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Clean Energy Markets: Looking for Leapfrogs

May 26, 2015 by Alex Trembath

Clean Energy Capacity

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report on energy demand in emerging markets. The report offers encouraging data on supplies and investments. But by cherry-picking their case studies and making strange analytical conclusions, Pew paints a selective and flawed picture of electrification in poor countries.[read more]

How Today's 'Low-Carbon' Investors are Financing Tomorrow's 'Negative-Carbon' Investments

May 7, 2015 by Noah Deich

Carbon Mitigation and Investment

In 2014, investors allocated $310 billion in capital to clean energy projects according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, making up a significant portion of the $1.5 trillion in total global investment in energy supply as estimated by the International Energy Association.[read more]

Modest Wave of VC Funding Rolls In for Cleantech

April 18, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

It's too early to call it a rebound in cleantech venture capital. That might take an entire generation to fix itself. But, in the meantime, there's been a small surge of venture capital funding of cleantech companies in the last few weeks. Here's a quick roundup.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Why a Successful Cleantech Venture Capitalist Tripled Down on the Sector [PODCAST]

March 23, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Cleantech Investment and Growth

Nancy Pfund, the founder of DBL Investors, has supported some of the most successful modern clean energy companies, including Tesla, SolarCity, PowerLight and BrightSource. And unlike many other firms, DBL isn’t backing down from some of the riskier, more capital-intensive investments.[read more]

Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition: Labor, Faith, Consumer, Business, and Green Agreement

February 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Illinois Clean Jobs

In Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's first State of the State address he outlined Illinois' grave economic position and highlighted a desire to make the state more competitive and create jobs. The same day, a new coalition was announced that could help make his wish come true: the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition.[read more]

The Power of Student Energy Entrepreneurs

February 9, 2015 by Scott Burger

Entrepreneurship in the energy industry is alive and well, but strong entrepreneurial ecosystems are key to encouraging and sustaining innovation. While cleantech investing has taken quite a hit in recent years, there are trends that suggest hope for a low-carbon future are far from gone.[read more]

What Fenix International's Investment Says About Solar Beyond the Grid in 2015

February 4, 2015 by Justin Guay

Beyond the Grid Solar Investment

We're only one month into 2015 and it already looks like it'll be a wild ride when it comes to investment in solar energy beyond the grid. I say that because I recently sat down with a private equity investor who has been interested in beyond the grid solar markets for years.[read more]

Cleantech Venture Capital: Why Are These Investors Smiling?

January 8, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Cleantech Venture Capital Investment

I'm going to suggest that cleantech venture capital, measured by societal impact, has been a success in 2014 and over the last few years. For the moment, I'm not going to allow conventional wisdom to intrude, and I'm going to ignore the smoking craters where most cleantech VC funds and startups once stood.[read more]


The Year Ahead: 2015 Trends in Cleantech

December 22, 2014 by Jason Brown

Looking Forward in Cleantech

As we reach the end of 2014, our thoughts naturally turn to what 2015 might bring. In the cleantech industry, in particular, there exists a lot of questions regarding the future year. So here is a look forward at potential trends in the cleantech industry in 2015 from a selection of industry experts.[read more]

Galvanize Foreign Direct Investment in U.S. Clean Energy

December 22, 2014 by Devashree Saha

Cleantech and Foreign Support

The United States has made great strides in developing its clean energy sector. Clean energy investment reached $36.7 billion in 2013, increasing by nearly 250 percent since 2004. Despite the gains, the United States will need to continue investing. Where will this investment come from?[read more]

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of CO2 Utilization

November 14, 2014 by Noah Deich

CO2 Utilization

The concept of CO2 utilization goes something like this: instead of releasing CO2 into the atmosphere through industrial processes, we could instead capture CO2 from smokestacks (and/or the ambient atmosphere) and use this CO2 to manufacture carbon-based products.[read more]

My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

July 18, 2014 by Scott Edward Anderson

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]

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]

Opinion: EPA Acknowledges CCS Potential but Fails to Create Right Investment Incentives

June 11, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

CCS and the EPA

In general, when discussing global progress on climate change the ideas often floated have two starting points: They either propose a carbon tax on emissions – meaning that a price is basically set for the extraction as well as the burning of fossil fuels – or they set the level of admissible emissions.[read more]

Smart Investors, Not VCs, Are Funding Growth-Stage Cleantech Startups

June 11, 2014 by Rob Day

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote up an analysis of early-stage cleantech venture rounds so far this year. I came away with the conclusion that very little was happening, except for in cases where a startup could perhaps be considered "cleantech" but was actually funded for entirely different reasons.[read more]