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Even if you’ve followed the ballooning costs of the clean coal project FutureGen over the past few years, the news out this week that the Bush Administration has basically cut its support for the project is still a shocker. The DOE issued a press release saying […] Read more »

Solar stocks have largely cooled in the month of January, thanks to a chilly combo of a short silicon supply and fears over losing an important investment tax credit. But this week solar stock watchers got a much-needed bout of sun from the earnings of thin-film […] Read more »

We know we’ve given cleantech venture investor Vinod Khosla a lot of ink this week, with our 5-questions interview. But, hey, we just follow where the money flows. According to a regulatory filing picked up by PeHub.com, Khosla Ventures is leading a Series A round of […] Read more »

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The Worldwatch Institute released a report today singing the praises of carbon trading and carbon markets. The report puts the global carbon trading business up 80 percent from 2006 to $59.2 billion in traded credits. While this growth is extremely encouraging, these numbers need to be […] Read more »

DOE Scraps FutureGen: Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman announced that the DOE will be spreading its eggs across several baskets, investing in carbon capture and sequestration at multiple integrated gasification combined cycle power plants – Department of Energy. Who Will Profit at the Hawaii Climate Talks?: […] Read more »

It’s easy to invest in the growing number of cleantech startups — open wallet, toss money out onto the eco-friendly craps table. But it’s proving a lot harder to get returns from the companies, which often have longer exit cycles, and can require more capital than […] Read more »

Altair Nanotechnologies is going out to sea with the Navy, partnering with the military org to develop battery backup systems on the megawatt scale. The $2.5 million contract is the second such partnership Altairnano has made with the Navy in the last year. Reno, Nev.-based Altairnano’s […] Read more »

No name is more synonymous with cleantech investing than Sun Microsystems co-founder turned venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. His Khosla Ventures invested between $60 million to $70 million into 14 cleantech startups in the first three quarters of 2007, according to third-party data; Khosla himself estimates that […] Read more »

SecondRotation, an internet startup that buys and resells used electronics, has secured $4.4 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Venrock and also included angel investors Austin Ligon, Ashton Peery and Henry Vogel formerly of eBay. SecondRotation offers an extremely easy to use […] Read more »

India Launches Carbon Trading Market: Multi Commodity Exchange has created Asia’s first market for futures trading in carbon credits based in Mumbai – Cleantech Media. Ethanol Tariff and FutureGen on the Rocks?: At a lunch with biofuel industry reps, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said that the […] Read more »

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V2Green tells us they have partnered with Texas utility Austin Energy to put two plug-in-prepped Priuses on the road with the startup’s hardware and software to wise up the cars’ grid charging. Called “vehicle-to-grid” or “smart charging” technology, V2Green’s Connectivity Modules use cellular networks to connect […] Read more »

President Bush delivered his final State of the Union Address to the 110th Congress last night, but this year there was no mention of ethanol by name, no grand plans for an energy revolution, not even an indictment of an America “addicted to oil.” Instead, Bush […] Read more »

By now we’ve all heard that the methane in sheep and cow, er, emissions is a significant contributor to global climate change, but researchers at the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala recently received a $590,000 grant to study things at the other end of […] Read more »

‘No good deed goes unpunished’ seems to be the theme of the dubious and largely unregulated world of carbon offsetting. The House of Representatives is the most recent carbon offset customer to learn this lesson. In November of 2007 the House purchased $89,000 worth of carbon […] Read more »

Now that solar panels are supposedly the world’s fastest-growing source of energy, startups are building tools and analytics to help manage the rise of smaller solar systems. One of those is two-year-old, Petaluma, Calif.-based startup Enphase Energy, which announced on Tuesday that it has raised $6.5 […] Read more »

Japan Presents $10B Climate Change Fund: The Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda proposed a $10 billion fund at the World Economic Forum in Davos to help developing countries reduce their emissions. Fukuda put forward a goal of 30 percent improvement in global energy efficiency by 2020 […] Read more »

While the solar thermal industry is quickly becoming the darling of the cleantech world, with another hundred million of investment dollars rolling in just this morning, solar thermal companies attending the Concentrated Solar Power’s U.S. summit in San Francisco on Monday showed their anxiety over two […] Read more »

How many times have you printed something and thrown away the last page because it’s just a URL, legal disclaimer, or banner ad? Or waited for ages for a document to print because it’s cluttered up with images you don’t really want or need anyway? Well, […] Read more »

It seems like every conference these days is adding green elements, from the gadget-laden Consumer Electronics Show to the car-crazed Detroit Auto Show. So why shouldn’t DEMO, the ultimate startup launchpad conference taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif., test what it means for them […] Read more »

The race to build solar thermal power plants is heating up in the U.S. Southwest desert this year, and companies that are building these massive solar systems will need a lot of funding to get these things constructed. This morning Israeli solar thermal plant builders Solel, […] Read more »

A Polish coal plant, which will cofire biomass (burn biomass at the same time as coal) to help reduce its emissions by 25 percent compared with the country’s current coal plants, is due to come online in 2009. A major Polish power group, Poludniowy Koncern Energetyczny, […] Read more »

It was a short, rainy week at the Earth2Tech headquarters in San Francisco. Meanwhile, there was big news in the international cleantech world. News came from across the pond when the European Commission rolled out their new emissions plan. Meanwhile, Shai Agassi is looking to wire […] Read more »

California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a Prius-driving, administration-suing, public servant of over 35 years, is looking to extend his state’s investments farther into cleantech. “We’re able to provide low-cost money, under federal law, to an oil company but not to clean energy,” Lockyer told the Clean […] Read more »

“Clean coal” startup GreatPoint Energy, which had one of the largest venture investments in 2007 with $115 million, is getting funding from massive coal company Peabody Energy. A nod from the coal company that fuels about 10 percent of all U.S. electricity, and more than 2 […] Read more »

Genomics guru and cleantech entrepreneur Craig Venter — whom the New York Times once referred to the Larry Ellison of the lab and the Richard Branson of biology — is a step closer to creating the first artificial life form, a breakthrough that could lead to, […] Read more »

With the launch of the FTSE ET50 Index, which is devoted to following 50 large cleantech stocks from around the globe, Wall Street has gone from spotting a trend to beating it to death with specialized financial products. There are now more than three dozen clean […] Read more »

In an adroit bit of live-blogging, Jeff Jarvis posted two missives from Davos, back to back. Jarvis started with a heavy breakfast of climate change and poverty with Bono and Al Gore before moving onto a more capitalist-minded lunch with Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Larry […] Read more »

DOE Invests $30M In PHEVs: The Department of Energy will be investing in R&D in plug-in hybrid vehicles through an alliance called USAutoPARTs. They want a car that gets 40 mile per charge and commercialization by 2016 – Clean Edge News. EPA vs. California – The […] Read more »

When Wal-Mart tells its suppliers to jump, they reply, “How high?” Now that the retail mega-giant is telling its product suppliers to start making their products more energy efficient, soon we’ll hear them ask “How green?” Come 2010, Wal-Mart will sell only Energy Star-rated air conditioners […] Read more »

The century-old diesel engine is getting a fresh, 21st century, “cleaner” treatment. Diesel was back in style at the Detroit Auto Show and there are a couple startups working on cleaner diesel engines that have come onto the scene recently. San Diego-based Achates Power, is one […] Read more »

In an effort to get its electric sports car to market, Silicon Valley startup Tesla Motors has given the boot to the planned two-speed transmission, and decided to use a modified one-speed transmission instead. The company says the one-speed transmission will be combined with an enhanced […] Read more »

SunPower, the San Jose, Calif.-based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar panels, said on Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit fell due to growing costs, to $4.88 million, or 6 cents a share, from $11.3 million, or 15 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Wall Street didn’t like […] Read more »

How much does it cost to save the world? If you live in the EU it’ll run you about €3 ($4.36) a week according to the new emissions targets the European Commission has proposed. EC President José Manuel Barroso told the European Parliament that at an […] Read more »

Miasole Founder Has New Company, Different Film: According to CNET, the former CEO of thin film startup Miasole, Dave Pearce, has become the CEO of a new company called Nuvosun, which will look to develop a film to prevent moisture from penetrating think-film solar panels as […] Read more »

The EU’s new proposed emissions plan is out, and it’s a good deal for European biofuel producers. The EU is looking to pass laws ensuring that biofuels for transportation emit 35 percent less carbon than fossil fuels. That’s perfect for the European biofuel industry: It already […] Read more »

It seems like everyone’s bullish on Cree’s light-emitting diode (LED) business these days. Shares of the company’s stock rose as much as 16 percent in morning trading Wednesday after it reported second-quarter profit above Wall Street’s expectations and the Durham, N.C.-based company said it sees third-quarter […] Read more »

The European Union is set to unveil its plan to guide its 27 member states towards a greener future. The proposal from the European Commission, the EU’s governing body, will look to reduce the community’s greenhouse gas emissions by a fifth below 1990 levels by 2020. […] Read more »

Solar monitoring technology doesn’t sound as whiz-bang as say methane-powered vehicles, or biofuels made from old tires. But bringing transparency to the rapidly growing solar industry, can deliver the wowee-factor, at least for investors. On Wednesday Fat Spaniel, which sells a monitoring software and service for […] Read more »

Prince Beams in to Save Climate: Prince Charles appeared before 2,500 delegates at the World Future energy summit via life-sized hologram and invoked the name of “our creator” in an effort to spur leaders to reduce emissions – Guardian Unlimited. Chevron Partners with Solazyme for Algae […] Read more »

There’s a heated race taking place in the U.S. Southwest to build the next generation of solar thermal power plants — massive solar power systems that use the sun’s heat to generate power — and the finish line could be as close as 2009, when the […] Read more »

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