There are reports of cars being delivered with technical glitches.

Tesla is a truly audacious enterprise. The company is attempting to simultaneously scale in solar and storage, semis and sedans.

But, of late, Tesla’s lofty aspirations have been threatened by down-to-earth realities: executive turnover and the difficulties of producing a flawless vehicle for the masses.

Last week, Bloomberg’s veteran Tesla-watcher Dana Hull published a survey of recent departures among senior management. In February, sales chief Jon McNeill left Tesla to become Lyft’s COO. Chief accounting officer Eric Branderiz recently left the company for personal reasons. And Susan Repo, Tesla’s corporate treasurer and vice president of finance, left to become CFO of another company.

The U.S. government has officially accused Russia of an already well-reported effort to gain access to the country’s power grid, natural gas and water pipelines, and other critical infrastructure control systems. But it hasn’t yet found any evidence that they’ve achieved those goals. 
On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a joint alert on “Russian government actions targeting U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors.” DHS and the FBI characterized this activity as a "multi-stage intrusion campaign."
The attacks, first reported in July 2017, started by

Solar industry stakeholders filed applications with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative last week seeking exclusions from the Trump administration’s 30 percent tariff on imported solar products.

Requests were due Friday night and a total of 55 comments were ultimately received, according to the USTR docket.

California-based Solaria Corporation, Korea's Hanwha Q Cells and EU ProSun, a group representing 80 percent of European solar cell and module production, were among those to submit requests. Inverter manufacturers Enphase and SolarEdge also filed comments seeking exemptions for their integrated solar module products.

Saft's battery manufacturing operations.

Saft, the 100-year-old French battery maker now owned by Total, last month unveiled an alliance aimed at taking on Asia’s dominance in the lithium-ion market.

The alliance, which includes chemicals firm Solvay, battery assembly specialist Manz, industrial giant Siemens and “other leading European companies,” will embark on an ambitious program of research to develop the “battery of the future."

The program will be focused on creating advanced high-density lithium-ion and solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, energy storage and sectors such as defense and electronics, where Saft already has a substantial foothold. 

“These new generation batteries will provide performance, cost and safety advantages compared

Report tracks a sharp increase in commercial buildings with verified net-zero performance

Although the numbers are still very small, proven net-zero energyProducing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. performance in commercial buildings is rising at a statistically rapid pace, a report from the New Buildings Institute says.

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A range of startups are looking to harness the power of efficient buildings.

The traditional facility management model is changing.

Peter Ankerstjerne of ISS, a European-based facility management services firm, notes that the industry has changed from a focus on inputs, to outputs, and now to outcomes. Instead of focusing on how much effort or cost is required to fix a piece of equipment or provide a given service, building owners and operators instead want service providers to deliver tangible and beneficial outcomes. The ultimate outcome for an office building is delivering a compelling, productive space that enables occupants to do great work.

On the software side, many legacy energy management vendors are focusing on their ability

The age of storage serving peak power has only just begun, so the size of that market is very much up for debate.

California has already halted a new gas plant in favor of energy storage in its place. Elsewhere, regulators called on PG&E to acquire storage instead of paying to maintain two existing gas peaker plants. An Arizona utility recently procured a solar and battery project specifically to serve capacity for system peak hours.

These are early signs of a dramatic shift in how the grid gets electricity when demand is highest. “The amount of press written

Using electric vehicles for grid services isn't easy.

The U.K. launched a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) study last month. But it could still be a long time before the technology goes mainstream.

“V2G projects often get stuck in pilot,” admitted Simon Daniel, CEO of energy storage firm Moixa Energy, which is working on the study as part of a consortium that includes National Grid, Western Power Distribution, the Nissan European Technical Centre and others.

The term"‘vehicle-to-grid" has been around since the mid 2000s, to describe the use of idle car batteries as a source of power that can be used for grid services, such as demand response or frequency regulation.

The idea is attractive

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