Let’s Make a Deal: Spending on clean energy, energy efficiency and public transit in the latest stimulus bill is exactly halfway between the House and Senate versions — the House had approved $72 billion, the Senate $68 billion. — Gristmill
Bingaman for Ethanol Boost: With corn ethanol plants closing almost every week, and many technological hurdles remaining for commercial cellulosic ethanol, Senator Jeff Bingaman, Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said the government should consider allowing higher ethanol content in gasoline blends. — NYT’s Green Inc.
Impax Backs Waste-to-Energy Startup: UK-based Impax Asset Management has invested $6 million in the waste management company New Earth Solutions to support the launch of a waste-to-energy offshoot. — Clean Edge
Vestas Banks on U.S. Market: Turbine maker and sector bellwether Vestas is hedging its optimistic 2009 outlook based on what happens in the U.S. market. While company expects other markets to “do their part,” it fears the U.S. market may not recover from near-total “collapse” last quarter. — WSJ’s Environmental Capital
Gearing Up for the Smart Grid: Michigan’s Consumers Energy today announced it will be the first utility to buy SAP AMI Integration for Utilities software package, a move that’s indicative of the wave of change sweeping across the power industry. — Triple Pundit