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  • Silver Spring Plans Layoffs Amidst a Smart-Meter Slowdown

    18 September 2014, 2:35 pm by: Jeff St. John

    Silver Spring Networks (SSNI), the Silicon Valley smart grid networking upstart, went public last year with a promise to out-innovate the entrenched AMI competition. But it still makes most of its money in smart meter deployments -- and as those have dried up,…
  • Zuli and Logitech Team Up to Make Smartphones Into Home Automation Sensors

    18 September 2014, 2:30 pm by: Jeff St. John

    We’re seeing a lot of activity in the smart-home field these days. Players like Google and Apple are vying with broadband providers, security firms, home improvement stores, and of course, the home energy management crowd, to find the right combination of…
  • Beyond Hardware: Why ARPA-E Sees Big Potential in Software Analytics for the Grid

    18 September 2014, 12:21 pm by: Stephen Lacey

    ARPA-E, the government's energy research agency, backs a lot of complex projects. But its mission is very simple: find and support groundbreaking technologies that could have a transformative impact on the energy sector at scale.…
  • Vivint Solar, No. 2 US Solar Installer, Sets IPO Terms to Raise $370M

    18 September 2014, 9:10 am by: Eric Wesoff

    Vivint Solar, owned by the Blackstone Group, set its IPO terms to offer 20.6 million shares at between $16 and $18 per share. That would give the Provo, Utah-based installer and financier a market cap of approximately $1.79 billion, if it priced in the middle…
  • Ruling Against FERC Order Could Cost US Demand Response Market $4.4B in Revenue

    18 September 2014, 9:00 am by: Mike Munsell

    According to the latest report from GTM Research, U.S. Demand Response Markets Outlook 2014, a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals could cost the American demand response market $4.4 billion in unrealized revenue opportunity over the next ten years. The…
  • Duke Buying $500M of North Carolina Solar to Mixed Reviews

    18 September 2014, 8:00 am by: Herman K. Trabish

    Duke Energy's move to invest $500 million in 278 megawatts of utility-scale solar is unprecedented in the state -- but it's getting mixed reviews from North Carolina solar advocates.…
  • Solar Microinverter Startup Enecsys Raising $20M in IPO on London’s AIM

    17 September 2014, 11:55 pm by: Eric Wesoff

    Enecsys is looking to raise up to $20 million in an initial public offering on London's Alternative Investment Market, according to U.K. business website City A.M.…
  • Aggregating Water Heaters as Grid Batteries: Steffes’ Secret Sauce

    17 September 2014, 10:45 am by: Jeff St. John

    Grid-scale energy storage doesn’t have to come in the form of batteries.…
  • Green Jobs: New Execs at EcoFactor, Recurrent Energy, Siluria, Ideal Power, Hanwha

    17 September 2014, 9:58 am by: Eric Wesoff

    EcoFactor, a cloud-based home energy management service startup, named Matthew Plante as CEO. Plante joins EcoFactor from Bidgely, where he served as vice president of sales. Prior to Bidgely, Plante was VP of sales at EnerNOC, where he led various sales teams…
  • A Glimpse Into the DERMS Vendor Ecosystem

    17 September 2014, 9:30 am by: Omar Saadeh

    Over the next five years, the acronym "DERMS" will likely top many utility shopping lists. Distributed energy resource management systems have recently emerged as attractive software solutions via which to address the economic and technical challenges posed by…

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