AES and Siemens Partner to Create New Energy Storage Powerhouse

On Friday, just as President Trump was sitting down to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about his country’s hacking of U.S. elections systems, news broke that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security identified a Russian attempt to penetrate the computer networks of more than a dozen U.S. power plants. 

The only good news so far, according to reports from The Washington Post, the New York Times, and Bloomberg, among others, is that it appears the hackers haven’t breached the IT-OT wall. 

“There is no indication of a threat to public safety, as any potential impact

Sunrun has assumed ownership of some or all of bankrupt Sungevity's solar financing agreements, according to an email obtained by GTM. 

You'll recall Sungevity as the richly funded startup that promised an "awesome" solar sales experience, but ended up declaring bankruptcy in March of this year.

Here's an excerpt from the email.

As you may have heard, your original solar service provider, Sungevity, has filed for bankruptcy and will no longer be servicing your solar electric system.

No need to worry, the agreement you originally signed with Sungevity has been transferred to Sunrun. Now, Sunrun will be your solar service provider and will

3 Ways the Trump Administration Is Changing How It Talks About Energy

Two of the biggest names in energy storage development have decided to join forces.

AES, a leader in megawatt-hours deployed, will launch a new company along with global energy systems provider Siemens. The jointly owned venture, dubbed Fluence, will scale up commercial and grid-scale storage deliveries worldwide.

The unprecedented move marks a preemptive consolidation of power in a young industry -- and a new competitior for emerging market leader Tesla. 

AES started deploying large, utility-scale storage a decade ago, making it a seasoned veteran in the new and emerging advanced energy storage world.

The major independent power producer deployed its own projects in PJM’s

3 Ways the Trump Administration Is Changing How It Talks About Energy

How are corporate customers -- and the vendors that serve them -- maturing in their approach to energy? 

From the enterprise point of view, the more important developments are behind the meter. Most enterprises operate across many utility territories and seek standardized offerings. They are looking for solutions that can collect and analyze data at a more granular level than just a whole building smart meter. Additionally, many enterprises want access to real-time data (utility smart meters typically provide data one day late).

A few important trends stood out at GTM's Grid Edge World Forum last month: coming consolidation; diversity of delivery models; verticalization; and clarity

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Worries grow that the appointment of a former utility lobbyist to an Energy Department role might sway federal policy on residential PV installations
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The number of rooftop photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) installations has increased dramatically in recent years, but growth is slowing under the weight of market saturation in places like California, financial problems on the part of several solar panel makers, and well-organized lobbying campaigns by the nation's investor-owned utilities, The New York Times reports.

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Three Ways the Trump Administration Is Changing How It Talks About Energy

Tri Alpha Energy, a company with $500 million in backing that has been working on nuclear fusion technology for nearly two decades, reached a major milestone last month.

On Monday, the company announced that it started up a new nuclear fusion reactor that can achieve the high temperatures needed to continue to validate its technology plans. The reactor, named Norman -- after the late company founder and Professor Norman Rostoker -- can operate at temperatures between 50 million and 70 million degrees centigrade, which is in the temperature range of the core of the sun. 

Commercial-scale nuclear fusion will likely have to operate in the range of

3 Ways the Trump Administration Is Changing How It Talks About Energy

Utility-scale solar projects in North America are different from those built elsewhere in the world. Solar project costs drive procurement and design decisions no matter the location. But in the U.S., upfront cost is king.

“The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms in North America tend to have a capex-oriented perspective while most everyone else in the deal has a long-run perspective,” said Bates Marshall, vice president and general manager of Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV solution for North America.

The strong focus that North American EPCs have on capital expenditure is the result of two central factors: risk and time. “Because of the [Investment Tax Credit],

Lennie Moreno believes customer empowerment is key to unlocking the next phase of growth in residential solar, which is why he created Draw My Roof. 

“I strongly believe the companies ... that will win over the market in the long-term will succeed because customers have full transparency,” said Moreno, CEO of the emerging solar software company Sofdesk and a former solar installer. “Once you provide full transparency and give tools to the end user, that’s when you’re building a long-term business model.”

Draw My Roof is a new online platform that allows potential solar customers to design their own home solar installation, based

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