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Chu on OPEC: Energy Secretary Steven Chu said yesterday he was “pleased” that OPEC had decided against further cuts in oil production. He also urged continued focus on ending dependence on foreign oil and “investing in new clean energy sources that will put Americans to work and address the global climate crisis.” — Reuters

PV Down, But Not Out: Photovoltaic solar cell revenue in 2009 will decrease 1 percent from $16 billion in 2008, due to short-term drops in the average selling price, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. But by 2013, it could reach $34 billion. — EETimes

Solar Cell Cost Cutter: Applied Materials released a new wire saw platform today that cuts thinner wafers, potentially slashing the cost of crystalline silicon photovoltaics manufacturing by up to 18 cents per watt by 2011. — Semiconductor International

Amsterdam’s Green Ambition: With help from IBM, Cisco, Philips and other companies, Amsterdam expects to invest more than $1 billion over the next three years in infrastructure for improved energy efficiency, smart grid technology and clean energy. — Spiegel Online

End of a Federal Feud?: A longstanding conflict between the Interior Department and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over offshore wave and current energy projects could be put to rest as soon as this week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said yesterday. — Greenwire via NYT

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