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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 five US locations including Basalt and Boulder Colorado, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, 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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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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Quarterly Impact Statement

Download our quarterly impact statement to learn how we're transforming global energy use.

Process for Purpose

Significant changes in grid technology, customer demands, and public policy priorities have prompted efforts across the country to update utility business models and their associated regulations. Ensuring the processes used to advance these reforms are properly designed is a crucial element of achieving reform outcomes and success.

Empowering Utilities to Participate in the Clean-Energy Transition – Part II

One of the central challenges in transitioning to a more distributed and decarbonized energy grid is supporting utilities to actively engage and lead by example and innovation, rather than have them remain on the sidelines or resist the transition. This is the emphasis of a large portion of the work of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Electricity program, and can be observed most directly at the institute’s annual Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab) Accelerator event.

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A Record Year for Corporate Renewable Purchasing

The Power of Agreement

The Business Renewables Center (BRC) State of the Market update is a glimpse into the corporate renewable energy purchasing trends of 2018.

Six Ways to Reduce Minigrid Costs by 60%

Minigrids in the Money

In sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of millions of people live in communities that lack access to electricity. The lack of energy access stymies broader efforts to grow local wealth and improve quality of life. Understandably, to address this need, African governments, development partners, and others are working tirelessly to increase energy access on the continent.

A Practical Guide for Regulators, Utilities, and Developers

The Non-Wires Solutions Implementation Playbook

A number of market barriers have inhibited the growth of NWS. To overcome these hurdles, Rocky Mountain Institute created The Non-Wires Solutions Implementation Playbook, which offers policymakers, regulators, utilities, and developers practical tools to scale the NWS market.