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Mar 16, 2017

Spark: Bringing Energy Efficiency Into the 21st Century

 

Spark—the eNewsletter of RMI  
Thursday, March 16, 2017     

BRINGING ENERGY EFFICIENCY INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

Energy efficiency in the built environment and the role it plays in supporting a path to a clean and low-carbon future are complex. Recent reports have led to heated debates over the effectiveness of existing efficiency programs and how best to ensure actual energy savings. Today, energy efficiency is entering a new chapter, and several exciting developments on the horizon support a transition from energy efficiency as solely a demand-side management opportunity to one that is evaluated and procured alongside energy supply resources. Read More.

AUSTIN, TEXAS, POISED TO BE COMMERCIAL HUB FOR “NEW MOBILITY”

With 13 of the world’s 14 largest automakers publicly committed to delivering autonomous vehicles to the market, and 12 of the world’s largest tech companies building hardware and software to support them, the mobility system of the future is no longer just a concept. We call these market developments new mobility—the vision and execution of shared, electric, autonomous mobility services in cities designed for it. Learn more about how the City of Austin, Texas, is stepping up to the plate, making this successful transition become a reality. Read More.

REPORT RELEASE: ENERGY WITHIN REACH

One billion of the world’s poorest people in emerging markets lack electricity access. One solution is minigrids—small isolated distribution networks increasingly powered by clean energy. Yet minigrid market growth remains slow and commercial viability elusive. RMI’s latest report, Energy Within Reach: Growing the Minigrid Market in Sub-Saharan Africa, provides an understanding of the economics behind minigrids along with specific recommendations to accelerate minigrid adoption and innovation. Read More.

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE FOR EXETER, UK, BY 2025

Exeter City Futures, a UK-based community interest company, is working to make the Exeter City region in the southwest of England energy independent and congestion-free by 2025. A new report commissioned by Exeter City Futures, Energy Independence 2025, provides independent confirmation of many of the approaches to community energy planning set out in RMI’s Community Energy Resource Guide. Read More.

ANSWER THE GLOBAL CALL

What we do today to define our future—and face the urgent threat of climate change head-on—is more important than ever. Your investment in RMI will accelerate the market-led transition to a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future for generations to come. Donate Today.
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