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Aggregated Energy Storage Has Arrived: Rocky Mountain Institute

The Rocky Mountain Institute's Garrett Fitzgerald analyzes the results of Stem's history-making aggregated energy storage bid into the California real-time energy market. Earlier this month, energy storage developer Stem aggregated a fleet of behind-the-meter (BTM) energy storage systems and successfully bid into the California Independent … [Read more...]

Enter the Flexiwatt: A New Choice for Consumers and a Business Opportunity for Green Tech Innovators

Most homeowners probably think they have three choices when it comes to electricity. Buy it from a power provider, generate it themselves, or avert its use altogether through energy efficiency. But the Rocky Mountain Institute has put forward a fourth choice. The flexiwatt. Not really new in practice, but certainly in name, the flexiwatt gives … [Read more...]

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

As microgrids grow in popularity, suddenly all kinds of projects are described as microgrids, even if they are not quite. To figure out out if a microgrid is a microgrid, ask these questions outlined by Kaitlyn Bunker of the Rocky Mountain Institute.  Both SDG&E’s demonstration project in Borrego Springs, Calif., (recently heralded for … [Read more...]

Why Electricity Pricing Remains a Mystery…and How that Has to Change

The success of any product depends on getting the pricing right.  That’s not happening with electricity pricing. As a result, we're not getting the most out of  energy efficiency, microgrids, solar, plug-in electric vehicles and other forms of distributed energy. That’s the message of a new report issued August 26 by the Rocky Mountain … [Read more...]

Why Electricity Pricing Remains a Mystery…and How that Has to Change

The success of any product depends on getting the pricing right.  That’s not happening with electricity pricing. As a result, we're not getting the most out of  energy efficiency, microgrids, solar, plug-in electric vehicles and other forms of distributed energy. That’s the message of a new report issued August 26 by the Rocky Mountain Institute’s … [Read more...]

Combined Heat and Brewing Power: New Belgium Brewery Leads Colorado’s Craft Brewers down the Road to Sustainability

What do megajoules have to do with hectoliters? Everything, if you are considering the energy intensity of manufacturing beer. And after a recent tour of the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, I’ve learned that when it comes to a commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency in beer brewing, Colorado’s thriving craft brewing scene … [Read more...]

Finding Common Ground on Pricing Clean Energy Resources in California

Would pricing clean energy through a 'smart home rate'  work? James Fine, EDF's senior economist, describes the intriguing possibility being explored in California. Industrial and environmental stakeholders are usually portrayed as adversaries. But one exciting example from California proves there can be another side to that story. San Diego Gas … [Read more...]

If You Had Five Minutes to Talk Alone with Obama on Energy: Rocky Mountain Institute

What would you say if you had five minutes alone with Obama on energy?  EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com asked Jules  Kortenhorst, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, in the first article of this occasional series.   What energy idea would you discuss with Obama if you had five minutes alone with him? What argument would you use to win him over to the … [Read more...]

Utilities Need to Get Real about the Distributed Energy Threat

We’ve all heard a lot lately about the distributed energy threat and how it might hurt utilities. For example, the Rocky Mountain Institute earlier this year released a report saying that customers will soon begin defecting from their utilities and embracing off-grid solutions that involve solar energy and storage. RMI found that in the southwest … [Read more...]

Will Energy Storage Plus Solar Inspire Customers to Abandon Their Utilities Soon?

To hear the Rocky Mountain Institute tell the story, it’s not a question of whether utility customers will start defecting from their utilities in favor of off-grid solutions that involve energy storage and solar energy. It’s a question of when. Truth is, it’s already happening in Hawaii—where solar plus storage are cost-effective when compared to … [Read more...]