- Energy Goals a Moving Target for States - The New York Times
Good 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 Journal
Perhaps 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 Blog
The arbitrator's statement rules in Fisker's favor and orders Tesla to pay legal fees.
- Blackstone Backs Cellulosic-Ethanol Start-up Coskata - PEHub
In a sign of clean-tech start-ups getting creative with financing, Coskata secures private-equity funding, rather than project finance, to complete a pilot plant.
- 3Tier Releases 5km Wind Map of the World - Press release
The idea is simple: better data on wind and solar resources will speed development.
- 2009 Cleantech Predictions - Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog
'Tis the season for clean-tech predictions. These look about right, though the obligatory "efficiency will be big in a down economy" is missing.
- Energy efficiency boom leads 9 clean-technology predictions for 2009 - Press release
Among the more ominous predictions: clean-tech start-up failure rate doubles.
- Re-energizing Energy Innovation: Experts Spar (Lightly) at Xconomy Forum - Xconomy
A panel of clean-tech pros picks apart the challenges in energy innovation. On the whole, it's too soon to say whether then entire clean-tech sector has been successful financially.
- Army to buy electric cars - ArmyTimes
Fleet deployments of all-electric carts and neighborhood cars will create demand for these products.
- DOE Announces up to $29.3 Million in Projects for Research, Development, and Demonstration of Alternative Vehicle Technologies - Press release
The two grants focus on using thermoelectrics--using a car's waste heat to make power--and battery materials for plug-in electric vehicles.
- New insights on fusion power - MIT News Office
People have definitely not given up on nuclear fusion, but one drawback is, as an MIT researcher once said, "it doesn't work."
Here's a sampling of green-tech news, with quick commentary: