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At Structure this afternoon, 11 LaunchPad companies had just four minutes to present its business to a panel of three judges from the venture capital industry and the audience. CloudSwitch won the judges’ vote as well as the audience choice. Read more »

There have already been 33 cloud-computing related deals close so far this year. So for entrepreneurs hoping to win the next venture capital investments in the cloud, partners from Redpoint Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Accel Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners and GGV Capital offered some advice. Read more »

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NRG Energy just scooped up a portfolio of nine solar development projects in California and Arizona. Through subsidiary NRG Solar, the New Jersey-based power producer has bought the projects for an undisclosed price from US Solar Ventures Holdings. Read more »

When you plug in and juice up your battery, are you buying electricity? No charging infrastructure providers say in comments filed with the California Public Utilities Commission. You’re paying for an electric vehicle service, and regulators need to make that crystal clear. Read more »

A move to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, led by Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, failed Thursday afternoon. After hours of debate, the Senate rejected the resolution with a final tally of 47-53. Read more »

The Department of Energy this morning announced the tenth award for a clean energy project under the long delayed loan guaranteed program. Oregon-based U.S. Geothermal has won the latest award, on a conditional basis, for $102.2 million. Read more »

The latest twist in the road to comprehensive climate and energy legislation arrived on Wednesday, in the form of Sen. Dick Lugar’s (R-Ind.) proposal for what he calls the “Practical Energy and Climate Plan.” Read more »

Bloom Energy may capture the lion’s share of buzz among fuel cell startups, but ClearEdge Power has generated a fair amount of business for its $50,000 stationary fuel cell systems, including a new $40 million distribution deal for the Korean market. Read more »

Ford and General Motors plan to let drivers send Google Maps directions to their in-vehicle communication systems, Sync and OnStar. The automakers announced the services separately today, as Internet rivalries spill over into the landscape of connected and electric cars. Read more »

The EPA has just opened up its Energy Star program to data centers, using an efficiency rating system years in the works that’s based on the Power Usage Effectiveness, or PUE, metric. Read more »

ABI Research forecasts in a new report that apps for smartphone devices will give vehicle navigation systems a run for their money over the next five years — a trend that could make demand for connectivity a double-edged sword for green cars. Read more »

The venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins has thrown its greentech weight behind Enphase Energy, an early mover in the realm of microinverters for solar panels. Enphase announced today it has closed a $63 million round joined by Kleiner and other investors. Read more »

Odds and ends from around the green web that we’re reading this morning. Read more »

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