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  • Why Dow 20,000 Is So Boring?
    The financial media cannot stop tweeting about the possibility of Dow Jones Index breaching the 20,000 mark. Rising stocks boost public confidence and sense of affluence. Yet, for the broad population …
  • Ivanpah – A Sad Postscript
    Sadly, my worst fears about the Ivanpah’s projects under-performance came true (see the blog “Operational Hiccups at Ivanpah”).  The project owners BrightSource, Google, and NRG have requested financi …
  • Operational Hiccups at Ivanpah Solar Worry Me
    The world’s largest solar thermal facility was brightly unveiled to the American Public in Ivanpah, CA by the U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on February 13.  The project, designed and sponsored by …
  • Energy Productivity is Key to Profits and Growth
    “If energy efficiency improved by 2% a year, the entire global population at the turn of this century could live at the American standard of living with less energy than we use today.”  Dr. Richard Mu …
  • Electric Cars – Are the Savings Real?
    The government website Energy.gov contends that it costs about 3 times less to drive an electric vehicle.  An eGallon costs $1.22 versus $3.56 for a gallon of gas.I’m not convinced.  I’d rather drive …
  • Technology is Not Enough – A Parable
    Every day, I see hundreds of cars moving.  Why do the cars move? A simple question like unlocks a series of esoteric thoughts to a physicist like me.  Generations of scientific discoveries help us und …
  • Urgent: Seeking Collaboration between Green Think Tanks and Investors
    The push for carbon trading is losing steam and the environmental groups are trying to figure out their next move.  At the same time, the green investors seeking federal grants for their solar/battery …
  • Rewarding Private Investors at Public Cost
    Vinod Khosla wrote a feisty defense for Range Fuels in the Wall Street today.  He argues that the government provides hidden subsidies to the fossil fuel industry that tilt the playing field in favor …
  • What's Wrong with Cleantech VC?
    An informative and thought provoking presentation from @Ventures.What's Wrong With Cleantech VCView more presentations from CleantechVC. (tags: greentech alternative)
  • Playing the Cleantech Roulette
    If you want an insight into the investment thesis of the current Cleantech venture investors, I recommend the following quote from a leading investor:"There are many such things going on that are …