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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

Canadian electric vehicle maker Zenn has been pretty clear in press interviews about its future plans with stealthy energy storage firm EEStor. Back in September Zenn said it planned to ditch its previous car manufacturing business in order to act as a supplier to the auto […] Read more »

All in all 2009 didn’t turn out to be such a bad year for the greentech industry. While companies across the board were hit by the economy, and the difficulty of raising financing this year, Uncle Sam stepped in with the stimulus package and helped turn […] Read more »

That whole PG&E smart meter debacle — the one where customers complained about higher rates in Bakersfield after the California utility installed smart meters in their homes — is being sent out to third party independent contractors for testing. Interested in being the ones to test […] Read more »

The opening ceremony for the Copenhagen climate talks just kicked off with a video of a child’s nightmare of global destruction, followed by a Danish girls choir. Solving climate change for the next generation is clearly a big theme throughout the event. The intro music was […] Read more »

There’s some great coverage already coming out of the Copenhagen climate talks, and there’s going to be a lot more over the next 2 weeks. There’s also a lot of info that the UNFCCC is providing online. I’ll be doing a reoccurring roundup of some of […] Read more »

COP15, the largest conference about the environment and its challenges is being held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Earth2Tech editor Katie Fehrenbacher is on the ground covering the event for her and GigaOM readers. In her first report, she outlines the chaos she has encountered so far. Read more »

Despite the crumbling of the first generation of biofuel projects (corn-based ethanol), the U.S. government is in full support of the next generation of biofuels, particularly cellulosic ethanol and algae fuel. This morning Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more […] Read more »

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop15) kicks off Monday in Copenhagen, and promises to be a hugely influential event. Entrepeneur Shai Agassi has weighed in on its importance for governments and public awareness. Read more »

Northern California utility PG&E already plans to own 250 MW of solar PV projects, and now it wants its first wind assets — and it’s willing to spend $900 million to get them. Today PG&E said it will purchase and operate a wind farm called the […] Read more »

Getting the standards worked out for smart appliances — dishwashers, microwaves and other devices embedded with communications technology — could be one of the biggest challenges facing the smart grid today. For the official in charge of coordinating the standards process at the National Institutes of […] Read more »

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