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We’ve dedicated a lot of ink to Bill Gates’ talk last week at the exclusive TED conference on how the world needs to find energy miracles and create innovative technology to reach zero carbon emissions. World Changing’s Alex Steffen called Gates’ talk “the most important climate […] Read more »

Updated: Smart meter maker Itron reported better than expected fourth quarter and annual 2009 earnings late Wednesday. That wasn’t too shocking given Itron has been expected to turn around this year as it has started shipping significant volumes of smart meters to utilities. But what was […] Read more »

As ethereal as the terms “web services” and “cloud computing” sound, there’s nothing lightweight about the power and cooling required to make the Internet run. It takes data centers, plain and simple — each running 24/7 and housing thousands of servers and data storage systems – […] Read more »

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Here’s something disturbing: Utility executives are generally “less certain of the threat of global warming than the general public and scientific community, as well as many political and policy leaders,” according to a survey of members of the utility industry by researchers Black & Veatch. That’s […] Read more »

Holy smokes — stealthy fuel cell company Bloom Energy is actually having an event next Wednesday, February 24, in San Jose, Calif. On that morning the company plans to host Bloom Energy CEO KR Sridhar, Kleiner Perkin partners John Doerr and General Colin Powell, as well […] Read more »

Are you part of a new startup that is leveraging information technology — the Internet, computing and communication networks — to help remake the energy industry and fight climate change? If so, we’re looking for you. We’re officially taking submissions for new startups, or companies with […] Read more »

Nuclear energy dominated Bill Gate’s TED talk last week, and this morning it’ll lead the clean power headlines. According to the Associated Press, President Obama today will announce $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees to build the first nuclear plants in the U.S. in almost three […] Read more »

Expect to see more attention on flow batteries in 2010, as investors, utilities and entrepreneurs look to the technology as a way to provide low cost energy storage to the power grid alongside the addition of clean power. Take EnerVault, a flow battery company we profiled […] Read more »

When Microsoft Chairman and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates mentioned TerraPower in his speech at the exclusive tech conference TED last week, it was the first time that many had heard of the nuclear project. I was monitoring Twitter during Gates’ talk and many audience members at […] Read more »

I love Twitter. As Bill Gates started his talk at TED, the exclusive tech conference, Twitter (#TED) exploded with amazing quotes and tidbits from a talk Bill Gates just gave on climate change and energy innovation. “Wanted: Energy Miracles,” read the screen that Gates presented on […] Read more »

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The Internet and computing fundamentally changed the way we communicate, work and consume entertainment — devices like the iPad, and applications like Twitter were unimaginable a decade ago. The same tools that brought this transformation — software, chips, communication networks — will be keys to fighting climate […] Read more »

When it comes to building solar thermal plants — massive projects that use mirrors and lenses to harness the sun’s heat for power — in California’s deserts, some of the more offbeat hurdles can be the biggest stumbling blocks. Take the cute animal catch: Todd Woody […] Read more »

Love him or hate him, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger represents large shoes to fill. But with the upcoming gubernatorial election in November, Schwarzenegger will be replaced by a leader tasked with shaping one of the most aggressive U.S. states in terms of greentech regulation. Read more »

While much of the attention in the smart grid industry has been focused on the U.S. market — gotta take advantage of that close to $4 billion in smart grid stimulus funds — developing countries like India, China and Brazil are also looking to make their […] Read more »

It’s one thing for a company to score a utility deal to build a solar thermal power plant; it’s another thing entirely to get that solar project permitted, connected to transmission lines and financed, says Fred Morse, U.S. senior adviser to Abengoa Solar, the solar arm […] Read more »

The last time you encountered WeatherBug — the brand name of a company that has 8,000 weather tracking stations across the U.S. and sells various weather-based services — could have been when you were trying in vain to uninstall an early version of its ad-based desktop […] Read more »

While nuclear giant Areva declined to disclose how much it plans to pay for solar thermal startup Ausra this week, the deal speaks volumes about greentech exits (or a lack there of) as well as the solar thermal industry. For several of the venture capitalists who […] Read more »

The famously private investor David Gelbaum, founder of The Quercus Trust, who by his own estimates has between 40 and 50 cleantech investments, as a rule hasn’t done interviews for years. We caught up with him for 10 questions, though. Read more »

Whoa — big news on the solar thermal front today, as French power giant Areva says it’s agreed to buy solar thermal startup Ausra. Back in November there were several media reports that said Ausra was in talks to be acquired by one of three companies, […] Read more »

The end goal of AMEE is for everyone and every organization to know their complete energy use, or their “energy identity,” explained Gavin Starks, CEO of the web services platform that helps track and measure carbon consumption, at our Green:Net 2009 conference last year. To help […] Read more »

Electric vehicle infrastructure company Better Place has a lot of work to do before it commercially launches its first networks of battery swap and charging stations in Israel and Denmark next year. But this weekend the company took a couple steps forward in Israel. First, Better […] Read more »

When Energy Secretary Steven Chu fast-tracked the long-stalled $25 billion dollars in loans and loan guarantees, created as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and appropriated by Congress in 2006, it was a breath of fresh air for the clean power and green transportation […] Read more »

Hack-A-Credit: Last week hackers broke into online accounts and stole and resold carbon credits, according to the German newspaper Der Spiegel — Wired. The Yes Men @ Davos: Ha, ha. Supposedly the Yes Men put up this dubbed video of ADM CEO Patricia Woertz speaking from […] Read more »

Given that a U.S. carbon cap-and-trade system appears increasingly unlikely in the near term, what’s the next best way to boost the domestic renewable energy industry and deliver green jobs? According to a study done by Navigant Consulting on behalf of the renewable energy industry group, […] Read more »

When I think about smart grid security I get a tired-feeling like I’m being forced to watch the Bachelor on TV. That’s because the debate is largely over around how important it is (it is very), the U.S. government and standards bodies are taking it extremely […] Read more »

It’s still early days for Google’s web-based energy tool PowerMeter. A company spokesperson told us today that Google has “a few thousand users at this point” for PowerMeter. That’s pretty small, but it’s enough to enable Google to start using the collective energy consumption data to […] Read more »

Too much intelligence at the edge of a network, and not enough in the middle, makes for a volatile network. That’s according to Ray Gogel, president and chief operating officer of the Current Group, quoted in a Forbes article this morning. Gogel says a lot of […] Read more »

The FCC plans to make recommendations for how the National Broadband Plan — due to the U.S. Congress on March 17 — should help shape the fledgling smart grid industry. Interested parties have been submitting their comments, including Cisco. Read more »

Sure, your company’s smart grid tech might be the slickest on the market, but don’t expect that to guarantee success in the industry. According to a report out this morning from Lux Research, which predicts the smart grid market will be a $16 billion opportunity by […] Read more »

Buildings, like cars, need constant tune-ups to make sure they’re running efficiently, says David Helliwell, co-founder of 4-year-old startup Pulse Energy, which makes building energy management systems. Fortunately for Pulse Energy’s customers, buildings don’t need the time-consuming, oil change-type of maintenance, and Pulse Energy can use […] Read more »

Huge electronics conglomerates in Japan and Korea — Sharp, Panasonic, Samsung, LG — have long been leaders of gadget, battery and mobile innovation. China has also spent decades as the low-cost manufacturer always “just about to emerge” as the electronics innovator and massive purchaser. Now it’s […] Read more »

Electric vehicle startup Tesla’s IPO-filing last Friday provided industry-watchers with the first real glimpse behind the company’s hip brand and high-profile PR. What they saw wasn’t as pretty as the image: a company that’s lost $236.4 million, sold less than 1,000 cars, and will lose many […] Read more »

While a lot of the attention has been focused on gadgets, software and services that will convince the consumer to engage with home energy management, an untapped area for opportunity for startups and incumbent players alike will be utility applications. That was one of the themes […] Read more »

The Greener Gadgets Conference explores sustainable alternatives for the electronics we use every day, showing off design concepts that will inspire us all to be greener citizens. Join eco-design leaders February 25 in New York for keynotes by Yves Behar, founder of the San Francisco studio […] Read more »

We had a blast at our smart grid bunker event this week, and we wanted to share the videos with any folks that weren’t able to tune into the live stream. Thank you to all of our thought-leader speakers — Andy Tang, PG&E Senior Director of […] Read more »

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