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EV Charging in 15 Seconds?

EV Charging in 15 Seconds?

An interesting but misleading claim.  Estonia-based Skeleton Technologies has announced with a flourish that it has a graphene-based ultracapacitor for EVs.  Because ultracapacitors accumulate static charges rather than store chemical energy, they do indeed recharge...
We Are Humbled

We Are Humbled

The huge outpouring of support in our August fundraising campaign was many things—unexpected, amazing, gratifying—and humbling.  We are glad to have earned your trust and respect.  We intend to treat your generosity well, and keep expanding our services and our...
Hot and Overcast, Part 2

Hot and Overcast, Part 2

Here we are again with rotating blackouts because power supplies are not adequate at certain hours.  This surely can’t be the case for ever.  People hate the inconvenience.  Utilities hate doing it even more because it makes people so mad.  How did we get here? ...
Hot and Overcast: Why We Need Innovation.

Hot and Overcast: Why We Need Innovation.

In the past week, the California Independent System Operator (AISO) has issued a number of Flex Alerts. Flex Alerts are voluntary calls for consumers to conserve energy. On social media SMUD shared this call. It might seem like renewable energy has made this a new...
SMUD on Guard

SMUD on Guard

Cybersecurity is big in the energy industry.  The Department of Homeland Security identifies the energy sector as part of the United States’ critical infrastructure. Its assets, systems, and networks are considered so vital to the United States that their...
CEC’s EPIC forum goes virtual

CEC’s EPIC forum goes virtual

  The annual EPIC forum is one of the best places to hear about what the California Energy Commission is doing with its $130 million in Electric Program Investment Charge funding. Historically everyone would converge on Sacramento for a convention bringing...
Tiny Houses, Big Impact

Tiny Houses, Big Impact

The tiny house movement has gained a great deal of popularity in the past few years.  It is an architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. Here in Sacramento, we have a serious tiny home enthusiast, designer, and builder.  What got...
Home Energy Storage Company Empower Making Progress

Home Energy Storage Company Empower Making Progress

Empower Energy in Davis has passed some important new milestones since we last visited with them in 2018.  They redesigned their home storage device to be more compact and more powerful.  Even more importantly, they have been certified as an electrical appliance in...

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