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.
The Latest from Jeff St. John
Major transmission lines and grid plans have been approved in the past two years. But they're just 10 percent of what the country needs to decarbonize its grid.
Smart thermostats are helping Arizona's grid ride out brutal heatAmid soaring temperatures, Arizona has seen success with utility programs that incentivize people to turn down the AC when the power grid is stressed.
Terra CO2 says its Texas factory will cut carbon and cost from cementThe startup is building its first large-scale plant to turn common rocks into cement additives that can reduce cement's hefty carbon footprint without raising costs.
The biomethane boondoggle that could derail clean hydrogen
If the Treasury Department doesn’t get hydrogen tax-credit rules right, it could enrich factory farms and fossil fuel producers rather than boost green hydrogen.
The world's largest low-carbon steel plant moves closer to completion
H2 Green Steel’s new $1.6 billion investment puts its hydrogen-fueled plant on track to open in 2025, in what would be a first for the hard-to-decarbonize industry.
Clean energy manufacturing
Another US EV-battery recycler just raised a massive funding round
Ascend Elements attracted $542 million in investment to make cathodes from spent EV batteries, just a week after Redwood Materials raised $1 billion.
The fight over California community solar: 'It's everyone vs. utilities'
Α broad and unlikely coalition has united behind a proposal that would finally let community solar flourish in California. Utilities are trying to stop it.
Long-duration energy storage
Eos wins $400M DOE loan guarantee to build longer-lasting batteriesLong-duration energy storage is a tough business, but it's vital to decarbonizing the grid. Eos thinks its zinc-based batteries are the best candidate for the job.
Redwood Materials lands $1B to boost its battery recycling effortsThe startup founded by Tesla alum JB Straubel wants to spend $7 billion on recycling to supply a U.S. battery industry now dependent on China.
New California rules would crush rooftop solar for renters
A proposal to drastically cut solar’s value for apartments, schools and farms could undermine California’s climate and energy equity pledges, opponents say.