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Mar 30, 2017

Spark: With Weaker Fuel Economy Standards, Everyone Loses, Including U.S. Automakers

 

Spark—the eNewsletter of RMI  
Thursday, March 30, 2017     

WITH WEAKER FUEL ECONOMY STANDARDS, EVERYONE LOSES, INCLUDING U.S. AUTOMAKERS

President Trump answered automakers’ call to reopen the Mid-Term Review of the 2022–25 “CAFE” automotive efficiency standards, but auto-efficiency rollbacks would threaten our national security and prosperity. Amory Lovins explains how, and what opportunities efficiency affords us. Read More.

HOW TO SCALE HOME ENERGY FINANCING PRODUCTS

Home energy improvements are the top unmet demand for U.S. homeowners. Although barriers to accessing home energy improvement financing remain, the market is evolving rapidly, and various energy-specific financing tools are gaining traction. Our latest insight brief discusses what we believe is necessary to scale the use of such products in the market and therefore increase the number of home energy improvements in general. Read More.

SHIFTING CURRENTS

A New Wind Energy Opportunity for Corporate Buyers

The regional power-grid operator Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has quietly become a leader in renewable energy, and recent improvements to its marketplace signal an opportunity for corporate buyers. For certain buyers, SPP is a compelling market to explore. A new paper published by RMI’s Business Renewables Center, Transmission Investments Affect the Value of Your Wind PPA, examines some factors that influence the value of corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs). Read More.

HOME ENERGY UPGRADES THROUGH WORD-OF-MOUTH MARKETING

To transform homeowner demand for energy upgrades, service providers and program administrators must engage with homeowners in ways that promote social interaction and comparison around home improvements. Adapted from our report, Peer Diffusion: Unlocking Investments in Home Energy Upgrades, we developed a step-by-step checklist for service providers to better connect with homeowners and make whole-home energy upgrades a “must have.” Read More.

MONTSERRAT TO GET 1 MW OF SOLAR

On Friday, March 24, the government and utility company of Montserrat, in coordination with RMI, released a request for qualifications for interested parties to qualify for the engineering, procurement, and construction for a 1 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic and battery-storage project. Montserrat’s goal is to be 100 percent renewable by 2018. 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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