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EnerNOC (ENOC), which sells demand response and energy management services to commercial and industrial customers, was one of the rare successful exits in the cleantech world — the Boston-based company went public earlier this year, netting nearly $100 million. Today, the company filed to offer 4 […] Read more »

Shai Agassi, the entrepreneur who, at one time, was expected to take over the CEO role at SAP, said today that he has formed “Project Better Place,” a venture focusing on electric vehicles, and is raising an initial $200 million to fund the project. When Agassi […] Read more »

EarthLink (ENLK), the beleaguered Atlanta-based Internet service provider, is scoring a big fat zero out of two when it comes to capital-intensive technology bets. Earlier this year, the former dial-up darling started pulling back on its MuniFi business and CEO Rolla Huff said EarthLink had repositioned […] Read more »

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Creating more energy-efficient consumer electronics starts at the chip level. CamSemi, a fabless semiconductor startup based in the UK, is designing energy-saving integrated circuits for the power supply consumer electronics market. The five-year-old company this week raised a Series C round of $26 million from 3i […] Read more »

Carbon Under the Lone Star: Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin will undertake a 10-year, $38 million project to study injecting and storing carbon dioxide underground — GreenCarCongress. GreatPoint’s Biomass Plant: The cleaner coal company backed with $100 million in venture funding is building […] Read more »

Not a week can go by without a declaration of the growth of cleantech investing. Here’s the latest from today: The Cleantech Network says venture capitalists in North America invested close to $1.3 billion in cleantech startups in the third quarter, a 50 percent increase over […] Read more »

The world will need to add the equivalent of two more Saudi Arabia’s to meet even the most conservative fuel consumption estimates over the next two decades, according to Donald Paul, CTO of Chevron (CVX). And that kind of scale is what startups need to keep […] Read more »

When it comes to finding a successful exit for your cleantech startup, good luck finding a buyer willing to pay the price you want. That was the consensus of investors at the Dow Jones Alternative Energy Conference this week. The cleantech industry is too young for […] Read more »

How to Invest in Renewables: Alt Energy Stocks brings us the how-to’s of investing in clean energy, for funds or individual stocks — Alt Energy Stocks. Eco-Heroes: Time Magazine picks the top environmental do-gooders, including a list of scientists and innovators — Time. Plastic Separates Carbon […] Read more »

The Dow Jones Alternative Energy conference was full of cleantech companies looking for funding on Wednesday. Which ones? The conference organizers were kind enough to hand out a nifty booklet categorized by “financing plans.” Here’s the goods: Raising Money Now: Antig Technology, Ardica Technologies, Atmocean, Avalence, […] Read more »

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The Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) role is one of our favorite classic venture jobs: Get on a venture firm’s payroll and struggle for a good nine months to try to build a startup in which your firm can invest. The Department of Energy wants to mine the EIR […] Read more »

Chinese solar cell maker Suntech Power Holdings (STP) officially opened its U.S. headquarters in San Francisco this week — we like that because the office is not too far from Earth2Tech, GigaOM headquarters. SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, never one to shy away from green-themed media attention, […] Read more »

Google Funds Algae In Space: Google has committed $3 million to support 15 researchers at NASA/Ames who are working on capturing methane emitted by algae to use as energy source — San Jose Mercury News. Plug-In Prius On It’s Way?: Popular Mechanics takes a ride in […] Read more »

The surge of venture investments in cleantech has been surprising some industry watchers — the total figure climbed 80 percent in the third quarter to $844 million, according to a recent MoneyTree report. But one look at GE’s investments in clean technology R&D, and suddenly those […] Read more »

When a company is developing battery technology for eco-chic plug-in hybrid vehicles (including work on converted plug-in Priuses), it’s not hard to become a well-known name in the cleantech industry. And being high-profile is helpful when it comes to raising funding — this afternoon the six-year-old […] Read more »

What do thin-film solar, traffic-management technology and power storage all have in common? They’re all innovations that can help fight climate change, and they’re all getting investments from Battelle Ventures and its affiliate fund, Innovation Valley Partners (IVP). The firms said this morning that they will […] Read more »

It was only mid-August when we heard that HelioVolt had raised a whopper of a $77 million Series B round. But given it’s taking many thin film solar startups a lot of capital to get to the production stage, we’re not surprised that this morning the […] Read more »

Trying to bring the production of biofuels closer to their consumption destination — be it the feedstock or the pumping station — isn’t a new idea. Several of Vinod Khosla’s biofuel investments are focused on cutting down the energy, and thus the cost, expended in transportation. […] Read more »

Vinod Khosla gave a speech down at Sand Hill Road yesterday in which he offered the most detailed description of his portfolio companies that we’ve heard. Breaking it down into four categories — the war on oil, the war on coal, efficiency and materials — he […] Read more »

Given Tesla’s first electric car model won’t reach customers until next year, the hundreds of its eco-conscious sports car-loving (occasional celebrity) customers that have actually made it onto the waiting list are likely getting a bit antsy. And they probably wouldn’t like to watch the six […] Read more »

Paul Dickerson, the COO of the federal government’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), says he has two goals: One, show industry and the venture capital worlds that his department is a friend to business – not isolated and bureaucratic, like government divisions tend […] Read more »

Solar Thermal Trend: Ausra’s John O’Donnell leads us through the trend in utility-scale solar thermal plants — BusinessWeek. Grid Gear: Utilities are checking out battery options to beef up the power grid — MIT Tech Review. Power grid watchdog, we need power lines: The group that […] Read more »

There’s a lot of obvious costs of climate change — you know, like making the Earth uninhabitable. Some of the lesser known costs to industry can be quantified and the University of Maryland’s Center for Integrative Environmental Research put out a report recently looking into some […] Read more »

One day, the old-skool electricity grid will have the smart network capabilities of the Internet — distributed, self-healing, maybe even peer-to-peer. It’s a huge future business opportunity that’s prompting investors to put money into startups like GridPoint, which this morning said it closed a $48.5 million […] Read more »

Climate change means we’ll be facing more unpredictable weather — and if you’re in a weather-sensitive business like farming or owning a ski resort, unexpected weather can mean a significant loss of sales. San Francisco startup WeatherBill, founded by former Google (GOOG) exec David Friedberg, offers […] Read more »

Ztek to Bloom Energy, Stop Infringing: Fuel-cell company Ztek has accused competitor Bloom Energy of patent infringement, according to a Calif. government document reported by Greentech Media. Branson’s BioJetFuel: Richard Branson said Virgin Group wants to make biofuels at the beginning of the next decade and […] Read more »

When Bill Joy was hired by venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Paul Kedrosky wondered if Joy would be a Bob Metcalfe (a high-profile person that moved to VC late and fits the job) or a Stewart Alsop (a high-profile person that moved to VC […] Read more »

[qi:86] In countries where international long-distance rates are high, mobile services like mig33’s mobile instant messenger and VoIP calls are starting to gain a sizable user base. The Burlingame, Calif. startup, which was an eTel/GigaOM Launch Pad startup, says it has signed up more than 7 […] Read more »

Corn-based ethanol just can’t win. Even Biotown USA — a town renamed for biofuels a couple years ago — couldn’t make the economics of an ethanol plant built by VeraSun (VSE) work in this current market. Now another ethanol producer, BioFuel Energy Corp. (BIOF), has said […] Read more »

EnerDel To Power Think: EnerDel says it has signed a deal with Think Global to supply the of choice for lithium-ion batteries — release. Governator Signs Bill for $125M Per Year For Green Cars: The California governor signed a bill to spend $125M annually on alternative […] Read more »

Steve Jobs is probably as tired of Greenpeace watching Apple’s (AAPL) eco moves as we’re sick of hearing about Nicole Richie’s pregnancy — as in, a lot. Greenpeace released a report this morning that says Apple’s mobile game changer — the iPhone — contains toxic brominated […] Read more »

Now that Silicon Valley’s own electric car company, Tesla, is planning on delivering the Roadster at least a year behind schedule, the company is doing some serious PR work in the WSJ this morning, with both an article and a video interview with co-founder and former […] Read more »

If Al Gore is the Nobel Peace Prize-winning embodiment of technology and the environment, the growing masses of eco-bloggers — bloggers waxing on all things earth-friendly — represent the intersection of broadband and the environmental movement. At no other time has the barrier to blogging and […] Read more »

There’s no individual that exemplifies the merging of the environmental movement and the technology industry more than former Vice President Al Gore. By now everyone’s seen his Academy Award-winning plea to fight climate change, and he’s a senior adviser to Google (GOOG), an Apple (AAPL) board […] Read more »

Vinod Khosla, the 52-year venture capitalist and founder of Khosla Ventures and Sun Microsystems, is leading Silicon Valley’s biofuel gold rush. Controversial to some (corn ethanol critics) and put on a pedestal by others (venture investors that follow his lead), he’s made at least 10 biofuel […] Read more »

SmartSpark Energy Raises $$$: Solar inverter technology (converts DC to AC) is the next place for investment, a VC told me recently. He looks to be right, and SmartSpark Energy said it raised an undisclosed round from Battery Ventures — release. Solar Decathlon Starts Tomorrow: Twenty […] Read more »

In the race to produce cheaper solar cells using new manufacturing methods and materials, solar startups have been requiring more and more money to get their products to market. Over the past few months, Konarka, Miasolé, HelioVolt, and Nanosolar have all raised funding in an effort […] Read more »

Unless you’re as clued in as Ms. Teen South Carolina, you’ve noticed that corporations are increasingly focused on lowering energy consumption, reducing carbon emissions and touting their general eco-friendliness. Less obvious is that the startups that are in the business of enabling this green trend – […] Read more »

Biodiesel Plant’s New Tech: Benefuel and Seymour Biofuels will build a biodiesel refinery based on solid catalyst that can convert low-grade fats and vegetable oils into biodiesel — Seattle PI. Shell Shilling for Clean Coal: Shell is looking to license its coal gasification technology — Reuters. […] Read more »

Where do we tackle the dirty-burning coal dilemma — in the power plant or in the ground? (Or how about neither and we just go with clean energy?) Luca Technologies is betting on the ground, and the Golden, Colo.-based startup that works with naturally-occurring microbes in […] Read more »

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