Duke Energy Jumps for Juwi’s 14MW Solar Project: “Power company Duke Energy said its commercial business unit, Duke Energy Generation Services (DEGS), agreed to buy a 14 megawatt Blue Wing Solar Project from Juwi Solar.” — Reuters
UN’s Rajendra Pachauri Staying Put: “The chairman of the UN’s climate science body said he would not resign in the wake of a row about a mistake on glaciers that appeared in a key report.” — BBC
What to Watch for in Obama’s SOTU: Many businesses and environmental groups will watch President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Wednesday to see whether he “still has the fire in the belly for the climate issue that he had in Copenhagen, or whether he is going to back off at all.” — The Hill
Beacon Power’s Flywheel Bet: Beacon Power has begun construction on a plant in New York that stores energy in flywheels. The plan is to charge grid operators for use of the battery system — a scheme that could work in New York, but faces regulatory hurdles in California. — NYT’s Green Inc.
Sun Catalytix Closes ARPA-E Funds, Adds Execs: Renewable fuels developer Sun Catalytix has hired two executives to lead the startup through its recently closed $4 million ARPA-E contract with the Department of Energy: Scott Wilshire, former president of Thar Geothermal, and Mark Barnett, former Connecticut Clean Energy Fund counsel. — Mass High Tech