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The Ad Hoc Gist: Beware Climate Tech’s Pits of Despair

In this month’s Gist, my colleague Max Tuttman draws on his Ad Hoc and ARPA-E experience to explain how climate tech startups can avoid falling into some common traps, which he calls the “Pits of Despair.”

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The Ad Hoc Gist: Geothermal, It’s So Hot Right Now

Geothermal technology is getting a lot of attention lately. There are essentially two types: geothermal power and geothermal heating and cooling. The former can deliver clean power 24/7, while the latter can heat and cool buildings super efficiently.

We enlisted two experts, Joselyn Lai, CEO of Bedrock Energy, and Michael Campos, investor at Energy Impact Partners, to help us understand the enthusiasm, challenges, and bold predictions for the future of geothermal technologies.

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The Ad Hoc Gist: Meet Our New Partner, Julia Hamm

This month, we’re thrilled to announce that longtime senior advisor Julia Hamm is joining the AHG team as our newest partner. Julia brings decades of experience as the former CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), founder of RE+ (now the largest energy trade show in North America), and much more.

Read on to learn about Julia’s career highlights, her vision for breaking down barriers between startups and utilities, and life in southwest Florida.

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Comprehensive List Of Climate Tech Job Boards

A comprehensive list of 25 climate tech job boards to help those looking to make the transition to working in clean energy and our energy transition.

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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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Supporting the Next Wave of Climate Tech Startups

A wave of extreme weather this year has left Jim Kapsis questioning whether utilities are prepared for more frequent, intense weather events in the future. There's a growing group of startups that are more than ready to provide solutions, but they've struggled to break into the space. They need help figuring out a business model that works in the unique market that is the utility industry. 

Jim's response? A new company called the Ad Hoc Group, founded in 2016 with the goal of helping those newcomers succeed.

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