Big news comes with the NStar and Northeast Utilities merger and what that means for clean energy in MA. Council President Peter Rothstein gave an interview on the Fox25 Morning Show. New member Liquid Metal Battery Corporation is highlighted in MHT, A123 is spreading good news and GreatPoint’s investment from China will likely trend this weekend. FY 2013 budget talk from Washington as well.

 

New England Clean Energy Council & Sponsor/Member News:

Konarka’s Next Generation Organic Photovoltaic Cells Awarded World’s First OPV Certification From TUV Rhineland

MIT Advances Liquid Battery Technology – Mass High Tech

Batteries to Rival Gas Peaker Plants by 2016, A123 CEO Says – Bloomberg

Report: GreatPoint Energy Grabs $420M from Chinese Investor – Xconomy

China, U.S. Start-Up Team in Coal-Conversion Deal - Wall Street Journal

 

Blog Highlights:

Energy Leaders Breakfast Club 1.3 – Corporate Sustainability and the “Clean Web”

On-Bill Repayment (OBR) for Energy Efficiency Upgrades – Will California Lead the Way?

Gov. Patrick on GCA: No Rollback on My Watch

 

NSTAR and Northeast Utilities Merger

NSTAR and Northeast Utilities Reach Comprehensive Merger-Related Agreements with Massachusetts DOER and Massachusetts Attorney General – NSTAR’s Press Release (PDF)

NECEC’s Official Statement on the Merger

Peter Rothstein on the Fox25 Morning Show – Fox25 (video)

Mass. officials: Northeast Utilities, NStar agree to buy wind farm power in merger – Washington Post

The Big Story – The NSTAR-Northeast Merger – Boston Globe

Patrick: NStar to buy Cape Wind energy in merger deal – Boston Herald

 

More from the Cluster

MassCEC Launches Solarize Massachusetts Program to Spur Solar Development – MassCEC

Cape Wind Gets a Big Break As Wind’s Tax Break Gets Stopped – Greentech Media

Cap-and-trade is working, analysts say – WWLP 22 News, Springfield, MA

State’s largest electric utilities refile merger proposal – WCAX Vermont

 

Outside the cluster:

U.S. to Share Cautionary Tale of Trade Secret Theft With Chinese Official – New York Times

Top U.S. Business Executives Join Leadership of Advanced Energy Economy - Advanced Energy Economy

Charlie Bass Introduces Legislation to Spur Innovations in Energy Efficiency – Press Release from Cong. Bass

There is No Cleantech Venture Bust, Sorry Wired – BostInno

 

Federal Budget for FY 2013:

DOE Budget for FY 2013 – Department of Energy

DOE EERE Congressional Budget Request (PDF)

Energy and Environment Highlights in the President’s FY 2013 Budget – Council of State Governments Knowledge Center

 

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Abbey Strauss

Abbey is the Senior Associate, Program & Communications at the New England Clean Energy Council.

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