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Jeff St. John

Jeff St. John

Jeff St. John covers technology, economic and regulatory issues influencing the global transition to low-carbon energy. He is former managing editor and senior grid edge editor of Greentech Media.

clean energy
Jeff St. John

Oregon bill targets 100% clean power by 2040, with labor and environmental justice on board

After Democratic cap-and-trade bills faltered in the face of GOP revolts, an electricity-focused, consensus-driven bill gains ground in Oregon.

Oregon bill targets 100% clean power by 2040, with labor and environmental justice on board
Energy Storage
Jeff St. John

Could installing batteries under solar panels kick-start the commercial building market?

Yotta Energy thinks batteries could become as common as microinverters on commercial solar rooftops, and has built in thermal safety features to win over skeptics.

Could installing batteries under solar panels kick-start the commercial building market?
off-grid
Jeff St. John

Ikea and Rockefeller foundations pledge $1B to seed distributed clean energy in developing nations

The funding seeks to empower 1 billion of the estimated 2.5 billion who lack access to reliable electricity.

Ikea and Rockefeller foundations pledge $1B to seed distributed clean energy in developing nations
Duke Energy
Jeff St. John

North Carolina energy bill pits clean energy advocates against Duke Energy's plans for new gas plants

New GOP legislation would boost solar but replace coal plants with natural gas and scuttle many of the Democratic governor's proposed reforms.

North Carolina energy bill pits clean energy advocates against Duke Energy's plans for new gas plants
clean energy
Jeff St. John

Will Illinois finally manage to pass this massive clean energy bill?

A dispute over the future of fossil fuel power plants has tripped up a bill that would save solar and nuclear power and support energy workers and environmental justice.

Will Illinois finally manage to pass this massive clean energy bill?
batteries
Jeff St. John

Solid Power joins the battery SPAC fray with plan to go public at a $1.2B valuation

The solid-state battery developer follows fellow contender QuantumScape in a reverse merger to tap public investment.

Solid Power joins the battery SPAC fray with plan to go public at a $1.2B valuation
microgrids
Jeff St. John

Housing developers and utilities join forces to create the next generation of microgrids

Sharing rooftop solar, batteries and grid controls between utilities and customers is a complex undertaking, but it could yield benefits greater than the sum of their parts.

Housing developers and utilities join forces to create the next generation of microgrids
smart thermostats
Jeff St. John

OhmConnect bets $100M that free smart thermostats can prevent summer blackouts in California

Can a million grid-responsive households beat power plants and battery farms to balance a clean-powered grid?

OhmConnect bets $100M that free smart thermostats can prevent summer blackouts in California
greenhouse gas emissions
Jeff St. John

Colorado’s compromise climate bill demands emissions cuts for electricity, industry and oil and gas

Buildings and vehicles won’t have strict emissions caps, but separate bills will help target those key sectors.

Colorado’s compromise climate  bill demands emissions cuts for electricity, industry and oil and gas
lithium-ion batteries
Jeff St. John

Biden admin aims to make the US a world leader in lithium-ion batteries

The fast-growing lithium-ion battery sector is the key to powering EVs and decarbonizing the grid — and the U.S. doesn’t want to be left behind.

Biden admin aims to make the US a world leader in lithium-ion batteries