75F Joins Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator

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“DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has selected the fourth round of clean-tech and energy efficiency startup companies to join the program.

The five startups join 20 other early-stage companies that have received support to address energy challenges in commercial buildings, which currently account for more than 40 percent of energy usage in the U.S.”

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Burnsville’s DTN Is Buying Weather Technology Firm WDT

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DTN, an independent source of insights, analysis and decision-support solutions, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT). The acquisition further solidifies and enhances DTN’s weather technology platform and supports the company’s commitment to providing the highest quality and most accurate weather forecasts and insights. The transaction is expected to close following completion of customary closing conditions.”

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Fast Growing Energy Management Collaborative Has A Brighter Idea

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“Somebody has really turned on the LED lights at Energy Management Collaborative (EMC).  It has been quite a dazzling run, particularly the past five years, for a low-profile firm that has emerged from the shadows.

Corporate veteran Jerry Johnson and several partners in 2003 formed EMC, which uses proprietary software and highly efficient LED lighting to overhaul lighting systems for dozens of commercial customers nationally every year.”

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Burnsville BI Firm DTN Buys New York-Based EMI

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“MINNEAPOLIS, April 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — DTN, an independent source of insight and analysis, and decision-support solutions to customers worldwide in agriculture, energy, commodities and financial analytics, announced today that it has acquired Energy Management Institute (EMI), a leading professional services firm providing insight into the energy future.”

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Twin Cities Carsharing Service HOURCAR Partners With Xcel Energy

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“HOURCAR announced Monday that it has partnered with the Xcel Engery to reshape its transportation service.  Along with the move to a zero-emission fleet of cars, the company plans to have a hub-based, one-way model, instead of one where users have to returns car from where they pick them up.”

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At Risk Of Hacker Induced Blackouts, Xcel Energy Beefs Up Cybersecurity

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By Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune

“Electricity isn’t exactly a growth business, so Xcel Energy’s employee head count doesn’t budge much from year to year. One department is an exception: cybersecurity. Xcel employs more than 100 highly trained security analysts, compared with a handful just two years ago. Threats from hackers are intensifying and, with them, the specter of blackouts.”

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RedTeam Security Shows How Easy It Is To Hack The Power Grid – By Doing It

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“A power company in the Midwest hired a group of white hat hackers known as RedTeam Security to test its defenses. We followed them around for 3 days, as they attempted to break into buildings and hack into its network, with the goal of gaining full access. And it was all much easier than you might think. Based on our experiences, it would seem that power companies need to step up their game in the fight against cyber attackers or it could be “lights out.”

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Minneapolis’ NorthWrite Sells Energy Software To BuildingIQ

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BuildingIQ, a leading energy management software company, today announced that it has acquired the Energy WorkSite and Facility WorkSite software applications from NorthWrite Inc. The two cloud-based applications, coupled with BuildingIQ’s packaged monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) services, create a new, full-suite Energy Information Management Services (EIMS) platform.”

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Minneapolis Startup Applies Tech To Level Power Grid Peaks

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By David Shaffer, Star Tribune

“On the nation’s power grid, people use the most electricity when everyone else does — and that’s a challenge to utilities.

…Now, a year-old Minneapolis start-up, Power Over Time Inc., is applying advanced technology to this task. By combining wireless communication, cloud computing and smart controls, the company hopes to flatten utilities’ demand curves.”

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