### The rise of the big solar power plant owners

While 2011 will be remember as a troubling year for solar manufacturers, it also is a year when major U.S. power companies such as Duke, MidAmerican and Exelon took a plunge into investing and owning solar power plants.…

### Groupon’s $12.6B valuation compared to greentech (it’s sad) Looks like Groupon will go public on Friday morning at$20 per share, giving it a valuation of $12.6 billion for its online coupon business. Let's compare it to some of the greentech startups and big energy firms and try not to get disturbed.… Read More ### Solar + storage can defend the grid from attack The emergence of the smart grid has raised concerns about cybersecurity among utilities; two-way digital networks are more vulnerable. But according to utility executives, distributed power generation technologies, such as solar, particularly combined with energy storage, could help minimize the impact of an attack.… Read More ### China: The next big grid storage market China is poised to become a giant solar and wind energy producer, and that will open opportunities for energy storage technology developers. ZBB announced its foray into China on Tuesday and more American companies are sure to follow.… Read More ### Duke Energy embraces cellular for smart grid Duke Energy is turning to cellular networks as the backbone for its smart grid. The utility detailed the network plan in a white paper released earlier this month, and revealed one of the most aggressive uses of cellular networks by the utility industry in the U.S.… Read More ### Duke Energy, Verizon Link Buildings via LTE Utility Duke Energy has opted for the most advanced wireless connection pretty much available for a new building efficiency program in Charlotte, N.C.: Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network. Verizon's LTE network could help building owners in Charlotte reduce energy consumption by 20 percent.… Read More ### A Requirement for Greentech: The Big Get Bigger The bigger the better for the greentech sector. Is 2011 the year of the Godzilla greentech company? On this news-laden Monday, there's some particularly interesting evidence of the market advantages of being a massive company today selling into the energy, fuel and chemical markets.… Read More ### Report: Green Stimulus Funds Attached to Eco Exemptions The Center for Public Integrity reports that funds from the stimulus package for clean power and energy efficiency were issued with "sweeping exemptions" from basic environmental oversight.… Read More ### 5 Ways To Make Sure Smart Grid Pilots Succeed What makes a smart grid pilot a success — even when it's a failure? General Electric and Accenture spent an hour Wednesday with some energy industry big shots at the World Economic Forum in Atlanta and explained it all to us.… Read More ### Bill Clinton, Cisco CEO, & Duke CEO Join Hands On Building Efficiency What are the powerhouse trio including Bill Clinton, Cisco CEO John Chambers, and Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers all excited about this morning? If you were thinking a new energy bill or more green stimulus spending, think again. It's building energy efficiency in Charlotte, North Carolina.… Read More ### Opt-Out: The Biggest Little Words in Home Energy Management What if the most successful home energy-saving technology ends up being the one people have to opt out of? Utilities can sign customers up for programs automatically, unless they actively choose not to join. Companies targeting the home energy management space should remember this powerful tool.… Read More ### Echelon Takes the Smart Grid to the Edge Echelon has launched a new software-hardware combo to control the distribution portion of the grid. The product has two notable aspects: it's open to third-party developers, and its first customer will be utility Duke Energy.… Read More ### Vid-Biz: iTunes in the Cloud, World Cup Viewership, TiVo in Spain Today on the Net: Apple is moving its iTunes music and movie service into the cloud, about a third of US residents watched the World Cup, according to Nielsen, and TiVo will supply software and services to power a next-generation TV initiative at ONO in Spain.… Read More ### TrashMe Makes Uninstalling Apps From Your Mac a Snap I came across TrashMe while looking for a decent uninstaller for my Mac. Unlike Scott, I made the transition to Mac quite a while ago, but I still struggle with some aspects of it. One thing that irks me is the way that apps are installed.… Read More ### 5 Questions for Cisco's Smart Grid Guru Cisco (s CSCO) sees a$20 billion opportunity in the smart grid, and while it may have gotten off a bit late to the party, it’s crashed it in a big way. The networking giant wants to deliver products and services that span the grid.…
Duke Energy says cost estimates for an Indiana coal plant (designed to test carbon capture and storage technology and use what's called integrated gasification combined cycle tech) have ballooned to $2.88 billion, up from original estimate of less than$2 billion.…