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Updated: AT&T may have a lot of issues to work out with its data networks, but that’s not stopping the second-largest U.S. cell phone company from using its wireless network to angle for a piece of the smart grid market, which is set to grow rapidly […] Read more »

Updated: Smart grid analyst Jesse Berst wasn’t kidding when he said companies are in a frenzy repositioning themselves to grab a piece of the smart grid market. The latest is the second largest cell phone company in the U.S.: AT&T. This morning, AT&T says it is […] Read more »

Most of us depend on information technology in our everyday lives — the Internet, your laptop, your cell phone. The planet is depending on these tools, too, to help cut energy use and fight climate change. If you want to learn more about companies and innovations […] Read more »

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U.S. government labs can offer a handy toolbox for up-and-coming cleantech startups. GreenVolts, which builds solar concentrating photovoltaic projects, said today that it has partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to commercialize a high-efficiency solar cell. The cell, called the Inverted Metamorphic (IMM) advanced […] Read more »

Updated: Would you pay $150 for an energy-efficient battery for your laptop? In this economy? Hewlett Packard and Boston Power, a three-year-old startup that makes rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for laptops, are hoping you will, and this morning the companies have officially started selling the Enviro Series […] Read more »

While PG&E is waiting for the California Public Utilities Commission to approve its 500 megawatt (MW) distributed solar PV project, the northern California utility is moving ahead on some of the legwork anyway. PG&E wrote on its blog this morning that it’s inviting solar suppliers to […] Read more »

The news that biodiesel maker Imperium Renewables will be cutting 24 employees (or more than half of the staff) from its Grays Harbor plant, announced Thursday night, won’t be a big shocker to anyone who has followed the company’s yearlong downward spiral. The Seattle-based biofuel firm, […] Read more »

Nothing can cripple a promising web site faster than an embarrassingly bad top-level domain choice. No matter how many businesses sign up for a dot-biz domain (.biz), for example, it still connotes Uncle Gary’s online shoe site. Likewise, top-level domains like dot mobi (.mobi) and dot […] Read more »

Whether you like it or not, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — the nonprofit Internet naming registry that controls all the top-level domains like dot com — will likely be accepting new ones within the next 12 months. If the entrepreneurs behind […] Read more »

Today is like Christmas morning for energy-efficiency funds. Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Steven Chu today are allocating $8 billion dollars from the stimulus package for weatherization and energy-efficiency upgrades to the states. Those funds, which are supposed to create 87,000 jobs, will be […] Read more »

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Updated: The former oil baron T. Boone Pickens was so giddy about AT&T’s plan, announced this morning, to make one of the largest purchases of compressed natural gas vehicles in the U.S. to date, that he tweeted about it. AT&T said it will spend $565 million […] Read more »

Solar companies might be shedding jobs at an uncomfortable rate right now, but the U.S. solar industry is expected to provide a good 440,000 permanent jobs by the year 2016, according to researchers at Navigant Consulting. While those job figures are substantial, when it comes to […] Read more »

As the doors of the metal fabrication company Integrity Manufacturing closed last week, so did the funding prospects behind a manufacturing plant that would make Zap electric vehicles in Kentucky and supposedly deliver 4,000 green jobs. But like a green zombie that just won’t die, Zap […] Read more »

OK, so coal isn’t actually going anywhere, but plans for coal plants in the US continue to get the ax. The reason: concerned power companies are facing difficult economic times — not to mention the likelihood of upcoming regulation that would put a price on carbon, […] Read more »

Remember Integrity Manufacturing? It was a metal fabrication company that had a partnership with electric vehicle maker ZAP to build a new assembly plant in Franklin, Ky. The deal had clearly been having issues over the past couple of months, as Integrity Manufacturing told the local […] Read more »

Startup SynapSense said today that it has pulled in $7 million in financing for its wireless energy-efficiency systems, designed to cut down the carbon footprint of energy-hungry data centers. The Folsom, Calif.-based startup offers a wireless monitoring system that tracks real-time thermal, pressure, and humidity readings […] Read more »

For young companies toiling over how to convert plant waste and non-food crops into ethanol — the next generation of biofuels — the effects of the downturn are starting to play a familiar beat: access to capital is so limited that companies that could have snagged […] Read more »

Former Vice President and cleantech VC Al Gore has a new catch phrase that combines two of his favorite interests — energy and the Internet. At the Wall Street Journal Eco:nomics conference in Santa Barbara, Calif. Thursday afternoon he said a couple times (in a couple […] Read more »

Let’s face it: The next-generation of transportation, governed by electric vehicles and biofuels, will take years to reach average users. What can we do in the meantime? Look to the tools created by information technology — cell phones, software, online mapping tools, social networks — to […] Read more »

Biofuels and electric vehicles are offering new forms of transportation, but let’s face it: cellulosic ethanol remains years away from commercial-scale production and electric vehicles are years from being manufactured for the mass market. In the mean time, while we’re waiting for those green goodies to […] Read more »

One of the granddaddies of venture investing, Pierre Lamond — the National Semiconductor co-founder and partner at Sequoia Capital for almost 30 years — has opened up a new, greener door. At the spry age of 78, Lamond has joined Vinod Khosla’s firm Khosla Ventures, where […] Read more »

Energy management startup Tendril thinks consumers will want to control their home energy consumption via their cell phone. The Boulder, Colorado-based company already has an iPhone application, but at the DEMO conference this afternoon Tendril CEO Adrian Tuck plans to show off a mobile application called […] Read more »

It’s hard to trust, or even learn more about, carbon offset projects that make a certain event or product so-called carbon neutral. But a variety of startups are developing software and online tools to help make the process more transparent. One such company, eFormic, launched a […] Read more »

Just because you’re among the world’s wealthiest doesn’t mean you’re good at investing in clean technologies. The London Times has released a “Green Rich List,” which looks at the world’s top wealthiest people that have some sort of investment in clean technology — from alternative vehicles […] Read more »

Former Internet entrepreneurs that have moved into the energy biz are fond of comparing the Net to the power grid. One of their favorite forward-thinking claims is that in a similar way to how the Internet created a market to sell goods via broadband, a smarter […] Read more »

It’s the geekiest thing I’ve ever done: I just watched Sun Microsystems give a tour of its green data center designs in Second Life via a Ustream feed. Complete with Sun execs flying between data center designs, chuckling about their virtual outfits, and red (hot) and […] Read more »

Intel is using an indirect, green-tinged strategy to sell more chips these days, attempting to convince governments that are spending billions in stimulus funds to include provisions for using more computing tools in designing infrastructure projects. According to Intel’s chief sales and marketing officer, Sean Maloney, […] Read more »

The way that Intel Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Sean Maloney talked up energy efficiency at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco this afternoon, one could easily have mistaken the world’s largest chip maker for a firm tinkering with the power grid. But there are connections […] Read more »

GE’s got its massive Ecomagination green product line that churns out wind turbines, smart meters and water filtration technology, but the conglomerate has another green side: cleantech VC. GE’s VP of its Ecomagination division, Steve Fludder, told an audience at the Cleantech Forum this morning that […] Read more »

The smart grid partnership between search engine giant Google and conglomerate GE could deliver a lot more than public policy changes and compelling discussion forums. Steve Fludder, VP of GE’s Ecomagination division, told us yesterday in an interview that the partnership could also result in a […] Read more »

We’ve all heard how California has aggressively cut energy consumption through energy efficiency programs — the state has saved a good $56 billion in electricity costs over the last 30 years. And in the next decade the state is aiming to cut carbon emissions down to […] Read more »

You’ve probably all heard that California has aggressively cut energy consumption through energy efficiency programs. After all, the state has saved a good $56 billion in electricity costs over the last 30 years. And in the next decade the state is aiming to cut carbon emissions […] Read more »

Updated: The CEO of Northern California utility PG&E Peter Darbee, has been very vocal about his company’s desire to invest in and own solar projects, and suggested last month that the utility would “soon” do so. Is today the day he’ll give the word? At 11:30 […] Read more »

Is the Federal Reserve a good model for oversight of energy policy? John Hofmeister, founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy, certainly thinks so. He told an audience at the Berkeley Energy Symposium Monday afternoon that the current political system governing energy policy in the […] Read more »

As the federal government finally makes significant moves to tackle climate change policy on a national level, it would be well advised to take a page from California’s book, according to Mary Nichols, chair of the California Resources Board. As Nichols noted to a roomful of […] Read more »

With many of the next-generation ethanol makers being forced to drag their heels on plant construction during the downturn, it’s becoming rare to hear about progress on cellulosic ethanol plants. But here’s a small step for a small demo plant: Next-gen ethanol maker ZeaChem says it […] Read more »

Just four graphs into President Obama’s address this weekend, in which he highlights the importance of the recently passed stimulus bill, he touts the magnitude of the funds for renewable energy. With an estimated total of more than $50 billion in combined tax credits and spending […] Read more »

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