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  • Technarians at the Gate: How Google Could Become Your Next Power Company

    The corporate campus of Vivint Inc., among North America’s largest home-automation companies, rises up on the outskirts of Provo, Utah, a handsome sprawl of glass and gleaming white metal set against the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains.

  • Unilever Finds a Way to Shampoo Its Electricity

    Unilever, the consumer products giant that makes things to clean our ears, skin and teeth, will now do the same for its own electricity. The company announced yesterday it would work with NRG Energy to build renewable power generation at its U.S. offices, plants and distribution centers, which produce 16 percent of Unilever's revenue.

  • NRG Pursues Rooftop Solar Deals to Avoid ‘White Elephant’

    NRG Energy Inc., the power producer that gets more than half its revenue from the wholesale market, is seeking to acquire rooftop-solar installers to generate power for residential customers.

  • Shale Gas Boom Leaves Wind Companies Seeking More Subsidy

    Wind power in the U.S. is on a respirator.

  • Solar CEO Says Threat to Utilities Greatly Exaggerated

    The solar industry’s threat to utilities has been greatly exaggerated, and the power industry needs traditional generators to keep the lights on in the U.S.

  • NRG Buys Installer Roof Diagnostics in Home Solar Push

    NRG Energy Inc., the largest independent U.S. electricity producer, bought rooftop solar installer Roof Diagnostics Solar Inc. as it seeks to capitalize on the growing decentralized power market.

  • NRG Skirts Utilities Taking Solar Panels to U.S. Rooftop

    NRG Energy Inc., the biggest power provider to U.S. utilities, has become a renegade in the $370 billion energy-distribution industry by providing electricity directly to consumers.

  • Crane Cites Legislators for California Payroll Woes

    Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) –- David Crane, a public-policy lecturer at Stanford University who worked as an economic adviser to former Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, talks with Bloomberg's Mark Niquette about the pay packages of California's public employees. Payroll data compiled by Bloomberg on 1.4 million public employees in the 12 most-populous states show that California has set a pattern for lax management, inefficient operations and out-of-control costs. (Source: Bloomberg)

  • $822,000 Worker Shows California Leads U.S. Pay Giveaway

    Nine years ago, California Democrat Gray Davis became the first U.S. governor in 82 years to be recalled by voters. The state’s 20 million taxpayers still bear the cost of his four years and 10 months on the job.

  • EBay, Ellison Embrace Microgrids to Peril of Utilities

    Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison plans to build one to power the Hawaiian island he bought last year. EBay Inc. has one to run a data center. The University of California at San Diego and the federal government have invested tens of millions of dollars in the technology.

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