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Colorado Moves to the Front of the Clean Energy Race

Only California has a higher Renewable Energy Standard (RES) thanColorado after the State Senate there recently voted to increase theamount of energy generated from renewable sources to 30% by 2020.  Colorado has decided that being part of the clean energy revolutionbeginning to sweep the globe is the most rational way forward for theState.  "Coloradowill continue


Clear Skies Ahead For Colorado Clean Energy

Colorado’s commitment to clean energy may soon be second only toCalifornia’s. Late on Friday, the Colorado Senate passed a bill thatwould increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 30percent by 2020–California’s RPS is a neck ahead at 33 percent.Governor Bill Ritter is expected to sign the bill if/when the Housepasses it through with some


How China is Developing its Clean Energy Economy

Yesterday on March 4, my colleagues and I finally released this long-awaited report “Outof the Running?  How Germany, Spain, and China Are Seizing the EnergyOpportunity and Why the United States Risks Getting Left Behind” As the title implies,it is a survey of how three countries with very different politicaleconomies are each adopting comprehensive policies to

DOE Loans for Clean (maybe), Renewable (or not) Energy

From the Department of Energy, some good news and some bad news for renewable energy advocates. First, the good news: The DOE released a list today of the dozenprojects currently participating in the Department’s energy loanprograms. The loans and guarantees total more $19 billion and will“create or save” 50,000 jobs, according to DOE figures. So,


Need For Clean Energy Policy Still Strong

Those in the clean energy industry continue to play the waiting gamein the policy arena.  The question remains as what type of, if any,energy and climate change legislation will be put into action in the USin 2010.  I put my own spin on things this week, heavily relying onEnergyBoom’s archives.  So, if you are trying to


Clean Energy Debate Hurdles Facing U.S. and Arizona

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States recentlyoverturned campaign finance laws. This encourages more direct spendingby corporations, unions and other special interest groups, andcomplicates the clean energy debate facing the U.S. The Supreme Courtruling removes restrictions for federal campaign financing from thesespecial interest groups and gives them the same rights to

Deutsche Bank and NASDAQ OMX Introduce Clean Tech Index

DB Climate Change Advisors (DBCCA), the climate change investment and research business of Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management business, and The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) recently introduced the DB NASDAQ OMX Clean Tech Index (DBCC). The index is an accurate, real-time representation of the globalclean technology sector, including clean energy, energy efficiency,transport, waste management and

The Top Five Cities for Clean Energy Jobs

Clean energy jobs continue to make inroads in the U.S. economy. Growth in these jobs was a robust 9.1 percent between 1998 and 2007 compared to 3.7 percent overall, and in January President Obama promised $2.3 billion in Recovery Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Creditsfor clean-energy manufacturing projects nationwide that will createtens of thousands of


Global Investments in Clean Energy Fell Less than Expected in 2009

The economic downturn caused a decrease in clean energy investmentsduring 2009, according to several studies. However, booming investmentsin Asia, particularly in China’s wind power, meant that globalinvestments in clean energy remained stronger than expected. New worldwide clean energy investment totaled US$145 billion in2009, down 6.5% from the record 2008 annual figure of US$155 billion,according to

Clean Tech Law: Pros and Cons of the B Corp

For those of you who are unfamiliar with B Corporations (B Corp), B Corp is a certification designed by B Lab, a non-profit third party auditor. According to B Corporation: “B Corporations are a new type of corporation which usesthe power of business to solve social and environmental problems. BCorporations are unlike traditional responsible businesses


Bill Gates Wants Clean, Cheap Energy Fast

BillGates wants clean, cheap energy more than he wants to pick the next 50years worth of presidents, even more than he wants a miracle vaccine.   At least that’s how he ranked his number one wish while describingclimate change as the world’s greatest challenge to a rapt audience atthe TED conference last week. Just weeks

Financing Clean Energy Projects

The energy revolution needed to shift the world’s energy economyfrom fossil fuels to clean energy and reverse the road to run calledclimate change is not proceeding as planned.  Too little is happeningand it is happening too slowly. One reason: lack of access to finance. A determined stand on helping moredeveloping and transition economies obtain easier