U-Launch (a partnership between the Council and multiple other org’s) announced its first round of awards to startups this week, and make sure to check out Peter Rothstein’s op-ed at The Hill’s blog on budgets for energy innovation. AMSC, Spire, Metabolix, NSTAR and more made news, and, of course, Japan’s unfolding nuclear crisis has been causing lots of discussion.

 

New England Clean Energy Council & Sponsor/Member News:

Clean energy innovation: An investment in the future – Peter Rothstein, Clean Energy Council President, at The Hill

Cleantech startups land U-Launch grants | Boston Business Journal

American Superconductor to make $265M acquisition | Boston Business Journal

NSTAR Sponsors MIT Clean Energy Prize to Advance Clean Energy Innovation (release)

Spire to supply solar panel equipment for Ga. factory | Boston Business Journal

Metabolix lands new bioplastic customers – Mass High Tech

Cleantech venture capital in 2015 – Rob Day at Greentech Media

 

More from New England’s clean energy cluster:

Esty plans to make Connecticut a model of environment and energy – NewsTimes

The job ahead of us – Sen. Scott Brown’s Boston Globe op-ed

Massachusetts Governor Firms Up Ties With Israel’s Cleantech Superpowers | Green Prophet

CT Innovations Invests $600K in Intelligent Clearing Network Inc. as Part of a $1M Funding Round (release)

Vermont Nuclear Plant Gets Federal Approval to Keep Running – NYTimes.com

Evergreen plant closing drives $400M Q4 loss – Mass High Tech

Mass., Conn. see dip in solar system installs – Mass High Tech

Stealthy fuel cell startup Encite raises $650K – Mass High Tech

 

Japan & Nuclear Links:

Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise – NYTimes.com

Clean-Energy Companies Jump for Second Day After Japanese Atomic Accident – Bloomberg

Congress stakes out nuclear positions – Politico

Germany to shut down pre-1980 nuclear plants | Reuters

Japan’s Impact on U.S. Nuclear Power – Michael Levi, CFR

Japan’s Nuclear Crisis – NYT Room for Debate

 

Outside the cluster:

U.S. Better Prepared for Surging Gas Prices – NYTimes.com

Democrats Provide a Counteroffer to GOP Cuts on Energy and Climate – NYTimes.com

Senate Democrats Propose Across-the-Board Cuts in Energy Innovation Budgets – Breakthrough Institute

Inspector Faults Energy Department Over Loan Program – NYTimes.com

California May Start Carbon Trade Without Allies, Chief Says – Bloomberg

House Panel Votes to Strip E.P.A. of Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases – NYTimes.com

Solazyme Files for IPO : Greentech Media

China to launch energy cap-and-trade trials in green push | Reuters

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel pledges to make Chicago a clean energy nucleus

Solar, Wind, and Biofuels Global Markets Surge 35 Percent to $188.1 Billion in 2010 – Clean Edge

Microsoft Moving Into Building Management, Demand Response : Greentech Media

 

Resources:

National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces – National Academies

 

Bonus:

How Google is thinking about energy innovation policy

Rand Paul Blames Energy Department for Faulty Toilets, Among Other Things – NYTimes.com

The Road To Carbon Tax – Matt Yglesias argues the merits of a carbon tax as deficit reduction measure

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Walter Frick

Walter is a former Communications Manager at the New England Clean Energy Council.

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