The Best & Worst Biofuel Startups: One thing’s clear from a new analysis by Lux Research: While many startups generate buzz when they raise new funds, high profile investors hardly put them first in line for market viability. For young ventures working on cellulosic ethanol and other fuels, scale trumps tech.
5 Reasons Why Developing Countries Need Smart Grids, Too: Developing countries like India, China and Brazil need and want to make their power grids smarter to help stop power theft, increase power reliability and quality, leapfrog older technologies, take advantage of rapid growth and manage distributed clean power systems, among other reasons.
How Greentech Will Affect the 2010 California Governor Race: California’s next leader will be tasked with shaping one of the most aggressive states in the nation in terms of regulation that promotes clean power and energy efficiency, and is also the home of Silicon Valley’s greentech community. How are the current contenders shaping up?
10 Questions for Greentech Investor David Gelbaum: The famously private investor David Gelbaum, founder of The Quercus Trust, and who by his own estimates has between 40 and 50 cleantech investments, as a rule hasn’t done interviews for years. But last week on the heels of Gelbaum accepting the role of CEO of one of his portfolio companies Entech Solar (the first time he’s taken over as CEO), Gelbaum got on the phone with us to chat about the potential of solar, how he’s lost money in greentech so far, and his focus on making some returns.
Xcel’s SmartGridCity Can Thank Fiber For Ballooning Costs: Xcel Energy’s showcase smart grid project in Boulder, Colo. has cost a lot more than originally expected, and the Colorado Public Utility Commission is now asking the utility to prove why it needs its Colorado customers to foot part of the bill. The main culprit for the cost overruns? — fiber.
WeatherBug Eyes the Smart Grid Buzz: Remember WeatherBug? The company, which has 8,000 weather tracking stations across the U.S. and sells various weather-based services, had an early version of its ad-based desktop application that Microsoft’s Windows once mistakenly classified it as spyware. Oops. Nowadays, though, WeatherBug, has been selling weather services into the utility and energy markets and it’s eagerly looking to grab ahold of the increasingly booming smart grid market.
The Anxiety of Digital: Cars, Power Grid Up Next: Both vehicles and the power grid are undergoing massive transformations involving IT. Get ready for that good ol’ digital anxiety.