Rocky Mountain Institute

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e-Lab Inducement Prize: Background Research

The purpose of this session was to further scope a potential project to launch an e-Lab “X-Prize” (name likely to be changed) that would offer a cash reward for solving a tough problem faced by the electricity sector related to e-Lab’s core issues. The group was very enthusiastic about the…


Rate Design for the Distribution Edge

In this session, participants discussed e-Lab’s latest work on the topic of electricity rate structures, as described in the recent e-Lab report Rate Design for the Distribution Edge. The discussion framed the need for an evolution towards more sophisticated rates and explored pathways and obstacles to implementation. Participants also sought…


The Economics of Grid Defection

What happens when solar and batteries join forces? Together they can make the electric grid optional for many customers—without compromising reliability and increasingly at prices cheaper than utility retail electricity.

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Tips For Campus Sustainability Planning

Today kicks off the Appalachian Energy Summit, where campus leaders from the University of North Carolina system will work with RMI facilitators to explore ways to chip away at their $226 million annual energy bill, and work toward carbon neutrality by 2050.