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Thin-film solar companies are tired of being asked about their conversion efficiency, which is basically the amount of sunlight a panel can convert into electricity. Part of that is because the thin-film manufacturers say the efficiency standard is flawed. And increasingly some thin-film companies are pushing […] Read more »

The Los Angeles Auto Show is here, and the theme this year is shaping up to be: its all about the electric vehicle infrastructure. There are three announcements out already about initiatives to build out charging infrastructure in cities and states on the West Coast from […] Read more »

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SunRun, a startup that finances solar power for homeowners, says it has secured a tax equity commitment of around $105 million from an affiliate of US Bancorp to buy about 2,000 residential solar facilities. SunRun is one of the first companies to attempt to create a […] Read more »

Here’s a pop quiz: Biofuels were A) largely responsible for the jump in food prices earlier this year, B) had very little to do with the food price sticker shock, or C) the effects of biofuels are unclear and complex. If you picked ‘C’ then you’re […] Read more »

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is holding a press conference Thursday afternoon where he will discuss “the latest news” from electric vehicle infrastructure startup Better Place. Does this mean San Francisco, or even California, is going to make a deal with Shai Agassi’s company, which has […] Read more »

Electric Mini at the LA Auto Show: BMW has sent about 200 electric minis to the U.S., and they’re showing one off at the LA Auto Show. Someone snap a photo and send it to us! — MIT Tech Review. China’s AutoMakers Want Bailout, too: The […] Read more »

By now Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt has said several times that he’s not interested in the position of Chief Technology Officer in the next administration, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped giving politically tinged speeches on the topic of energy. Schmidt gave a talk yesterday for […] Read more »

Sun Shining In India: Azure Power, a solar developer in India said it has raised its first round of financing from Helion Venture Partners and Foundation Capital — peHub. Extreme Makeover, Nuclear to Green Data Center: “Web-host company 1&1 this week announced plans to build one […] Read more »

There’s at least one good outcome of the current power grid being inefficient, wasteful and unintelligent: The market opportunity for a smarter power grid will create a $65 billion industry by 2013, according to a new report out from Lux Research. Lux’s definition of the “power […] Read more »

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Could Detroit be the first region in the U.S. to sign on with Shai Agassi’s electric vehicle infrastructure startup Better Place? Michigan’s governor Jennifer Granholm is certainly giving appearances that she’s looking into the idea of how the electric charging and battery swap stations would work […] Read more »

Schwarzenegger Executive Order to Boost Clean Power: California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order today calling for an increase in the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 33 percent renewable power by 2020; up from 20 percent in 2010 — release. Greenhouse Gas Reductions Are Slow […] Read more »

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say a shorter-term solution, with cheaper start-up costs, could help spread the use of carbon capture and storage at coal plants and still clean up a large amount of carbon dioxide. Read more »

Coskata and sugar producer US Sugar are in formal negotiations to build a 100 million gallon per year, $400 to $450 million ethanol plant that can turn sugar cane material into ethanol. The announcement was spurred by US Sugar and the state of Florida coming to an agreement over the sale of US Sugar’s land for $1.34 billion. Read more »

Ethanol producer Aventine is putting one of its planned ethanol plants on hold and extending the timeline of the construction of another. It’s the latest sign that the financial crisis is battering the already troubled ethanol industry. Read more »

Coal mines are the last thing that come to mind when thinking about renewable energy, but a new partnership between UK Coal and Peel Group, a UK power company, plans to turn more than a dozen former coal mine sites into renewable power plants, putting up […] Read more »

NanoMas Technologies, a startup that is developing inks containing silver nanoparticles for solar and other applications, has caught the attention of Germany’s BASF, one of the world’s largest chemical companies. BASF’s venture capital arm led a $3.2 million round of funding, contributing $1.5 million (hat tip […] Read more »

Clean Energy Fuels, the natural gas vehicle distribution company of which T. Boone Pickens is a director and largest shareholder, finished raising $32.5 million in a combination of sold shares and warrants, Andrew Littlefair, CEO and President of Clean Energy Fuels, told us this week. The […] Read more »

It’s been a long, hard year at Boing Boing TV (the Xeni Jardin-hosted online video show version of the blog Boing Boing) as the show creators figured out how to translate a blog into video. Jardin tells Liz that her most proud moments have been interviewing […] Read more »

Google said this morning that it had joined Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG, formerly DRAM, the Demand Response and Advanced Metering Coalition), suggesting that the search engine giant is increasingly looking into managing energy information. The coalition also said this morning it has added […] Read more »

The show that’s bringing you backstage access to the future of Internet video is finally here! Yes, the second year of our own NewTeeVee Live event kicks off this morning, and we’re about to hear from web video gurus like Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, Netflix CEO […] Read more »

T. Boone Pickens, the hedge fund manager with a plan to get the U.S. off of foreign oil, is stalling the financing of his massive wind farm due to the debt markets, Pickens tells us. Pickens says he was originally planning to finance his 4,000-MW wind […] Read more »

At the opening dinner for the Forbes Energy conference on Tuesday night in New York, three former secretaries discussed their opinions about necessary energy and climate change policy, and at least two of them were in strong agreement that a cap and trade system in the U.S. would be bad for business. Read more »

Flipswap, a cell phone recycling and trade-in web site, says this morning it is raising $14 million from NGEN Partners and RRE Ventures. The three year old site is one of several e-cycling services that have raised money in the last several months in order to expand and bring in more users. Read more »

At last week’s Web 2.0 Summit — the annual convention that has come to represent the new web boom –- a leading web industry journalist asked me if green technology was here to stay, or if it is just another fad that would die at the […] Read more »

Electric Power Research Institute is heading up research that will examine whether taking steam from solar thermal projects and adding them to conventional fossil fuel power plants can help reduce fuel costs and plant emissions. Read more »

Swedish electric utility Vattenfall said today that it has acquired what will be one of the largest offshore wind farm in Britain, the Thanet Offshore Wind project, for 35 million pounds ($55 million). Read more »

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