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We have offices in four U.S. locations including Basalt and Boulder Colorado, New York, and Washington D.C., and one international office in China.

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Global Energy Transitions

We’re working in China and the Caribbean to reduce dependence on fossil fuels; helping improve access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa; and helping India transition to clean mobility for all.

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We’re working in the U.S. and China to transform mobility to use significantly less oil for personal mobility and trucking; and globally to reduce carbon emissions from the shipping and aviation industries.

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We’re working in the U.S. to decarbonize the electricity system; supporting power sector reform in China; helping island economies transition to renewables; improving electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa; and providing renewable energy at mining operations.

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We're driving massive market growth for buildings that are better for owners, occupants, and the environment both in the U.S. and China.

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Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement Makes Significant Gains in 2017

Last week, the Business Renewables Center (BRC), a membership program at Rocky Mountain Institute, hosted its annual member event for corporate buyers of renewable energy. At the event, BRC released a new report titled Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement: 2017 State of the Market, North America.—April 18, 2018.

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Mayreau Microgrid Project Kicks Off

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, St. Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC), the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Energy Unit, and EcoEnergy, N.V., kicked off the Mayreau microgrid project during the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) meeting in Kingstown.—April 17, 2018.


Four Insights from the Most Successful NZE Home Builders

Net-zero energy (NZE) homes are still a niche offering, comprising roughly 0.01 percent of US residential housing stock. To learn how to make them mainstream, RMI interviewed eight of the most successful NZE builders, responsible for 20 percent of the single-family NZE homes in the US, to understand what they know about NZE homes that the rest of the industry should learn.—April 11, 2018.

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Rocky Mountain Institute Supporting National Effort to Understand Solar Energy Use in Addressing Reliability and Resiliency Challenges

The Solar Energy Innovation Network assembles diverse teams of stakeholders to research cutting-edge solutions for a more reliable and resilient electric grid.—April 10, 2018.


Ride-Hailing Drivers Are Ideal Candidates for Electric Vehicles

The rapid growth of transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Lyft, Uber, and Ride Austin creates a unique opportunity for vehicle electrification, with benefits to cities, drivers, and riders.


A City in the Rockies Paves the Way for Net-Zero Energy Leases

To meet Boulder’s aggressive climate goal of 80 percent carbon reduction by 2050—an ambitious target shared by cities such as New York City and San Francisco—Boulder must also address its leased buildings. Learn more about how The City of Boulder is working with RMI to accelerate the adoption of advanced green lease practices in Boulder.