The pitch from Oakland startup OhmConnect? Save energy and get paid for it.

As I started my conversation with Cisco DeVries, the CEO of Oakland-based smart grid startup OhmConnect, massive wildfires were burning across the state and a recently released IPCC report found that the effects of climate change were already evident and accelerating.

Was there any sign of hope? I asked DeVries, who had spent the bulk of his career working in the sustainability space, including at the city of Berkeley where he helped pioneer the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program to help homeowners finance renewable…


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