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Improving Energy Efficiency in Virginia: A Better Way Forward from the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition

July 29, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Energy Efficiency Development

There’s been a gaping void of credible policy recommendations designed to create and develop markets for services that can help all Virginia residents, businesses and government agencies conserve the electricity and natural gas they use . . . until now.[read more]

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Turning Wind Energy into a Waltz

July 29, 2014 by Sheila Oliva
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Wind Energy Music

It might seem inevitable now that Fort Madison, Iowa, would become a production site for a substantial supply of wind turbine blades. Wind, after all, has always been in the air in that state for as long as Americans can remember.[read more]

Why Do We Need More Women in Solar?

July 28, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Women in Solar

As the solar industry grows, women still make up just a little below nineteen percent of the workforce. How do we change that, and why is it important that we do? A panel at Intersolar and a number of recent articles shed light on these questions.[read more]

My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

July 18, 2014 by Scott Edward Anderson
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Cleantech Industry Health

Cleantech isn't dead. Cleantech hasn't crashed, cleantech hasn't lost its value, and cleantech has only grown more important and necessary. Cleantech is, in fact, alive and well. So here in this post are my top five reasons cleantech is alive and well.[read more]

Looking for a Place to Locate Your Clean Energy Startup? These Are the Best States

July 17, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Energy Startup Locations

Every cleantech startup company wants the same things: access to capital, a local pool of young talent, a strong incubation network and vision from policymakers. Many states offer one or a couple of these, but only a handful have the full package. So where are these states?[read more]

Competent Leaders Need to Understand the Science of Sustainability

July 8, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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In speaking about climate policy last week, President Obama chided senators who are trying to dodge the climate issue by claiming they were not scientists. The president went on to claim that he was not a scientist either, but that "I've got this guy, John Holdren. He's a scientist."[read more]

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Who Will Build Tomorrow's Grid? Smart Grid & the Expertise Challenge [Webcast Recording]

June 24, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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The opportunities created by the integration of modern information technology into power grids have become well-known in recent years - both in terms of the efficiency and reliability of our energy system, and for the business models of utilities. But does the professional expertise available in this field match our expectations for rapid smart grid implementation?[read more]

The State of Cleantech Entrepreneurship in 2014

June 20, 2014 by Rob Day

I put "sector" in quotation when talking about the cleantech sector because we all know that this is really a collection of a wide variety of markets and applications gathered under a consistent investment thesis. Cleantech isn't a sector; it's a lens for finding big opportunities across sectors.[read more]

Improving a New Breed of Solar Cells

May 29, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

New Solar Cells

Solar-cell tech has advanced rapidly, as hundreds of groups around the world pursue more than two dozen approaches using different materials, technologies, and approaches to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Now a team at MIT has set a new record for the most efficient quantum-dot cells.[read more]

Report: Nearly 5,600 Clean Energy and Transportation Jobs Announced in Q1 2014

May 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Energy Jobs

Environmental Entrepreneurs reports that nearly 5,600 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced throughout the United States in the first quarter of 2014, which is a significant decline from the numbers from the previous two quarters.[read more]

Jobs: The Number One Word Clean Energy Advocates Should Be Using

Clean Energy and Jobs

Ads from the oil and gas industry with job-centric taglines are popping up all over D.C., implying that while renewables may have feel-good qualities, fossil fuels still power the economy and provide jobs. There’s just one problem: Clean energy does provide a lot of jobs, with the potential for many more.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Industry Workforce Requires 'All of the Above' Strategy Too

May 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Jobs Strategy

Energy companies including those operating in various stages of oil and gas development, utilities and other energy-related businesses face an imminent wave of retirements that have many working hard to smooth the transition into a new generation of employees.[read more]

Where Are Conservatives' Big Ideas About Clean Energy?

May 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Michael Liebreich penned an essay recently that outlined this intellectual conflict on the right: "Conservatives have allowed the left to claim ownership of the environment. The mistake has been implicitly to accept that protecting our environment is in opposition to a prosperous and free society."[read more]

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Winds of Change for Cleaner Energy and More Efficiency in Virginia, How Steep is the Uphill Struggle?

May 13, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Clean Energy and Efficiency Support in Virginia

“What’s amazing is the stranglehold the coal industry and Dominion Power have over Virginia’s political system,” said political commentator Lowell Feld. “It’s frustrating because there is huge potential for renewable energy in this state. These industries can hang for on a long time. It’s difficult to uproot them.”[read more]

White House Finally Goes Solar: Obama Preaches Efficiency and Jobs at Wal-Mart

May 12, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Obama and Solar Energy

President Obama recently announced commitments from hundreds of public and private companies and organizations including Home Depot, Ikea, Yahoo, Google, Lennar Homes and Goldman Sachs to push solar energy and energy efficiency. The commitments amount to 850 megawatts of solar power.[read more]