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California's Commitment to Clean Energy

If you believe that we should convert our electricity to renewable sources, the Golden State has a new bill that we recommend you consider supporting, sb-584. This legislation introduced last week would have California to get 100% its electricity from solar,...

By Charity Vargas

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Bah Humbug to Holiday Lighting Bills

It’s holiday season! That means homes in communities across the America are decorated with colorful displays of cheer. The bright lights and robotic Santas come at a cost though, many homeowners will experience unexpected increases in their...

By Tarpan Dixit

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A Record-Breaking Summer in ERCOT

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages 90% of the electricity market in Texas, recently wrapped up its summer season. Reminiscent of record grid loads in August 2015, the ISO saw some dramatic moments this...

By Kevin Timms

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Why Rate Design Matters More Than Ever

We here at Genability think a lot about electricity tariffs, their design and their impact. It’s why we built our latest product Signal, and our company for that matter. We fundamentally believe that the power of price...

By Tarpan Dixit

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The Tesla and SolarCity Big Bundle

In this blog post I’d like to do a thought experiment on the potential benefits should the merger result in Tesla selling a unified product that includes an electric vehicle and an electric generation system (car, solar,...

By Jason Riley

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When Policy Changes Impact Savings

Net energy metering (NEM) has been a critical driver in the growth of residential solar over the past decade. There is an ongoing debate between utility companies and proponents of solar energy as to whether net metering...

By Tarpan Dixit

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DOE SunShot’s 1st Hackathon

This week at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Anaheim, the SunShot Initiative hosted its first ever Hackathon. The event featured 6 teams putting together apps with data provided by Geostellar, NREL, Sun Number, Solar Nexus and...

By Eric Danziger

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Former CPUC members observations on NEM

Last week, Mark Ferron, former executive with Deutsche Bank and Salomon Brothers stepped down from his post with the California Public Utility Commission to focus on his battle with prostate cancer.  As an epilogue to his almost...

By Eric Danziger

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DOE Releases SunShot 9 Funding Opportunity

The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative has just released the next funding opportunity, SunShot 9.  SunShot 9 will provide funding (non-dilutive capital) to early-stage companies who can decrease the soft costs of solar.  The DOE is looking for...

By Eric Danziger

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David Merkoski : The Smart Grid "Product"

Over the past few years utilities have been striving to bring the outdated infrastructure of the grid into the big data world we live in today where consumer data can be analyzed and turned into insight.  Their...

By Eric Danziger

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Green Button Developer Day

Genability is a big supporter of Green Button and has been actively involved in promoting and supporting the initiative.  This week, Genability participated in the 2nd Green Button Developer Day, held at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo...

By Eric Danziger

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Genability Connected Home Customers at CES 2013

This week in Las Vegas is the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  Companies every year wait for this annual event to highlight their newest products, features and gadgets.  Some previous products announced at CES include the...

By Eric Danziger

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Lowe’s Iris Smart Home System

Lowe’s, the home improvement and appliance retailer, announced today their cloud-based home energy management system, Iris, is now available to purchase online and will be offered in 500 stores by the end of August. 

By Eric Danziger

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Spotlight on Genability Customers

While every company loves their customers, Genability has the great opportunity to work with companies who share our goal of making cheap, clean and abundant power a reality for all of us. They are rethinking how homes...

By Eric Danziger

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SunShot Incubator Soft Cost Awardees

A number of people have asked about who else is working to reduce soft costs. Here’s document the DOE SunShot team put together with information about all the recent SunShot Incubator awardee’s and their projects. We are...

By Eric Danziger

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Cleanweb Solar Hackathon in Oakland 2012

Since the inaugural launch in San Francisco in September 2011, Cleanweb has gone national.  Cleanweb hackathons are designed to gather innovative programmers, designers and entrepreneurs to bring attention to and create technologies that solve environmental issues in...

By Eric Danziger

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Cleanweb Hackathon in Boston May 2012

This past weekend, Cleanweb Hackathon hosted its third event.  The first two, San Francisco and New York, were both huge successes so there were big expectations for Boston. The event included 16 teams with close to 80 hackers....

By Eric Danziger

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Texas is Different

Texas is the only U.S. state that used to be its own country and it’s the only state that isn’t served by either the Eastern or Western Interconnection. It was the first state to deregulate its electricity suppliers...

By John Tucker

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MIT's "Cubic Solar Energy"

Researchers at MIT are hard at work on the problem of solar efficiency, and lowering the cost per kilowatt on solar panels. A few weeks ago, senior researcher Jeffrey Grossman presented his findings on a new type...

By Carson Riley

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Genability Supports Fast-Growing Green Button

24 hours after the Green Button initiative was announced in January, Genability Explorer and APIs supported the Green Button XML format, and with good reason.  The two requirements for precise electricity pricing are correct tariff data and...

By Eric Danziger

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An Insight into Net Metering

While net metering is nothing new in the world of energy, for the past 20 years, more and more investor and state owned utilities have been expanding these policies to make it easier for consumer to become...

By Carson Riley

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History of Home Energy Management offerings

In 2011 there was a battle brewing among electronics retailers (Best Buy, Home Depot, and others), Telecommunications Companies (Verizon, AT&T & others) and Cable Companies (Comcast, others). The battle is for the control of your home, or...

By Robb Miller

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Solar Project Pipelinein 2011

While there has been much focus on the Solyndra bankruptcy in solar news lately, the U.S. project pipeline is seeing massive growth in photovoltaic project development due to large cuts over the summer in solar module prices....

By Eric Danziger

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PG&E Interactive Energy Bus Stop

Yesterday, I passed a MUNI bus stop here in San Francisco and something caught my eye. I’ve seen interactive bus stops before so seeing a couple of kids playing with the screen didn’t stop me to take...

By Matthew Fong

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Cleanweb Hackathon 2011

Sunday, September 11, concluded the inaugural Cleanweb Hackathon. Fourteen teams of developers and engineers gathered together with the goal of integrating information technology and sustainable business through the use of diverse datasets and APIs. The CleanWeb Hackathon...

By Eric Danziger

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65,443 MW System Peak in Texas

Texas is more than a month into a brutal heatwave that is straining the electrical grid and setting temperature records, electricity usage records, and power pricing records. It was 105 degrees F in Austin and 109 degrees...

By Robb Miller

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Access your electric meter data

If you want to take control of your power you need get access to your own real-time energy consumption data. (Preferably on your smartphone or at least through a web-service). Don’t worry we’ll walk you through the...

By Robb Miller

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Cleantech IT-The Next Wave

Rob Day recently released an interesting article on GreenTechMedia entitled “The Rise of Information-Based Cleantech.”  His main point is that over the past decade most ‘Cleantech VCs’ poured tons of cash into commodity-oriented cleantech plays that really didn’t fit...

By Eric Danziger

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Utility Smart Meters

If you catch one of the PG&E SmartMeter (tm) ads on TV, you might get excited by what they promise. The ads are slickly produced, with customers describing how cool it is to ‘See Your Power,’ receive...

By Robb Miller

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A Problem of Understanding

If the average person doesn’t understand how electricity prices are structured, how are they going to save money on their bill? The recent Deloitte reSources 2011 Study indicates that only 38% of people claim they understand the...

By Carson Riley

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New Energy Datasets and APIs

The Genability Application Programming Interface (API) is just one of many energy-focused APIs that are available to developers. We encourage creative mash-ups of our electricity pricing data with other energy apps and datasets. We think that the...

By Robb Miller

Industry

Home Energy Monitors - Devices Reviewed

An energy device is a great step towards achieving some real home energy savings. My wife and I offered to split our savings with our kids and we’ve turned them into energy efficiency entrepreneurs!

By Robb Miller

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Data Center Energy Costs and Usage

Facebook users share over 25 billion pieces of content, and view 500 billion pages, every month. (One of Facebook’s clusters has over 2250 machines and 23,000 cores, compressing 80-90 TB of data every day). Similarly, Linkedin crunches...

By Robb Miller

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Solar and Time of Use Tariffs

Every time I see solar-panels littered on rooftops, I think “Now there’s someone who is choosing to make a positive impact on the world around them.”

By Robb Miller

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Vampire Gadgets power use while on standby

Energy Vampires account for 10 percent of residential electricity use. Solutions abound: get energy bars for all your gadgets, and use them! Try out The Energy Detective, which measures how much energy is being used in the...

By Robb Miller

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Translating Your Electric Bill

If you’ve never spent any time thinking about electricity rates, you’re not alone.  For the past century electricity consumers have been supplied with cheap, reliable electricity on the unspoken condition that we don’t notice that our local...

By John Tucker