Montgomery County Maryland didn’t have the budget for their microgrid so they invented a new business model

It was the summer of 2012 and the Mid-Atlantic was being pummeled by one of the worst storms in years. This was the second summer of heavy thunderstorms and squalls to come through Montgomery County, Maryland, in as many years.  The county leaders were scrambling to dispatch police and emergency workers. But with so many… Read More

Myth busting the crazy politics of clean energy: Do Republicans really hate clean energy?

Myth-busting the politics of clean energy, part 2. Myth: Republicans dislike clean energy and don’t believe in climate change Let’s start by reviewing the Democratic party platform on clean energy and climate change. Addressing Climate Change Responsibly The same human economic activity that has brought freedom and opportunity to billions has also increased the amount… Read More

Myth busting the crazy politics of clean energy – is Solyndra proof that the US shouldn’t fund clean energy?

OK, so you’re at a party and looking for something to talk about. Nothing is more entertaining than wading neck deep into politics. And few topics are more politically exciting than energy and climate change. So here are some talking points to really spice up those cocktail conversations (and maybe get you kicked out of… Read More

Africa is democratizing energy – a TED talk by Amar Inamdar shares lessons that can impact energy everywhere

Local energy is the fastest path to cleaner, cheaper, more reliable power. Nowhere is this truer than Africa. And, few people express the amazing future of local energy in Africa better than Amar Inamdar. His recent talk from TEDGlobal 2017 was featured on the home page of and has been spectacularly well received. If… Read More

How did CEO Chandu Visweswariah take Utopus Insights from clean energy startup to $100M acquisition in 12 months?

On February 2, 2018, US$12 billion wind turbine giant, Vestas, acquired New York startup, Utopus Insights, for $100M in cash. Utopus provides several products including predictive analytic software tools that help utilities manage intermittent energy sources like wind. This is a behind the scenes story of the Utopus CEO… Chandu Visweswariah is one of the… Read More

If we used this much fossil fuel in Edison’s time, we’d have already run out

Thomas Edison famously told his good friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel, when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy—sun, wind, and tide. I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle… Read More

The market has spoken – clean energy just became the cheapest source of electricity

Spreadsheets, analysis, and predictions are all great. But nothing compares to the free market if you want to really understand the trajectory of clean energy pricing. A recent bidding process for utility giant, Xcel Energy, just rocked the industry. Bids for clean energy projects including solar, wind, and batteries, came in lower than anything ever… Read More

Highlights from Drawdown, the most comprehensive plan for reversing climate change

If you want to understand the causes of global climate change and what can be done to reverse it, you should start by reading Drawdown – The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. This book is part of a broader project led by famed environmentalist, speaker, entrepreneur, and activist, Paul Hawken. He… Read More

An interview with Georgia Power’s CEO on the future of utilities and the grid

Utilities are an essential part of our clean energy future. Whether the future grid sees a rise in interconnected microgrids or centralized solar/wind/battery farms or a combination of both, the utilities’ wires and infrastructure are foundations upon which much of it will be built. Navigating the fastest path to clean energy requires the active, engaged… Read More