Strategic Insights

A Million-Mile Battery: For More Than Just Electric Vehicles

With the past few years’ enormous build out of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturing plant capacity and near-term commitments to further expansions, battery storage costs continue to fall dramatically. Falling costs, coupled with improved performance, are enabling new battery applications that will dramatically accelerate the energy transition.  For…

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Oil Market Disruptions and Climate Action Tipping Points

While it is far too early to discuss the long-term impacts of the spread of COVID-19, in addition to the toll on human lives it has already caused significant disruptions to the global economy. As Rocky Mountain Institute focuses on promoting the wellbeing of our employees, communities, and partners, we…

Massive Investment is Accelerating the Era of Clean Electrification

The age of affordable battery technology is coming faster than experts previously thought possible. Thanks to massive investment, rapid performance improvements, and falling prices, breakthrough battery technologies are poised to revolutionize the way we power our lives and organize energy systems as early as 2030. In the first half of…

The 10 Questions to Ask When You Hear the Word “Microgrid”

The word “microgrid” can mean many things to different people. The next time you hear about a microgrid, consider asking about the ownership, how it interacts with the larger grid, its size, its purpose and timeline, its infrastructure, and its “smartness.”