Saudi Investors Join $70 Million VC Round For Solexel's Thin Silicon Solar Technology

August 18, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Technology Investment

Solexel, one of the few remaining stand-alone solar silicon startups, has completed a long-in-the-making $70 million round of funding and added Riyadh Valley Company, the VC investment arm of King Saud University of Saudi Arabia, to its list of investors.[read more]

Just Who Are These Investors in Shales?

March 31, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Issuing additional shares of stock is a very expensive, and less than ideal, way for a company to get money. And yet, shale companies are issuing new shares at the fastest rate in more than a decade. The first three months of 2015 have seen about $8B in new issuance. But the market appears aberrant.[read more]

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

May 5, 2014 by Keith Zakheim

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]

Strong Commodities + Weak Dollar = Canadian Energy Investing Bonanza: Interview with Chad Ellison

March 21, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Chad Ellison joined Dundee Capital Markets as an energy analyst in November 2012. He was with Canaccord Genuity's research team with a focus on Canadian companies. Ellison gained experience providing financing for E&P and oilfield service companies with GE's financial services arm.[read more]

Tracking the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy: 5.2 Trillion Since 2007

September 6, 2013 by Tyler Hamilton

Low-Carbon Transition

An Ethical Media Markets reports that overall private investment in the green economy experienced what it is calling a “dramatic mid-year surge” in cumulative global investment since 2007, rising to a total of around $5.2 trillion by August.[read more]

Goldman Sachs Finds Window For Profitable Investment In Coal Mining Is Closing

August 13, 2013 by Joseph Romm

No Future Coal Profits?


Goldman Sachs has put out a must-read research paper, stating that the window for thermal coal investment is closing. Thermal coal is primarily used to generate power. The U.S.-based multinational investment bank has some sobering findings for the dirtiest fossil fuel.[read more]

Investment Funds Divested From Fossil Fuels "Will Perform Better"

July 16, 2013 by David Thorpe

Divesting From Fossil Fuels

Research has shown that fund managers divesting fossil fuels from their portfolios, and replacing them with renewable energy and energy efficiency stocks, will reduce risk and achieve positive financial benefits.[read more]

Europe to Invest €3.8 Billion in the Biobased Economy

July 15, 2013 by Doris de Guzman

The European Commission proposed a €3.8 billion Public Private Partnership (PPP) on Biobased Industries, in order to accelerate the commercialization of biobased products in Europe.[read more]

Is Cleantech a Dirty Word?

February 28, 2013 by Scott Edward Anderson

Over the past few years, we've had "clean energy" and "advanced energy"; once the favored term was "renewable energy" and even "alternative energy." And then there was the battle over "cleantech" or "greentech."[read more]

What Role Should the State's Play in Boosting the Clean Economy?

January 12, 2012 by Matthew Stepp

Currently, near-term-focused clean energy policies fall well short of spurring the kind of transformative energy technologies we need. To realize drastic carbon emission cuts, we need significantly better clean technologies in energy storage, solar, electric vehicles, critical materials and biofuels that are cheaper than their fossil fuel equivalents without subsidy in addition to the incremental improvements spurred by deployment policies.[read more]

How Much Are You Willing to Pay For A Cleaner Future?

January 3, 2012 by Tomaz Ostir

Either you have Feed-In Tarrifs or you have direct investment in power plant or production (R&D) of power plants. The fact is there is no other way to get to the size of R&D and production where RES are competitive to fossil fuels.[read more]

“We can’t wait …” President Obama’s $4 Billion Energy Efficiency Announcement

December 2, 2011 by A Siegel

“We can’t wait …” President Obama’s words as to a private-partnership set of building energy-efficiency investments that will total $4 billion are, sigh, ever-so-true across a huge portfolio of issues. And, well, let us be clear that this $4 billion is only a drop in the ocean of national requirements and opportunities even...[read more]


China Thinking Big on Smartgrid, Invested $7 Billion in 2010

November 1, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

China is the most active investor in Smart Grid infrastructure today.  According to a 2010 report from Zpryme, the State Grid Corporation - the largest utility in China - was projected to spend $7.3 billion in that year alone on Smart Grid projects.  Their focus is on a concept called the Strong Smart Grid.  Like other...[read more]

Tackling Denial About The Government's Role In Technology Innovation

September 24, 2011 by Alex Trembath

I recently engaged in a discussion with David Zetland, a former economics professor of mine, on the value of public investment in technology (NB: I feel authorized to re-publish his and my comments because they were originally published on his public blog). It's worth noting that his blog, Aguanomics, is spectacular and I enjoy reading...[read more]

Shifting Our Taxpayer $$$ from Oil to Efficient Transportation and Technology

April 27, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

By now you have probably seen the interview with House Speaker Boehner on ABC about the need to look at tax policy towards oil companies at a time when "we need to have revenues to keep the government moving." If you haven't, check out this article from The Hill, which includes a link to it at the end. It's worth a look,...[read more]