurie Guevara-Stone of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) explains why it was a good year for solar, renewable microgrids, energy efficiency, blockchain, climate change efforts and other clean energy initiatives. Sure 2017 had its mishaps (and we’re not just talking about the La La Land/Moonlight fiasco). But it also had some great moments. … [Read more...]

Nigeria Minigrids: “An Unparalleled” $9.2 Billion Business Opportunity

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A US$9.2 billion a year market opportunity for minigrids and home solar PV systems is expected to save Nigerian homes and businesses $4.4 billion per year in energy spending, as well as dramatically improve human and environmental health and safety, according to a market study produced by Nigeria's Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Rocky Mountain … [Read more...]

Why Closed Mines are Good Sites for Renewables, Storage and Microgrids

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Closed mines may not immediately come to mind as good sites for renewables, storage and microgrids. However, through its program, Sunshine for Mines, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), in partnership with BHP, the world’s second largest mining corporation, has found that closed mines often make excellent locations for green energy … [Read more...]

What is the Future of Microgrids in the Post-Hurricane Virgin Islands?

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How best to go about rebuilding is the multi-billion dollar question hanging over the US Virgin Islands as it picks itself up from massive destruction wrought by the recent hurricanes. Hurricanes Irma and Maria took a heavy toll on the islands' electric grids. Irma left St. Thomas and St. John without electricity when it made landfall early … [Read more...]

Flat Rates & Permitting Issues Undermine Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market

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Flat utility rates, permitting issues, and ambiguous or nonexistent incentives are undermining the residential solar-plus-storage market, according to a new analysis. The report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the US Department of Energy also analyzes the prices of solar PV-plus-storage and … [Read more...]

RMI: What it Will Take to Improve Energy Access and Security

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Laurie Guevara-Stone, writer/editor for the Rocky Mountain Institute's Solutions Journal, interviews RMI trustee Maria van der Hoeven about energy access and security -- two critical global issues. A member of RMI’s Board of Trustees since October 2015, Maria van der Hoeven has had a long career working on challenging modern energy issues. She … [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...]