Ohmconnect Wins Deal to Supply 4.5 MW of Behavioral Demand Response to SDG&E

Last week, San Diego Gas & Electric quietly announced a first-of-a-kind contract for behavioral demand response -- a deal with Ohmconnect for 4.5 megawatts of energy flexibility, available within 20 minutes notice, from its existing and growing pool of engaged homeowners across Southern California. 

The contract, tucked into a broader 83.5-megawatt energy storage procurement that included AES Energy Storage, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Powin Energy, Enel, and Advanced Microgrid Solutions, didn’t get too much attention. Prices weren't disclosed.  

SDG&E’s press release also contained a typo, Ohmconnect CEO Matt Duesterberg said in an interview. The San Francisco-based startup is not working

Bill Joy, Silicon Valley Luminary, Bets on Solid Polymer Electrolyte Batteries

MIT Technology Review: Here’s Why Trump’s Plan to Save the Coal Industry Is Doomed

Donald Trump’s policy efforts to rejuvenate the coal industry are unlikely to succeed.

We’ve argued that for some time, of course. But a new report from Columbia University, which shows that regulations have played only a small part in the decline of the coal industry to date, lends extra weight to the thesis.

If you’ve not been paying attention, coal has been taking a tumble recently. In America, its use fell by 30 percent between 2011 and 2016. The new analysis of what accounts for that slump makes for

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Two manufacturers will begin making insulation with ‘no added formaldehyde’ later this year
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Two manufacturers of mineral wool insulation have announced that they will stop using binders containing formaldehydeChemical found in many building products; most binders used for manufactured wood products are formaldehyde compounds. Reclassified by the United Nations International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2004 as a “known human carcinogen." in at least some of their products, a move aimed at addressing long-standing health concerns and meeting tougher green certification requirements.

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On Top of Everything Else, Tesla Faces a Rough Solar Market This Year

As Tesla’s losses widen, and it moves ever closer to shipping its first Model 3 cars this year, the electric car maker has another less obvious but difficult task to deal with: navigating the changing U.S. solar industry.

The company revealed some new data and goals about how it plans to transition in the solar sector during its first quarter earnings report on Wednesday afternoon.

Many are expecting solar panel sales in the U.S. to slow or drop this year due to federal and state policy shifts. Meanwhile, the solar industry is seeing more and more homeowners that want to own their solar panels, instead

How the Trump Administration Could Preempt State Policies to Shore Up Baseload Power

Many Republicans have long championed states’ rights and decried federal interference at the local level. So it may come as a surprise that the Trump Administration is considering actions to preempt state policies in order to shore up baseload energy resources.

“The boot is on the other foot,” said Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas and a self-proclaimed states’ rights advocate, speaking at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Summit last week in New York. “Are there issues that are so important to the national security of this country that the federal government can intervene on the regulatory side? I’ll suggest there are.”

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Elon Musk on Tesla’s Coming Solar Roof: ‘We Thought About Having the Warranty Be Infinity’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk doesn't give many interviews, so his TED Talk appearance last week opened a useful window into his current thinking.

That includes an attitude of casually answering questions that reveal a great deal of previous calculation and strategy -- or nonchalant spontaneity. Like here, when asked about follow-ups to Tesla's gargantuan Gigafactory:

"I think we'll announce locations for somewhere between two and four Gigafactories later this year," Musk said. "Yeah, probably four."

Regarding location, he noted that "We need to address a global market."

So there you have it. With the first factory not even complete, Tesla is

How the Trump Administration Could Pre-Empt State Policies to Shore Up Baseload Power

Many Republicans have long championed states’ rights and decried federal interference at the local level. So it may come as a surprise that the Trump administration is considering actions to pre-empt state policies in order to shore up baseload energy resources.

“The boot is on the other foot,” said Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas and a self-proclaimed states’ rights advocate, speaking at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Summit last week in New York. “Are there issues that are so important to the national security of this country that the federal government can intervene on the regulatory side? I’ll suggest there are.”

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Since the day Tesla was founded, executives saw stationary storage as a compliment to the electric car business.

That was Martin Eberhard's plan when he co-founded the company and envisioned the Tesla Energy Group. Years later, after launching the Powerwall, CEO Elon Musk said the storage business could soon eclipse automobiles. Today, storage is an integral part of Tesla's package of offerings for consumers, and its development plans for utilities. 

In 2009, Mateo Jaramillo was hired to execute Tesla's storage strategy. Well, eventually.

First, he was responsible for developing the company's powertrain. Over time, he became more heavily involved in stationary

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