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Innovative appliance motor cleans up in national competition

Written November 12th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Efficiency, News
Innovative appliance motor cleans up in national competition

Judges for the 2012 Cleantech Open have chosen the nation’s most promising cleantech startup in 2012′s final competition. The top winner’s invention may power your next washing machine. Read the rest of this entry »

“Clean Tech Nation” recommends seven-point action plan for U.S. cleantech leadership

Written November 7th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Policy, News, Podcasts, Radio Programs
“Clean Tech Nation” recommends seven-point action plan for U.S. cleantech leadership

The renewable energy sector has had its share of bad press domestically in the past couple of years. Globally, China and other countries like Germany and Brazil are making serious investments in clean energy and threatening to leave the US behind. But the authors of a new book have a seven-point action plan to put the U.S. in front of this growing industry and keep it there.  Denis Du Bois interviews industry analyst Ron Pernick, co-author of Clean Tech Nation: How the USA Can Lead in the New Global Economy. Read the rest of this entry »

Hot new energy efficiency measure is ductless heat pumps, as market for CFLs is saturated

Written November 5th, 2012 by
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Hot new energy efficiency measure is ductless heat pumps, as market for CFLs is saturated

Snohomish County Public Utility District is known in the Pacific Northwest for its innovative approaches to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Denis Du Bois interviewed Bob Gunn, senior utility analyst for the PUD, to find out what programs are successful today and why. Read the rest of this entry »

Increasing energy efficiency adoption starts with the customer experience

Written October 25th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, News
Increasing energy efficiency adoption starts with the customer experience

Do customers’ experiences with utilities matter? Customer experience expert Roy Barnes thinks so. At a conference in Washington, Barnes inspired the audience to improve their customers’ experiences at every touchpoint. Read the rest of this entry »

Cleantech Open Announces 2012 Finalists

Written October 11th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Green Building, News, Renewable Energy
Cleantech Open Announces 2012 Finalists

If the cleantech sector has an Academy Awards, the Cleantech Open is it. Cleantech startups from around North America are gathering this week to learn which lucky teams will represent their regions in the national Cleantech Open business competition in November, 2012. Denis DuBois attended the Pacific Northwest region’s judging and awards party in Portland, Oregon, to get a taste of the action. Read the rest of this entry »

Cleantech Open 2012 Semifinalist Companies Have a Shot at the Big Time

Written June 20th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, News
Cleantech Open 2012 Semifinalist Companies Have a Shot at the Big Time

The Cleantech Open has begun naming the teams that have successfully passed the first screening by judges. Across the United States, a total of 150 startups will go on to compete for awards between now and November, 2012, when seven regions will send their finalists to Silicon Valley for final judging and awards. The Cleantech Open educational program names dozens of award winners along the way, and prepares startups to make investor pitches and get funding from venture capital firms.

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Apps for Energy Could Succeed where Big Software Players Failed

Written May 25th, 2012 by
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Apps for Energy Could Succeed where Big Software Players Failed

Silicon Valley played host this week for the Department of Energy’s “Apps for Energy” awards presentation. Five teams came away with $75,000 in prize money. Their winning software apps could turn into profitable businesses in a vacuum left by the hasty exits of Microsoft and Google.

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Silicon Valley Joins Washington DC to define Market for Energy 2.0

Written May 17th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Green Building, Opinion
Silicon Valley Joins Washington DC to define Market for Energy 2.0

The Smart Grid needs Silicon Valley and the traditional ‘cleantech’ now demands ‘cleanweb.’

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Complex LED Lighting Options Call for Sophisticated Education Tools

Written May 9th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Efficiency, News
Complex LED Lighting Options Call for Sophisticated Education Tools

Buyer education is a never-ending task for manufacturers of light fixtures. With advances in areas such as color and dimming, light-emitting diodes are evolving faster than the public’s knowledge about them. Misconceptions persist, even among architects and lighting designers. As LEDs overcome their technical limitations, the conversation turns to the up-front cost.

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In Climate of Cheap Gas, Forecast for Renewable Energy Finance is Cloudy

Written April 27th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Opinion, Renewable Energy
In Climate of Cheap Gas, Forecast for Renewable Energy Finance is Cloudy

Cost parity with fossil fuels has long been the holy grail of the renewable energy industry. When shale exploration in the United States began producing abundant natural gas, prices began falling and didn’t pull the rip cord before hitting ten-year lows.

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