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The Ad Hoc Gist: Employee #1
In honor of his four-year anniversary at Ad Hoc, we invited our first full-time team member, Ian Rinehart, to take over the Gist this month. He shares his reflections on how the climate tech market and AHG itself have changed since he joined the company, and what he’s most excited about looking ahead.
In other news, we shared the importance of resilience on the With Great Power podcast, which dropped this week, and how policymakers, utilities, advocates, and startups have to do more to ensure we’re prepared for the worst.
The Ad Hoc Gist: Solar vs. Electrification
Electrification is a cornerstone of any reasonable climate strategy. So is deploying solar at scale. But there is a squabble brewing between the new electrification vanguard and the solar industry. We cover it in this month’s Gist.
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.
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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.
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.
Investors Putting Billions Into Climate Tech Don’t Plan to Stop
Bill Gates is worried about a dark period ahead for the global economy. “We’re going to go through a winter period for a number of years,” he warned a room full of go-getting green entrepreneurs last week, lamenting at a TechCrunch event that their success had come up against bad timing.
Hear more from our leadership on My Climate Journey and Technopolis.