NRG Energy Has a Secretive Distributed Energy Optimization Platform, Called SpaceTag

What’s the best combination of distributed resources for every building in Southern California Edison’s 5.2 million customer service territory -- and what’s it worth to each customer?

NRG Energy says its new SpaceTag platform can provide the answer to these questions across a changing portfolio of properties and technologies, down to the individual building address. Now it’s putting the secretive data analytics engine to its first test -- gathering 60 megawatts of flexible clean energy capacity for key parts of SCE’s Orange County and Los Angeles power grid. 

On Thursday, NRG officially began seeking out commercial and industrial customers interested in taking part in this

We kick off this week with news on residential solar costs, plus some fuel cell action.

What happens when unstoppable price declines meet immovable customer acquisition costs?

Customer acquisition isn't pulling its weight in the residential solar cost stack, according to a new analysis. Whereas other components have seen 10x cost reductions over the past decade, customer acquisition has remained at roughly 60 cents per watt. This week, we look at how new sales and marketing strategies could be the major driver in future costs gains for residential solar. (story)


A brief history of residential PV system costs in the

Report: Spruce Financial For Sale. But Rumors Suggest More Layoffs and Exec Trouble

According to a report in Power Finance & Risk, Goldman Sachs has been retained to help sell Spruce Finance.

Sources tell GTM that Spruce has been trying to sell itself for the last three quarters. Rumors about the future of the company and its leadership are rife.

Spruce is the product of a merger between Clean Power Finance and Kilowatt Financial and provides financing for residential solar, water conservation and energy efficiency. The two merged companies have raised more than $2 billion. In early 2016, Spruce received $175 million from U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation to finance residential solar.

3 Examples of How Demand Response Is Morphing as a Grid Resource

As utilities and grid operators face new flexibility challenges, demand response is more important than ever. Applications for demand-side resources are evolving as a result.

There are a handful of themes emerging from the industry worth exploring: a strong focus on customer engagement; a growing array of demand response resources; an increased focus on non-wires alternatives to infrastructure; and the slow progress when turning pilots into commercial programs.

A community of thought leaders, utilities, consultants and vendors in demand response came together last week at the Peak Load Management Alliance conference last week to talk through some of those themes. Below, we offer

Report: Spruce Finance For Sale. But Rumors Suggest More Layoffs and Exec Trouble

According to a report in Power Finance & Risk, Goldman Sachs has been retained to help sell Spruce Finance.

Sources tell GTM that Spruce has been trying to sell itself for the past three quarters. Rumors about the future of the company and its leadership are rife.

Spruce is the product of a merger between Clean Power Finance and Kilowatt Financial and provides financing for residential solar, water conservation and energy efficiency. The two merged companies have raised more than $2 billion. In early 2016, Spruce received $175 million from U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation to finance residential solar.

What will it take to slash carbon emissions in the electric sector by 100 percent?

We're already making immense progress. And we could use wind, solar and storage to cost-effectively cut grid emissions in half. But to go from 50 percent reductions to 100 percent reductions will take a much more diverse range of technologies. That is the conclusion of a new literature review of 30 studies, written by Jesse Jenkins and Samuel Thernstrom.

Jesse Jenkins joins us on the podcast. He’s an energy thinker, writer and Ph.D. candidate at MIT with an expertise in electric power system engineering. 

In this week's

Is Ride Sharing Causing Traffic Problems? Uber and Lyft Might Get Sued by San Francisco to Find Out

San Francisco Examiner: SF Exploring ‘Legal Action’ Against State for Hidden Lyft, Uber Traffic Data

San Francisco officials are so fed up over traffic potentially caused by Uber and Lyft, they’re considering suing the state to help alleviate the problem.

At a regular meeting of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board of Directors on Tuesday, Commissioner Ahsha Safai -- also a San Francisco supervisor -- announced he is exploring legal action against the state.

The problem, said Safai, is the California Public Utilities Commission has location data of the tens of thousands of Uber and Lyft vehicles on San Francisco streets that may help

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