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Uber vs. Google: Electric Vehicles Are About To Get Really Interesting

April 29, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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You pick up your cell phone and open the Uber app. Within minutes a car drives up to collect you. Sounds simple and it is. It has also been one of the most disruptive events in decades. Now just imagine if Uber were to get disrupted itself within the next five to ten years.[read more]

Energy Gang: Can NRG Become the Apple or Google of Electricity Delivery? [PODCAST]

April 17, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Who is the Apple of Energy?

Last March, NRG CEO David Crane wrote a passionate letter to investors. “There is no Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google in the American energy industry today,” he lamented. The plan, said Crane, was to make NRG the company “that enables the consumer to make their own energy choices.”[read more]

The High Cost of Solar Financing

March 27, 2015 by Anna Bacheller
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The solar industry recently attracted attention from two Silicon Valley tech giants: Apple and Google. Their investments in solar technology simultaneously underscore the growing interest in solar from the business world, and highlight one of the industry’s key challenges: long-term financing.[read more]

Why Did Apple Pay So Much for 130 MW of Solar? Is Google Part of the Answer?

March 4, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram
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Apple Solar Investment

Sometimes, we write blog posts that pose rhetorical questions in the title. This time, I have real questions concerning Apple and First Solar announcing that Apple was paying $848 million for 25 years of the output of a 130 MW block of First Solar’s California Flats project in SE Monterey County.[read more]

Clean Energy is Just Smart Business for Leaders like Apple, Google

March 1, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy, Smart Business

Recently, Apple announced plans to spend nearly $2 billion on European data centers set to run entirely on renewable energy, and invested $848 million to secure power from 130MW of First Solar’s California Flats Solar Project under a 25-year power purchase agreement.[read more]

Another Week, Another Big Advanced Energy Business Deal, This Time with Google

February 28, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy Business Deals

Following last week’s announcement that Apple partnered with First Solar to build new solar to power its headquarters and a huge portion of its California operations, Google announced that it would be lighting up the Googleplex – its Mountain View, CA, headquarters – entirely with wind power.[read more]

Google Breaks Ground in Demand Response

January 24, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia

Google has slowly been stepping out onto the energy scene with its acquisition of Nest Labs, its partial ownership of the Ivanpah solar array, and now, its Nest Rush Hour Rewards Program. Some may not realize why Google is branching out in this direction, but I’ll tell you why.[read more]

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]