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Resetting the Clean Energy Federal Agenda - NECEC DC Fly-In, December 11-12, 2012

Resetting the Clean Energy Federal Agenda – NECEC DC Fly-In, December 11-12, 2012

In the midst of the current lame duck-debate on the federal budget fiscal cliff, clean energy issues are very much on the table.  With a Production Tax Credit on the verge of expiring, with threats to the most valuable areas of the clean energy federal budget in ARPA-E and DOE EERE, and with 2013 proposals...

NECEC’s 2012 DC Fly-In

This week, NECEC, several of its regional counterparts—including several chapters of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), of which NECEC is the New England chapter—and over twenty executives convened in Washington DC to advocate for clean energy in the lame-duck session and during the next Congress. Clean energy supporters from New England, California, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, and...

ARPA-E Passes U.S. House; Good News for NE Innovation Programs

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the FY2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which includes the budget for Department of Energy (DOE) clean energy innovation programs, including ARPA-E, which is the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy. The Mulvaney Amendment, which sought to make a $3.1 million cut to all accounts in the bill,...
The Complicated Energy Innovation Challenge

The Complicated Energy Innovation Challenge

The Energy industry  abounds with unique and often conflicting interests. Incumbent players have little incentive to change the status quo because of enormous capital investments in infrastructure, production capacity, and supply chains. Fortunately, scientists and entrepreneurs continue to face these challenges head on, charging ahead to lead a revolution that will be won in incremental...
Is cheap, clean AND secure energy possible?

Is cheap, clean AND secure energy possible?

(This post originally appeared at The Energy Collective.) David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and current blogger for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, is among the more thoughtful conservative commentators. (Full disclosure – I had the pleasure and privilege of writing for his now defunct blog, FrumForum.com.) Nevertheless, Frum is sadly mistaken in his recent piece...
With Nstar Deal, State gets Jobs and Economic Growth

With Nstar Deal, State gets Jobs and Economic Growth

(This op-ed originally appeared at The Podium by the Boston Globe.) Governor Patrick’s recently announced merger deal between Northeast Utilities and Nstar does more than just protect against rate increases for years to come – it enhances the state’s national leadership in the clean energy innovation economy and positions us for the key benefits from...

Senate Appropriations Support ARPA-E

Good news from the Senate Appropriations Committee: ARPA-E funding was expanded over FY2011, and most other DOE clean energy innovation was not cut.

Cut Waste, Keep ARPA-E

A newly released report titled "Green Scissors 2011" aims to highlight government spending that is both wasteful and environmentally damaging, but misses the mark badly on ARPA-E.
Innovation: The Key to Unlocking America's (Clean Tech) Potential

Innovation: The Key to Unlocking America’s (Clean Tech) Potential

Innovation is when Invention solves a Problem (ideally at sufficient scale to create a sustainable and high impact solution).

Weekly Links 4-29-11

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.
U.S. Clean Tech Industry At A Crossroads

U.S. Clean Tech Industry At A Crossroads

In digesting the important questions that Mitch Tyson outlined in the Energy Leaders Forum’s first post, it struck me that these questions represent a collection of the (mostly) non-technical barriers to the success of the clean tech sector, and define the obstacles we must overcome as we face two possible futures: One leads to rapidly...
2011 Budget Deal: What Impact on Energy?

2011 Budget Deal: What Impact on Energy?

I'll try to collect analysis and responses on what the new budget deal means for clean energy, but for now I wanted to share this summary from Politico's Morning Energy. My understanding is that ARPA-E received significant funding but I'll post more on that when I track down public sources.