Microgrid company GI Energy announced this week that Shell New Energies would acquire a majority stake in the company for an undisclosed amount.

This marks Shell’s sixth investment or acquisition of a company working on the grid edge since the beginning of 2017. Last year, giants including Enel, Total, Engie and Centrica also joined the "grid edge shopping spree," according to GTM Grid Edge Research Manager Elta Kolo.

That “spree” has turned into a long-range business strategy in 2018. With another investment in thermal storage company Axiom Exergy announced Wednesday, Shell’s investments so far in 2018 already rival the number of

Buying SpaceTime Insight gives Nokia an entree into the application layer of the IOT world.

SpaceTime Insight, a startup with a long list of utilities and energy companies using its data visualization and analytics software, has been acquired by Nokia to boost the telecommunications provider’s internet of things business. 

Under the deal announced Monday, SpaceTime Insight and CEO Rob Schilling will join the internet of things (IOT) product unit within the Nokia Software business group. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SpaceTime Insight has raised more than $50 million since its 2007 founding. It raised a $20 million Series C round in 2013 featuring Zouk Capital, Opus Capital Ventures, EnerTech Capital and Novus Energy Partners. In 2015

Axiom Exergy uses thermal storage to shave grocery stores' electricity bills and keep food safe in a blackout.

New money is flowing to small thermal storage startup Axiom Exergy.

The company closed a $7.6 million Series A to scale its cold storage device for grocery stores, bringing its total funds raised to $12.5 million. Shell Ventures and GXP Investments led the round, which also included WorldQuant Ventures, SV Tech Ventures and Meson Capital.

The 15-person startup will use the funds to grow its grocery partnerships from initial installations with Whole Foods and Walmart. The company also plans to expand its cloud-based data analytics to optimize how its product shifts stores' electricity consumption.

“Where we really deliver a lot of value is when we

While it may seem niche, the world of solar software is becoming larger and more diverse by the minute. 

According to Paul Grana, co-founder of software firm Folsom Labs, the general trend in the solar software space is toward fragmentation. 

"There are literally thousands of apps just for sales teams alone, not even HR or marketing, let alone the integration of technology," he said in an interview last week at GTM's Solar Software Summit in San Diego.

While managing a wide range of software solutions can add complexity, it's also an opportunity. "Fragmentation means that a team is working on a narrower problem, and

Dominion says it is already developing another

Virginia regulators have rejected a proposal from Dominion Energy to offer 100 percent renewable energy plans to large electricity customers in the state. 

The decision was praised by clean energy groups and retail suppliers that argued approving the utility program would effectively eliminate third-party competition. Under current Virginia law, third party companies can sell 100 percent renewable power directly to customers, unless the customer’s incumbent utility offers a separate 100 percent renewable tariff, like the one Dominion put forward.

In a final order released Monday, the Virginia State Corporation Commission determined that Dominion "has not established that its proposed tariffs will result in just and reasonable rates," and that

If we want to decarbonize quickly, we need to run as much as possible on renewable energy, including cars and space heating at the consumer level — and that means electrifying everything.

Since the best form of renewable energy is electricity, we need to Electrify Everything. David Roberts at Vox coined the term and explains it in more detail here. This article lays out a path for consumer electrification from a home performance expert.

Electrify Everything seems to have it all: a simple concept; broad industry and scientific consensus; a cool name; a fast path off of fossil fuels and into renewables; and a

The landlord-tenant split plagues commercial solar.

This week on The Interchange, a listener tries to convince his office building owner to install solar: "he's open to the idea, but we're struggling with the question of who pays," says Daniel from Menlo Park, California.

This conundrum gets to the heart of C&I solar's complexity. We'll address the landlord-tenant split that plagues commercial solar — and the broad range of financing and policy solutions.

Later in the show, we'll talk with two of our senior solar analysts at GTM Research, Michelle Davis and Allison Mond. Both residential installers and commercial developers have customer acquisition problems — only they’re the exact opposite problems.

Residential installers

If we want to decarbonize quickly and run much as possible on renewable energy, we need to electrify everything.

David Roberts at Vox coined the term and explains it in more detail here. This article lays out a path for consumer electrification from a home performance expert's perspective.

Electrify Everything seems to have it all: a simple concept; broad industry and scientific consensus; a cool name; a fast path off of fossil fuels and into renewables; and a politically neutral approach.

Better still, it helps grow renewables by expanding the grid, which has seen little growth in the last 10 years. While renewable energy

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