Person of Interest: Robyn Beavers

Green Building and Design: "A smarter power transmission grid is central to America’s energy future. But according to NRG Energy’s Robyn Beavers, smarter might mean smaller, where microgrid networks of homes and businesses can supply energy to their neighbors. That sounds disruptive and chaotic—which is exactly what her R&D team thrives on."

How 'Hybrid Electric Buildings' Will Transform Commercial Real Estate

TriplePundit: "America’s commercial buildings are on the cusp of being radically redesigned into Prius-like hybrid energy centers. These buildings will create value by guaranteeing lower energy bills, plus increased worker productivity, while also delivering climate-changing environmental impacts. Like hybrid electric cars, this is a global trend. The cost of enabling technologies is falling – driven by global economies of scale.

Participation à la Conférence VerdeXchange

Parti Quebecois: "L'adjoint parlementaire à la première ministre (volet électrification des transports), Daniel Breton, a participé à la 7e édition de la Conférence VerdeXchange qui se tenait à Los Angeles, du 26 au 28 janvier. Cet évènement majeur destiné à la promotion des technologies et de l'économie vertes est une tribune privilégiée pour faire connaître l'expertise québécoise ainsi que pour renforcer les relations entre le Québec et les joueurs majeurs de l'industrie."

Connecting the Dots: VerdeXchange/FutureBuild Conference Looks at the Sustainable Los Angeles of Tomorrow

StreetsBlogLA: "'Los Angeles had a sustainable past, going all the way back to the original adobe structures that started the city,' [Mayor Eric Garcetti] said to the 375 people in the audience. 'We paved that over. We need to get back to our roots by, for example, turning our faces towards the river instead of turning our backs on it.' The mayor was just one of roughly 80 speakers at the two-day conference, which started Monday morning." 

California PUC President: The Utility Death Spiral Is 'Last Year's Hype'

GreenTechMedia: "The much-heralded death spiral of U.S. utilities is 'last year’s hype,' according to California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey. It was propagated, he said, by members of the Edison Electric Institute, a utility lobbying group, out of a concern that rooftop solar supported by net energy metering would disrupt utilities’ longstanding business model. That’s not going to happen, Peevey told an audience at VerdeXchange 2014, the seventh annual Los Angeles gathering of California’s greentech community.