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The Ad Hoc Gist: Winter’s Electric Future

In this quarter’s Gist, we focus on the spike in home heating costs this winter, and how the so-called “Build Back Better” bill moving through Congress could accelerate the electrification of winter.

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The Ad Hoc Gist: Climate Resilience Gets Short Shrift

In this quarter’s Gist, we focus on climate resilience and whether our pandemic weary cities and states are ready for the impending season of wildfires and hurricanes. The short answer – we’re not. We’ll provide insight on how tech and policy need to converge to make sure we’re ready in the future.

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The Ad Hoc Gist: Why Can’t California or Texas Keep the Lights On?

In this quarter’s Gist, we focus on the flawed approaches of our country’s two largest states – Texas and California. We review why each has failed to keep the power on and what changes are needed — in policy and attitude — to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

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People as Moat – Ad Hoc Expands into Search

In climate tech, we talk a lot about, well, technology. But talk with most CEOs and they’ll share that the hardest part of their job is figuring out how to hire and retain the right people. In my experience, a company’s ability to hire and effectively onboard the right people is what differentiates successful businesses from those that falter. Because, as a CEO, you can have a great vision, but if you don’t have the right people, you can’t execute it.

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.

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Unbound Wildfire Liability is a Cost the US Can’t Afford

Utility wildfire mitigation plans aren’t enough.

“We are all one spark away from bankruptcy,” said one utility CEO at the recent Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners meeting. 

He was speaking about wildfires: a topic under regular conversation at energy industry events and in utility board rooms. The business of providing electricity is being turned on its head, and all of us are paying a price....

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USEA Power Sector Podcast Episode 27: The Ad Hoc Group Principal Brian Kooiman

In Part 3 of a series on distribution system resources and reliability, The Ad Hoc Group Principal Brian Kooiman answered questions by journalist Herman K. Trabish about the role of demand side flexibility in the U.S. power sector resource mix and reforms are urgently needed from federal and state regulators to allow customer-owned resources to realize their potential to improve electricity delivery reliability, reduce customer bills, and achieve decarbonization goals.

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Climate investors are already bracing for Trump

Donald Trump’s victory in yesterday’s New Hampshire Republican presidential primary makes clear the stark choice coming into view for voters: On one side, an incumbent president whose signature climate achievement — the Inflation Reduction Act — is doing more to accelerate the energy transition than any other U.S. policy against an opponent who continues to deny basic climate science and for whom “drill, baby, drill” is the cornerstone of his energy platform.

Clean energy investors may be hoping for the former, but are already preparing for the latter.

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