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Mass. at 2d place in US in clean tech ranking

June 5 -- A commitment to energy efficiency, success in attracting private investment, and state policies that support alternative energy sources have helped Massachusetts develop one of the nation’s leading clean technology industries, according to a study released Tuesday. >>View Article

US agency fuels local clean tech companies

June 5 -- As private investors shy away from new energy technologies that require millions of dollars and many years to commercialize, Massachusetts companies are getting much-needed infusions of capital from a little-known federal agency modeled after a Defense Department program that developed the Internet and GPS technology. >>View Article

US opens first bid for offshore wind energy

June 5 -- The race to harness the power of North Atlantic winds is on. On Tuesday the Interior Department unveiled plans for the nation's first auction of offshore wind leases. It's more good news for the US wind industry, which installed a record amount of capacity in 2012, and received a one-year extension on the federal tax credits driving much of the industry's growth. >>View Article

Tesla was not in fact worse than Solyndra, I argue on TV

June 4 -- Last week, Scott Woolley published a piece in Slate with the headline, “Tesla was worse than Solyndra.” It argued that the U.S. government, by not insisting that its loan be repaid in part with stock options, left money on the table when Tesla broke big — more money than it lost in the Solyndra deal. Thus, “worse than Solyndra.” >>View Article

Tesla Stock Today Looking A Lot Like General Motors In 1915

June 4 -- One of the hottest, if not the hottest, stock stories in the market today has been Tesla Motors TSLA +2.69% (TSLA), the brainchild of Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal who has also resurrected the private space industry with his SpaceX venture. Musk has also been compared to such icons and visionaries of American industry as Steve Jobs or Henry Ford, but what we find most interesting about Tesla is how it compares to General Motors GM +1.74% (GM) back in 1915, a company that succeeded in taking the nascent U.S. auto industry to a new level with its introduction of the production V-8 engine, a major development at the time. >>View Article

Solar power: Sun shines on developing photovoltaic industry

June 4 -- The first six months of 2013 have not been the most dazzling for the world’s solar industry.  First came news that solar superpower Germany was looking at paring back the generous subsidy system that has helped it build more than 32 gigawatts of installed solar photovoltaic capacity – nearly a third of the global total and more than any other country. >>View Article

U.S. Approves 520 Megawatts of Solar, Geothermal Energy Projects

June 4 -- The U.S. approved three renewable-energy projects to be built on federal land in Arizona and Nevada.  The two solar farms and one geothermal project will total 520 megawatts of capacity, enough to power more than 200,000 homes, the U.S. Interior Department today in a statement on its website. Costs weren’t disclosed and the expected power customers weren’t named. >>View Article

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