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Why Would Google Pay $3.2 Billion for Nest?

(This blog is co-authored by Howard Chong) Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs Inc. is puzzling. It’s nice that Nest is about reinventing previously “unloved things” like thermostats and smoke detectors. But is it really worth $3.2 billion? To put it … Continue reading

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Would a Nest Help My Family Save Energy?

Since my husband and I both work in the energy industry, we often exchange energy-themed gifts. He has given me energy books (my favorite was American Power by Mitch Epstein filled with beautiful art-shots of power plants), power plant trading … Continue reading

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Another Take on the Efficiency Gap

At the Energy Institute at Haas, we’ve long debated and investigated “the energy-efficiency gap.” It’s an idea that’s simple to state but, potentially, huge in its implications: it’s the difference between what’s technically feasible in terms of energy efficiency and … Continue reading

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