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So Into/So Over – August 2016

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So into: Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic. I was NOT a fan of Eat, Pray, Love and didn’t expect much. Boy, was I surprised. Gilbert’s take on fostering creativity is full of gems (with a few of her hippie-dippy ideas thrown in just to get under my skin). Rukaiyah Adams’ TED Talk. I’ve watched it about a dozen times and get something different every time. One of my favorite parts is her realization during the meeting with the bankers

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Five Things to Know about New York’s REV Initiative

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Initiative. While a thorough overview would be more of a book than a blog post, I’ve assembled some highlights for you. Here are answers to 5 key questions I’ve been getting. 1. What is it? Major utility reforms, divided into two tracks, or areas of focus. The first track transitions utilities into multi-directional, smart platforms, called Distribution Service Platforms, or DSPs, which enable

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Utilities are like the UPS Store. Here’s Why It Matters for Solar, Storage, and the Future of the Utility Industry.

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Indulge me for a minute and picture the UPS Store. Originally started as an alternative to the post office, it offers a variety of services, mostly focused around getting stuff to or from you. Before Amazon Prime and its competitors made online shopping more common than trips to the mall, the UPS Store was a lot smaller than it is now and had lots of small dedicated mailboxes. The store received snail mail and the occasional package when grandma

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What’s New – August 2016

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Thanks to those of you who have reached out to ask where my newsletter went. I did not disappear, or go on a grand vacation – I’ve been hard at work and haven’t taken much time to reflect. Maybe it’s my contrarian streak wanting to hunker down when everyone else is at the beach. I have a few things to share: First, congratulations to my client, the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, on the release of its Open Solicitation for

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The End of Nukes in CA

Congrats PG&E! Closing out a big news week in the clean energy world, what I’m most excited about is my client PG&E’s announcement that it is phasing out its Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating Facility and replacing it with renewables, efficiency, and storage! On top of that, PG&E committed to an increased renewable portfolio standard of 55% by 2031. While I didn’t work on the Diablo Canyon deal, the announcement does have a major ripple effect into my world, as

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It Is Finally Time to Pay Attention to Green Bonds!

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Now is the time to start paying attention to green bonds. As many of you know, I haven’t been the biggest cheerleader for green bonds over the last few years. News Flash: I’m changing my tune…slightly. When green bonds hit my radar a few years ago, I wasn’t convinced that they were worthy of much attention. Mostly issued by global development banks such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, green bonds didn’t offer a pricing advantage

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Client Spotlight: Advanced Microgrid Solutions

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When I heard that the Irvine Company, one of the best-regarded real estate investors in the country, signed up to have on-site Tesla batteries, I was intrigued. When I found out that Irvine was expected to save $900,000 a year by installing the batteries, I knew I needed to know more. I’ve been looking for opportunities to bring together my institutional real estate background with my clean-energy expertise. Fast-forward a few months, and I am working with the company

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So Into/So Over – March 2016 Edition

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So Into: The first clean energy loan from one of my first clients, The California Infrastructure & Economic Development Bank (IBank), which will be lending money to the City of Huntington Beach for a major streetlight project. Press release here. Adam Grants new book Originals, a great resource for understanding the mindset, habits, and conditions necessary to innovate effectively. See what he says your choice of web browser says about how innovative you are… The potential for grid-interactive residential

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Miriam tries…Improv as Cross-Training for the Business Brain

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In the last six weeks, I’ve been: a sailboat, a snake, a plunger salesman, and a general plotting a robot war. I’ve thrown invisible balls to people who caught them. I’ve also played seemingly endless rounds of a game called “Pass The Clap.” It’s not what you imagine. I have just completed an introductory-level improvisation class, and I can’t believe how helpful it has been for my business brain. While there’s nothing like actually being in a room with

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