Earth2Tech Week in Review


A bailout, a debate and a flurry of cleantech press releases could have had you distracted. Here are the important headlines from the week.

Google, No. 2 Cleantech Venture Investor in Q3: Google has taken such an enthusiastic role in investing and promoting clean energy that the search engine giant was the second most active cleantech venture investor during the third quarter, according to a report from the Cleantech Group.

Cleantech Community Celebrating Green Bailout: It took a financial crisis, but the U.S. Congress has finally extended the investment and production tax credits that are so vital for the cleantech industry.

Google’s “Clean Power by 2030? Plan Could Save U.S. $1 Trillion: The search engine giant says while this plan will cost $4.4 trillion (in undiscounted 2008 dollars), it will ultimately save $5.4 trillion, delivering a net savings of $1 trillion over the life of the plan.

EEStor to Super Charge Electric Bikes: Light Electric Vehicles Company (LightEVs) says it has signed an exclusive agreement with EEStor to use the EESU in two- and three-wheeled vehicles. This follows partnerships with military-industrial giant Lockheed Martin and electric car maker ZENN.

19 Electric Car Players Pitch San Francisco: The mayor’s office has received 19 responses to its request for information to electrify the city’s fleet. The responders include electric car players, like Better Place and ZAP, huge consultancies, like Booz Allen Hamilton, and a number of unknowns.

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