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  • Nest Buys Revolv, Takes Its Home Hub Off the Market

    24 October 2014, 4:31 pm by: Jeff St. John

    Nest Labs has bought another startup -- Revolv, maker of wireless hubs that can speak a dozen or so different protocols for the crowded and complicated home automation market. But for now at least, it looks like it’s taking Revolv’s main product off the…
  • Are Utilities Investing Enough in Distribution to Boost Resilience and Support Renewables?

    24 October 2014, 2:00 pm by: Julia Pyper

    Investor-owned utilities in the United States have made increased investments in the electricity distribution system over the past two decades, according to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Investments are down from a peak of $20…
  • To Modernize the Grid, We Must Forget Everything We Know About Rate Structures

    24 October 2014, 12:28 pm by: Edwin Overcast

    Today’s electric utility rates, largely based on structures developed in the 19th century, cannot support the evolving business needs of utilities. Nor can current rates provide for a fair distribution of costs, particularly among residential consumers. In…
  • How Groundbreaking Is DOE’s New $53M Solar Investment?

    24 October 2014, 6:40 am by: Stephen Lacey

    Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He's a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural gas, carbon sequestration and all kinds of renewables -- and has the diverse funding at the Department of Energy to show for it.…
  • Imergy Returns to the Scene With Low-Cost Flow Battery

    23 October 2014, 4:45 pm by: Julia Pyper

    After a decade of development and some corporate rebranding, Imergy Power Systems has unveiled a next-generation vanadium flow battery the company claims will dramatically lower costs and boost performance over competing battery chemistries by using a recycled…
  • Tendril’s Zero-Data Analytics: No Utility Bills Required

    23 October 2014, 4:00 pm by: Jeff St. John

    Tendril Networks has gone through a lot of changes in its decade in the home energy management business. But throughout its faltering as a provider of energy dashboards and displays, as well as its later reinvention as a software and data analytics provider,…
  • New Jersey Begins the Process of Deploying Grid-Scale Energy Storage

    23 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Eric Wesoff

    Grid-scale energy storage is slowly moving from its pilot-program phase to its early commercialization phase. And the slow road to commercialization at U.S. utilities comes in the form of requests for quotation and solicitations like the one just issued by the…
  • Utilities and Clean Energy Advocates Find Common Ground on Distributed Generation

    23 October 2014, 10:43 am by: Julia Pyper

    It may come as a surprise to some, but David Owens, executive VP of the Edison Electric Institute, and Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s energy program, seem to have a lot in common.…
  • Hanergy Aims MiaSole’s Flexible PV at Rooftops and Alta’s Cells at Drones

    23 October 2014, 7:00 am by: Eric Wesoff

    In 2012, China's Hanergy, the owner of gigawatts' worth of hydropower, wind and solar assets, acquired MiaSolé, a technologically accomplished, CIGS thin-film solar firm. The reported sales price was $30 million, according to documents obtained by the San…
  • Lessons From Germany: Can the US Succeed With Its Own Energiewende?

    22 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Katrina Prutzman

    Germany has put itself on the world map in the past decade as an early adopter of energy generation from renewable sources. In 2013, 25% of the country’s energy came from renewable sources -- the highest percentage in the world. By 2050, as part of the…

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