Today in Cleantech

Bad news from Masdar City, the would-be self-contained clean energy and zero-carbon city of 40,000 future residents being built from scratch by Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. According to recent reports, the $22 billion project’s completion date has been pushed back from 2016 to the 2020-2025 timeframe. In addition, Masdar City’s self-contained aspect might be out the window — reports indicate that planners are now looking to bring renewable energy from outside the city itself to power its needs. For a project that’s been derided for both being utopian and dystopian (the New York Times recently decried Masdar as a walled enclave for the super-rich), it isn’t a good sign.