California Bill's Passage Boosts Prospects for a Smarter, Cleaner Energy Future

California Governor Jerry Brown and the state legislature breathed new life into the state's pioneering clean energy storage initiatives this past weekend, allocating $415 million to keep the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) running…

Fixing Our Broken Electric Grid

The U.S. grid was the greatest engineering feat of the 20th century. But it is looking increasingly vulnerable and inefficient in the 21st century. A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that if just nine of the 55,000 electric-transmission…

Why Green Buildings Are Under Attack

Buildings account for 40% of America’s energy use. With increased awareness of climate change, one would think that green buildings would be getting renewed support. Instead, the main proponent of green buildings, the U.S. Green Building Council…

In the Aftermath of Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day often feels like New Year’s Eve. We all get excited, drink some environmental kool-aid and make pledges like cutting carbon that we subsequently forget until the next Earth Day. But the aftermath of this Earth Day feels…

Why Solar Isn't Enough

The past few weeks of sunny weather have been paying off, literally, for California’s solar companies. On March 16th the state set a new record by drawing more than 16% of our energy use from solar energy. But even that isn’t enough for…

Want to solve our drought? Look to energy

Take a drive down Highway 5 through California’s Central Valley and you’ll find more signs sprouting up than plants, all protesting the water cutbacks. The farmers blame the politicians and the politicians are blaming climate change. Everyone…

The State of Energy Storage

In his State of Union speech President Obama called for a year of action. In particular he urged for a “shift to a cleaner energy economy.” The chances that President Obama will be able to legislate major strides towards more clean energy…

Power Efficiency is the New Frontier in Efficiency Savings

Power Efficiency is the new frontier in efficiency savings, displacing the Energy Efficiency paradigm. It requires sophisticated software and predictive algorithms; but if done right, Power Efficiency holds the promise of using software instead…

Why a Changing Climate is Already Hurting Businesses

We may soon forget last week’s polar vortex that brought record-breaking cold to two-dozen states. But I guarantee that every business owner in America will remember that week when they open their utility bill at the end of the month. Unlike…

5 Reasons the Cleantech Industry is Stronger Than Ever

As a cleantech CEO who has received $12M in funding from the US Department of Energy, I feel compelled to assure the American public that your money has not been wasted. The cleantech industry has not crashed, as the recent 60 Minutes piece…