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Summer 2013 (Vol. 6, No. 1)


A Flameless Dragon: Charting a Clean Energy Path for China

By Jon Creyts & Clay Stranger

RMI is embarking on a bold and aggressive initiative with important implications for the global energy landscape: conducting a similar Reinventing Fire analysis for China. Read More.


Beyond the Tip of the Energy Iceberg: Why Retrofits Create More Value Than You Think

By Scott Muldavin

Buildings in the U.S. consume a heck of a lot of energy—they use 42 percent of the nation’s primary energy and 72 percent of its electricity. Assessing value beyond energy cost savings can help drive greater investment in efficiency. Read more.


More Summer 2013 Articles



The Road to the New Energy Era

By Michael Potts

We can create a world that is cleaner, smarter, and safer—and can save five trillion dollars on the way. Reinventing Fire, published by RMI less than two years ago, laid out a specific and credible roadmap to get it done by 2050. Read more.



RMI in Brief

Read up on our current projects, including the Superefficient Housing Initiative, reducing the soft costs of solar power, and how we are working to transform the electricity system. Read more.



Amory's Angle: Three Major Energy Trends to Watch

By Amory B. Lovins

Popular media and political chatter are abuzz with a cacophony of energy news and opinion. Amid the chaos, some orderly strands can be discerned. Here are three themes that merit attention.  Read more.



What’s Old Is New: Reinventing a community’s energy future in Fort Collins

By Eric Maurer

While Old Town Fort Collins is capable of transporting the traveler back in time, there is something distinctly modern happening beneath its surface of brick buildings, cobblestone walkways, and canvas awnings: a net-zero energy district. Read more.



Insights: Recent White Papers and Reports


Take a look at some of the white papers and reports we've recently released.  Read more.



Seeing the Light: Can An Eco-Conscious Consumer Overcome Sticker Shock and Make Life-Cycle Purchasing Decisions?

By Peter Bronski

LEDs can last 25,000 hours or more, compared to a scant 1,000–2,000 hours for Edison bulbs and up to 10,000 hours for CFLs. But can falling prices overcome their steep upfront costs. Read more.



The Case for Giving Away IP: Entrepreneurialism & Collaborative Problem Solving at RMI

By Ned Harvey

RMI’s brand of entrepreneurial, collaborative problem solving flies in the face of conventional wisdom that says you lock down your intellectual property. Instead, we give most of ours away. Here's why. Read more.



Battling America’s Automotive Obesity Epidemic

By Greg Rucks

In the past quarter century the average weight of new cars has ballooned by nearly 25 percent, growing from 3,221 pounds in 1987 to 4,009 pounds in 2010.  Read more.


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