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What Good are City Clean-Energy Targets?

In the absence of federal action, the US has seen a groundswell of local efforts and leadership in the fight against climate change. In addition to various states and corporations, many cities in the US have committed to power their own operations with renewable energy. In fact, 132…

Bringing Electricity Markets to China: Adapting International Experience in Power Sector Deregulation to Fit China’s Economy

Introducing competitive electricity markets to China could reduce global emissions by 0.4 percent. The world’s second-largest economy is moving away from its centrally planned roots and is undertaking systemic power sector reforms. Chinese regulators’ motivations are not all that different than those of regulators in the West: they are trying…

Combating Climate Change: How Islands Can Go Further Together

This blog post was adapted from a keynote presentation given at the Pacific Power Association Annual Conference and was originally posted on Virgin.com. I was in Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, in 2010, after the island of Aitutaki—just a few kilometers south of…

Shenzhen: A City Miles Ahead

Two weeks ago, The Washington Post called Shenzhen, the tech hub in Southern China, a “pacesetter,” when reporting on how it became the first city in the world to turn nearly all of its buses and taxis electric. But it is not just public and for-hire fleets electrifying in…

A Spotlight on Energy Changemakers

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is on a mission to transform the way that the world uses energy. I’m proud to be one of about 250 people at RMI working toward a low-carbon future that’s clean, prosperous, and secure for all. Throughout RMI’s 37 year history, our organization has become well…