One of the greatest scandals in automotive history is about to result in the single largest investment in electric-vehicle infrastructure the nation has ever seen. Assuming the deal doesn’t get derailed, that is.

As part of a court settlement over the “Dieselgate” emissions test fiasco, Volkswagen agreed to invest $2 billion in EV infrastructure across the U.S. through its new subsidiary Electrify America. In April, the EPA approved the first phase of VW’s national plan, which outlines $250 million in charging station investments between now and mid-2019. Overall, Volkswagen Group of America will invest $1.2 billion over the next 10 years in zero-emissions

In a seminal scene from the acclaimed Batman movie The Dark Knight, District Attorney Harvey Dent tells his dinner companions: “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

The phrase foreshadowed Dent and Batman’s character arcs in the movie: Dent would become a villain, while Batman would assume responsibility for his crimes (becoming a villain in public perception) so Dent could die a hero.   

“Die a hero or become the villain” describes the arc of many technologies, depending whether they fail -- allowing proponents to imagine rosy alternate futures -- or flourish, improving the human

Trump FERC Nominees Bring Certainty for Pipeline Development, Less Certainty for Distributed Energy

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will soon have a quorum again.

President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Chatterjee, a long-time advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Rob Powelson, a Pennsylvania utility commissioner and strong supporter of natural gas development, to fill two of three vacant seats at FERC. Pending U.S. Senate approval, the two men will restore the agency's power to rule on matters ranging from natural gas and transmission policy to how large-scale wind and solar is valued in interstate grid markets. 

Powelson, who has served on the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission since 2008, has criticized states like Maryland that have proposed bans

How Do You Bring the Smart City to Life?

The term "smart city" means different things to different people.

At a basic level, a smart city is one that leverages sensors and data analytics to enable better outcomes for citizens and the environment -- whether that’s easier parking or better air quality. Making a city intelligent has real-world implications for the health, sustainability and prosperity of communities.

“It’s really about how not only do we have a city of interconnected things, but it’s what they are able to do when leveraged together to create new insights or solve new problems in new ways," explains Sharelynn Moore, the vice president of global marketing at Itron. 

Laying

Sources: Ten K Solar Winding Down Operations After a Series of Field Failures

Ten K Solar, an American builder of integrated high-efficiency solar panels, is winding down its operations, according to sources close to the firm.

Few solar hardware startups survive to adulthood in this ruthlessly competitive market. The demise of many PV firms can be blamed on greed, sloth, pride or any of the other deadly startup sins. But in Ten K Solar's case, it appears that rampant inverter failures (from other vendor's equipment) is the cause of this company's imminent end.

The firm was founded in 2008 as a builder of integrated PV panels with intra-module power conditioning in tandem with a reflector. The company started

EPA Cuts Scientists From Scientific Review Board, Considers Adding Members of Regulated Industries

The New York Times: EPA Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board

The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research.

A spokesman for the E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt, said he would consider replacing the academic scientists with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate, as part of the wide net it plans to cast. “The administrator believes we should have people on this board who understand the impact

Sources: TenKsolar Winding Down Operations After a Series of Field Failures

TenKsolar, an American builder of integrated high-efficiency solar panels, is winding down its operations, according to sources close to the firm.

Few solar hardware startups survive to adulthood in this ruthlessly competitive market. The demise of many PV firms can be blamed on greed, sloth, pride or any of the other deadly startup sins. But in tenKsolar's case, it appears that rampant inverter failures (from other vendors' equipment) are the cause of this company's imminent end.

The firm was founded in 2008 as a builder of integrated PV panels with intra-module power conditioning in tandem with a reflector. The company started shipping in 2010 with

Itron to Acquire Comverge for $100M, Diving Into the Demand Response Business

Smart metering giant Itron announced Monday that it will acquire demand response provider Comverge for about $100 million. It’s a move that puts Itron into a totally new business.

The company is betting that networking smarts can revitalize Comverge -- a somewhat battered contender in the U.S. demand response industry. 

Itron signed a definitive agreement to acquire Comverge through the purchase of its parent company, Peak Holding Corp., which is the latest in a long string of owners. Comverge was one of two big companies to IPO early last decade (EnerNOC being the other) as the automated demand response market soared.

But Comverge,

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