Aaron Mandell

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Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a …

Energy

Getting More Water from Less: The New Business Trend in a Hotter, Drier West

Changing Planet<p><i>By Karen Yacos</i> <i><br>Director, Water Infrastructure, Ceres</i><p>The Sonoran desert, where rainfall averages just nine inches per year, may seem like an unlikely place for a high tech company with big water demands to settle.<p>But Chandler, Arizona is precisely where Intel Corporation has chosen to …

Water

Don't Believe Elon Musk on the Powerwall

Image source: Getty Images.<p>The first <b>Tesla</b> (NASDAQ: TSLA) Gigafactory will churn out enough batteries for 500,000 electric vehicles per year. But even after that, there will be roughly 20 GWh of capacity remaining -- all expected to be devoted to the company's energy storage ambitions.<p>Today, those …

Tesla

California is using more renewables and less natural gas in its summer electricity mix - Today in Energy

<b>Source:</b> U.S. Energy Information Administration, California Independent System Operator (CAISO) as accessed through ABB Velocity Suite <b><br>Note:</b> Summer is …

Renewable Energy

Big Batteries Will Help Bring Clean Energy to San Diego

The region around San Diego will soon get two big battery projects that will help the local utility add in more clean energy and better manage the …

A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Bill Draper about Investing and Business

“William H. Draper, III started his career in venture capital with Draper Gaither & Anderson, the first venture capital firm west of the Mississippi, …

Venture Capital

Interview: Does Commercial Energy Storage Make Financial Sense Today?

The U.S. commercial energy storage segment is growing faster than both the residential and utility-scale segments. GTM Research’s latest report …

Venture Capital and Cleantech

Venture capital (VC) firms spent over $25 billion funding clean energy technology (cleantech) start-ups from 2006 to 2011 and lost over half their …

5 Surprising States Where Commercial Energy Storage Works Today

It’s easy to focus on states where the burgeoning commercial energy storage markets are already thriving.<p>“Everyone knows California and New York are …

Solar Power

The Duck Curve on California’s Grid Will Encourage Innovation and Creative Thinking

If you are active in the power sector, you likely know about the "duck curve."<p>If you work in solar power, the duck curve is proof of your growing …

Solar Thermal

This Devastating Chart Shows Why Even a Powerful El Niño Won’t Fix the Drought*

In California, news of a historically powerful El Niño oceanic warming event is stoking hopes that winter rains will ease the state's brutal drought. …

El Niño

Beyond batteries: The diverse technologies vying for the bulk storage market

All the talk in the electric utility industry these days seems to be about battery storage, but there are other ways to save generated electricity …

Will Zero Liquid Discharge Save Forward Osmosis

<i>By Paul O’Callaghan and Dr. Graeme Pearce</i><p><b>While increasing patents indicate potential forward osmosis (FO) applications that may generate</b> …

Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Costs and Financing - Pacific Institute

Published: November 27, 2012 <br>Authors: Heather Cooley, Newsha Ajami <br>Pages: 48<p>Economics – including both the cost of the water produced and the complex …

Water

Beyond the Perfect Drought: California’s Real Water Crisis

The current drought afflicting California is indeed historic, but not because of the low precipitation totals. In fact, in terms of overall …

Energy Jobs: 8Point3, Repower, Solaria, Blue Pillar, Choose Energy, Enabla, Quidnet, Terrestrial

Repower, formerly Solar Universe, named Mahesh Mansukhani as CEO. Mansukhani led the $1.1B Tyvek business unit at DuPont, and most recently, he …

U.S. Army

Desalination plants aren't a good solution for California drought

As surely as the hot, dry Santa Ana winds bring blue skies to the coast and wildfires to the hills, severe California droughts bring calls to build desalination plants up and down the seashore.<p>All that ocean water, begging to be converted to fresh and pumped into our pipelines, would solve our …

Water

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown made water conservation mandatory in the drought-stricken state of California. "As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can," he said.<p>But if the four-year drought continues, conservation alone — at least what's required by the …

Water

How one California farmer is battling the worst drought in 1,200 years

March 26, 2015 — <i>Editor’s note: This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a non-profit investigative</i> …

Worst Drought in 1,000 Years Predicted for American West

Global warming to cause historic "megadrought" by century's end.<p>Large parts of the U.S. are in for a drought of epic proportions in the second half of this century, scientists warn in a new study that provides the highest degree of certainty yet on the impact of global warming on water supplies in …

Study: Climate change may bring about megadroughts this century.

When it comes to drought in the West, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. That’s the conclusion from a new study that links an increasing risk of decades-long …

New Technologies, Contracts Bolster Growing Energy Storage Business

Promising technological advances and a host of lucrative new contracts and incentives are encouraging signs to alternative energy watchers who say that the market for storing wind and solar-generated electricity could become a multibillion-dollar industry in the next decade.<p>Electric engineers have …

Southern California Edison

11 Reasons Sonoma Is The California Gem You Need To Visit

Let's be honest: When we travel, we're usually in it for the food... and drink. And there's nowhere we'd rather celebrate both (plus some stellar nature!) than in Sonoma County, California's pocket of wine-filled bliss on the northern coast.<p>We know what you're thinking: <i>Isn't Napa the king of wine</i> …

Archives

Latest News<p>Homepage• <b><br>Archives</b><p>Below you can find the archives of the blog by month and subject.<p>Upcoming event<p>Get ThinkGeoEnergy in your inbox today!<p>The …

Archives

Water Risks Threaten Billions in U.S. Electric Sales, Farm Products | World Resources Institute

<i>This piece was co-written with Cyrus Lotfipour, a senior analyst at MSCI ESG Research.</i><p>Food production and power generation are two of the thirstiest …

Hiking in Marin - Marin County, California

Vote here for your top choices in Marin, and for a chance to win $100 to a local restaurant.<p>Where to find the freshest produce for your next …

Hiking

A head of steam

Geothermal power sheds its hot-spring roots<p>GEOTHERMAL energy, long a poor relation among the more glamorous renewable technologies of wind and solar …

IDA YLP Webinar: Optimizing Forward Osmosis Applications