Explaining the Unfolding Conflict Over Grid Data Access in California

Explaining the Unfolding Conflict Over Grid Data Access in California

California’s big utilities are planning to unveil online maps that give distributed energy developers much deeper data on grid edge capacity. But they’ve also just banned access to the maps they already have based on data security concerns.

by Jeff St. John |
PV, EV, & Storage 0
EnSync is working on a version of peer-to-peer energy trading.

How Your Battery Will Sell Energy to Your Neighbor’s Car

The system for behind-the-meter device-to-device transactions is due out in a year.

by Jason Deign
Energy 2
Puerto Rico's grid remains fragile.

One Year After Maria, Puerto Rico’s Energy Future Still in Limbo

“The poles that were bad were fixed, and the cables were repaired. But the system needs to be transformed.”

by Emma Foehringer Merchant
Electric Vehicles 3
Here are a few recent billion-dollar EV financial events in China.

Mega Financing Rounds Affirm China Is the Center of the Electric Vehicle World

Meanwhile, the Justice Department is investigating Tesla CEO Elon Musk for fraudy tweets.

by Eric Wesoff
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Electric Vehicles 0
Proterra Keeps the Money Coming With $155 Million Raise, Daimler Partnership

Proterra Keeps the Money Coming With $155 Million Raise, Daimler Partnership

The money will be used for R&D, building electric school buses, and improving the existing Catalyst platform.

by Julian Spector
Regulation & Policy 0
Combating climate change is a global effort. But the spotlight last week was on California.

California’s Top Utility Regulator on the Quest for Deep Decarbonization

Building renewable energy projects isn’t the hard part—it’s managing the shift to a low-carbon economy, says CPUC President Michael Picker.

by Julia Pyper
Other Energy 6
Experts Discuss the Biggest Barriers Holding Back Building Electrification

Experts Discuss the Biggest Barriers Holding Back Building Electrification

At a Rocky Mountain Institute summit, experts discussed how to unlock the market for all-electric buildings.

by Justin Gerdes
Batteries, Storage & Fuel Cells 1
Ballard Power Systems gets a big investment from China's Weichai Power.

Signs of Fuel Cell Scaling: Ballard Power Inks $163M Investment From Weichai Power

The latest investment and partnership activity in the fuel cell sector.

by Matthew Klippenstein
Electric Vehicles 6
States, Cities and Companies Unveil a Frenzy of New Electric Vehicle Commitments

States, Cities and Companies Unveil a Frenzy of New Electric Vehicle Commitments

Startups Chargepoint and EVBox pledge millions of chargers by 2025, as cities and utilities up their clean transportation goals.

by Jeff St. John
Divining the Data on the US Non-Wires Alternatives Market

Divining the Data on the US Non-Wires Alternatives Market

While the NWA market is still in its infancy, data is emerging to measure its progress. But more transparency is needed to match distributed energy resources with utility grid needs.

by Jeff St. John |
Residential Storage Has Jumped Ahead. Can Utilities Keep Up?

Residential Storage Has Jumped Ahead. Can Utilities Keep Up?

Residential deployments “smashed” records in the second quarter, which could give consumers an “unprecedented amount of leverage in their relationship with the utility.”

by Emma Foehringer Merchant |
Off Grid/Energy Access 1
A farmer in Aurangabad, India walks through her fields. She is gaining access to urban markets by working with Factor[e]’s portfolio companies.
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Lean Startups Will Not Solve Universal Energy Access

The Series A gap is very real in impact investing.

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Regulation & Policy 3
Key policy decisions could support or undermine CCA clean energy plans.

How Community Choice Aggregation Fits Into California’s Clean Energy Future

CCAs are pushing ahead of California utilities’ renewable energy goals—and facing challenges in sharing the burden with investor-owned utilities.

by Jeff St. John
Electric Vehicles 8
BMW says electrification is coming, as it prepares to unveil several new electric vehicles.

BMW Says No ‘Question Mark’ About Vehicle Electrification

Germany lags in the EV race, but manufacturers see big opportunities.

by Emma Foehringer Merchant
Carbon Management 6
Real economy actors are putting climate targets within reach -- without having to make sacrifices.

Cities, States and Businesses Within Striking Distance of Paris Climate Goals—Without Trump

A new report from the America’s Pledge initiative tracks the success of corporate and non-federal climate commitments.

by Julia Pyper
The live broadcast of Blockchain in Energy Forum on September 11 From San Francisco.

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by Nicholas Rinaldi |
Utilities 15
Xcel Resource Planning Executive: We Can Buy New Renewables Cheaper Than Existing Fossil Fuels

Xcel Resource Planning Executive: We Can Buy New Renewables Cheaper Than Existing Fossil Fuels

Jonathan Adelman discusses how the utility is setting an example in decarbonization ahead of his participation at the Power & Renewables Summit 2018.

by Juan Monge
Policy 11
“California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change.

It’s Official: Gov. Brown Signs 100% Clean Energy Into Law

He also signed an executive order directing California to achieve carbon neutrality—economy-wide—by 2045.

by Julian Spector
Software & Analytics 0
Monday’s Series D round brings total funding for AutoGrid to more than $75 million.

AutoGrid’s $32M Series D Adds Major New Utility Investor-Partners

Hong Kong’s CLP, Germany’s Innogy, Denmark’s Ørsted and U.S. generator Tenaska join the roster of utilities investing in and using the startup’s grid analytics and controls.

by Jeff St. John
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Commercial & Industrial Energy 1
Centrica's distributed energy business continues to grow.

Centrica Moves Deeper Into C&I Solar With Vista Acquisition

The massive energy services firm can now “streamline project development processes under one roof.”

by Eric Wesoff
Grid Optimization 10
DNV GL Predicts ‘Massive’ Grid Expansion and Automation

DNV GL Predicts ‘Massive’ Grid Expansion and Automation

Power line length and capacity to triple by 2050, risk management firm says.

by Jason Deign
Fossil Fuels 59
Adversarial approaches to coal plant retirements are not working fast enough.

How to Give Coal Plants a Graceful Exit

RMI offers a global playbook for managing coal plant retirements to minimize losses.

by Julia Pyper
Finance & VC 0
Energy Impact Partners is now offering equity and debt for next-generation energy companies.

Energy Impact Partners’ $681M Fundraising, By the Numbers

CEO Hans Kobler lays out plans for $150M federally backed credit fund, plus $531M in equity, for startups to meet utilities’ next-generation needs.

by Jeff St. John
Off Grid/Energy Access 12
Private mini-grid developers should be given a chance to serve rural Africans.
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Private Mini-Grid Firms Deserve a Chance to Compete Against Slow Utilities in Africa

A faster path to rural electrification.

by Gabriel Davies, Matt Tilleard and Lucy Shaw
Regulation & Policy 4
Mixed reactions to major pieces of California electricity policy.

California Lawmakers Pass PG&E Wildfire Relief Bill, Let Grid Regionalization Expire

A bill to allow ratepayer-backed bonds to cover fire damages passes despite being attacked as a bailout, while grid regionalization falters under fear of federal interference.

by Jeff St. John