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Making Connections and Finding Inspiration at WCS Talks 2016

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

How business can lead the way. Kate Brandt , Google’s Lead for Sustainability, emphasized how businesses can lead the way in promoting a “circular economy” that’s more than just a buzzword. Google, the largest corporate non-utility buyer of renewable energy in the world, is well positioned to lead the way. Words on a page can’t capture the energy and charisma she emanated. Business opportunities. Moving clean energy and efficiency forward.

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Behind-the-Meter Battery Pioneer Stem to Take SPAC Route to Public Markets

GreenTechMedia

Stem, the decade-old behind-the-meter battery startup that was seeking a buyer earlier this year to bolster its growth ambitions, is now launching a plan to go public via a special-purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC) reverse merger.

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Worldwide, AI is Providing Utilities With a Powerful New Tool in the Fight Against Electricity Thieves

Bidgely

Utilities around the world continue to struggle with energy theft, with an estimated $80 to $100 billion lost globally to theft each year. In Jamaica, electricity theft is estimated to cost the Jamaica Public Service Company $200 million – 80 percent more than a decade ago.

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Three Regional Clean Energy Companies Graduate from Cleantech San Diego Business Accelerator

CleanTech San Diego

Aquacycl, Kitu Systems, and Nuvve Complete Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) Program. The program offers free business services through a consortium of regional partner organizations to help energy entrepreneurs successfully bring their innovations to market.

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So, What Exactly Are Virtual Power Plants?

GreenTechMedia

And in energy circles, one of the biggest buzzwords in recent years is the virtual power plant, or VPP. But VPPs have really taken off in the last 10 years, not just as a concept but as something that a growing number of energy companies are creating, using and commercializing.

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The Return on Investment (ROI) of Sustainable Business

Green Business Bureau

The ROI Of Sustainability in Business. There is general consensus among business leaders and investors that business success today requires a commitment to sustainability. There is company risk in not being sustainable, both to the planet and to the business.

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COI Energy Cuts Buildings’ Power Consumption, Driven by Philosophy of Mutual Responsibility

Greentown Labs

Berrien is from a small Pennsylvania town, where her family experienced energy poverty. As an adult, she went into the energy industry—a decision, she explains, that she didn’t realize was fueled by her previous experiences with energy.

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Recycling food is top of UK businesses’ green agenda

Envirotec Magazine

Nearly half of all businesses (46%) across the UK have ‘recycling food waste’ at the top of their priorities to reduce their organisation’s carbon footprint, according to new research. The 10 main business priorities to reduce carbon footprint: Recycling food waste (46%).

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Should California Link Electricity Bills to Customer Incomes?

GreenTechMedia

California already has some of the highest electricity rates in the country. Those costs could rise even faster over the next decade, as utilities harden their grids against wildfires, grow their share of net-metered rooftop solar, and add other costs being passed through to utility customers.

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How do you monitor a tidal river?

Envirotec Magazine

This is because water quality is heavily affected by the state of the tide, which presents a significant monitoring challenge in the lower reaches of many rivers. To overcome this, scientists at the company Meteor Communications have developed a continuous monitoring and data management system that is able to remove the effects of tide and unveil the true underlying water quality. With a tidal range of up to 7m, the River Thames presents a number of monitoring challenges.

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4 Big Challenges Facing FERC’s Plan to Open Up Power Markets to Distributed Energy

GreenTechMedia

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Order 2222 , a groundbreaking effort to open up U.S. wholesale energy markets to aggregated solar systems, smart inverters, batteries, electric vehicles, smart appliances, grid-responsive building controls and other distributed energy resources (DERs). power grids — at least, not yet. Power generator groups took a challenge to FERC’s demand response orders all the way to the U.S.

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Think tank outlines possible clean energy industrial strategy for the UK

Envirotec Magazine

Accelerating the build-out of clean energy will reduce costs and make the UK more secure, write Josh Freed and Isabelle Chan of US think tank Third Way, which released a new policy paper on the topic on 29 September. Industrial strategy is useful because the world is moving to clean energy.

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PV Plant Owned by First Solar Is Being Paid to Help Balance Chile’s Electric Grid

GreenTechMedia

Back in 2016, First Solar proved in a California pilot project that utility-scale solar farms can provide critical transmission grid services. That’s a task usually assigned to fossil-fired power plants and hydroelectric dams, or, in a growing number of cases, batteries.

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Who pays and who benefits from a massive expansion of solar power?

Renewable Energy World

Electricity generation produces a quarter of U.S. The electric grid also is highly vulnerable to climate change effects, such as more frequent and severe droughts , hurricanes and other extreme weather events. In both cases, power companies bill their customers for associated costs.

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Reactive Technologies: Pinpointing the Inertia of Renewable-Powered Grids

GreenTechMedia

Getting to 100 percent clean energy presents power grid operators with a major problem: what to do about inertia. ’s National Grid, Australian grid operator AEMO, Italian grid operator Terna and Japan’s biggest utility Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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7 Sustainability Ideas To Green Up Your Small Business

Green Business Bureau

Time To “Green Up” Your Business . As the climate crisis intensifies, customers, employees, partners and governments are putting pressure on businesses to become more sustainable. This includes not only large corporations but small businesses. Benefits of Sustainable Business.

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#Greentown10: Greentown Launch Propels Startup-corporate Partnerships to Commercialize Climatetech

Greentown Labs

Corporates unlock key opportunities for climatetech deployment at scale, due to their capital, purchasing power, and market access—especially given that climatetech is a largely B2B industry with high capital requirements. 2016 SunRISE I (2016). Sector: Electricity.

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AMPLY Power offers EV fleets guaranteed uptime and zero charging challenges

Charged

AMPLY Power says its charging as a service model provides 99.9% As commercial fleets electrify, they are finding that they need expert help to design, install and operate their charging infrastructure. I’ve been a long-time clean energy entrepreneur.

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The Return on Investment (ROI) of Sustainable Business

Green Business Bureau

The Business Case for Sustainability. There is general consensus among business leaders and investors that business success today requires a commitment to sustainability. ROI and Sustainability go hand in hand, as many sustainable business practices save money by themselves.

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The Return on Investment (ROI) of Sustainable Business

Green Business Bureau

The Business Case for Sustainability. There is general consensus among business leaders and investors that business success today requires a commitment to sustainability. ROI and Sustainability go hand in hand, as many sustainable business practices save money by themselves.

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Ten Regional Clean Energy Companies Graduate from Cleantech San Diego Startup Incubator

CleanTech San Diego

Annual Southern California Energy Innovation Network Showcase Event Being Held November 9. The program offers free business services through a consortium of regional partner organizations and private sector companies to help entrepreneurs successfully bring their energy innovations to market.

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Amply Wants to Make Electric Vehicle Fleet Charging Super Simple

GreenTechMedia

Converting a fleet from fossil-fueled to electric is a lot more complicated than simply buying new vehicles. The electric cars, trucks and buses need carefully scheduled charging to ensure they have sufficient fuel for their duties.

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Phone Firms Pile into Spain’s Renewable Energy Market

GreenTechMedia

Spain’s booming renewable energy market is attracting the attention of an unlikely retail segment: mobile phone companies. Phone firms including national leader Telefónica are jostling to offer clean energy alongside more traditional products such as broadband connections.

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How a Single UK Turbine Could Prove a New Use Case for Wind Power

GreenTechMedia

A trial to test the concept of using a wind turbine to help smooth peaks and troughs in electricity supply and demand on the grid began earlier this month. ’s clean energy transition: grid constraint.

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‘Enormous Step’ for Energy Storage as Court Upholds FERC Order 841, Opening Wholesale Markets

GreenTechMedia

Friday’s court opinion ( PDF ) declared that FERC has jurisdiction over how energy storage interacts with the interstate transmission markets it regulates, even if those systems are interconnected to the grid under regulations set by the states. In early 2016, the U.S.

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2019 New Investment Spotlight #1: Nikola Power

Clean Energy Trust

Clean Energy Trust added four new cleantech startups to our portfolio over the past few months and unveiled them at Co_Invest Cleantech on May 22nd. This is the first edition of our 2019 New Investment Spotlight, and it’s shining bright on Nikola Power. Nikola Power co-founder & CEO J.W. After all, they say energy storage is the holy grail of the clean energy economy. Or as Katherine Hamilton from The Energy Gang says, “Batteries are like bacon?—?they

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Ohio bill emphasizes jobs and justice on path to 100% clean energy by 2050

Renewable Energy World

Kowalski , Energy News Network. A bill for cutting carbon emissions calls for equity in job training and transition programs, an office of energy justice, increased oversight, and curbs on utility influence over regulators. Energy justice and equity. By Kathiann M.

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HEVO to Launch US Manufacturing for Wireless Electric Vehicle Charger

GreenTechMedia

Wireless electric vehicle charging carries a whiff of the future, akin to flying cars. But HEVO, a Brooklyn-based startup, aims to make it part of the present by emerging from obscurity with a commercially ready wireless charger this year.

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Advancing the New US Administration’s Clean Energy Transition with UtilityAI™

Bidgely

As we enter 2021, we find ourselves in the middle of an energy transition that is transforming the way electricity is generated, stored and consumed, with power systems moving from fossil-fuel-based centralized single-flow electric grids to renewable bi-directional and decentralized energy networks.

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Advancing the New US Administration’s Clean Energy Transition with UtilityAI™

Bidgely

As we enter 2021, we find ourselves in the middle of an energy transition that is transforming the way electricity is generated, stored and consumed, with power systems moving from fossil-fuel-based centralized single-flow electric grids to renewable bi-directional and decentralized energy networks.

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From bladder-powered energy storage to a green dishwasher called Bob: The best of clean tech at CES 2022

Business Green

On offer were a raft of clean tech innovations, from the latest smart home gizmos through to the world's most powerful e-bikes and e-scooters. Bladder-power underwater energy storage. Credit: GAF Energy. An electric motorbike that's ready to take on the petrolheads.

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How 4 Top US Utilities Are Grappling With the Energy Transition (or Not)

GreenTechMedia

The past decade has been a wild ride for America's massive electricity sector. utility can be said to be close to that vision — or not outside a few fortuitously supplied and forward-thinking outliers like Vermont’s Green Mountain Power. Credit: Dominion Energy).

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Massive Transformation of Japanese Electricity Market Calls for Flexible Energy Management

AutoGrid

Massive Transformation of Japanese Electricity Market Calls for Flexible Energy Management. Partnerships with local market players will bring AutoGrid Flex to regulated and deregulated electricity companies in Japan. Since 2016, the Japanese electricity market has undergone a massive transformation through deregulation. Already, more than 450 competing deregulated energy retailers are offering products for management of distributed solar and energy storage.

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Demand Response Industry Asks Feds to Open States to Energy Market Competition

GreenTechMedia

Over the past half-decade, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has consistently won court battles upholding its authority over states to set the rules for how distributed energy resources can play in wholesale energy markets.

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Massive Transformation of Japanese Electricity Market Calls for Flexible Energy Management

AutoGrid

Massive Transformation of Japanese Electricity Market Calls for Flexible Energy Management. Partnerships with local market players will bring AutoGrid Flex to regulated and deregulated electricity companies in Japan. Since 2016, the Japanese electricity market has undergone a massive transformation through deregulation. Already, more than 450 competing deregulated energy retailers are offering products for management of distributed solar and energy storage.

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The Navajo Generating Station Coal Plant Officially Powers Down. Will Renewables Replace It?

GreenTechMedia

One of the nation’s largest coal plants permanently powered down this week after the owners determined it would be uneconomical to continue operating the facility as natural gas and renewable energy prices continue to drop. The closure raises questions about the future of SRP’s energy mix and the extent to which renewables will meet the utility's energy needs. Other partial owners include Arizona Public Service, NV Energy and Tucson Electric Power.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg's dismissal of energy efficiency is illogical and economically illiterate

Business Green

The Business Secretary's claim that saving energy is a 'decision for individuals' is arrant nonsense, argues BEEF's Andrew Warren. The Truss government has no strategic interest whatsoever in encouraging anybody in the UK to save energy this winter.

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Small businesses want to be more energy efficient - but they need support

Business Green

SMEs must be encouraged to embrace energy efficiency measures if governments are to deliver on net zero targets, argues Carbon Trust's Laura Timlin. SMEs represent about 90 per cent of businesses and more than 50 per cent of employment worldwide.

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5 States Blazing the Trail for Integrating Distributed Energy Resources

GreenTechMedia

Distributed energy resources (DERs) is an expansive term, including everything from backup generators to microgrids. In some states with 100 percent clean energy mandates, like California and Hawaii, the focus is on solar — lots and lots of it — and the tools needed to integrate this massive new grid edge resource. Distribution utilities are going to need all of these DERs to manage the paradigm shift to come as renewables grow to a majority of the grid’s energy.

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Mapped: The Network of Powerful Agribusiness Groups Lobbying to Water Down the EU’s Sustainable Farming Targets

DeSmogBlog

To identify the powerful actors most actively lobbying against these key EU regulations and policies, DeSmog analysed corporate reports, lobbying records, official position papers, responses to public EU consultations, media events, and meetings held with various EU bodies over the past two years.

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Thinking Outside the Grid: Heila Technologies Delivers ‘Virtual’ Microgrids for Sustainable and Resilient Energy

Greentown Labs

Our energy grid was built around centralization. But as renewable energy sources such as solar and wind gain traction, the grid needs to adapt to include an array of components. With the decrease in cost of elements such as solar panels and batteries, we, as a society, have begun a move toward a more decentralized structure of energy generation and storage,” explains Francisco Morocz, CEO and Co-founder of Heila Technologies. Photo courtesy of Heila Technologies.

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Watt It Takes: Opower’s Dan Yates on the Origins of Behavioral Efficiency

GreenTechMedia

Dan Yates and his co-founder Alex Laskey built Opower, an efficiency company that saves more energy every year than the hoover dam can generate. Opower was based on a simple premise: send paper mailers to utility customers comparing their electricity use to their neighbors.

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Nova Innovation secures seabed lease for 15MW Shetlands tidal power project

Business Green

Tidal energy pioneer Nova Innovation has announced plans to develop a 15MW array off the coast of the Shetlands, which the firm envisages being capable of meeting up to a third of the islands' household electricity demand.