energy efficiency

The Inflation Reduction Act will ramp up demand for heat pumps and home electrification. BlocPower’s platform can help make energy retrofitting more accessible.

BlocPower hits its stride, landing $25M Series B to expand its residential energy retrofit platform

Google today announced two new performance settings in its Chrome browser: Memory Saver and Energy Saver. Modern browsers eat up a lot of memory, and while that’s not a problem…

Chrome gets memory and energy saver modes

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition focused on purpose-driven innovation, and sponsor of TechCrunch Sessions: Climate, has chosen 10 category finalists and three Special Award winners to…

Meet the Extreme Tech Challenge 2022 Global Finals category finalists and special award winners

For those who do care, there is no shortage of confusion on how to best tackle the looming threat of climate change. But what if an answer was lying right…

The answers to real estate’s climate tech questions may be all around us

The European Union has announced a new bundle of sustainability-focused policy proposals that will expand existing ecodesign rules on energy efficiency by encouraging longer product lifespans, supporting the growth of…

Europe lays out expanded ecodesign rules with plan for digital product passports

I would love to install a central AC that doesn’t use super-greenhouse gases. I would even be willing to be an early adopter and pay substantially more. But no such…

Why are we still using super-greenhouse gases in our home air conditioners?

European Union lawmakers have today presented a Chips Act: Their plan, trailed last fall: to bolster regional sovereignty in semiconductor production and supply chain resilience through a package of targeted…

Europe’s Chips Act to bake in up to €2BN in funding support for startups and scale-ups

How well do Bitcoin and other digital assets meet ESG criteria? This question has become ever more important as crypto adoption reaches wider audiences.

Green new era dawns for crypto with global mining shift

We already have a common denominator for the EV age: the kilowatt-hour. A familiar, tangible energy unit that gives us an apples-to-apples way to think about cost, efficiency and pollution.

Why MPG should matter for electric vehicles

Photonic computing technology is on the brink of being commercially available and has the potential to supercharge the current roadmap of autonomous driving while also reducing its carbon footprint.

Light is the key to long-range, fully autonomous EVs

Düsseldorf-based proptech startup Dabbel is using AI to drive energy efficiency savings in commercial buildings. It’s developed cloud-based self-learning building management software that plugs into the existing building management systems…

Dabbel gets $4.4M to cut CO2 by automating HVAC control for commercial buildings

The two founders of Crusoe Energy think they may have a solution to two of the largest problems facing the planet today — the increasing energy footprint of the tech…

Crusoe Energy is tackling energy use for cryptocurrencies and data centers and greenhouse gas emissions

LiquidStack does it. So does Submer. They’re both dropping servers carrying sensitive data into goop in an effort to save the planet. Now they’re joined by one of the biggest…

Immersion cooling to offset data centers’ massive power demands gains a big booster in Microsoft

The NFT craze has been an intriguing moment for digital artists who have seen great leaps in how tech has allowed them to create their work, but not as much…

ConsenSys launches a more energy-efficient NFT ecosystem with a project from artist Damien Hirst as its first drop

With the close of its latest investment fund, Norrsken VC is taking an unprecedented step in tying the compensation of its partners to the positive changes the firm’s portfolio companies…

To improve accountability, Norrsken VC ties partner compensation to its portfolio’s sustainable successes

Who knew building a vertical software-as-a-service toolkit focused on home heating and cooling could be worth $8.3 billion? That’s how much Los Angeles-based ServiceTitan, a startup founded just eight years…

With an ARR topping $250 million,  LA’s vertical SaaS superstar ServiceTitan is now worth $8.3 billion

Unpredictability and complexity are quickening, and technology has its place, but not simply as an individual safeguard or false security blanket.

Three energy-innovation takeaways from Texas’ deep freeze

Retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient and better at withstanding climate change-induced extreme weather is going to be a big, multibillion-dollar business. But it’s one that’s been hard…

Bringing jobs and health benefits, BlocPower unlocks energy efficiency retrofits for low-income communities

“We intend to build the Standard Oil of renewable energy,” said James McGinniss, the co-founder and chief executive of David Energy, in a statement announcing the company’s new $19 million…

New York’s David Energy has raised $4.1 million to ‘build the Standard Oil of renewable energy’

The new economic stimulus proposal that has been approved by Congress includes roughly $35.2 billion for energy initiatives, according to summary documents seen by TechCrunch. “This is probably the biggest…

New stimulus bill includes $35.2 billion for new energy initiatives

Swell Energy, an installer and manager of residential renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage technologies, is raising $450 million to finance the construction of four virtual power plants representing a…

Residential renewable energy developer Swell is raising $450 million for distributed power projects in three states

Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, the company which spun out of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to fund, develop and own the next generation of infrastructure, has unveiled its latest project — Resilia, which…

Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners looks to make CA power grids more reliable with a $100 million investment

As President-elect Joe Biden readies his transition team and sets the agenda for his first 100 days in office, startups can expect to see some movement on long-stalled infrastructure initiatives…

Biden’s infrastructure plans could boost startups

Deep Vision, a new AI startup that is building an AI inferencing chip for edge computing solutions, is coming out of stealth today. The six-year-old company’s new ARA-1 processors promise…

Deep Vision announces its low-latency AI processor for the edge

If analysts from BloombergNEF are right, then all of the world’s most greenhouse gas polluting days are behind it, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. A sharp drop in energy demand…

Thanks to COVID-19, emissions and coal use may have peaked in 2019

Patrick Chopson and Sandeep Ahuja started cove.tool, an Atlanta-based company developing software to optimize building design for sustainability and cost, because of problems they’d faced in their careers as architects.…

Pitching tech to optimize building design for sustainability, Atlanta-based Cove.tool raises $5.7 million

Nvidia is in the process of acquiring chip designer Arm for $40 billion. Coincidentally, both companies are also holding their respective developer conferences this week. After he finished his keynote…

Arm CEO Simon Segars discusses AI, data centers, getting acquired by Nvidia and more

When Nicole Poindexter left the energy efficiency focused startup, Opower a few months after the company’s public offering, she wasn’t sure what would come next. At the time, in 2014,…

Could developing renewable energy micro-grids make Energicity Africa’s utility of the future?

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Despite pandemic setbacks, the clean energy future is underway

Since many business operations are struggling to find cash and loans to just remain open, new clean technology may be delayed.

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Despite pandemic setbacks, the clean energy future is underway

As renewable energy and energy efficiency continue to make gains among cost-conscious consumers, more companies are looking at ways to give customers better ways to manage the electricity coming into…

At CES, Schneider Electric unveils its own upgrade to the traditional fusebox