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Are Venture Capitalists Conservative?

In response to my post Why Venture Capital Isn’t Embracing CleanTech, frequent commenter BreathOnTheWind asks, “Craig, you seem to have a good sense of the pulse of the VC world. Would you say as a group they tend to be

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My Hat Is Off To Dr. Cheryl Martin of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy

I was honored to meet Dr. Cheryl Martin, deputy director of ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy at the CleanTechLA event yesterday.  As I pointed out when I introduced myself, she and I have at least two contacts in common:

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President Obama Tackles Climate Change in Inaugural Address

Just when I was starting to wonder if the subject of climate change would ever come up again in U.S. politics, President Obama makes a huge deal of it in his second inaugural address.  This is a good thing, and

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Investors in Clean Energy: A Different Breed

Here’s a report of macro-trends observed by venture capital giant Kleiner Perkins. To me, the most noteworthy thing about it is the concept that Kleiner managing partner Ray Lane explained in a conversation he and I had in his office

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Thanks to Ray Lane For His Contribution to “Is Renewable Really Doable?”

I’ve had the pleasure of bumping into Ray Lane at numerous industry conferences, and have been lucky enough to hear him speak on subjects that include the financing of renewables and electric transportation. I was thrilled when he accepted my

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Should Government Pick Winners and Losers in Energy Technology?

Should Government Pick Winners?

For those of you who, like me, watch very little commercial news television, here’s a sample of reporting to consumers on the energy industry. This happens to concern Solyndra – a debacle that’s thrown a cold swimming pool of water

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Externalities of the Oil Industry — Great Comments

Fossil Fuel Externalities

There have been some fantastic comments to my piece on the externalities of fossil fuels the other day.  I encourage folks to check out the response of frequent blogger Cameron Atwood in particular, to whom I reply: Unfortunately, this corporatocracy

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Interview with Kleiner Perkins’ Ray Lane on Renewable Energy Investments

Ray Lane

I’m on my way up north for a few meetings in the Bay Area, the first of which is an interview with Ray Lane, Managing Partner of Kleiner Perkins, the legendary venture capital fund. Ray has generously consented to let

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China — Helping to Bring in Wind Power

Landzhou, China

What’s not to like about a $1.5 billion wind project covering 36,000-acre and generating the power for 180,000 homes in western Texas? For one, it rubs our nose in the fact that China is one of many countries that out-invests

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The "Business of Plugging In" Conference – Continued

Detroit

I marvel at how different the 2009 “Business of Plugging In” conference was in comparison to a number of the other shows I’ve attended recently on renewable energy and electric transportation. Perhaps most obvious was the attention on job creation

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