RMI Outlet, Rocky Mountain Institute’s blog, explores topics critical to RMI’s mission to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.
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Around the globe, cities are trying a variety of measures to tackle transportation-related challenges. However, in tough economic times, dwindling budgets force tough choices about where to invest time and money.
To make things easier for customers, some utilities have wisely begun to work upstream with manufacturers, vendors and retailers. Instead of offering the customer rebates, the utilities are providing incentives to product suppliers to ensure that store shelves are stocked only with ENERGY STAR appliances.
America’s buildings are energy hogs. The country’s 120 million buildings consume 42 percent of our nation’s total energy and 72 percent of our electricity.
How should the U.S. recalibrate itself to take advantage of natural gas reserves? Natural gas' future role could be very different than todays.
The momentum for electric utilities to achieve high levels of energy efficiency savings has never been greater. Regulation has taken the lead. Utilities operating in seven states, for example, are required to meet more than 20 percent of their load in 2020 with energy efficiency programs.