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RMI Outlet

Electricity

Bringing Back Clean Air

With the promise of vaccines curtailing the spread of COVID, states and economies are beginning to open up again, and we find ourselves getting back not only the good but also some of the negative aspects of pre-pandemic life. Businesses are powering back up, and cars and trucks are roaring…

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Where We Are in the Energy Transition

Scientists agree, we must limit global warming to 1.5°C to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. To do that, we need to reduce global emissions 50 percent from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. To leave room for developing nations, the United States…

Abandoned shopping cart

Grading Your Utility’s Shopping Habits

Over the next decade, vertically integrated electric utilities in the United States will spend up to $750 billion on new resources to meet emerging grid needs. A recent RMI report highlights the necessity of modernizing the way utilities procure these resources to ensure this money is spent wisely, in…

wheat field with girl and wind turbines

What Is Needed to Meet US Climate Commitments

The United States has committed to reduce carbon pollution to at least 50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 as part of rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. This newly ambitious nationally determined contribution (NDC) recognizes the urgency for immediate action to reduce cumulative pollution and stabilize the climate. The NDC…