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RMI Outlet

Electricity

Can Electric Pickup Trucks Save the Grid in Texas?

Just months after it was battered by a winter storm, the Texas electric grid is once again straining under extreme weather conditions. In February, millions of people lost power during a storm that knocked out much of the state’s electricity infrastructure and caused at least 151 deaths.

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Passive Cooling in a Tiny House

As the world warms and the demand for cooling increases, many homes will require an “all of the above” approach to keep cool without further contributing to global warming. That can include high-performance cooling systems that use climate-friendly coolants and consume relatively little energy, as well as building…

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…

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Grading Your Utility’s Shopping Habits

A recent RMI report highlights the necessity of modernizing the way utilities procure these resources to ensure this money is spent wisely, in a way that meets grid needs while supporting rapid decarbonization of the power sector and other societal objectives.