Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Earlier this month, Silver Spring Networks filed an S-1 for its long anticipated IPO. It was so long anticipated that many had about given up, but through a series of smart grid acquisitions, including Toshiba’s pending payout for Landis+Gyr, we had renewed speculation.
Expected pricing for the IPO was not announced, but (more…)
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
There is general industry agreement that electric vehicle charging needs to be smart enough to respond to the changing conditions on the grid (to limit the impact on the grid) and to changing prices (to maximize the savings of driving electric). The looming question that will help to shape the (more…)
Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Who doesn’t pat themselves on the back when Google puts money into their industry? Ah, the giant likes this market. I must be on the right track!
So what does it mean now that Google has announced it will retire its Google PowerMeter because it didn’t catch on? Are all those companies (more…)
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
The Obama administration unveiled a series of initiatives to upgrade the nation’s electric grid, including $250 million in loans for so-called smart grid projects in rural areas and steps to secure the grid against cyber attacks.
The strategy also calls on state and federal (more…)
Friday, June 10th, 2011
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has long been seen as a clean technology pioneer. After all, this is a utility that shuttered a nuclear reactor after a public vote in 1989, and has since blazed trails on wind, solar, and energy efficient technologies. (more…)
Monday, June 6th, 2011
If you are a smart grid expert and have a brilliant idea, you may win $21,000 and a trip to Berlin, Germany to meet with Siemens Smart Grid Experts.
The technology giant will choose five winners as part of a contest to identify five top sustainable business or technology proposals. (more…)
Thursday, May 26th, 2011
The title of this blog might strike you as kind of weird, especially this week. After all, the Electric Power Research Institute made the news with a study showing that smart grid is going to be far bigger than we first thought.
Smart grid in simplest terms brings to the electrical (more…)
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
The long rumored acquisition of L+G by Toshiba has finally happened. It appears Bayard Group, the investment group that assembled the current incarnation of L+G from more than five companies, got their price ($2.3 billion) without the originally anticipated IPO, making their investors happy. Perhaps it is (more…)
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
Throughout the United States, the use of clean technologies can only go so far with the private sector pushing for the use of sources of renewable energy and for the adoption of more energy efficient policies. The truth is that the cleantech sector is only as strong as the governor that assists in pushing (more…)
Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Renewable energy sources like solar and wind only generate electricity when the wind blows or the sun is out and that isn’t always when customers need power. Batteries large enough to hold megawatts of electricity are prohibitively expensive but another potential source of battery storage is fast emerging: electric vehicles. (more…)