Next Step Living, Spire, and Beacon Power all made news. Dan Esty and Michael Porter sparked debate on all sides with a call for a carbon tax in The New York Times, DC is debating fossil fuel subsidies in light of gas prices, and much more.

 

New England Clean Energy Council & Sponsor/Member News:

Next Step Living launches $2.75M round – Mass High Tech

Spire building solar power system for Western Mass. school – Mass High Tech

ARPA-E Is Poised to Put Products on the Grid – NYTimes.com (mention of General Compression)

Cleantech-focused funds take over as general VCs back off cleantech – Mass High Tech (includes interview with Peter Rothstein & mention of Black Coral Capital)

Beacon Power gets OK to spend DOE dollars on energy storage plant – Mass High Tech

 

Blog Highlights:

Jim Cabot of Rasky Baerlein shares an inspiring video of youthful reverse-NIMBYism

An interview with EnerNOC’s Gregg Dixon on green marketing

 

More from New England’s clean energy cluster:

Vermont Yankee plant’s owner must honor its own promises – The Boston Globe

MA Rep. Keenan’s proposed budget amendments bid clean energy goodbye | Conservation Law Foundation

GT Solar wins $94M solar tech order – Mass High Tech

GT Solar nabs $219M LED tech order – Mass High Tech

Slew of bills target growing wind power industry — Maine Politics — Bangor Daily News

Republican gas tax plan is just a gimmick | Concord Monitor

NH Senate considers repealing cap-and-trade – Boston.com

Tech sector lifts Mass. economy to start ’11 – The Boston Globe

Evergreen Solar reports huge drop in panel shipments | Boston Business Journal

WiTricity Scores Deal with Toyota | Xconomy

New incubators focus on cleantech plays ready to manufacture – Mass High Tech

CT Energy co-chairs try to revive tiered electric generation tax | The Connecticut Mirror

 

Outside the cluster:

Michael Porter and Dan Esty call for a carbon tax…

Pain at the Pump? Try a Charge on Carbon Emissions – NYTimes.com (Michael Porter & Dan Esty)

Critical response to Esty & Porter’s piece by Michael Levi of CFR

Esty op-ed on long-held idea prompts fresh GOP indignation | The Connecticut Mirror

 

On gas prices…

Harry Reid wants Senate vote on oil incentives Politico

Obama, wary of high gas prices, takes aim at Big Oil | Reuters

GOP Budget Chairman Ryan shows support for ending oil subsidies – The Hill

Boehner rejects oil-subsidy vote – TheHill.com

 

And much more…

Newt Gingrich vs. Paul Ryan: Republicans Split Over Research Spending – WSJ.com

EIA Budget Deal Casualties – Michael Levi, CFR

Democrats decry cuts to EIA – The Hill

Total Bids $1.4 Billion for Control of SunPower – NYTimes.com

Google: renewable energy is long-term effort | Reuters

Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn Takes Helm of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE); Dan Reicher Becomes Chairman of ACORE Board of Directors | ACORE

 

Resources:

The Breakthrough Institute: Know Your Heritage: The Heritage Foundation’s Incoherent Attack On Public Investment in Energy Innovation

MIT Energy Initiative | The Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Summary Report 2011

 

Bonus:

On tax repatriation: Companies lobbying for tax holiday on overseas money – The Washington Post

Compare this NIMYBism to this video and consider the implications of age on acceptance of change.

Water tech cluster could help launch new companies on Cape Cod – Mass High Tech

 

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Walter Frick

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

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