In the early hours on Monday, a Tesla Megapack battery caught fire at a key California power storage facility, the state’s largest utility said in a statement to TechCrunch. According…

PG&E says Tesla battery was source of power storage site fire

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Are bidirectional EV chargers ready for the home market?

With a stream of EVs coming on the market, the race to introduce bidirectional charging is heating up.

1:30 pm PDT • April 28, 2022
Are bidirectional EV chargers ready for the home market?

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Ford Motor Company are collaborating to explore how Ford’s new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck can provide backup power for customers’ homes in…

PG&E, Ford to explore electric pickup truck as backup generator for home

General Motors and Pacific Gas and Electric Company are launching a pilot that will let EV owners use their vehicles as a backup power source for their homes during an…

General Motors, PG&E pilot EVs as backup power sources for homes

Countable is taking a cue from the positives of social media to build technology that nurtures more authentic communication and facilitates business and social outcomes.

Countable brings in $12M for virtual brand communities

BMW Group and California utility Pacific Gas & Electric are rolling out the next phase of a pilot that aims to test — and learn — how electric vehicles could…

BMW and PG&E team up to prepare the electric grid for millions of EVs

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3 ways the pandemic is transforming tech spending

We don’t believe enterprises or consumers will revert to the old ways of doing things when the pandemic subsides. Welcome to the next phase of tech spending.

11:17 am PST • December 4, 2020
3 ways the pandemic is transforming tech spending

Across the U.S., sustainable microgrids are emerging as a vital tool in the fight against climate change and increasingly common natural disasters.

Sustainable microgrids are the future of clean energy

The enterprise software and services-focused accelerator Alchemist has raised $4 million in fresh financing from investors BASF and the Qatar Development Bank, just in time for its latest demo day…

Unveiling its latest cohort, Alchemist announces $4 million in funding for its enterprise accelerator

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The demise and rebirth of the ethical engineer

Whatever happened to the ethics of engineering? We’ve seen just one disastrous news story after another these past few years, almost all knowable and preventable. Planes falling out of the sky. Nuclear power plants melting down. Foreign powers engorging on user data. Environmental testing thrashed. Electrical grids burning states to the ground. The patterns are…

8:37 am PDT • April 28, 2019
The demise and rebirth of the ethical engineer

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Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering is a plausible approach to solving our climate problems this century, and second, engineering the climate generates…

8:06 am PST • January 14, 2019
Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

Northern California has become a test-bed for electric vehicle charging. And it’s no accident; the region is home to more electric vehicles and EV charging stations than anywhere else in…

Don’t hand over EV charging in Northern California to PG&E

Mother Ocean to juice our Xboxes, TVs, etc.

8:24 pm PST • December 19, 2007

That’s Mavericks, a world class big wave spot in Half Moon Bay. Oil prices are getting out of hand. Wind and solar power are somewhat unpredictable and apparently they ‘cost…

We’re RICH! Not content with hegemonic domination of the Internets, Google is now seeking dominion over the open road. Earlier this week (read: yesterday), Google and Pacific Gas & Electric…