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Friends of the Supergrid: Dubbed the “Friends of the Supergrid,” a new group of 10 companies “pushing to build a pan-European offshore power network,” joins firms “that want to build the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) infrastructure together with those that hope to develop, install, own and operate it.” — Reuters

Renault’s Biggest EV Fear: “Far from a looming bubble and bear market for electric cars and their batteries, Renault fears the opposite: a global competitive rush to develop them.” Renault chief operating officer Patrick Pelata told reporter in Geneva that, “The biggest strategic fear is that the Chinese or Indian auto industry will take a shortcut.” — Financial Times

Yingli Green Energy Earnings: “Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. on Monday said its fourth-quarter results slid to a loss driven by one-time charges, but the solar cell maker predicted 2010 module shipments to nearly double from 2009 levels.” — Associated Press via Los Angeles Times

On the Ground at MIT: “The MIT Energy Conference on Saturday covered a little bit of everything–‘China speed,’ climate change, financing gaps, government policy, nuclear and natural gas, and, of course, science experiments–as entrepreneurs, business people, and academics tried to get their arms around big-picture energy challenges.” — CNET’s Green Tech

Energy Storage: Product or Service?: “To overcome some of the economic realities of the energy market and to better highlight some of the advantages of storage systems, makers of large-scale batteries, flywheels and other types of equipment may start to position themselves as power providers or service providers instead of manufacturers.” — Greentech Media

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