When the Grid Meets its Consumers


Quitterie de Rivoyre
Our flagship event, the Cleantech Forum San Francisco, will be held March 16-18! The theme of this year’s Forum is Cleantech Meets the Cloud: The Emergence of Cleantech-as-a-Service. We will discuss many subjects related to energy decentralization and new business models, and in particular the relationship of the end user with the smart grid. In 2014, we saw stories showing several efforts made to enable more connectivity with customers and their energy systems. Silver Spring Networks undertook a strategic shift... Read More »

This Deal Matters: European Utility, E.ON, makes strides towards a smarter grid with investment in AutoGrid


Natalie Volpe
  German utility giant, E.ON, announced on Wednesday it would lead a $12.75 million investment round in Silicon Valley based start-up, AutoGrid. AutoGrid provides smart grid analytics to the utility industry through a software-enabled energy management system. The company has already solidified strategic partnerships with Silver Spring Networks and U.S. utilities in California, Oklahoma and Texas to deploy its Demand Response Optimization and Management System (DROMS). E.ON’s recent investment in the smart grid start-up will help the utility reposition themselves... Read More »

Gnest: $3.2 Billion!


Sheeraz Haji
Woa!!! Monday’s announcement of Google’s acquisition of Nest represents not only a key inflection point for cleantech, but also speaks volumes on the increasing importance of customers. The $3.2 billion deal marks a significant milestone for the home automation company; one that many believed the cleantech market couldn’t produce. Here at Cleantech Group, we believe that the cleantech market is essential, massive, vibrant, and desired. Based on data tracked in i3 (such as investment round amounts and participating investors), insider-sourced... Read More »

The Week in Cleantech: July 15 – 21


Troy Ault
We start our recap of the week in cleantech with some intriguing partnerships formed by cleantech startups. Bloom Energy, which in May closed on $150 million in growth capital from German utility E.ON and Credit Suisse and is expected to go public soon, has formed a joint venture with Japanese telecommunications and internet corporation SoftBank. The partnership, in which each company is investing $20 million, will bring fuel cells to the commercial-scale distributed generation market in Japan. Eos Energy Storage,... Read More »