Expert Says Cleantech Investment Not Dependent on Copenhagen


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Investment in renewable energy could reach a record $200 billionworldwide in 2010 regardless of the outcome of climate talks inDenmark, New Energy Finance chair Michael Liebreich told Bloomberg News.

Liebreich,whose firm provides research into the clean energy sector, said privateand public spending on technology like solar panels and wind turbineswill rise about 50% from $130 billion in 2009, as companies like HongKong’s CLP Holdings Ltd and American Electric Power Co launchlarge-scale projects.

Government spending on green energy will more than double year onyear in 2010 to $60 billion said Liebreich, pointing to the U.S., Chinaand 10 other nations that have approved green energy stimulus fundingworth $177 billion over several years.

Joe Muscat, director of cleantech at New York-based Ernst & Young, told Bloomberg:
 
“Country by country, state by state, regulations will continue to spur demand independent of what might happen in Copenhagen.”