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A lot happened in the world of greentech in the last 12 months — the U.S. government started doling out stimulus funds, the smart grid became a mainstream moniker, the Copenhagen climate summit passed with a whimper, and the first half of the year was overshadowed by […] Read more »

Not only world leaders, United Nations delegates and environmentalists were disappointed in the weak accord reached in the 11th hour of the Copenhagen climate talks — the markets for carbon allowances didn’t like the deal either. Bloomberg is reporting that on the first day of trading […] Read more »

Will 2010 be the year for greentech IPOs? When lithium ion battery maker A123Systems successfully debuted on the Nasdaq back in September, there was much speculation that the move would ready the market for a following of greentech IPOs. The notion seemed over-enthusiastic then, but three […] Read more »

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Had enough of the Copenhagen climate negotiations? Well, the convention officially ended this weekend, with resounding disappointment over the weak and vague Accord that wasn’t even fully supported by all of the delegates. Positive notes from the convention are that clearly the world is watching these […] Read more »

The controversy and debate will rage on this weekend about how real and sufficient the agreement is that the White House and President Obama announced on the closing of the conference. The Accord hadn’t been voted on by the delegates by the time Obama made the […] Read more »

Whoa! The next big cleantech IPO following A123System’s recent public offering, has just been announced. Thin film solar company Solyndra has filed a registration statement for an IPO that could raise up to $300 million. According to the SEC filing, the company generated revenues of $58.8 million […] Read more »

Here’s what everyone’s been waiting for: the Copenhagen climate deal. It still hasn’t been voted on by the delegates and it’s about as weak as could be coming out of a negotiation process that’s been filled with controversy, stalemates and political posturing. But the White House […] Read more »

It’s here folks — the final day of the 2-week-long Copenhagen climate summit, and U.S. President Obama addressed the delegates (full transcript here) on Friday morning. Obama offered no 11th hour concessions or aces up his sleeve, but essentially reiterated the U.S position on the Copenhagen […] Read more »

On the final morning of the Copenhagen climate talks, as world leaders have but a few hours left to reach some kind of agreement, the smart grid will get a bit of attention. Chris King, the Chief Regulatory Officer of smart meter software company eMeter, plans […] Read more »

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The issue of “transparency” has taken over the Copenhagen climate negotiations. If and how countries will provide verifiable measurements of their emissions reductions is the sticking point of the $100 billion annual fund that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today, and a major fissure […] Read more »

On the second-to-last day of the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen, there’s gridlock for both the negotiators and for many attendees trying to get into the jam-packed Bella Center. Amid the chaos, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced (see video clip) on Thursday that the […] Read more »

Google’s Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, Dan Reicher — a policy wonk that served in the Clinton Administration energy department and heads up Google’s efforts on shaping energy legislation — spent the past few days at the Copenhagen climate summit, meeting with business leaders, […] Read more »

For all those disappointed that Congress was unable to pass energy legislation before the Copenhagen climate talks, which are now in their second week, Senator John Kerry reassured an audience at Copenhagen on Wednesday that success in Copenhagen would deliver success for the energy bill in […] Read more »

As the international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen have gotten under way, countries have been issuing various updates on their plans to reduce or limit carbon emissions. Among the many stories emerging from Europe came the news recently published in Platts Global Power Report that on […] Read more »

Silver Spring Networks, one of the largest smart grid infrastructure firms, has raised another massive round of funding to keep on expanding. This morning the 7-year-old Redwood City, Calif.-based company announced that it has raised $100 million in equity funding, bringing the company’s total funds raised […] Read more »

Talks Resume: After a 5-hour suspension of the talks due to an African delegation walking out on Monday, the talks resumed in the evening. Japan Pledges Aid for Developing Countries Emission Reductions: Japan plans to step forward with aid for the $10 billion per year kick-start […] Read more »

COPENHAGEN — Copenhagen has witnessed dozens of rallies and protests this week, but none like the geeked-out call to action that will occur on Tuesday afternoon here at the Bella Center as the climate negotiations move into the second week. A group including Google, General Electric, […] Read more »

In an initiative that we heard vaguely referenced over the weekend, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced an international agreement that will see developed nations give $350 million, including $85 million from the U.S., to developing nations . Called the Renewables and Efficiency Deployment Initiative (REDI), the plan […] Read more »

COPENHAGEN — The weekend break between the two weeks of the Copenhagen climate negotiations showed two things: on one hand hundreds of thousands of people around the world are willing to hold rallies to support an international climate agreement (by some estimates 100,000 alone in Copenhagen), […] Read more »

COPENHAGEN — The time for business leaders to affect the Copenhagen climate change negotiations is now, Tim Flannery, chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council, proclaimed Saturday night while holding up a globe in one hand and a skull in the other. The props might have been […] Read more »

Here’s some photos of the massive rally that was held Saturday afternoon in Copenhagen, starting in front of the Parliament and marching toward the Bella Center where the Copenhagen climate talks are being held until the end of next week. When I walked through the rally […] Read more »

As Green Car Loan Funds Dwindle, What’s Plan B for Startups? The flood of funding from the Department of Energy’s $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program has slowed to a trickle in recent months. . . And as startups who applied and have yet […] Read more »

Have no idea where Tuvalu, Maldives or Kiribati are? All of these tiny island nations made headlines this week at the climate negotiations that are ongoing in Copenhagen. These islands, most of them spread out across the equator in the Pacific, say they are already being […] Read more »

COPENHAGEN — For a conference that is focusing on negotiating an international agreement on fighting climate change, there’s an almost shocking amount of information technology firms at the Copenhagen climate talks. There’s a kiosk in the middle of the Bella Center where companies from Google to […] Read more »

COPENHAGEN — UN Climate Chief Yvo de Boer described the state of the climate negotiations at the Copenhagen talks on Thursday as making “good progress” in a few key areas, including a growing consensus around developing a new technology mechanism that will accelerate technology development and […] Read more »

COPENHAGEN — George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist who plans to invest more than $1 billion of his own money into clean energy technology, has an idea about how to solve the financing gap between what poor nations say they urgently need to adapt to […] Read more »

There’s small wind — backyard-style DIY wind projects like this report detailed this week — and there’s big wind, the multi-megawatt utility-scale kind. And then there’s very big wind. On Thursday morning GE said it has signed a $1.4 billion deal to deliver more than 300 […] Read more »

The U.S. Official COP15 Site: The U.S. might have just changed its mind to have President Obama arrive during the crucial negotiating hour, but they’ve still got a nicely laid out official COP15 web site complete with live videos, transcriptions of press events and daily schedules. […] Read more »

Every smart grid company, IT firm and software startup seems to have the desire to build a home energy management tool these days. But one we’ve been waiting to see for awhile has just launched: Smart grid player GridPoint says that its home energy management tool, […] Read more »

At the Copenhagen climate talks, international negotiators need to get as close as possible to an acceptable agreement by the end of next week, despite the fact that divisive and potentially insurmountable issues loom large. Read more »

A recent effort from startups is under way to move liquid cooling from the computer enthusiast realm into the commercial data center industry. What’s the lure? Big energy savings. But is that enough to get IT managers to roll up their sleeves and get their hands […] Read more »

Almost a decade after launching the world’s first carbon fund, the World Bank said it has learned a series of lessons about the regulation, oversight and scaling process of the carbon funds and greenhouse reduction projects that it has overseen. The World Bank, which spoke about […] Read more »

One of the largest smart grid infrastructure players and one of the largest U.S. phone companies are linking up. AT&T and Silver Spring Networks, a 7-year-old company that sells smart grid networking gear to utilities, have announced a deal this morning by which Silver Spring will […] Read more »

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