One day Tesla’s huge factory could be energy independent, but probably not to start.
Apple’s Reno data center is already underway, but not surprisingly it’s a bit controversial: Apple has a deal for an 85 percent reduction on its property taxes.
The promise of data, algorithms and energy efficiency has convinced energy innovator NRG Energy to back startup EcoFactor.
Adding to Apple’s clean power plans for its data centers, Apple confirmed with me that it’s building a large solar panel farm for a data center in Reno, Nevada.
According to early results of PG&E’s trial with smart thermostats from Honeywell and Opower, customers really like controlling the thermostat remotely with their iPhones. Remote control could prove to be one of the first smart grid applications that is a clear benefit to consumers.
Nevada will be home to the “world’s first” hybrid solar, geothermal plant. The new combined 24 MW project was announced during a press conference by Senator Harry Reid and Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu at an energy summit on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Internet giants Google and Microsoft have officially given their web-based energy management tools the Donald Trump (as in You’re Fired!), and lannounced that they would be closing them down. But there are still over a dozen options trying to tackle this difficult market.
The U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday it has finalized a $343 million loan guarantee for building One Nevada Transmission, which will provide highway-to-ferry electricity, including renewables, between the northern and southern Nevada.
Is 2011 the year that consumers will finally warm to using gadgets and software to manage their home energy consumption? Startups like Tendril and Control4 are using the DistribuTECH show this week to tout new deals and partnerships that they hope will build up the market.
For those who see the grid as a web off rough and narrow highways that can’t handle a big surge in renewable electricity, there is hope. Big transmission projects across the nation have broken ground or won key approvals this month.