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Lighting makers keep their options open for smart home platforms.  Just over a year ago, the emergence of a sub-$10 light-emitting diode (LED) bulb was big news for the lighting industry. The same pricing trends are headed for smart bulbs too. Now, for just a few dollars more, consumers can buy a GE LED light bulb for… Keep reading →

President Obama Speaks On Energy Efficiency At Mountain View Walmart

Walmart’s green platform – headlined by the “aspiration” to source 100 percent of its energy from renewables – got major play last month when President Obama used a solar-panel-festooned California store as a backdrop to promote his own efforts to boost clean power and energy efficiency. But just ahead of the visit, former Labor secretary… Keep reading →

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Back in January when Google announced it would spend $3.2 billion to purchase Nest, EDF knew this was a company to watch. The results of three new reports, released today, confirm that controllable thermostats like the Nest Learning Thermostat are both customer-friendly and useful for energy system planners. Moreover, the reports signal that smart devices, such as… Keep reading →

Ken Salazar Tours SunPower Research And Development Facility In California

Google is having a big week on the renewable energy front and, in related news, lease financing for new solar installations is rolling along. The Internet giant with tentacles into so many things green and innovative followed its Earth Day announcement of a massive wind energy buy in Iowa with word on Wednesday that it… Keep reading →

Google Developers Event Held In San Francisco

Google struck a deal for 407 MW of wind power – reportedly its largest clean energy contract to date – with MidAmerican Energy, a firm mostly owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate. The power will be used at Google’s Iowa data center. “The deal includes both direct energy generation from MidAmerican’s wind farms and… Keep reading →

Cabinet Members And Top CEO's Testify On Clean Energy Security Act

It’s no secret that the rise of distributed generation is fundamentally altering the traditional centralized power generation, transmission and delivery system, but utilities are dealing with these changes in different ways and NRG appears to be embracing new models instead of fighting to preserve the status quo. In this letter originally printed on the company’s… Keep reading →

Google Reports Quarterly Earnings

The answer is that the two are rapidly converging Google, along with its peers such as Apple, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo, Tesla and hordes of other start-up in and around Silicon Valley, have been the darlings of the Wall Street with their stratospheric market valuations, rising stocks, and growing dominance in the phenomenally fast growing information… Keep reading →

South Australian EPA To Investigate Wind Farm Health Implications

Egypt was recently forced to divert natural gas from LNG export projects to domestic power generation and industrial sectors, and there is no relief in sight. One of the major challenges facing leadership are the substantial energy subsidies that keep gasoline prices below market levels, which is a common issue throughout the region. Keeping the… Keep reading →

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The 377 MW Ivanpah solar plant started up in California today amid controversy over wildlife apparently killed by the intense heat emitted from the solar receivers located on top of the facility’s “power towers.” 3,500 acres of specially-designed mirrors focus the sun’s radiation on the towers, which convert water to steam used to spins power-generating… Keep reading →

Google To Buy Smart Thermostat Maker Nest For 3.2 Billion

The changing utility business model in the face of distributed generation market acceptance is a major theme so far in 2014, and Google’s Nest acquisition is a clear signpost on this transitional landscape. It’s becoming increasingly clear that to lead the way in the new power generation and delivery space, utilities need to decide whether… Keep reading →

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