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Electricity

RMI’s Electricity Program supports the rapid transition to a low-carbon electricity system to power a secure, prosperous, and equitable US economy.

We’re transforming the US grid from one based on big power plants that burn fossil fuels to a combination of centralized large-scale renewables and distributed solutions right in our communities, businesses, and homes.

We are putting the customer at the heart of the equation and empowering low-income households and communities to access energy efficiency and renewables, including community-scale solar.

HOW

electricity system transformation

Regulatory and Business Model Reform

Working with utilities and state regulatory commissions to evolve business and regulatory models and advance more sophisticated electricity rate structures

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e-Lab: Electricity Innovation Lab

Convening critical industry players to identify promising reform approaches and strategize on how to scale them effectively to transform the electricity system from the inside out

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Renewable Energy Advancement

Sunshine for Mines

Rapidly accelerating on-site renewable energy at mining operations around the globe

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Black Bear Energy

Aiding large real estate companies in the U.S. with on-site renewable energy solutions

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The RMI Difference

We are uniquely positioned to drive impact in the electricity sector. We offer a compelling vision, a unique ability to convene key decision makers across traditional institutional boundaries, and the toolset and creativity to scale rapid innovation. Thanks to our market-based approach and analytical rigor, we have gained the trust of regulators and utility executives who need an organization like RMI to understand the opportunities and overcome the challenges inherent in such a massive transformation. Today, we’re again pushing the boundaries of what’s possible by expanding our network of partners and transforming an industry that needs our guidance and solutions now more than ever.

Features and News

The City Hall building in Austin, Texas

Texas’s X Factor: Part II

How the Lone Star State Is Poised to Integrate Distributed Energy Resources in Innovative Ways

Process for Purpose

This paper reviews regulatory reform efforts undertaken by 10 states, describes the processes by which reform can proceed, and identifies the most significant factors that impact reform efforts’ effectiveness. The report examines four distinct stages of successful reform processes: initiating the reform process, communicating the vision for reform, conducting the reform process, and delivering reform outcomes.

The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios

This report analyzes four natural gas-fired power plants currently proposed for construction across the US and compares them with optimized, region-specific clean portfolios of renewable energy and DERs that can provide the same services.

The Non-Wires Solutions Implementation Playbook

Electric utilities increasingly can reduce their system infrastructure investments and save customers money by employing non-wires solutions (NWS) —portfolios of distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar photovoltaics, energy storage, energy efficiency, and demand response—to cost-effectively meet growing grid needs, according to The Non-Wires Solutions Implementation Playbook: A Practical Guide for Regulators, Utilities, and Developers report.  NWS represent a compelling update to traditional utility investment practices, helping keep customer electricity bills stable while enabling a lower-carbon electricity grid.

Navigating Utility Business Model Reform

Advancing efficient and equitable approaches to update the utility business model—motivated by emerging technological, policy, and market conditions in the electric power sector—is crucial to the grid’s transition to a more secure, clean, affordable, customer-centric system.