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GE Tackles Fuel Cells, Google Issues 'Little Box' Challenge, and Smart Grid Drones Prepare for Takeoff

July 27, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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GE, Google, and Drones

Energy giant and AEE member General Electric is expanding its advanced energy product line to include fuel cells. Google is looking to shrink inverters. And utility San Diego Gas & Electric is getting ready to launch drones to check on transmission lines.[read more]

What Is Google Plotting for the Smart Grid?

June 13, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Google, long a backer of renewable energy projects, data-center efficiency and home energy management technology, is now diving into the power grid itself. The tech giant is building tools to help utilities better manage the flow of power to and from homes and businesses at the edge of the grid.[read more]

Ivanpah: World's Biggest Solar Energy Tower Project Goes Online

February 15, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Largest Solar Tower Online

Yesterday was the celebration of full operation at the 392-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s biggest concentrating solar power tower project. The application for the project was filed in 2007 and was “just a bold idea," said Google’s Rick Needham.[read more]

Will Google Play By Utility Privacy Rules?

February 4, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

January 28, 2014 was Data Privacy Day. Two recent news stories – the thefts of sensitive consumer data from national retailers including Target and Google’s $3.2B acquisition of smart thermostat maker Nest are stimulating much-needed discussion about the security and privacy of personal data.[read more]

Bringing the Smart Grid Home: Google Buys Nest

January 24, 2014 by Chris King

Google and Nest

Recently Google announced the purchase of Nest, a company that makes "smart" thermostats. Why would Google pay $3.2 billion for something as prosaic as thermostats? In short, because these devices may represent the single largest untapped energy management opportunity available.[read more]

Why Would Google Pay $3.2 Billion for Nest?

January 23, 2014 by Lucas Davis
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Google and Nest

Google’s recent acquisition of Nest Labs Inc. is quite puzzling. It’s nice that Nest's mission is about reinventing previously “unloved things” like household thermostats and smoke detectors. But is the company really worth the $3.2 billion Google paid for it?[read more]

Google and Nest: The Big Picture for Home Automation Competitors

January 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Google’s acquisition of smart thermostat (and smoke detector, and who knows what else) startup Nest Labs for $3.2 billion is sure to send waves through the VC community, where to date we’ve seen nothing quite this big in terms of a successful payback on a home automation investment.[read more]

Google's Deal to Buy Nest: One Piece of a Larger Consumer Energy Puzzle

January 16, 2014 by Christina Nunez
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With the acquisition of thermostat-maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion announced Monday, Google might finally be arriving at the right moment in a quest for home energy data that began about five years ago with the now-retired PowerMeter.[read more]

Google Acquires Nest For $3.2 Billion

January 15, 2014 by Joshua Hill
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Google Buys Nest

It comes as no great surprise that Google announced Monday it had acquired Nest Labs, the maker of the innovative Nest Learning Thermostat, paying out $3.2 billion in cash to fold the company into its loving arms. Google loves companies and products like Nest, and Nest looks like a perfect fit.[read more]

Google Nearly Doubles Wind Energy Portfolio

September 28, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Google and Wind Energy

For the past few years, Google has been at the forefront of some of the largest projects between the renewable energy industry and the private sector. Collectively, the company has committed over $1 billion to renewable energy projects since 2010.[read more]

Google Gobbles Up Entire Output of New Swedish Wind Farm

June 9, 2013 by Tina Casey

Google's Finnish Data Center

The renewable energy world was abuzz last week with news that Google has just nailed down an exclusive agreement with a Swedish wind farm developer to provide its Finnish data center with wind power for the next ten years.[read more]

Why Google invests in clean energy

February 1, 2012 by Marc Gunther

 Last year, Google invested more than $915 million in clean energy projects–solar, wind and transmission. That’s a lot of money, even for Google, which had $38 billion in revenues in 2011. The investments don’t appear to be core to the company’s mission of organizing information, and they have attracted criticism, as well as some...[read more]

Offshore Wind Gets Its Bearings After NRG's Project Collapses

December 20, 2011 by Jim Pierobon
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“Financially untenable” is how NRG Energy updates its outlook for what was a planned array of wind turbines offshore Delaware. And with that prognosis, the future of wind energy off the U.S. East Coast is very much in doubt. While the project’s fate may have been cast when the U.S. Department of Energy rejected its application for a...[read more]

Airborne Turbines Revolutionize Wind Power

November 21, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci
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Flying a kite has often been considered child’s play, but a group of inventors think the concept could be used to make wind energy cheaper and more reliable than ever before, potentially revolutionizing wind power forever. Correspondent Josh Zepps met the innovators working to turn the idea of flying a kite into an airborne wind turbine that’s lighter and more powerful than traditional wind turbines.[read more]

The Regulatory Barriers Obstructing Smartgrid

October 27, 2011 by Michael Giberson

Bob Jenks of Oregon’s Citizens’ Utility Board, writing at EnergyPulse, explains “Why Smart Grid Advocates Should Learn About Utility Regulation.” Reading between the lines a bit, the reason smart grid advocates should learn about utility regulation seems to be so that they will understand that their talent, inventiveness, and desire to...[read more]