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Should Making Money For Investors Prevent A Company From Going Green?

May 5, 2014 by Keith Zakheim
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Fundamentally, capitalism is uninterested in the question of what is good for the environment or what is of greatest benefit to society. Capitalism is concerned about creating fair markets in which companies are able to attract capital to innovate, expand, and produce.[read more]

Winter Electricity Price Spikes Put Clean Currents Out of Business

February 9, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Winter Electricity Prices

The polar vortex weather phenomenon may have passed weeks ago, but the effects are still rippling through the power industry. The most recent victim is the severely affected Clean Currents, a green energy retailer that operated in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.[read more]

The Evolution of Australian Solar Energy Businesses

December 21, 2013 by Nigel Morris

If there is one thing I have learned in twenty one years of being in the solar business, it’s that nothing stays the same. Markets and competition are all constantly changing and if you are in the business of solar, that means constant re-invention if you are going to survive and prosper.[read more]

Will Plug Power Be the First Profitable Fuel Cell Company?

October 27, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

Plug Power Profitability?

Plug Power's CEO, Andy Marsh, is looking for profitability for his fuel cell firm in 2014. A profitable quarter for a publicly traded fuel cell company would break a 100-year drought in the sector. But several other large fuel-cell firms may be on the brink of profitability in 2013 or 2014, as well.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Firms Lead Worldwide Clean Technology List

October 27, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Energy Efficiency Leads

The new Global Cleantech 100 list of private companies breaking barriers with their clean technology ideas and executions across the worldwide economy finds that energy efficiency companies not only continue to dominate the list, but are growing in influence.[read more]

How to Make Money with Cleantech Energy (It Can Be Done!): Interview with Pavel Molchanov

September 26, 2013 by Jim Patrick
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Pavel Molchanov joined Raymond James & Associates in June 2003 and has worked as part of the exploration and production research team since that time. He also initiated coverage on the alternative energy sector. Molchanov became an analyst in 2006.[read more]

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Searching for the Holy Grail of Carbon Separation and Capture for Power Generation

September 9, 2013 by Jim Pierobon
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Game Changers: Carbon Separation and Capture

Given the stakes with the growing emphasis on reducing carbon emissions, these markets for Akermin’s proprietary approach could reach well into the tens of billions of dollars. If this isn’t a potential game-changing technology, I don’t know what is.[read more]

Climate Change Solution Could Save US Business Billions

June 21, 2013 by Joshua Hill

A report published by the World Wildlife Fund and the Carbon Disclosure Project could save companies billions and help the corporate sector avoid pushing global temperatures over 2°C above pre-industrial levels.[read more]

Green Business Opportunities For American Economy

June 17, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Green Small Business

As the US economy recovers from recession, America’s small businesses need to remember that going green often means making green.[read more]

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Audio & Slides: "How to Save a Planet On a Budget" Part 2 - Making the Green Business Case

December 19, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

Welcome to the audio archive & slides for the first chunk of our green finance summit "How To Save The Planet on A Budget". This second hour looks as the real-life challenges with making green business profitable.[read more]

The Market Sorted, Solyndra Lost

September 7, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

President Obama Visiting Solyndra, May 2010 (Solyndra)The sun has set on Solyndra. The solar panel manufacturer, once the darling of the US Department of Energy, which bestowed its blessings in the form of a $535 million loan guarantee, is shuttered. Despite this guarantee, which some sources say was almost completely drawn down,...[read more]

New Report Breaks Down the Clean Economy

July 13, 2011 by Breakthrough Institute
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This morning the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program released a comprehensive new report, "Sizing the Clean Economy," which takes a detailed look at the United States' ongoing transformation toward a low-carbon future. The report, co-produced with Battelle Technology Partnership, presents the most detailed data available...[read more]

Steve Zwick: Paying for nature’s services

June 21, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Today’s guest post is from Steve Zwick, who edits Ecosystem Marketplace, an online news service that reports on market-based solutions to environmental problems.  Based on the premise that the cost of production should include the cost of environmental degradation, EM is published by non-governmental organization Forest Trends and...[read more]

Before Even Landing in Showrooms, 2010 Nissan LEAF Already Sold Out in U.S.

June 18, 2010 by Tim Hurst

Think people aren't interested in electric cars in the United States? Try this on for size: before a single Nissan LEAF has been seen in a U.S. showroom, they are apparently sold out. Nissan’s chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, said recently that the company had already received 19,000 orders in the United States and Japan for the all...[read more]

The next debt crisis will be ecological

May 27, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Anyone who paid attention learned a lot from the global financial crisis of 2008. Here are three lessons that were burned into my brain: 1. Live within your means. Debt creates risk. When homeowners, investors or banks take on lots  of debt, and something goes awry—and it will—they will pay, big time. 2. We’re interdependent. It’s...[read more]