About Rocky Mountain Institute Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an independent nonprofit founded in 1982—transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. In 2014, RMI merged with Carbon War Room (CWR), whose business-led market interventions advance a low-carbon economy. The combined organization has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.


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News Article | December 21, 2016
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Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) today announced its initial faculty members for its Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab) Accelerator 2017 event, a bootcamp for innovators in the electricity industry that has as a proven track record of delivering transformative change across North America. Accelerator, now in its fourth year, will be held in Sundance, Utah, April 18–21, 2017. Accelerator is a core initiative within e-Lab, a unique multi-year collaboration led by RMI of leading industry actors to develop, implement, and spread new solutions to enable greater adoption of economic distributed energy resources in order to create a cleaner and more resilient electricity system. RMI expects to announce more faculty members in the coming weeks. “The intellectual rigor and advanced perspective these experts bring to the e-Lab network are a tremendous benefit to Accelerator teams attempting to speed high-impact and innovative projects that benefit both electricity customers and the grid as a whole,” said Leia Guccione, a principal at RMI who oversees the e-Lab ecosystem of activities. “Following the tremendous success of our e-Lab Summit earlier this month, our largest industry convening to date, we are excited to build upon the many successes Accelerator has already delivered across the country, while continuing to elevate Rocky Mountain Institute and e-Lab as the preeminent venue to tackle tough operational challenges and speed the transformation to an electricity system that is cleaner, more resilient, and more customer oriented.” Expert e-Lab faculty will be on location throughout the meeting to offer training and insights to Accelerator teams on critical content areas. Faculty expertise includes topics such as regulatory transformation, portfolio design for renewable resources, transition strategies for energy system change, best practices for stakeholder engagement, and venture capital in electricity. e-Lab faculty are also available throughout the Accelerator meeting to provide specific feedback and coaching to support each team's project. The application process for Accelerator 2017 is open until January 13, 2017. The Accelerator application is available here. About Rocky Mountain Institute Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an independent nonprofit founded in 1982—transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. In 2014, RMI merged with Carbon War Room (CWR), whose business-led market interventions advance a low-carbon economy. The combined organization has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) today announced that Edward “Ted” White has been appointed chair of its Board of Trustees. White, who has served on the board since 2012, succeeds José María Figueres, who steps down as he seeks re-election for presidency of Costa Rica in 2018. He remains a member of the board. The RMI board comprises national and international environmental ambassadors, business leaders and clean energy executives, including recently elected Todd Stern, former U.S. special envoy on climate change; Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power; and Elizabeth Sall, founder and president of Urban Labs LLC. White is a business lawyer and a name partner of Denver-based Moye White LLP, where he serves as co-chair of the Advanced Energy Team. He is also managing partner of Fahr LLC, the umbrella entity for the business, policy, political and philanthropic efforts of Tom Steyer, a business leader, philanthropist and renewable energy advocate. White is the founder and advisory board chair of Estabrook Funds, whose managers are global, multi-strategy absolute return investors. His civic leadership positions include founding chair of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, director of Advanced Energy Economy Institute and director of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. White graduated from Yale University with honors and received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. “I look forward to continuing to help RMI with its internationally acclaimed efforts to accelerate our energy system to a clean, secure and prosperous low-carbon future,” said White. “We are thrilled that Ted has accepted the offer of becoming chair of the RMI Board of Trustees. He brings incredible experience and acumen to our efforts,” said Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute. About Rocky Mountain Institute Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an independent nonprofit founded in 1982—transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.


News Article | November 7, 2016
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Today Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) announced the newest members to join its board of trustees. RMI is pleased to welcome to the organization: Todd Stern was “a leading architect of the Obama administration’s international climate change strategy,” according to Politico. Stern was appointed to the position of U.S. special envoy on climate change on January 26, 2009, by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He was the chief U.S. negotiator of the successful Paris Agreement. Stern previously served in the Clinton administration as assistant to the president, and as staff secretary in the White House from 1993 to 1998, during which time he also acted as the senior White House negotiator for the Kyoto Protocol and Buenos Aires negotiations. “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Trustees of Rocky Mountain Institute. Following the landmark Paris climate agreement last year, the central challenge for countries around the world will be to rapidly accelerate the transition to a clean energy, low-carbon global economy. RMI has been a clean energy leader for years, helping companies and governments take concrete steps to improve their energy profile and paving the way for national energy transition planning with work like Reinventing Fire: China,” Stern said. Mary Powell has served as president and chief executive officer for Green Mountain Power (GMP) Corporation since 2008. Powell launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low-carbon, low-cost and reliable power to Vermonters. She is leading an energy transformation, providing customers the latest innovations and comprehensive energy makeovers to help people save money and use less energy. GMP is the first utility to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good. In 2014 Powell was recognized by Power-Gen as the Woman of the Year, and in 2016 Fast Company named her one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. “This is an exciting time to lead an energy revolution and deliver the new energy future customers tell us they want. Joining the Board of Trustees of Rocky Mountain Institute is an honor, and their work will help us drive collaboration and innovation to make this change happen sooner. It is time to move away from the bulk, antiquated grid to an energy system that is generated and used closer to where it is needed,” Powell said. Elizabeth Sall is the founder and president of UrbanLabs LLC, where she manages a portfolio of mission-driven projects spanning travel analysis research to policy. Prior to UrbanLabs, Sall served as the deputy director for data, technology and analysis, and as the interim deputy director for planning at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. She is an active volunteer for the Transportation Research Board, serving on the Transportation Research Record Advisory Board and as a member of several committees. She serves on the Sall Family Foundation board, where she leads investment in “Entrepreneurial Initiatives.” Sall has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and an M.S. from University of Texas. “I’m honored to be asked to serve and excited to be working with Rocky Mountain Institute to solve the most pressing and complex challenge of our time: climate change,” Sall commented. RMI’s current board of trustees is chaired by Jose Maria Figueres, former president of Costa Rica, and includes Thomas Dinwoodie, lead independent trustee, Maria Van Der Hoeven, former executive director of the International Energy Agency, Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite as well as other environmental ambassadors and clean energy executives. For a full list of trustees - http://www.rmi.org/Board%20of%20Trustees “We are very grateful to Todd, Mary and Elizabeth for joining us and donating their precious time to our mission of accelerating the energy transition. They truly bring their own unique and significant expertise to RMI and will help make our efforts more impactful,” said Jules Kortenhorst, CEO Rocky Mountain Institute. About Rocky Mountain Institute Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an independent nonprofit founded in 1982—transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. In 2014, RMI merged with Carbon War Room (CWR), whose business-led market interventions advance a low-carbon economy. The combined organization has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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A new energy roadmap released today reveals a sustainable, reliable, cost-effective, and equitable electricity future for Saint Lucia. The Government of Saint Lucia (GoSL) and St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) with independent analysis from Rocky Mountain Institute – Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR), and Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) produced a joint strategy, with feedback from the public. The findings reveal opportunities for new investments and ownership structures to benefit customers. “We recognize that a successful evolution of our power sector to renewables cannot happen without the participation of the existing electricity utility, LUCELEC. This study reinforces our belief,” says Hon. Stephenson King, Minister of Energy, Saint Lucia Minister King was at the time attending the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) in Miami where the new energy roadmap for Saint Lucia was unveiled as a model strategy for the optimal transition to renewable energy in small island developing states. The strategy explores the best energy resource options ranging from traditional thermal power plants to more innovative sources of supply, like solar, wind, and geothermal, as well as demand-side management and energy efficiency, to contain or reduce costs of the electricity system. It also set out to explore a variety of ownership models - through financial modeling of energy assets owned by independent power producers, the utility, and homeowners and businesses. The process integrated these technical findings with top-down policy directives; existing and new regulatory frameworks and tariff structures were superimposed on various scenarios, to understand the impact on electricity rates. The Government of Saint Lucia (GoSL), as well as the national electric utility - St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) - identified a need and an opportunity to improve the resiliency and cost-effectiveness of the electricity sector using the island’s local resources. “Together, there was an understanding that what was needed to create a sustainable, reliable, cost-effective, and equitable electricity service was not a piecemeal approach to renewable energy investment, but rather a long-term plan to deliver the optimal benefits for the country as a whole,” says Victor Emmanuel, Business Development Manager, LUCELEC. In order to provide an independent implementation of this strategy; the GoSL enacted the National Utilities Regulatory Commission Act of 2016, which saw the commissioning of the first energy regulatory agency in Saint Lucia. The NURC will promote and ensure the economic development of the utility supply services sector and be responsible for the implementation of the National Energy Transition Strategy (NETS). The NETS is a plan developed jointly by the Government, LUCELEC and executed by independent analysis from the Rocky Mountain Institute - Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR) and Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) - with feedback from the public. The NETS shows that lower cost systems, where all stakeholders’ interests are met, are indeed possible through an energy transition. Existing diesel infrastructure will continue to provide system reserve and reliability requirements, but energy efficiency and energy storage would play an increasing role in the evolving grid with increasing renewable energy penetration. The results provide a solid pathway for the Government and LUCELEC to understand the price points at which investments and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) should occur. The NETS also guides the development of legislation and a regulatory framework that can create new, previously unexplored opportunities. The report was launched today at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) in Miami, USA. About LUCELEC St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) is the only commercial generator, transmitter, distributor and seller of electrical energy in St. Lucia. LUCELEC aims to deliver efficient energy services that are safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible. About the NURC The National Utility Regulatory Commission (NURC) is an independent utility regulatory body set up to manage the issuance of licenses in an independent and impartial way, guarantee the development of a tariff structure that meets international benchmarks, regulate fees and sets service standards. About Rocky Mountain Institute Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an independent nonprofit founded in 1982—transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. In 2014, RMI merged with Carbon War Room (CWR), whose business-led market interventions advance a low-carbon economy. The combined organization has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. About Clinton Climate Initiative The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) serves as a partner to RMI and CWR to accelerate energy transition in the Caribbean. CCI launched in 2006 to implement solutions to the root causes of climate change. CCI works to improve building energy efficiency and advance building retrofits; to increase access to clean-energy technology and deploy it at the government, corporate, and homeowner levels; to help over 20 island nations reduce their reliance on diesel and adopt renewable energy; and to monitor, preserve, and grow forests in line with national governments and communities. CCI’s approach addresses the major sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the people, policies, and practices that impact them, while also saving money for individuals and governments, creating jobs, and growing economies.

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