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Smart Meters: PG&E Plans to Give Customers a Choice — at a Cost

Amid health concerns over smart meters, which can wirelessly transmit household energy-usage data to utilities and customers, California’s largest utility has proposed a plan that would allow homeowners to opt for regular meters…

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A Google Ventures Startup Looks to ‘Transphorm’ Energy Efficiency

Billions of dollars of electricity is wasted annually by inefficient power-conversion systems. But a fledgling company called Transphorm believes its technology can cut electric bills significantly — and hike mileage for hybrid…

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California’s SolarCity Sees a Bright Market on the East Coast

The big solar panel installer has announced its second East Coast deal in a month: It’s buying the residential solar business of Vermont-based groSolar, after picking up Maryland’s Clean Currents. And SolarCity isn’t the only We…

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Tesla’s Annual Loss Triples as It Prepares to Launch the Model S

Tesla Motors, which went public with much fanfare last June, nearly tripled its losses for 2010 as it invested heavily to engineer and get ready for producing the Model S, its second offering and the first that targets a broader…

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Can Obama’s Proposed $7,500 Rebate Accelerate Electric-Car Sales?

In the State of the Union address in January, President Barack Obama set a goal of getting 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015. Now he’s proposed $7,500 rebates, instead of tax credits, to reach that goal. Will that be e…

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