EcoFactor is one of several startups with a cloud computing platform to manage and analyze data from smart thermostats and other home energy devices. But it also specializes in using that data to monitor and predict performance problems and impending failures of the air conditioners keeping houses cool. 

That kind of technology could have a lot of value to the companies that make heating, air conditioning and ventilation equipment — enough to make it worth owning.

On Tuesday, HVAC giant Trane announced it has acquired EcoFactor for an undisclosed sum. Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, plans to integrate EcoFactor’s “unique artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for energy

EcoFactor is one of several startups with a cloud computing platform to manage and analyze data form smart thermostats and other home energy devices. But it also specializes in using that data to monitor and predict performance problems and impending failures of the air conditioners keeping houses cool. 

That kind of technology could have a lot of value to the companies that make heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) equipment — enough to make it worth owning.

On Tuesday, HVAC giant Trane announced it has acquired EcoFactor for an undisclosed sum. Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, plans to integrate EcoFactor’s “unique artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for

Performance-based ratemaking (PBR), an emerging regulatory framework that ties utility revenue to performance rather than capital investment, is on the rise in the United States.

According to new data on PBR activity by utility commissions and utilities, 19 states and Washington D.C. have seen recent legislative and/or regulatory developments related to PBR — six more than a year ago.

Yet analysis of regulatory and legislative activity shows that while PBR is becoming more widespread, linking new performance metrics with financial consequences for utilities remains rare.

Performance-based ratemaking is a utility business model shift that rewards utilities for performing well on key metrics, such as efficiency, customer

The wind production tax credit (PTC) is heading out the door, and many in the industry are content to wave goodbye.

It might seem like a no-brainer for the U.S. wind industry to push for another extension of the PTC, the main subsidy that’s fueled the market’s rise — worth an inflation-adjusted $24 per megawatt-hour for the first 10 years of a wind farm’s life.

Yet with just 18 months remaining for developers to finish building projects qualified for the full PTC, many in the wind business either oppose another PTC extension or warn of unintended consequences should the multi-year phaseout be modified.

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Performance-based ratemaking (PBR), an emerging regulatory framework that ties utility revenue to performance rather than capital investment, is on the rise in the United States.

According to new data on PBR activity by utility commissions and utilities, 19 states and Washington D.C. have seen recent legislative and/or regulatory developments related to PBR — six more than a year ago.

Yet analysis of regulatory and legislative activity shows that while PBR is becoming more widespread, linking new performance metrics with financial consequences for utilities remains rare.

Performance-based ratemaking is a utility business model shift that rewards utilities for performing well on key metrics, such as efficiency, customer

Automakers are still selling fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in Norway despite a blast that wrecked a hydrogen filling station on Monday, sources confirmed.

Toyota and Hyundai were widely reported to have suspended Norwegian FCEV sales on Monday after hydrogen ignited and created a pressure wave that ripped through a station operated by Nel Hydrogen in Kjørbo, outside Oslo, injuring two.

But Toyota Motor Europe senior manager of corporate communications Mark Mildon told GTM that both carmakers had simply suspended deliveries, since all four hydrogen filling stations in the country had closed pending the outcome of accident investigations.

“We continue to sell hydrogen vehicles,” he said.

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