Weekly Update: March 20th, 2017

Hope everyone has recovered from all the traditional Saint Patrick’s day praying.
In non-green-beer-related news:

Weekly Update: March 13th, 2017

Lately, one of my favorite curmudgeonly phrases is “What fresh hell is this?”. It was, inadvertently, the first thing that came out of my mouth this morning when my alarm went off while it was still pretty dark outside. Screw you, daylight savings time.

But then I remembered that this week also marks the start of the most wonderful time of year: March Madness. We’ll once again be doing a Power Trip group on ESPN, with the first place finisher getting a free drink at a future happy hour. To enter, click here. The password is “notoffthegrid”. Don’t forget to enter and fill out your brackets before Thursday. Entry is free, unless you’re betting on Duke in which case you’re basically selling your soul.

Also, quick reminder that our March happy hour will be tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14th at 6pm. We will be meeting at The Irish Bank (10 Mark Ln, just off of Bush St near the intersection of Bush and Kearny).

On to the news!


Weekly Update: March 6th, 2017

Hi-diddly-ho there, Power Tripperinos! Welcome to the last post before Daylight Savings Time (happening this Sunday March 12th), aka every energy analyst’s least favorite thing. There’s no better way to make really complicated TOU tariffs even more complicated than to shift time around arbitrarily like some sort of mischievous, cackling time-imp.

Also! Our bimonthly happy hour is coming up on Tuesday March 14th at 6 PM in San Francisco. Exact location to be announced soon.

The news:

Weekly Update: February 20th, 2017

Happy Presidents Day! I think most folks have the day off today, so hopefully you’re out enjoying all the rain this day has to offer.

Thanks to everyone who came out last week for our roundtable on energy storage economics, led by Thomas Yu. It was great learning about the subject through a variety of perspectives on the various value streams that energy storage taps into, so thanks to everyone who contributed to the discussion.

On to the news:

Weekly Update: February 13th, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Eve, y’all! A reminder that Thomas Yu of Advanced Microgrid Solutions will be leading a discussion on the economics of energy storage. The talk will be at the Nexant office (101 Second St, 10th floor, San Francisco) starting at 6:30pm on Tues, Feb 14th. A trail of artfully scattered rose petals will guide your way to the event. Disclaimer: this event is BYO scented candles and Barry White LP’s.

Building security will need the names of those who plan on attending, so please RSVP for the event (even if you are on the fence about attending): https://goo.gl/forms/2vxClkTLIK6xHK1Z2

Despite the collapse of American democracy, the energy industry still seems to be humming along. Here’s what happened last week:

Weekly Update: February 6th, 2017

Hello! Hope everyone had a good Super Bowl weekend. I thought yesterday was a fantastic reminder that, as divided as we are as a nation right now, everyone across the country could come together to enjoy this one shared cultural experience – watching Roger Goodell getting booed by an entire stadium during the trophy presentation. Brought a tear to my eye. ‘Merica.

Next Tuesday, we’ll be having a special Valentines Day roundtable. It will be held at the Nexant office (101 Second St, 10th floor, San Francisco) starting at 6:30pm. Thomas Yu of Advanced Microgrid Solutions will lead a very romantic discussion about the economics of energy storage.

On to the news!

Weekly Update: January 30th, 2017

Hello there! First off, I’d like to pass along some job announcements from Eileen Hays-Schwantes of Sunverge. A lot of cool positions are opening up there for smart folks who are passionate about energy storage.

You can see available positions and send applications here:

If you have questions, you can send an email to Eileen (no resumes/cover letters; please apply through the website link above):

Now for the news:

Weekly Update: January 23rd, 2017

Happy Monday and welcome to another weekly newsletter.

I’m happy to announce that this month marks the 3 year anniversary of Power Trip (formerly On the Grid)! We’ve grown quite a bit as an organization since 2014. I’m proud of all the great events we’ve hosted over the past few years, and I’m looking forward to many more. I’m most especially impressed with how many people have signed up for our weekly newsletters, allowing us to spam their inboxes with terrible jokes and electricity news. The most recent count of our subscriber list is 150 million unique users*, making it the largest audience to ever witness an energy-focused newsletter. Period.

On to the news!


* Source: Sean Spicer’s alternative facts.

Weekly Update: January 16th, 2017

Happy Martin Luther King Day everyone! You may have the day off, but electricity doesn’t. Here are some things that electricity did or was involved in:

Weekly Update: January 9th, 2017

Happy second week of 2017, everyone. If you’re reading this, it means you haven’t been washed away by the rain. Congrats!

Quick reminder that our next happy hour is tomorrow, Tuesday January 10th at Oddjob in SF (1337 Mission St) at 6:15 PM. It’ll be your best opportunity this week to nerd out about electricity while drinking, so don’t miss it.

On to the news!