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Renewablog Live from GoingGreen East

GoingGreen East starts tonight at the Four Seasons in Boston. Renewablog is on the job, posting, podcasting and tweeting (@mfarbs).As Scott Kirsner says, everyone from top VCs to Secretary of Energy/Environment Ian Bowles to the CEOs of 1366 Technologies, Ze-Gen, Mascoma, Oasys Water, and GreatPoint Energy will be in attendance. Check out both Renewablog and the live show feed on the GoingGreen site for rea ...

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Stimulus Package Debate Begins: Accountability or Speed?

As the government begins to allocate billions in stimulus funds for shovel-ready projects in renewable energy, smart grid and energy management  (along with Department of Energy investments in cleantech R&D), a debate is raging about accountability versus speed. The Obama administration is demanding accountability and transparency in terms of how the funds are distributed, while agencies are going ...

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Best Source for the Science

Yep, we here at Renewablog have our geek side. Spent part of my long weekend poring over a couple of old copies of the MIT Technology Review. They certainly know how to fuse clean tech science and business viability in a reader-friendly way.My favorite recent piece is the February cover on the "smart" grid. Actual reporting (site visit to GE Global Labs in NY) and killer graphics showing how the c ...

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Smart Grid Takes Center Stage; Green & Transparency

On Smart Grid: President Obama has really driven Smart Grid into the public consciousness and it is showing in the media and blogosphere. Expect it to be a hot topic at DistribuTECH next week when the "who's who" in grid and energy technology meet in San Diego to discuss new developments in the industry. More than $50 billion will be sunk into Smart Grid under the proposed stimulus package current ...

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Stimulus Particulars: 7x 2008 Cleantech Venture Capital Investment

To say that the stimulus package currently under review contains significant support for renewable energy, green and cleantech would be a gross understatement. Depending on whose data you use, it is roughly five-to-seven times the total of all VC investment in cleantech in 2008. Or, a little more than twice the total revenue of the solar industry. Wow.So where is the money going and what is being proposed? ...

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Blogging the Inauguration…Through Green Colored Glasses

I'll be posting on the historic nature of the stimulus package and the government relations opportunitiy for green companies, projects and technologies, as the federal government becomes the world's largest investor in cleantech. But first, I want to make sure I capture the green elements (if any) of Obama's presidential inauguration speech. Obama began his speech slightly before 9:07 a.m. PST and in l ...

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The Clean Dozen: 12 (actually, 13) Markets to Watch in Cleantech in 2009

As we enter 2009, we wanted to take a look at cleantech markets we think will get the lionshare of the media attention during the year. We're calling it the Clean (Baker's) Dozen. We made our selections based on a variety of factors including 2008 venture funding, 2008 media attention, ties to existing large industries (auto, construction) and viability for commercialization.Here is the list:-Thin-film sola ...

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2009 Outlook: Green Regs and Sam (Uncle Sam)

First off, apologies for the holiday blogging break which grew into a European-style summer vacation. We say every year that the holidays will slow things down a bit, but as usual there was lots going on despite the economy and more companies shuttering their doors for the holidays than in the past. That said, being busy is a good thing and working in the markets we serve is pretty fun.In any event, we are ...

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Green Euphoria Follows Obama Win; What Does it Mean?

I held off on posting immediately following the election results to avoid letting any excitement or disappointment seep into any analysis of how it impacts green and cleantech public relations and government relations. However, I think it is safe to say that the results mean big things for cleantech companies and the green movement as a whole.Green bloggers everywhere started immediately discussing what an ...

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On Election Eve: $15 Bil or Drill, Baby, Drill?

On Election Eve 2008 I have come to this realization: There has never been a political platform element during my professional career that promises to have a bigger impact on an industry we serve.In 48 hours, we could be sitting at our desks with a federal government-elect that promises to pump $15 billion into renewable energy every year for the next ten years, including wind, solar and biofuels. Or, we co ...

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Green Financing Leverage Shifts Back to VCs, but….

There have been several stories coming out of the Renewable Energy Finance Forum about how VCs are predicting a slow down in green investment. Call me skeptical.I do think that the overall VC dollars will drop, but that will be in part because valuations will temporarily come down as part of the economic environment. I think that green start ups will still get funding and will be giving up the same equity f ...

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Obama: Alternative Energy Economy is My Number One Priority

I was watching a CNN political roundtable the other night (Larry King or AC 360) and one of the guests was Joe Klein, a TIME Magazine journalist that just had an interview with Obama (which was published today). He said something that wasn’t explored by the host or other panelists, but I felt was monumental for both its specificity and its implications. Here is the quote from the piece:"The engin ...

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