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The Ad Hoc Gist: Greece’s Climate Transformation

Greece experienced a summer from hell with raging wildfires and a punishing heatwave. And that’s less than two years after the war in Ukraine sent energy prices soaring.

But the land of sun and wind is poised to capitalize on the energy transition, says Nikos Tsafos, chief energy advisor to Prime Minister Mitsotakis.


The Ad Hoc Gist: Inside DOE’s $8.5 billion push to retrofit homes

On the first anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the most significant piece of climate legislation in US history, we’re taking you inside the Department of Energy. Karen Zelmar is the manager of the home energy rebate programs, which provide $8.5 billion for home efficiency and electrification projects. We talked to her about their newly released guidance and what it’s like to work at DOE during a pivotal time.


The Ad Hoc Gist: Cleaning Up the Catwalk

At AHG, we pride ourselves on being climate wonks. Some of us also pride ourselves on being fashionable climate wonks. But recently, we’ve been wondering if that’s an oxymoron.


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A Conversation with Vida and Devin

We invited two leaders, Devin Hampton, CEO of UtilityAPI, and Vida Asiegbu, principal at Energy Impact Partners, for a candid conversation on equity and representation in the energy transition.

Welcoming James Schulte to The Ad Hoc Group

Today we’re excited to announce that we’ve added James Schulte as a new Partner at The Ad Hoc Group. James is a crucial addition for us at AHG as we scale to meet the demands of the market and the climate.



Climate Disasters are Revealing a Blind Spot

Where Angelo Campus grew up in northern California, evacuations and power outages caused by wildfires were routine. At college, he worked in a lab developing small solar-powered electric grids for places hit by natural disasters or high fire-risk areas to reduce the odds of an errant spark from a conventional transmission line. After graduation, he founded a startup called BoxPower to commercialize the technology, setting up his first system in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Read More @ Semafor


Anti-China Fervor Casts a Dark Cloud Over Solar and U.S. Climate Goals

In Congress, there is sudden bipartisan momentum to reinstitute tariffs on Chinese components. The U.S. solar industry is alarmed.

Read More @ Washington Post

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Silicon Valley Bank Collapse Could Slow the Transition to Clean Energy

The bank cast a wide shadow over climate tech, with half the start-ups in the sector doing business with it.

The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank has created new challenges not just for the nation’s banking system, but also for the Biden administration’s climate agenda, following a harrowing weekend in which many major clean tech companies faced insolvency.

Read More @ Washington Post

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