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EnerNOC (ENOC), a company that sells demand response and energy management services to commercial and industrial customers, is trying to stay on top of its game. On Monday, the company said it has snapped up Stamford, Conn.-based startup MDEnergy, adding to its portfolio of energy management […] Read more »

Efficient Toner: Xerox will open a $60 million energy efficient manufacturing plant to produce a toner that takes about 25 percent less energy per pound compared to conventional toner — GreenBiz. Red, White and Biofuels: The US is the “fastest expanding market in the world” for […] Read more »

[qi:004] Do we really need another online travel startup? Gregg Brockway, one of the co-founders of online travel site Hotwire.com (EXPE), thinks so. His latest venture, TripIt, launched today. Aimed at the growing number of travelers who are buying flights, hotel rooms and car rentals directly […] Read more »

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When it comes to energy policy in the U.S., the states are increasingly calling the shots — and they know it. This week, the Governors Association officially launched a task force to advance clean energy development at the state level, and it’s being given $610,000 from […] Read more »

Miasole CEO is Out, Funding In?: Thin film startup Miasole’s CEO Dave Pearce is being replaced by Joseph Laia, a veteran of the semiconductor chip equipment industry. Trouble in thin film land? The company is also reported to be raising more money — CNET Euro Cash […] Read more »

Yes, you read that right. Pork energy — a.k.a. pig-produced waste energy — will be the subject of a town hall meeting next week in Goldsboro, N.C. If the latest legislation on animal waste management systems passed by the State’s senate becomes law, it’ll encourage pork […] Read more »

Canadian biomass-based biofuels have been given a boost with a C$500 million ($484.4 million) fund launched yesterday by the country’s federal government. The fund, which will be managed by Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is designed to jump-start the development and production of “next generation” biofuels in […] Read more »

How Green is that PC in the Window?: Lenovo rolled out its eco-friendly ThinkCentre A61e desktop, codenamed “Blue Sky” today. We’re seriously craving one –- release. Why Green IT?: Conference attendees at Infrastructure Management World questioned why energy-efficient IT is gaining popularity, money or morals? — […] Read more »

Parking Lot Pollution: Besides car emissions, it turns out automobiles are indirectly causing yet another environmental problem: parking lot pollution. Researchers at Purdue University say giant parking lots raise urban temperatures and add to water pollution. Parking lots accumulate pollutants such as oil and heavy metals […] Read more »

Former Rhode Island Congresswoman Claudine Schneider says that when it comes to the potential of solar energy, the U.S. government has failed to take the lead. That’s why she’s charging ahead as the president of a newly launched organization called The Solar Alliance, whose aim is […] Read more »

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Even though environmentalism is part of the cleantech investing equation, we were reminded during a VC panel held at AlwaysOn’s GoingGreen conference this morning in Davis, Calif., that cleantech investing is about another kind of green: cash. “We are a single, bottom-line entity,” said Bill Green, […] Read more »

Energy from Man-Made Tornadoes?: Here are some rather bizarre energy conductors that scientists are using to produce electricity (think tornadoes, kites, and lighting) — Business Week. Positive Energy Snags $1.55M: Positive Energy, an Arlington, Va.-based energy efficiency company, raised its first round, which was led by […] Read more »

Here we go again. In the inexhaustible game of leapfrog between Silicon Valley chipmakers Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Intel Corp (INTC), it’s AMD’s turn to jump. Today, after more than six months of delays, the Sunnyvale, Calif. underdog of the multiprocessor arch-rivalry finally announced the […] Read more »

Sure we’d love to purchase an all electric car like the Telsa Roadster, but its $98k price tag doesn’t quite fit into a bloggers budget. Lucky for us, automakers around the world are starting to seriously address engine fuel efficiency, and will show off the eco-car […] Read more »

It’s hard to get one’s head wrapped around all the money being poured into the various sectors of cleantech these days. Last year investment in clean energy surged 67 percent over the previous year, but at the same time there was more than $2 billion left […] Read more »

It was a who’s-who of cleantech last night at the AlwaysOn GoingGreen launch party. A bit smaller crowd than we expected, but a decent turnout for the announcement of AlwaysOn’s list of 100 emerging cleantech companies. Smart grid start-up GridPoint took home the title of “overall […] Read more »

Yeasty Ethanol: “Yeast” would’ve been a better choice for our A to Z list of the Biofuel Economy, instead of, um, “Your chopsticks.” Anyhoo. University of California Irvine researchers have teamed up with Laguna Hills, Calif.-based start-up CODA Genomics to explore ways to turn a common […] Read more »

We weren’t surprised to find Masa Ishii, one of Noventi’s managing directors, on the prowl for investment opportunities at the ASME Energy Nanotechnology International Conference yesterday. Menlo Park-based VC firm Noventi sits on a $100 million fund for early-stage cleantech investments. The firm, once an investor […] Read more »

Since moving to California two years ago, it seems like I’ve landed in this eco-savvy bubble, cut off from the rest of the country. Looking at the amount of start-up activity and government support for the sector, it’s clear that California is one of the leaders […] Read more »

Greentech Media Launch: Our good friends Greentech Media launched their eco-tech news site today. Check out our blog feed on the site! – release. Cleantech Investing Acquired: As part of Greentech Media’s launch, Cleantech Investing was acquired by the Mass. news and research firm. The blog, […] Read more »

Who: Zee Dynamics is a startup with a patent-pending technology that supposedly reduces the amount of fuel and energy used in the production of rubber products such as shoes and tires, and can also make the rubber last longer. The company is self-funded by founder John […] Read more »

If you’ve been scratching your head over oil companies’ green PR attempts, there’s a new goodie coming up: Chevron (CVX) is due to unveil its latest eco PR effort, and this time it amounts to an earth-friendly-version of SimCity. We were recently emailed a link to […] Read more »

VC $$$ for Cleantech: A report released today by research firm New Energy Finance notes that VC and private equity investment in the cleantech sector surged 67 percent in 2006 over the previous year. Yet clean energy VCs only invested 73 percent of the total money […] Read more »

Plextronics, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based startup developing organic semiconductors for thin film solar and lighting applications, says it raised $20.6 million in a Series B funding, in a round led by Solvay North American Investments, a member of Solvay Group (SVYSY), a chemical and pharmaceutical group headquartered […] Read more »

Propel Biofuels, a Seattle-based startup that is building public biodiesel fueling sites, has raised $4.75 million in its Series A round of funding from @Ventures and Nth Power, the company announced on Wednesday. @Ventures led the round and was joined by local business investors including Andrew […] Read more »

We’ve written plenty about the growing biofuel market and the rising concern over the sustainability of corn or wheat ethanol and soy biodiesel production. Here’s an A to Z of alternative materials and innovative processes that can turn that biomass into fuel. From milk-based ethanol, to […] Read more »

Lighting Up Cleantech: Venture analyst Roger Franklin thinks Europe is missing the boat on LEDs and a $12 billion lighting market –- BusinessGreen.com. Israel Corp’s Electric Car: Israel Corp will invest $100 million of a $200 million investment in entrepreneur Shai Agassi’s electric car venture –- […] Read more »

Dan Primack at PeHub pulls two cleantech fundings out of his Regulation D filings grab bag today, while VentureWire reports on an energy fund from EnerTech Capital. Solexant, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based startup that’s developing efficient, low-cost solar cells, has raised $4.3 million in a Series A […] Read more »

Carnivores, take note: Meat is the latest food group that is falling victim to biofuel production. At least in the U.K. That’s after reports that food like corn, tortillas, and even gummy bears have been getting the pinch. Already hurting from bird flu, floods, and foot-and-mouth […] Read more »

Solar power has plenty of applications for remote regions where the electricity grid is distant and the sun shines bright. The latest, comes from two-year-old startup Solis Energy, which is using solar generators to power Wi-Fi routers located, well, just about anywhere. The Orlando, Fla.-based company […] Read more »

Audi to Cut C02: Automaker Audi wants to cut 20% of CO2 emissions produced by its car models by 2012 — Green Car Congress. Offshore Wind: Richard T. Stuebi explains why he thinks Long Island could pull the plug on its planned offshore wind project, while […] Read more »

Coal gasification is one of the few areas of so-called ‘clean coal’ technology that critics say could actually offer a cleaner answer to coal. While most of the technology is years from being proven on a large scale, startups are raising funds — Secure Energy, a […] Read more »

Who: Nila Lighting Systems, which makes LED lighting modules for the entertainment industry, is self-funded by Hollywood techie Jim Sanfilippo, (he worked as a grip on films including “Ride Around the World” and “Minority Report.”) Sanfilippo says the company can last on current funds until the […] Read more »

Speaking of solar buzz, this week a couple of the big solar players from China released their second-quarter financials, with mixed results. Shares of China Sunergy (CSUN) tumbled more than 20% Friday after the solar cell manufacturer, which went public in May, said it swung to […] Read more »

With the millions of VC dollars being poured into copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar companies (including HelioVolt, Nanosolar, Miasole, and SoloPower) it’s getting time to prove that they can start producing this stuff. The market might not be slowing its rush of VC cash […] Read more »

GoodCents, an Atlanta-based provider of marketing and field services for electric utility energy efficiency and peak-load management programs, has been acquired by a fund managed by GFI Energy Ventures for an undisclosed amount. Utility power management programs can help maintain grid stability and reduce the risk […] Read more »

Solar Thermal in Idaho: Honolulu’s solar thermal startup Sopogy, which raised a $3 million round in Jan., plans to build a 50 kilowatt plant in Idaho to test its solar thermal technology. (Inside GreenTech). Hybrid Trucks: PACCAR and Eaton Corporation announced that they’re going to be […] Read more »

Who: Civil Twilight is bootstrapped by three architects. They were awarded $10,000 from the 2007 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition. What: Civil Twilight is a collective of three professional architects who have teamed up to develop energy-efficient technologies in their spare time. The technology that has […] Read more »

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