Jeff St. John is director of news and special projects at Canary Media. He covers the intersection of technological, economic and regulatory issues influencing the global transition to low-carbon energy in the electricity, transportation and building sectors. He is the former managing editor and senior grid edge editor of Greentech Media, and he previously reported for The Fresno Bee, the Tri-City Herald and the Anchorage Daily News. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife Tara Donoghue and his dog Lily, and enjoys hiking, gardening and playing guitar with his nieces and nephews.
His areas of expertise include renewable energy, smart grid, distributed energy resources, energy storage, demand response and electric vehicles.
He earned a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2001.
Can 24/7 carbon-free energy become a global standard?
Google and Microsoft want to buy clean energy around the clock. EnergyTag plans to bring the same option to mass markets.
How to move Europe from gas heat to heat pumps — fast
As the European Union tries to free itself from Russian gas, it should offer subsidies and policy supports to boost heat-pump adoption, a new report says.
Experts say blending hydrogen into gas pipelines won't work
Utilities want to extend their infrastructure's useful life. But the evidence suggests the risks and costs far outweigh the negligible emissions-reduction impact.
These new double-duty heat pumps can warm both air and water
Heat pumps are a more efficient way to heat homes. Startup Harvest Thermal says its tech can turn them into thermal batteries too.
These next-gen solar cells could make single-use batteries obsolete
Billions of batteries are thrown out every year. Ambient Photonics and Exeger say their low-light solar cells can help end that waste.
Policy & regulation
Duke Energy's solar plan questioned by North Carolina attorney general
State agencies and pro-solar groups are split over a controversial compromise on net metering. Proponents say it’s a model for rooftop solar. Opponents say it's a step backward.
Span raises $90M to make smart panels the gateway to home electrification
Tesla alum's startup sets sights on expanding markets for orchestrating solar, batteries, EVs and electric appliances.
US schools can subscribe to an electric school bus fleet at prices that beat diesel
Fleet-as-a-service offerings like those from Highland Electric and Thomas Built could help kick-start widespread EV adoption.
When will EV trucks be ready for large-scale adoption? It's complicated
New policies are pushing zero-emissions trucks onto U.S. roads, but the most polluting long-haul routes will be the hardest to electrify.