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Here’s a personnel change worth noting. Andy Tang, Pacific Gas & Electric’s smart grid chieftain who brought a high level of tech savvy to his utility job, has left PG&E to join building energy software startup Scientific Conservation. Tang will be “Executive Vice President, Strategy, Business Development & Utility Channel,” at the San Francisco-based startup, which sounds to me like SCI will be doing a lot more business with utilities like PG&E in the future. So far, SCI has concentrated on commercial buildings as customers for its “continuous commissioning” software, which plugs into existing building management systems to prevent them from losing efficiency over time. But along with its recent $19 million investment from General Electric and Triangle Peak Partners, SCI landed an undisclosed investment and open-ended partnership with Intel to apply its software to improving efficiency of everything from data centers to cubicle workstations — two areas where SCI’s data analysis chops could link up with Intel’s IT energy management smarts in interesting ways. Tang worked for Intel as its European WiMAX solutions head before moving to PG&E, by the way, giving him both background with Intel and (according to conversations I’ve had with him) a healthy skepticism of WiMAX’s chances of becoming a ubiquitous wireless technology for the smart grid.