Earth2Tech Week In Review

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How the FCC Will Promote Open Smart Grid Networks & Real Time Energy Data: Here’s the first glimpse into how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will work with and oversee the smart grid industry.

Why the Power Buildout Will Mirror Cell Phones in Developing Nations: Will developing countries that have not yet built out the power grid to much of their population completely skip the traditional power infrastructure and turn directly to distributed solar for power generation? Several analysts and executives recently have told me “yes,” and it’ll happen sooner than we think.

Vinod Khosla Boosted Funds to Over $1B: According to filings this week Khosla Ventures has upped the size of its new funds, a large portion of which will go to cleantech, to a total of $1.3 billion, from a previous announced total of $1 billion.

Why The Consumer Will Be King of Home Energy Management in 2010: If 2009 was the year that the smart grid became a hot buzz word and utilities first started to look into energy management devices for their customers, 2010 will be all about how to tackle the emergence of the consumer energy management market.

After DOE Nod, a Long Road Ahead for Green Car Startups: When the DOE makes a conditional loan commitment under its Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program — as it has to five companies in the last several months, including plug-in vehicle startups Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive — it represents just one of many milestones for these companies as they race to bring greener cars to market in large numbers.

How Weather Data Could Be the Next Location Data: Location data is commonly used in the mobile and web industries as a way to provide context for services, and as an underlying platform for new applications. In a similar way I think weather data could provide a platform for some very important next generation services and applications, particularly when it comes to energy efficiency.

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