The week began with a very exciting announcement: the launch of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), with NECEC as a founding chapter, and CEN merging into the new organization. Be sure to read the press releases. There were also, unfortunately, a series of negative news articles about the clean energy industry this week.


New England Clean Energy Council & Sponsor/Member News:

NECEC Joins Advanced Energy Economy

CEN Boston Merges with New England Clean Energy Council

A123, Japan’s IHI form $25M battery tech licensing deal

CSG’s Steve Cowell Defends Weatherization, Promotes Qualified Contractors

CSG Names Cindy Johnson, Lisa Ludwig to Vice President Posts


Blog Highlights:

We Need Sensible Wind Siting Reform – Peter Rothstein & Francis Pullaro (originally an op-ed at Cape Cod Times)

Get Involved – Rob Day



An unfortunate series of negative industry stories:

A Gold Rush of Subsidies in the Search for Clean Energy – (rebuttal here)

Clean-tech firms lose luster – Business – The Boston Globe

Before Solyndra, a long history of failed government energy projects – The Washington Post (rebuttal here)

Big bets on solar company aren’t paying off for taxpayers | Detroit Free Press


Outside the cluster:

Solar is getting cheaper, but how far can it go? – The Washington Post

Never-Used Tax Credit Could Jumpstart U.S. Offshore Wind Energy—if Renewed | InsideClimate News

Energy Costs to Rise ‘Viciously’ Without Atomic Power, IEA Says (more on this from Michael Levi)

As Wind Energy Use Grows, Utilities Seek to Stabilize Power Grid –

U.S. and China on Brink of Trade War Over Solar Power Industry -

White House agrees to hand over Solyndra documents to GOP - The Hill’s E2-Wire

Coal Project Hits Snag as a Partner Backs Off -



Brown bill would let startups ‘crowdfund’ a round up to $1M – Boston Business Journal



Walter Frick

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

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