First Wind, A123, Metabolix, EnerNOC, Digital Lumens, Harvest Power and Konarka are all featured in this week’s links. Meanwhile, the battle over RGGI in NH continues, and Washington turns back to energy policy in the face of gas prices.


New England Clean Energy Council & Sponsor/Member News:

First Wind forms new co. to operate NE wind farms | Boston Business Journal

Innovation in Electric Vehicle Technology? Easy as A123 | DOE Blog

Berke is back at Konarka, solar material start-up in Lowell Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe

Kleiner Perkins’ Waste-to-Energy Play, Harvest Power, Bets $150M on Turning Compost Into Natural Gas | Xconomy

Digital Lumens expanding to Europe with LED tech | Boston Business Journal

A123 appoints former Ford exec as CFO | Boston Business Journal

EnerNOC up on first-quarter results – The Boston Globe

Metabolix wins $6M grant for bioproducts and fuels | Boston Business Journal


Blog Highlights:

Help Them Help You: Getting to Know the Cleantech Workforce Development Community – Kevin Doyle

The Smart Grid Will Be Inside-Out – Rob Day


More from New England’s clean energy cluster:

Biomass ousted from Mass. renewable energy portfolio – Mass High Tech

Portland, ME to save 50,000 gallons of oil a year with geothermal heating and cooling | Grist

SustainX blows open funding round to add $5.6M – Mass High Tech

West Coast firm to buy Varian Semiconductor for $4.9B – Mass High Tech

Joule gains access to 1,200 acres in New Mexico | Boston Business Journal

Nstar proposes lower electricity supply rate –

Bowles, Giudice, Mohta, Keough join to form Rhumb Line, new consulting firm – Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe

CEOs rank Mass. among 10 ‘worst’ states to do business | Boston Business Journal

MIT Combines Waste Heat Tech With Solar : Greentech Media



RGGI must be repealed, not watered down – Fosters

Regional energy pact is a matter of security | Concord Monitor [RGGI]

RGGI: Emissions amendment tempers plan | Concord Monitor


Outside the cluster:

The Top 10 Solar States –

Clean-tech venture capital jumps 54% in first quarter 2011 L.A. Times

Solar Rises on the East Coast – GigaOM

Bill Gates Puts His Money and Mouth Behind Nuclear Power – The Atlantic

LEED To Embrace Demand Response – GigaOM

Feds scale back area for wind development –

Josh Prueher: Let the Market Pay for Renewable Energy –

For ARPA-E research, questions over what next – CNET


In Washington…

Fight Over Ethanol Subsidies Heats Up – WSJ

Sen. Bingaman eyes committee vote on clean-energy agency – The Hill

GOP bill would merge EPA, DOE – Politico

House Republicans form energy coalition – The Hill


On gas prices…

Senator pitches tax-free gas accounts – The Hill

Senate to take up bill on ending tax breaks for oil firms next week – The Hill

Oil drilling legislation: House passes measure to expand offshore drilling – Los Angeles Times



Profile of Collins & Snowe: Maine senators may not like each other much, but they share love of state, job – The Washington Post




Walter Frick

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

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