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Green Public Affairs: $3.4 Billion in Stimulus Funds Coming to Smart Grid Tomorrow

News today, that the Department of Energy will dole out $3.4 billion in Smart Grid stimulus money tomorrow, in what was already shaping up to be a noisy public affairs and public relations week at Solar Power International. The first speculation that something was coming soon was posted by Matt Marshall of VentureBeat this morning.With much of the US utility market and solar industry gathered in Anaheim for ...

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Smart Grid PR: New NIST Report with Nearly 80 Standards

Out of the hundreds of standards that will ultimately be needed to run the nation’s emerging Smart Grid, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) announced it has determined about 80 of them in its new report. Smart grid standards have received a lot of PR in the past few months as many predict they will be the top road block to the market maturing and having its full impact.Released ...

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Green & Cleantech PR: Chat with Camille Ricketts of VentureBeat

Yesterday we had the pleasure of having Camille Ricketts, the lead Green writer for VentureBeat, into our San Francisco office. For the twenty PR clients we work with in solar, smart grid, biofuels, water desalination, carbon management and Green IT, Camille is a top contact--especially for those looking to reach a green investment audience. Camille considers herself to still be a bit new to the Green space ...

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Cleantech & Green Industry Enters Event Run on PR High

The last few weeks may have been the best PR stretch of 2009 for solar, wind and other cleantech and green markets, especially from a finance standpoint.  It should provide a considerable uplift to spirits at AlwaysOn GoingGreen next week as the cleantech venture capital, private equity and investment banking community gathers to discuss industry issues in water, smart grid, energy management, solar, w ...

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Cleantech IPO? M&A? The Third Exit for Cleantech & Green Start Ups

I need to preface this post with the fact that SharesPost is a Schwartz PR client, but what they're doing is very interesting and extremely applicable to the Cleantech industry and its investors. So while I am being and will always be transparent, I am not claiming to be free of bias.It has been well covered that VCs have poured billions into cleantech and green the last few years with markets like solar, w ...

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Cleantech Investing and VC Funding Increases; G8 Boost

A recent report from CleanTech Brief highlighted an increase in cleantech venture funding and investing to $1.2 billion. This was a quarter-over-quarter increase of 12 percent and illustrates that the green portion of the Stimulus package and other cleantech regulatory measures are helping to renew interest in cleantech start ups.Companies in batteries, biofuels, smart grid and others were the main benefici ...

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Cleantech Stimulus Package Dollars to Start Flowing in September

According to a post on VentureBeat this week, cleantech stimulus funds targeted at wind, solar, smart grid, biofuels, carbon management and other key categories, will starting trickling into company coffers come September. New Energy Finance Group predicts that while some cleantech funding will flow in 2009 resulting in a thawing of bank loans and cleantech venture capital, the bulk of the money will be inv ...

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Green Collar Jobs Double Up on Economy

A new study covered by Kate Galbraith at the NY Times says that Green Collar Jobs grew twice as quickly as jobs in the rest of the economy from 1998-2007. Given that this study doesn't cover the hyper investment in solar, wind, smart grid, green IT, biofuels, geothermal, batteries, green autos, etc. during 2008, and the hiring that resulted, my guess is that the next study will show even faster growth over ...

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Vinod Khosla: Cleantech Will Produce Ten Googles

Sarah Lacy has a great interview with Vinod Khosla on Yahoo! Tech|Ticker, talking about the incredible opportunity that the Cleantech Revolution is creating for companies and investors. Khosla basically says that the Cleantech movement will "produce ten Googles."How is that possible? Khosla says that Cleantech is not about solar, wind or biofuels, but about re-engineering the way society lives, fr ...

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Green Stimulus for the UK Economy?

In a recent interview with The Independent, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown hinted that a slew of green initiatives will be announced as part of the Government's April 22 budget review, designed to drag Britain out of recession on a low carbon path. Top of the list are new plans for electric and hybrid vehicles, which echo London Mayor Boris Johnson's pledge to make the city "the electric car capital of ...

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Is the Stimulus Package Reviving Cleantech Funding and Valuations?

Earth2Tech has an interesting post on the fact that the stimulus package and cleantech funding from the federal government may be starting to thaw the VC funding freeze. Three companies announced funding this week, which was newsworthy in itself. But also interesting is the fact that none of the companies were in solar and instead were in markets that took the brunt of VC indifference during Q1.Wind, biofue ...

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