A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Wind Energy Grows By Record 8,300 MW in 2008 - Press releaseEchoing the good news/bad news theme in clean tech these days, wind energy now makes enough electricity for 2 million homes but lack of financing threatens growth. ZAP Unveils Alias Performance Electric Car at NADA - Press releaseZAP Electric Cars unveils a freeway-ready, three-wheel electric sports car priced at $35,000. Can Nuclear Power Compete?- Scientific AmericanThis is the big question for the future of power generation with a number of factors at play including … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.White House stops pending Bush regulations for review - ReutersSignificant climate change-related regulations will be reconsidered, including CAFE fuel efficiency standards and whether the EPA can regulate greenhouse gases on public-health grounds. Obama's Big Speech: Yes We Can Include Energy - Wall Street JournalEnergy and environment play a prominent role in Obama's inaugural speech and is one of the top two agenda items on the whitehouse.gov Web site. (No. 1 is the economy.) Inaugural Balls Take On a Green Tinge - Wall Street JournalThe details on … Read more
Here's a sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary:As fed steps up, states step back on solar funding - The Associated PressFederal tax credits for solar-electric panels have been increased, but states are pulling back in light of budget problems. Electric Cars Are Unlikely to Help Carmakers Cut CO2 Emissions Significantly by 2020, According to The Boston Consulting Group - Press releaseConsulting firm tries to inject some realistic expectations into the electric-vehicle craze. The upshot: policies are required to get electric vehicles on the road and cut pollution. Electric cars disappointed in 2008--and 2009 won't be different - VentureBeat… Read more
Here's a sampling of green-tech news, with quick commentary:Stanford launches $100 million initiative to tackle energy issues - Press releaseFamed venture capitalist John Doerr and Google CEO Eric Schmidt make the case for more research in clean energy. Stanford's $100M Energy Initiative Event - Greentech MediaA live blog from the Stanford launch, with John Doerr decrying the state of clean tech in the United States, particularly regarding battery technology. Why A123Systems Lost the Volt Battery Deal - Earth2TechThe debate between flat and cylindrical lithium cells is shaping up to be a classic technology battle … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
Green jobs: One goal, two different paths -- The Wall Street JournalExpect to hear a lot of talk about green-collar jobs this year. However, as this post notes, it's not clear which approach is best for creating those jobs. Lotus targets Tesla with EV of its own -- Wired.comLotus, which makes the body for the Tesla Roadster, is developing electric powertrain technologies. Apple choosing ZPower for batteries? Good chance of it -- Greentech MediaRumor has it that zinc-silver battery company ZPower could supply batteries for Apple laptops. … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
Konarka announces strategic collaboration and $45 million investment from Total--press releaseOil company Total is investing in plastic solar cell company Konarka to use the cells in its subsidiaries' products. DARPA wants JP-8 from algae--Defense Industry DailyThe Air Force wants to develop an algae-based jet fuel. via Biofuels Digest. Turbulence for two East Coast offshore wind farms--The New York TimesEnvironmental reviews and disputes between federal agencies over oversight is delaying offshore wind projects. Irvine-based BlueFire Ethanol to build facility in South Korea--OC MetroSign of progress at a company to … Read more
Here's a sampling of green-tech news, with a focus on the plight of Big 3 U.S. automakers.U.S. Could Take Stakes in Big 3 - The Wall Street JournalDetails include naming of a "car czar" to oversee $15 billion in emergency loans, and the government--that is, taxpayers--to take a stake in the companies. GM, Under Pressure, Turns to Robert Lutz - The New York TimesVice Chairman Lutz says criticisms of U.S. auto giants don't recognize progress, and he complains of the difficulty of meeting fuel efficiency standards. Summary of the Auto Rescue Bill - The Wall Street Journal… Read more
Here's a sampling of green-tech news, with quick commentary:Energy Goals a Moving Target for States - The New York TimesGood reality check on the mixed record of utilities meeting renewable portfolio mandates. One advocate says the speed of adoption for clean energy is being is oversold. Detroit Bailout Hits a Bumpy Road - The Wall Street JournalPerhaps not surprising, given the cool reception auto companies have received thus far in Washington and in public discourse. Tesla vs. Fisker: The Epilogue (Or, Why Tesla Owes Fisker $1.1 Million) - Automotive News BlogThe arbitrator's statement … Read more
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Southern California Edison Completes First of its Major Commercial Rooftop Solar Installations - Press releaseSCE completes 150 solar installations, part of a plan to cover up to 2 square miles with panels. Interesting business model to note: the utility owns and maintains the panels. U.N. Climate Talks Poses Big Impact on Greentech - Greentech MediaA table-setter on how climate policy could change in light of failing global economy at climate change talks this week. 5 River Power Players to Watch - Earth2TechNice roundup of river power … Read more