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How to Attract Private Investment in Clean Energy

June 11 -- Like a fresh wind setting in motion the blades of a giant turbine, a new idea for encouraging the development of clean energy has blown into the U.S. Congress. It is to allow renewable-energy companies to form master limited partnerships, a business structure that has long worked to attract investment capital to the oil and gas industry. Legislation in the Senate has support from Republicans and Democrats alike, not to mention the White House. We think it’s a neat idea, too. >>View Article


The business case for wind power: Opinion

June 11 -- People sometimes ask why an Internet company like Google has chosen to invest in the Atlantic Wind Connection — a multi-billion-dollar electric transmission “backbone” designed to carry power from offshore wind farms. The answer is simple: At Google, we believe investing in renewable energy makes business sense. >>View Article

Join Us: 2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition Finals

June 11 -- Tune in on this Tuesday and Wednesday (June 11-12) for coverage of the 2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. Now in its second year, the initiative is inspiring university teams across the country to create new businesses to commercialize promising energy technologies developed at U.S. universities and national labs. >>View Article



What's the Future of Electric Cars?

June 10 -- Is Tesla a one-off triumph, or does it signal more successes with the nascent electric-car industry? Nine years ahead of schedule, Tesla paid off its entire $465 million government loan that the Energy Department awarded it in 2010. Supporters of clean energy are touting its achievements as evidence the government's loan-guarantee program can help nascent innovative technologies succeed. But other companies invested in the electric-car industry that have received federal dollars have not fared as well. They are Fisker Automotive and the company formerly called A123Systems (now B456 Systems), which have both received government support and have since gone bankrupt. >>View Article

Deepwater offshore wind: A giant step forward

June 10 -- For more than four centuries, Maine has led the way in conquering the sea, from building the great sailing vessels of the past to the most advanced ships in the world today. Our state is again leading the world by turning the powerful offshore winds in the Gulf of Maine into a new era of clean, renewable energy and economic opportunity and jobs. >>View Article

Blowing hot and cold

June 10 -- Energy subsidies have a long history. Governments often argue they are necessary to promote new energies during early developmental stages—think of NASA’s funding for photovoltaics. In America, support like this goes back all the way to land grants for timber extraction in the 1800s. There have been tariffs to support coal, preferential tax treatment for oil and gas, loan guarantees for nuclear power, and so on. >>View Article


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