The Manufacturing Leap of Faith

On August 3, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Despite all the optimistic talk about green jobs in the advanced energy economy of the future, many manufacturers from the industrial heartland are deathly afraid of the potential passage of climate change legislation, concerned that cap-and-trade will increase their electricity costs and thereby make their operations less profitable. A poster-child of […]

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PowerShares Global Transportation

On July 28, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (7/27/09). The transportation industry is beginning the biggest transformation since Henry Ford started making cars affordable for the mass market. Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles point to a long-term transition from inefficient mechanical drive systems to efficient electrical systems. Engines powered by petroleum fuels are being replaced with electric motors powered […]

Renewable Fuel — Without Biomass

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

by Richard T. Stuebi In recent years, there’s been a major push for renewable fuels — to reduce our needs for petroleum, as well as to reduce the carbon footprint associated with burning petroleum-based fuels. The common thread of all of these renewable fuels has been the use of some sort of carbonaceous feedstock — […]

Ford Returns to Profitability with Improved Mileage

On July 24, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (7/23/09). Ford has returned to profitability, benefiting from increased market share which is the likely result of improved mileage. Ford earned almost $2.4 billion for the quarter, but it was the result of a large one-time gain associated with the debt reduction actions completed in April. The pre-tax operating losses were $424 […]

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Concentrating PV – The Artificial Industry

On July 24, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

About 2 to 3 years ago, CPV was all the rage among solar startups and especially their venture investors. But none of them ever came to market. I’ve been calling this one a siren’s song since the beginning. An artificial market enabled by venture capitalists desperate to find the next big thing. The story ran […]

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Ah, Chu

On July 20, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. StuebiAs Secretary of the Department of Energy, Steven Chu is a breath of fresh air. As a recent profile in The Economist noted, “Wags used to say that the one essential qualification for being energy secretary was not to know anything about energy.” Well, that definitely doesn’t apply to Dr. Chu. A […]

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BlogRoll Review: Coal, Corn, and Creativity

On July 19, 2009, in Blog, by Frank Ling

Coal Revolt In the US, several state governments have made efforts to stop the construction of new coal plants. Even major creditors like BofA are refusing to finance these projects. Now, city governments are getting into the act. Maria Energia says: The city decided to make the switch to avoid paying more for fossil fuel […]

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Cap-and-Trade: How it works and why it’s the been the option of choice

On July 17, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

In the run up to Copenhagen and the debate over Waxman-Markey, I think it’s worth laying out some of the key debating points on how cap and trade works and why it’s been our weapon of choice to date in the climate change fight. I like to think of our carbon and energy problem as […]

Walmart Product Ecolabel Drive – The Good and the Impossible?

On July 17, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Walmat announced this week a drive to survey, and create from their supplies a comprehensive database and index of the environmental footprint of the products it carries. Given the heft of Walmart and the ubiquity of its supply chain, I’d argue that its move may be the only way to bring such an index into […]

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Getting Smart About Agriculture

On July 13, 2009, in Blog, by Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Nine months ago, I joined Terraqualo, a new startup aimed at helping growers of specialty crops make best irrigation decisions, using a cost-effective wireless network of sensors and actuators. In this new weekly column on “Sustainable Agriculture on Cleantech Blog”, I will share some of the lessons I have learned, and invite you to contribute […]

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Piss-Powered Cars Move Closer to Reality

On July 13, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Although I pride myself a little bit on some of the titles for my posts (I was a headline writer for my high school newspaper), even I couldn’t make this one up. Credit must be given where credit is due: earlier this month, Fast Company hosted a research note by Ariel […]

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Blogroll Review: P-Power, B-Buy, C-Can

On July 10, 2009, in Blog, by Frank Ling

P-Power Pee power. Scientists may have found a way to extract hydrogen from urea, one of the main major components in ordinary pee. That compounds is way for the body to get rid of toxic ammonia that comes out at the end of various metabolic processes. In many rural areas, urea would be the ideal […]

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Boone Pickens Mega Texas Wind Farm on Ice

On July 9, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Short and sweet. Boone Pickens announced this week that his mega wind farm was icing an eventual 4,000 MW windfarm this week. Apparently he’s looking for buyers for $2 Bill in turbines. A far cry from a year ago when your credibility as a wind developer hung in part on whether or not you had […]

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The Past Few Hectic Weeks in Climate Change

On July 8, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

The last few weeks have seen a number of big moves in climate policy. US EPA Lets California Regulate GHG Emissions in Cars – On June 30, 2009, the US EPA backed off and let California Air Resources Board proceed with its longstanding plans to regulate greenhouse emissions from cars, after long resistance from the […]

Ford Grabs Market Share

On July 7, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

If you are working at Ford (F), it looks like the downturn in auto sales is ending. In June, sales fell only 11 percent over a year ago. Optimism does not permeate all of Detroit; General Motors (GM) sales feel 33 percent for the month; Chrysler, 48 percent. Even Toyota (TM) U.S. sales were down […]

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The Rules in Cleantech

On July 7, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I’ve now been asked enough times, that at the risk of destroying what little edge Jane Capital may have in cleantech, I finally got around to blogging our “Rules” in cleantech investing and business in general. Hopefully it will stimulate some good debate. One of the things that makes cleantech different from other investing areas, […]

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Climate Change Legislation and the Midwest

On July 6, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi As virtually every reader of this blog probably knows, Congress has recently made more progress on climate change legislation than it had ever before achieved. The House has now passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), more commonly known as the Waxman-Markey bill. The path forward for this […]

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The Colorado Cleantech Opportunity

On July 2, 2009, in Blog, by Joel Serface

By Joel Serface – July 2, 2009 In June, I took a great camping trip to a truly unique feature that many outside the state of Colorado know little about. It was the Great Sand Dunes National Park – the tallest sand dunes in North America with the backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. […]

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Clean Energy and Climate Protection Bill Accelerates Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy

On June 30, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

For the first time, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation regulating greenhouse gases. Due to intense lobbying by industries that would incur added cost, such as coal powered utilities, HR 2454 barely was approved by a vote of 219 to 212. New battles are ahead in the Senate for the Waxman-Markey Bill. HR 2454 […]

Talking Trash

On June 29, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Ever wonder whether recycling really works? Or, how it’s done? Last week, I found out — by touring a material recovery facility (MRF) operated by Waste Management (NYSE: WMI). The process in an MRF is pretty straightforward. The recyclable materials accumulated from various end-user disposal points — for households, this would […]

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