Energy

Tesla’s Battery Storage Device Put to Use. Time to Exhale?

Ken Silverstein

When Tesla previously unveiled its Gigafactory to produce battery storage devices, a lot of folks held their breath. Now that the company’s products have been put to use in the United Kingdom, it may be time to exhale. Indeed, Camborne Energy Storage is using Tesla’s “Powerpack” to prevents the lights from flickering out for the National Grid there.


The Next Generation: How Microgrids Are Changing the Business Landscape

Ken Silverstein

College campuses are the epitome of free thinking and where innovation often gets its roots. Burning greener fuel and improving energy management are two sprouting concepts there — ideas that are being facilitated by micro-grids.


Good Days Ahead for Microgrids

Carl Weinschenk

Microgrid use is growing in tandem with the increasing sophistication of its business model and the deepening complexity of electric distribution, according to a report from GTM Research.


Utilities Attack Hurricanes With Gusto

Ken Silverstein

When Hurricane Hermine made landfall in the Tallahassee area of Florida on Friday, it did what big weather events often do: create havoc, which in this case knocked out the power to more than 100,000 homes.


AEEE: Efficiency as a Resource is a Winner

Carl Weinschenk

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a report that looks at energy efficiency as a resource. A blog at the organization’s site says that energy efficiency is the third largest resource in the country. It has made the construction of 313 power plants unnecessary since 1990 and is a greater contributor   …Continue Reading


Tesla’s Success Would Mean Success for Many in the Battery Storage Business

Ken Silverstein

Everyone already knows the big news this week was that Tesla Motors will buy SolarCity Corp. for $2.6 billion — a move that helps Tesla improve its economies of scale when it comes to manufacturing battery storage for both cars and energy. It’s a move that, generally, has positive implications for the development of battery storage across the board.


Tesla Motors and SolarCity Make it Official with the Announcement of a $2.6 Billion Bid

Ken Silverstein

Tesla Motors Inc. said today that it is buying SolarCity Corp. for $2.6 billion. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, who said publicly in June that the two would try to pair, has said that the goal here is to wed the battery storage business with the rooftop solar panel business.


Electric Vehicles are an Opportunity for Both Utilities and Companies

Ken Silverstein

The Natural Resources Defense Council says that utilities can help facilitate the rollout of all-electric vehicles by deploying rapid charging stations and by creating campaigns to increase public awareness.


Apple Wants to Take a Bite out of the Wholesale Electricity Market

Ken Silverstein

Apple filed last week for permission with federal regulators to sell electricity to other large consumers or to the power grid. Apple Energy, as it will be known, is mainly intended to feed its energy-started data centers with renewable energy.


Some Insurance Companies Invested Too Heavily in Fossil Fuels, says Ceres

Ken Silverstein

Some insurance companies may be investing to heavily in the fossil fuel sector. That’s according to Ceres, which looked closely at the oil and gas holdings of the top 40 US insurance groups and that collectively hold $459 billion in assets.