Author: Rocky Mountain Institute

How One Island Is Using A Hybrid Hydro-Wind System

Islands confront some of the most difficult energy challenges. Their size and remoteness means they pay extremely high energy costs for often unreliable and dirty energy. Yet many islands are blessed with large amounts of sun, wind, and water, making… Read More
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The Promises Of Batteries To Bolster Solar Energy

When SolarCity and Tesla last month announced they were teaming up to offer battery backup for residential solar PV systems, they generated much excitement … and a disproportionate amount of press. From Greentech Media to the New York Times, stories… Read More

Clean Energy, Italian Style

A trip to Varese Ligure, Italy, will bring you face to face with a charming town of pastel-colored houses and a plethora of restaurants serving dishes with organic porcini mushrooms and chestnuts. Stop at the bustling markets and you will… Read More
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North Carolina Utility All In On Clean Energy

Duke Energy officially has the green light from the North Carolina Utilities Commission to launch a new renewable energy program in North Carolina. The program will enable select large customers to secure up to 100 percent of new electricity needs… Read More
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5 Ways Going Green Is Great For Buildings

As the U.S. green building movement enters its third decade, the market has reached a tipping point. The 2013 global Energy Efficiency Indicator [PDF] research study of 3,000 facility management executives indicates that only 5 percent had certified a green… Read More
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Taking Electric Bicycles Mainstream

In developed countries, the automobile often represents the most desirable attributes of effective transportation: flexible, fast, and effortless. But is it the right choice for increasingly dense urban environments? Automobiles for personal transportation are a Pandora’s box—countries that once encouraged… Read More