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Global Energy Transitions

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India Leaps Ahead—Transformative Electric Vehicle Batteries and Feebate Solutions, 2017

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The Carbon-Free City Handbook, 2017

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India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solutions for All, 2017

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An Energy Roadmap for China, 2017

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China Trucking Charrette, 2016

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Islands Energy Program

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Energy Within Reach–National Energy Transition Strategy for St. Lucia

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Renewable Microgrids: Profiles from Islands and Remote Communities Across the Globe, 2015

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Workshop

San Andrés Phase I Visioning Workshop, 2016

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Transportation

Mobility Transformation

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Door-to-downtown, How Boulder, Colorado, Tested the Future of Mobility, 2017

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Peak Car Ownership, The Market Opportunity of Electric Automated Mobility Services, 2016

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Interoperable Transit Data: Enabling a Shift to Mobility as a Service, 2015

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A Consortium Approach to Transit Data Interoperability, 2015

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EV City Casebook: A Look at the Global Electric Vehicle Movement, 2012

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Kickstarting Widespread Adoption of Automotive Carbon Fiber Composites, 2013

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Driving Integration: Regulatory Responses to Electric Vehicle Growth, 2017

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EVgo Fleet and Tariff Analysis, 2016

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Aviation

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Moves a Step Closer to Funding Aviation Biofuels, 2017

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Shipping Efficiency

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Navigation Decarbonization—An approach to evaluate shipping's risks and opportunities associated with climate change mitigation policy, 2017

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Revealed Preferences for Energy Efficiency in the Shipping Markets, 2016

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Dead in the water: an analysis of industry practices and perceptions on vessel efficiency and stranded ship assets, 2016

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Hidden Treasure: Financial Models for Shipping Retrofits, 2014

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Shipping Efficiency Report, 2011

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Trucking Efficiency

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Variable Engine-Driven Accessories, 2016

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Idle-Reduction Solutions, 2013

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Confidence Findings on the Potential of 6x2 Axles, 2012

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Electricity

Electricity Innovation Lab

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Positive Disruption: Limiting Global Temperature Rise To Well Below 2 C°, 2017

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Breaking Ground: New Models that Deliver Energy Solutions to Low Income Customers, 2016

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New Business Models for the Distribution Edge, 2014

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The Electricity System Value Chain, 2015

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Advancing Military Microgrids, 2014

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Rate Design for the Distribution Edge, 2014

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Integrated Utility Services: A New Business Model for Fort Collins Utilities, 2014

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Net Energy Metering, Zero Net Energy and The Distributed Energy Resource Future: Adapting For The 21st Century, 2012

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emPower: Accurately Valuing Distributed Energy Resources, 2013

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Disruptive Technologies

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The Economics of Battery Energy Storage, 2015

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Executive Summary

The Economics of Battery Energy Storage, 2015

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The Economics of Demand Flexibility, 2016

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The Economics of Load Defection, 2015

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The Economics of Grid Defection, 2014

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Renewable Energy Advancement

Insight Brief

Community Scale Solar: Why Developers and Buyers Should Focus on This High-Potential Market Segment, 2016

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Financing Community Scale Solar: The the Solar Financing Industry Can Meet $16B in Investment Demand by 2020, 2017

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Summary

Soft Cost Impact Forum Summary Document: Installation Labor, 2013

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Non Hardware Soft Cost-Reduction Roadmap for Residential and Small Commercial PV, 2013

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Lessons from Australia: Reducing Solar PV Costs Through Installation Labor Efficiency, 2014

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Achieving Low-Cost Solar PV: Industry Workshop Recommendations for Near-Term BoS Cost Reductions, 2010

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Regulatory and Business Model Reform

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Electric Vehicles as Distributed Energy Resources, 2016

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A Review of Alternative Rate Design, 2016

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Stepping Up: Benefits and Cost of Accelerating Fort Collins' Energy and Climate Goals, 2014

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Electricity Distribution Grid Evaluator (EDGE) Model

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Bridges to New Solar Business Models, 2014

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Reinventing Fire in Southern California: Distributed Resources and the San Onofre Outage, 2012

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Turbocharging Efficiency Programs, 2011

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Buildings

Pathways to Zero

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Mapping a Pathway to Low-Carbon Campuses, 2017

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Insight Brief

An Integrative Business Model for Net Zero Districts, 2016

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Insight Brief

Re-Defining and Delivering Thermal Comfort in Buildings, 2016

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Deep Energy Retrofits Using ESPCs: Success Stories

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Practice Guide

The Path to a Deep Energy Retrofit Using an Energy Savings Performance Contract, 2015

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How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide for Investors, 2015

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How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide for Owners-Occupants, 2014

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Next Generation Energy Management: A Roadmap to the Next Level of Performance, 2014

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GSA Workshop: 360 Perspective on Deep Energy Retrofits, 2014

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Deep Energy Retrofits in GSA Buildings

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Building Energy Modeling for Owners and Managers, 2013

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Guide

Managing Deep Energy Retrofits, 2012

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Identifying Design Opportunities for Deep Energy Retrofits, 2012

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Guide

Building the Case for Deep Energy Retrofits, 2012

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Working Together for Sustainability: The RMI-BOMA Guide for Landlords and Tenants, 2012

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Superefficient Housing: Solutions and Hurdles, 2013

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GSA Net Zero Renovation Challenge Charette, 2011

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Case Studies

Deep Retrofit Case Studies, 2009–2012

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Practice Guide

Deep Energy Retrofit Request for Proposal Guidelines, co-authored with AIA and BOMA, 2015

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Charrette Report

Building Energy Modeling Charrette Report, 2011

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Residential Energy+

Insight Brief

R-PACE: A Game-Changer for Net-Zero Energy Homes, 2017

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An MPG for Homes: Driving Visible Value for Home Energy Performance in Real Estate, 2017

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Peer Diffusion: A Promising Way for Service Providers to Unlock Investments in Home Energy Upgrades, 2016

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Insight Brief

How to Scale Home Energy Financing Products, 2017

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Insight Brief

Driving Growth and Mitigating Risk: Standards for Residential PACE Programs, 2016

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Insight Brief

Finance the Future, 2016

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Portfolio Energy Optimization

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Lumens as a Service: How to Capture the Technology-Enabled Business Opportunity for Advanced Lighting in Commercial Buildings, 2017

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The Status and Promise of Advanced M&V, 2017

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Areas of Innovation

Sustainable Finance

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Reviewing the Sustainable Finance Landscape, 2015

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Carbon War Room

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Sunshine for Mines: Implementing Renewable Energy for Off-Grid Operations, 2014

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Smart Growth Pathways: Building a Green Platform for Sustainable Aruba, 2013

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Raising the Roof: How to Create Climate Wealth through Efficient Buildings, 2013

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Machine to Machine Technologies: Unlocking the Potential of a $1 Trillion Industry, 2013

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Transport: Pathways for Reducing Oil Consumption in the U.S., 2013

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Pathways to Efficiency in the South Asia Brick-Making Industry, 2012

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Improving Building Performance: A Guide to Energy Efficiency Technologies, 2012

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Gigaton Analysis of the Cement Industry, 2011

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Gigaton Analysis of the Livestock Industry, 2011

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