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Paris Bicycle Program Promotes Clean Commuting

In Environment, Sustainable on October 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Paris Bike Rental ProgramBy Halima Aquino, Bolton Hill Consulting, Ltd.

Terrific best practice- Just returned from Paris- there are rental bike kiosks throughout the city. You can use a credit card to rent a bike and return it at any kiosk in the city. 1st half hour is free to promote commuting. Some people ride half an hour to the next kiosk and return the 1st bike to get a second one…the French take great pride in circumventing the “system”. However, the program is actually working whether the commuter pays some money or none at all. A bike rider is taking up less space on the road, has no exhaust fumes, leaves more room for parking and reduces traffic congestion. Improved fitness is also a likely side goal for the bicyclist. See picture.  Paris also closes large streets to traffic on Sundays for bikes and roller blades. Personally- I love bike riding for short leisure trips as well as long-distance and competitive events such as triathlons. I recently started using the defined paths in Baltimore this past summer to see how well I could commute in traffic. The paths are getting better but the are uneven. Pot holes are a serious problem. So are angry and distracted motorists- but that’s a discussion for another time. I’d like to see this Parisian best practice implemented in U.S. cities.

(Originally posted on Marc Steiner’s Facebook page)

BGE unveils $500M smart grid program aimed to trim customers’ bills – Baltimore Business Journal:

In Energy on July 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Reprinted from
Baltimore Business Journal – by Scott Dance Staff

BG&E unveiled plans Monday for a smart grid program that it says will take as much demand off the electric grid as a new power plant, but at far lower cost.

The utility is planning to install 2 million “smart” electric meters in its customers’ homes and businesses. The meters will help the customers reduce their energy consumption at times of peak demand, and the utility will give the customers rebates in return.

The program will cost $500 million — a bill customers will foot through a surcharge of a few dollars a month for businesses and an average of $1.24 per month for residential customers. BGE is also seeking $200 million through the U.S. Department of Energy and federal economic stimulus package to reduce those surcharges.

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VC fundraising hits 7-year low – Washington Business Journal:

In Venture Capital on July 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm

VC fundraising hits 7-year low – Washington Business Journal:.

VC fundraising hits 7-year low – Washington Business Journal The recession caught up with venture capitalists. The firms raised $1.7 billion in the 2Q ’09, the lowest quarterly raise in > 7 years. Only 25 firms reported raising money nationally, (Thomson Reuters & the National Venture Capital Association). The $1.7 billion raised in 2Q of 2009 < 1/5 of the 2008 2Q total of $9.3B when 82 firms raised money.

Path to $3B in Stimulus Funds Revealed to Renewable Energy Developers |

In cleantech, Energy, entrepreneur, Environment, greentech, investment, Sustainable, Technology, technology transfer on July 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm

By Tilde Herrera, ClimateBiz
Published July 10, 2009

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Energy and Treasury departments released eagerly awaited guidance Thursday to help renewable energy project developers apply for roughly $3 billion in stimulus funds, which experts say will open the market to many technologies that weren’t economically feasible before.

The departments released the guidance, terms of conditions and a sample application, although applications won’t be accepted until next month. The rules is a major step that will spur private sector investment in clean energy and move the U.S. closer to President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling renewable energy capacity in three years, according to Matt Rogers, a Department of Energy (DOE) senior advisor charged with implementing ARRA funding.

“By getting these rules out there and making it clear how to apply we’re hoping this will bring that private capital back from the sidelines and into the market quickly,” Rogers said during a conference call with reporters Thursday.

The tax grants will offset between 10 percent and 30 percent of the project’s cost, depending on the technology type. Construction must begin by the end of 2010 and the projects must be placed into service by 2017 at the latest for certain types of technologies. The Treasury Department expects the program will benefit some 5,000 projects, and seems ready to boost funding from an estimated $3 billion if demand warrants an increase.

Credit termination date and credit percentage, by project type
Courtesy of Energy and Treasury departments

Under this temporary program, developers who previously qualified for the production tax credit can now opt for the investment tax credit, which is based on the cost of the project, not the amount of electricity to be generated. Those eligible to claim the investment tax credit may then elect to receive a direct payment, rather than having the credit paid over 10 years and based on the amount of electricity generated. Cash grant recipients must agree to give up future tax credits.

New Report Showcases 50 Most Promising Nordic Cleantech Companies

In cleantech, entrepreneur, greentech, Sustainable, Technology on July 8, 2009 at 1:33 pm

New report showcases 50 most promising Nordic cleantech companies

Uncertain financial climate a concern but not a barrier to innovation in the region, applicants say

COPENHAGEN, April 30, 2009 – The Cleantech Group™, LLC, founders of the cleantech sector and providers of leading global market research and financial services for the cleantech ecosystem, in partnership with Cleantech Scandinavia, the leading Nordic network of investors in cleantech, today released a first ever report identifying 50 leading cleantech companies in the Nordic market. The report, sponsored by leading Nordic VC firms BankInvest, Energy Capital Management, Eqvitec Partners, Northzone Ventures, and Sustainable Technologies Fund, identifies key representatives of Nordic excellence in Cleantech innovation, as well as outlining the driving sectors and key concerns facing this emerging region.

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A talk with Dean Kamen |

In entrepreneur, Science on July 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm

A talk with serial innovator Dean Kamen | | MassDevice – Feature.

July 8, 2009 by Brian Johnson

The inventor of the DEKA arm, the iBOT, the Segway (and others) on healthcare reform, the contrast between the pace of innovation and its adoption by society and how he’d like to be remembered.

Dean Kamen is rarely at a loss for words. In fact, the man is rarely at a loss for anything.

At a recent conference at Boston University, Kamen, 58, took up more than triple his allotted time for a keynote speech

But what else would you expect from the man who, in his spare time, decided to create a “Super Bowl of Science,” because he was tired of seeing pro athletes treated as kings while more and more American kids rejected science outright. Kamen’s pet project, “FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” once held in his Manchester mill building, is now held annually in a packed Georgia Dome; every winning team gets to visit the president of the United States.

Red Herring Global VCs 2009~Finalists

In Venture Capital on July 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Red Herring Global VCs 2009~Finalists.


Red Herring has made the first in the three steps in coming up with the World’s Top 100 Venture Capital firms. First, we are releasing the best 200 performers from over 30 nations from 1,800 candidates that have all invested in two or more technology companies in the past five years. Subsequent to this announcement we will cut the pool of 200 finalists down to the Top 100 winners, and soon after we will then provide an individual ranking of each of the Top 100.

Nanopillar Solar Cells

In cleantech, Energy, entrepreneur, greentech, Science, Sustainable, technology transfer on July 6, 2009 at 10:01 am

Nanopillar Solar Cells. Researchers @ UC Berkeley made a new kind of solar cell by growing an array of upright nanoscale pillars on aluminum foil. The design could lead to solar cells that cost less than conventional silicon photovoltaics & the technique used to make the cells could be adapted to make rolls of flexible panels on thin aluminum foil, cutting manufacturing costs.

KPCB – Greentech Portfolio Companies

In cleantech, Energy, entrepreneur, Environment, greentech, investment, Sustainable, Technology, technology transfer, Venture Capital on July 5, 2009 at 9:43 pm

KPCB Greentech companies: Altarock Energy Inc, Altra Biofuels, Amyris Biotechnologies, Ausra, Bloom Energy, Fisker Automotive, GreatPoint Energy, Hara Software, Lehigh Technologies, Lilliputian Systems, Mascoma Corporation, Miasole, RecycleBank, RPX Corporation, Silver Spring Networks, Inc., Verdiem

Vinod Khosla: ‘It’s about main tech, not clean tech’ | Videos on ZDNet

In angel Investor, cleantech, Energy, entrepreneur, greentech, investment, maintech, Science, Sustainable, Technology, Venture Capital on July 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Vinod Khosla: ‘It’s about main tech, not clean tech’ | Videos on ZDNet. At the AlwaysOn GoingGreen conference in Sausalito, Calif., Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures offers his views on environmental challenges facing the world and how clean tech needs to deliver real results. He also criticizes the current green movement as more about style than substance. -less