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Tesla for Easy Microgrid Buying, Black & Veatch for Sustainability & Axiom Exergy for Cool

Tesla: Would you like your microgrid in a bag or box? Tesla's vision of one-stop-shopping for microgrid-like products came closer to reality this week following approval of its merger with SolarCity by the independent members of each company's boards of directors. Elon Musk, the CEO and major shareholder of both companies, is positioning … [Read more...]

Alaska Center Seeks New Microgrid Technology…Microgrid Brings Peace & Quiet to Kenya Park…Other Quick News

Funds available in microgrid technology competition The Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies has launched a competition that offers financial and lab assistance for microgrid technology development. The grand prize winner will receive $275,000 to accelerate commercialization and improve operation and efficiency of a microgrid technology. … [Read more...]

Is this the ‘Non-Weird’ Future of Microgrids? 

Elon Musk, CEO of California-based Tesla, last week told analysts that he wants to get the energy world to a “non-weird future.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles away in Minnesota, an international energy gathering offered a glimpse of its own kind of energy future. Musk’s future of microgrids is a place where consumers can easily (and more cheaply) … [Read more...]

Disruptors Unite: Wellinghoff Joins SolarCity as Policy Lead

Think of it as a coming together of two energy industry disrupters...SolarCity has hired Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as its chief policy officer. While such appointments are typically not big news, this one is interesting because SolarCity and Wellinghoff have separately helped create … [Read more...]

‘Global Warming’ Leaves Americans Cold…and More Quick Energy Efficiency News for this Week

Quick energy efficiency news for this week… We’ll have to ditch the terms “global warming” and “climate change” if we want to advance U.S. energy and environmental policy. Research presented in the book, Cheap and Clean: How Americans Think About Energy in the Age of Global Warming, conducted in conjunction with the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), … [Read more...]

Latest on the Electric Grid Revolution in California and New York

Revolutions seem to take forever, and then happen overnight. The electric grid revolution is still in the forever stage. But California and New York covered some big ground over the last couple of weeks. The two states are moving toward a decentralized, more democratic, less monopolized electric grid, one where energy markets are open to the … [Read more...]

Three Reasons to Watch the SolarCity Microgrid Play

When it comes to market signals, SolarCity’s move into microgrids this week was a clanging, light-flashing, the-train-is-arriving announcement. The solar giant's arrival is a big deal not so much because of the product it will offer -- a solar and battery microgrid called GridLogic -- but because of how SolarCity has changed electricity markets … [Read more...]

Boosting Energy Efficiency & Solar in Win-Win Deal

SolarCity and Carrier hope to boost energy efficiency and solar with a clever deal that's a win-win for both companies and their customers. Under the deal, SolarCity is offering to provide a $1,000 rebate to Carrier customers who go solar with SolarCity. The rebate applies to Carrier heating systems, furnaces, air conditioners and heat … [Read more...]

Solar and Energy Efficiency Securitization Emerge

Organizations are beginning to securitize solar and energy efficiency loans to allow greater levels of investment. Securitization involves pooling loans to create consolidated securities that investors can purchase. Recently, SolarCity securitized $54.4 million in loans for solar photovoltaic installations. Also, the Green Jobs – Green New York … [Read more...]