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transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.

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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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Transportation

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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Electricity

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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Buildings

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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Report

Positive Disruption: Limiting Global Temperature Rise To Well Below 2 C°

Rocky Mountain Institute’s Positive Disruption: Limiting Global Temperature Rise to Well Below 2 Cº analysis describes scenarios for rapid transitions in energy, agriculture, and land use that could limit global average temperature increase to 1.5–2 C° above preindustrial levels.—August 16, 2017

Database

RMI’s 2017 Micropower Database Release

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) just released its 2017 Micropower Database, a compilation of global generation and capacity data for low-carbon micropower and nuclear electricity sources.—August 16, 2017

Blog

The Power of Microgrids in the Global Energy Transition

In recent years, the costs of solar and wind energy have fallen significantly. The journey down the cost curve now means that solar and wind are cost competitive with traditional fossil fuel technologies. This enables microgrids to meet clean energy goals economically, while also achieving their primary purpose of providing adequate redundancy to ensure electricity supply reliability.—August 17, 2017.

Report

Pathways for Innovation

This report explores challenges to effective innovation at U.S. electric utilities, with a focus on pilot and demonstration projects. We offer recommendations for utilities, regulators, and DER technology providers to support more effective and meaningful electricity innovation.—July 2017