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2005 Recap

Ah, the usual pundit’s retrospective at the end of the year. Here’s my take on the top 10 most significant developments in 2005 for the cleantech industry, in the usual descending Letterman format: 10. The Energy Policy Act. Sure, it’s a dog’s breakfast of incoherent and often contradicting provisions. And, it’s the most painfully arduous […]


Chinese Solar Company Headed to the NYSE

Catching in on two booms – the boom in Chinese firms headed to the US stock exchanges, and the boom in solar IPOs, Suntech Power, has filed to list on Nasdaq. They are raising $300 mm in ADRs, and reporting revenues of the last 9 months of $137 mm 13% profit. That puts them in […]


Has Broadband over Power Lines Finally Made it?

TXU just announced that it is spending $150 mm over 10 years to roll-out power line carriage or BPL (broadband over power lines) – delivery of broadband internet access of powerlines. TXU Article. This a major win for cleantech investors, and could add a new player to the crowded world of highspeed internet access. The […]


Kyoto, Carbon Credits, and a Big Market for Cleantech

I have just returned from a trip to London to evaluate some business opportunities in carbon trading stemming from the commencement of the Kyoto protocol. I was surprised by the level and intensity of interest in this market. A few relevant trends I noticed: Significant interest by investors in carbon and emissions trading. Including numerous […]


Energy Executive Survey Findings

The consulting firm Capgemini recently polled 125 senior energy executives on a variety of topics concerning the future of the energy industry. Capgemini Energy Executive Survey Press Release Among the interesting questions and responses in the poll were: 1. “What is the technology that has the greatest potential to transform the energy industry by 2015?” […]


Auto Efficiency: A Huge Opportunity

Last Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of attending the holiday party and opening celebration for the Boulder office of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Rocky Mountain Institute Web Site For those who may not be familiar, RMI was founded by Dr. Amory Lovins, one of the few people in the energy arena who truly deserves […]


In Praise of BP

In contrast to ExxonMobil (whom I’ve ripped in a previous post), BP recently announced a significant increase in commitment — meaning, capital investment — in alternative energy. BP Press Release In forming the new business unit BP Alternative Energy, BP CEO Lord Browne also indicated an expected $1.8 billion of investment over the next 3 […]