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Dana Hull covers clean technology and energy policy for the San Jose Mercury News. She often writes about electric vehicles, the smart grid, the solar industry and California energy policy, from RPS goals to Gov. Jerry Brown's big dreams for distributed generation.


The long game for Tesla’s gigafactory

California state senator Ted Gaines put out a statement late Friday that made it sound like the Golden State was on the verge of a deal to land Tesla's proposed gigafactory for battery production. The five states are all Read More →

Tesla rolls out “Destination Charging” program at hotels, restaurants and resorts

Tesla Motors has quietly rolled out a "Destination Charging" program, giving 106 hotels, restaurants and resorts High Power Wall Connectors that offer more than twice the power of a typical charging station. The Post Ranch Inn, Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, Westin Read More →

Elon Musk responds to full-page ad seeking Model S improvements

A New York couple took out an ad in the Palo Alto Weekly asking Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk to make some improvements in the all-electric Model S sedan, including moving the cup holder forward, voice-activated phone dialing and Read More →

BrightSource pushes back against reports of burned birds

When BrightSource Energy first started construction on the Ivanpah solar thermal plant in the Mojave Desert, it came under scrutiny because of the project's impact on the desert tortoise. Now that Ivanpah is operational, there's another issue: burning birds. Read More →

Tesla: We have to respect the integrity of CEQA

A story by the Los Angeles Times floats the idea that Tesla is seeking exemptions from the California's landmark environmental legislation, known as CEQA. Reporter Marc Lifsher says that California would exempt Tesla from some of its toughest Read More →

Republican Ted Gaines grovels for the Gigafactory

Tesla Motors has five Southwestern states - Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas - on the ropes. Each would love to land the company's massive, $5 billion gigafactory for battery production. Tesla has acknowledged breaking ground on Read More →
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