Reporting in from California’s Distributed Energy Future

The electricity grid is facing an interesting challenge:  Solar and Wind energy is catching on faster than expected, forcing a rapid change change in how the grid operates.  It’s extremely excellent that renewable electricity is growing so quickly, and in many places is directly cost competitive with fossil fuel electricity.  The problem…

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Elon Musk launches Tesla Energy – grid energy storage systems for homes and utility companies

Tonight Tesla Motors announced what we’ve expected, but it’s a bigger deal than expected.  Specifically, Tesla Motors is launching what’s essentially a new business unit, Tesla Energy, and positioning itself not as an automaker but as an “energy innovation company”.  Tesla Energy’s product line is, initially, grid-tied energy storage units…

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