Would the Million Solar Roofs bill save California money?

SB-1, California’s hot topic million solar roofs bill, lost out last month. A definite setback to the solar industry here. I’m personally in favor of the solar roof bill, but some of the analysis around it was a little odd.A couple of months ago a solar company called Akeena, put out a whitepaper saying that […]

Take on the Energy Storage Conference – San Francisco

I have spent the last couple of days at the EESAT 2005 Conference in San Francisco, hosted by the Electrical Storage Association with Sandia Labs and the DOE. The forum was focused mainly on large scale storages schemes. It was a long running well run forum, done every two years, 150+ attendance. Frankly, about the […]

Project Finance for Renewables

Structured energy project finance has been relatively commonplace in supporting the development of new energy facilities over the past 20 years. Central to the concept of project finance is disaggregating risk and parceling it out to specific parties who can accept that risk. As a result, project finance works great for the 30th or 40th […]

Is Bush Still Weakening the Clean Air Act?

Is the Bush Administration continuing to weaken our environmental regulations? By and large the US has been getting cleaner and more environmentally friendly on a per unit basis for the past 30 years. This is a good thing, though we still have a long way to go. I think that the future of power in […]

Toyota’s Hybrid Recall News – Set Back for Cleantech

Toyota today announced it was recalling and repairing 75,000 Prius cars due to engine stalling. I think that is on the order of half of their total fleet. It doesn’t sound like a big fix is required, but certainly a massive PR setback for the most popular hybrid our there. I’ve personally been waiting for […]

The Race for Small Cleantech IPOs Continues

Small cap cleantech IPOs have been especially hot lately, and definitely global. The big cleantech news seems like that the whole world is getting in on the IPO game. It’s not just in the US, the equity markets in Australia, on the ASX, and the London AIM exchange have lots of activity. The other striking […]

Renewable Portfolio Standards: Good or Bad?

In his columns featured in New Power Executive, Professor Robert Michaels of Cal State Fullerton is usually good for ruffling a few feathers. Recently, he took on the issue of renewable portfolio standards, with his typical contrarian stance that they are an abomination. In defense of his position, Prof. Michaels leaned heavily on the work […]

Plug-In Hybrids: New Contender for Clean Car Mantle

I’m gratified Neil Dikeman invited me to contribute to the CleanTech Blog. I may sometimes duplicate what I say at Power, Plugs and People at HybridCars.com. I thought I’d start with a backgrounder that will bring readers up to speed about plug-in hybrids, the existing-technology solution that has been the subject of much attention in […]

Are Oil Prices Finally Coming Down?

Oil prices are made up of components, supply and demand. The market tends to forecast near term supply for oil reasonably well. There is a lot of data out there, and a lot of smart people crunching it. The big bugaboo in predicting oil prices, however, is forecasting short term demand. The main variables in […]

Cleantech Investment Forum in Australia

I just wanted to put a plug in for the Cleantech Forum in Melbourne, Australia in late Novemeber. I am moderating one of the panels on investing. The founder, Jeffrey Castellas, has been looking to make a splash in cleantech for some time. I am excited to see he is doing it in Australia, as […]

Coming Convergence of Energy, Environmental and Capital Markets

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Peter Fusaro in New York to discuss the evolution of the energy and environmental marketplace. For those of you who know Peter, spending time with him is akin to drinking triple-shot espresso out of a fire hydrant — a mixed metaphor perhaps, but one that should […]

Cleantech Venture Network Now Streaming Cleantech Blogs

The Cleantech Venture Network is now streaming several Cleantech blogs on their site, Cleantech.com. The stream is heavy on the technology investment and venture capital content at the moment, but several good blogs are already streamed there. Check it out. We at Cleantechblog are big fans, and support all the Cleantech Venture Network is doing […]

The Danger of Venezuela

The AP did an article today about Hugo Chavez’s desire to use its oil supply to tie the rest of South America to Venezuela at the expense of the US. Basically, Chavez is looking to pull other South American countries into a free trade zone centered around Venezuela, and counteract US efforts to create a […]

More bio fuel amusement – this time from the French

Two weeks ago I blogged about the German inventor supposedly using dead cats as feedstock in a biodiesel process. This week the amusing bio fuel story is about French nonsense. Apparently the French government does not exactly permit drivers to use vegetable oil in cars, but a large number of French citizens are doing so […]

The Australian Solar Race

It’s called the World Solar Challenge, and a Dutch team has won for each of the past 2 races. I know it’s not exactly the near term future of the automotive industry, but I still get a kick out of it. Especially since we do a lot of work with Australian companies. 11 teams drive […]

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