California Needs Texas for Cleantech Success

On May 28, 2009, in Blog, by Joel Serface

By Joel Serface – May 28, 2009 When I moved from Silicon Valley to Austin in 2006, many of my VC friends were left scratching their heads… Why would someone who has been leading the cleantech charge in California want to move to Texas?  After all, there was conventional thinking in California that there was […]

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Feed-In Tariff = Feeding at Trough?

On May 26, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of the more popular policy prescriptions often made by ardent renewable energy advocates is the adoption of a “feed-in tariff” (FIT). With a FIT, the government sets a price for electricity supplied by a qualifying renewable energy source, and the price is usually sufficiently high to produce a good return […]

The Efficacy of Biofuels from Algae on

On May 23, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I usually don’t do this, but a couple of days ago we had a post on’s Linked In group around algal processes, feedstocks, and the recent DOE solicitation, that engendered a lively discussion, in part taking off from the recent demise of Green Fuels. While many of you know I am not personally a […]

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New Cars that Already Meet 2016 Fuel Economy Standards

On May 21, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. President Barack Obama announced that automakers must meet average U.S. fuel-economy standards of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. This will be an exciting opportunity for automakers that already deliver vehicles that beat 35.5 mpg such as the Ford (F) Fusion Hybrid, Mercury Milan Hybrid, Toyota (TM) Prius, Honda (HMC) Insight, Honda […]

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If Larry King Wrote My Column….

On May 18, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi You heard it here first: the energy consultancy Douglas-Westwood is claiming in a May 11 white paper that “peak oil” may have already happened, as far back as October 2004, and that the oil price boom followed by economic collapse is indicative of how things will play out over the decades […]

Biofuel Industry Hopes to Recover with Next Generation Fuels

On May 15, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. Scientists know how to make fuel from prairie grasses growing on marginal land. They know how to make fuel from fast growing trees with root systems that extend 25 feet into the ground, sequestering carbon emissions and enriching the soil. They even know how to make fuel from algae. They do all […]

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My Year as NREL’s Entrepreneur in Residence

On May 14, 2009, in Blog, by Joel Serface

by Joel Serface I just spent an amazing year at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), but have no start-ups to show for it (yet).A year ago, I was asked by Kleiner Perkins to be the first Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at NREL. As a person who has been into energy and environmental technologies since […]

Blogroll Review: Corny Carpet, Cocoa Car, and Carbon Consolidation

On May 12, 2009, in Blog, by Frank Ling

Pretty much everything you eat these days contains corn, whether in the form of corn syrup, sauces, starch, or other food additives. Pretty soon, we will also get upholstery made from this plant. Already being used for biofuels, corn is also a chemical feedstock. Joel Makower shared this story from his attendance of a gathering […]

Thank Goodness for Contrarians

On May 11, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of my favorite bumper-stickers of all-time reads “My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma”. In addition to being a wonderful word-play, the one-liner reflects my deep disdain for those who are far-too-certain of their positions — whatever their positions may be. I haven’t done any statistical analysis, but I often find […]

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Biofuel Industry – No Money, No Respect

On May 11, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

For the moment, the price at the pump is reasonable. A spike in demand or a terrorist disruption, however, will quickly remind us that we are desperately dependent on oil as we continue to consume 140 billion gallons of gasoline per year. Even in these recessionary times of moderate demand, we are running out of […]

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Director of Congressional Bugdet Office on Cap and Trade

On May 11, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

A couple of days ago the Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf wrote about his Senate testimony on cap and trade revenue redistribution on his blog late last week. Worth a quick read, the main text below. The full 28 page testimony is linked in his note. It’s worth noting that the homepage of the […]

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REDD – The Basis of a “Carbon Federal Reserve”?

On May 8, 2009, in Blog, by Marc Stuart

Avoiding tropical deforestation – or REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) in the parlance of the emerging policy dynamic – is the most mind twistingly complex endeavor in the carbon game. The fact is that REDD involves scientific uncertainties, technical challenges, heterogeneous non-contiguous asset classes, multi-decade performance guarantees, local land tenure issues, brutal potential […]

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What the FERC?

On May 4, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi The Federal government is a mighty bureaucracy, so it’s impossible to keep track of all the parts. Still, few areas are as unknown by the general public as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The FERC (it’s always referrred to as “The FERC”) is responsible for interstate regulation of energy markets, […]

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In the Beginning … All Costs Were External

On April 30, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

By Ed Beardsworth Are we in just another cycle, where we charge ahead with renewables and care for the environment, but then forget all about it when oil prices drop? The saga is all too familiar, and cynics can’t be blamed for seeing deja-vu all over again. This time, however, it feels different. Reality seems […]

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2010 Cars Deliver Performance and Fuel Economy

On April 27, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

This is my first time to drive on a race track and I’m wondering if these are my final moments on planet earth. Here at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca I take the Andretti Hairpin and learn to accelerate in successive turns. After accelerating uphill, I enter “The Corkscrew” where I cannot see the sharp […]

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Gridlock Windblock

On April 27, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I don’t know if it’s a myth, but I’ve heard it said that a city’s suicide rates and average wind speeds are correlated. According to the claim, there may be something fundamental about human biology – perhaps within the inner ear – that makes windiness tend to drive people crazy. Whether […]

The REAL Story on Moore’s Law for Solar

On April 22, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

All new industries seem to think they deserve a Moore’s Law. The photovoltaic solar really, really thinks it deserves one, since it kind of sort of looks like a semiconductor business: Photovoltaic Moore’s Law Will Make Solar Competitive by 2015,, Understanding Moore’s Law,, and Silicon Valley Starts to Turn Its Face to the […]

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Cleantech Blog Power 5 – Top Investors in Cleantech

On April 21, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I’ve been warning about a massive mispricing of risk in cleantech investing for years. Cleantech Venture Capitalists Beware – What You Don’t Know About Energy Can Kill You Beware the Allure of Ethanol Investing Is there a cleantech bubble? Experts don’t think so That certainly doesn’t mean that cleantech investing is bad. On the contrary, […]

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Cleantech Blog "Power 10" Ranking Vol II 2009

On April 21, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Last year I did my first “Power 10″ ranking for 2008 of cleantech companies, and the response was so good we’re doing it again. I spend most of my day meeting and talking to companies in the cleantech sector. And those of you who know me know I have opinions on who is doing it […]

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Superconducting Blackout Protection Device for Smart Grid

On April 20, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Today, Zenergy Power plc (AIM:ZEN), a company I am a cofounder of, announced that ConEd, one of thought leaders in the utility sector on transmission & distribution technology (conventional wisdom says they have to be, as given its tremendous load in a small area, the Manhattan grid is devilishly tricky to operate), has agreed to […]

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