Earth2Tech Week in Review


It was a big week for us at Earth2Tech. Thanks to all who came out to our cleantech bash following the West Coast Green conference. And in case you hadn’t heard, we announced our first report, a 23-page briefing about the future of the Smart Energy Home. If any of this had you distracted from the headlines of the week, we’ve collected the big news for you here.

What You Need to Know About the Senate Energy Bill: Although Congress has yet to pass the entire package, the Senate managed to pass an amended energy bill this week. The debate rages on, so check out what’s at stake for cleantech.

Surprise! Chrysler to Unveil Electric Car Plans: Chrysler showed off an all electric Dodge EV, a range-extended Jeep and a minivan and plans for a city vehicle on Tuesday — no ecoVoyager, though.

Who’s the Greenest U.S. City of them All? Portland: According to researchers at SustainLane, Portland, Ore., is top among green metropolises, followed by San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York.

Cadmium: The Dark Side of Thin-Film?: Solar panels only last 30 to 40 years and then and then get tossed, and the problem is that some thin-film photovoltaic solar cells contain hazardous substances like cadmium that can pose a health risk if the solar panel is simply thrown out after it’s done soaking up the sun.

Rhode Island Picks Deepwater Wind to Build Offshore Farm: Rhode Island selected Deepwater Wind for an offshore wind energy project that could cost up to $2 billion. The state hopes the massive project will be able to produce 15 percent of the state’s electricity from 100 turbines located 15-20 miles offshore.

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