Hey Silicon Valley: you can help avert the STEM crisis

There’s a crisis in science, technology, engineering and math education in the U.S.. Elizabeth Babcock of the California Academy of Science explains why we need to act now to remain competitive and how entrepreneurs from the Valley and beyond can pitch in to help.

Get ready for solar sharing communities

Are people who don’t own homes being left out of the solar energy revolution? A bill making its way through the Legislature in California will expand the public’s access to solar energy by making it easier for renters and others to buy electricity from clean power.

Controversial clean power line is finally live

It was a project that took five years to fight off critics and secure regulatory permits. But now the Sunrise Powerlink — a transmission line to ferry clean power like solar and wind from California’s desert to its southern coastal region — is done and live.

U.S. tech hotspots: San Fran, Boston and … Utah?

I spent some time playing with Google Insights to find out what parts of the country are most interested in technology and when that interest hit its peak. It wasn’t surprising to see Silicon Valley rank highly, but did you know Utah was into next-generation programming?

Cali Puts Kibosh on "Cool Cars" to Save In-Car Electronics

In California, an effort to reduce carbon emissions came into conflict with the function of certain electronic devices — and the state’s Air Resources Board (ARB) has come down in favor of the electronics. ARB announced Thursday that the so-called Cool Cars rulemaking will now “cease.”


California Rules Show Opportunities in EV Charging

The upcoming rollout of a generation of plug-in vehicles — and the commitment of many governments to support it — brings with it a new ecosystem of opportunities related to vehicle charging, from building and installing equipment to operating charging stations to developing software that manages the flow of electricity. But among the key uncertainties facing this nascent market (and potential investors in it) is the question of how utility regulators will handle providers of charging services. In California, expected to be one of the earliest and largest markets for plug-in vehicles and a model for other markets, the state’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has stepped closer to answering that question in recent weeks, inviting stakeholder to weigh in last week. The resulting back-and-forth offers a glimpse of how the upcoming rules will shape opportunities in the market for electric vehicle infrastructure and services, and also of business models and partnerships that are likely to see success in coming years.

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Why Cali Gets Cleantech Investment: Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, writes that the more than $1 billion invested…

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Californians Reject Energy Props, Could Get High Speed Rail

Californian’s have rejected propositions 7 and 10 which would have increased renewable energy targets and given incentives for alternative fuel vehicles, respectively. Meanwhile, the prospect of a high-speed train is getting stronger as prop 1A leads with more results still coming in. Gets $9.75 Million Second Round, an education info site for parents, has raised a $9.75 million second round led by California Technology Ventures, along with…

The Microsoft To-Do List

Spurred on by the news of Zune, and some thoughtful comments by my good friend, Pip Coburn, here is a Microsoft To-Do…