Climate Change and Clean Tech in Israel

January 12, 2010
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Israel is a small country of 7.5 million people with an oversized political and media footprint. It also has a growing carbon footprint problem on its current development path, as noted in the November 2009 McKinsey report on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Potential in Israel (the 5-page summary is in English, click here for full [...]

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Sustainable Energy: Perspectives from the US and Europe

January 8, 2010
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This is a reposting of a recent piece by Marie Shields, editor of the online magazine Power and Energy. The article includes a few comments of mine.
Generating more energy from renewable sources will be crucial to our survival: not just as individual countries, but as a planet. With this in mind, Marie Shields takes a [...]

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Unleashing Exxon’s Resources for Low-Carbon Fuels

December 17, 2009

UMass-Boston part of new international research project on corporate climate strategies
by David L. Levy
The transition to a global low-carbon economy will require the large-scale mobilization of financial, technological, and organizational resources. With government coffers depleted by the recession and bailouts, the vast majority of these resources will have to come from the private sector (see [...]

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Green Energy Investing For Beginners, Parts II and III:

November 21, 2009

How Much to Invest, Where, and the Risks
This is a second guest contribution by Tom Konrad Ph.D., CFA, an investment analyst and policy wonk specializing in clean energy.  This is an edited version of two articles that first appeared on AltEnergyStocks.com, where he blogs about investing.  He also writes about energy policy and economics on [...]

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Green Energy Investing For Beginners, Part I

November 9, 2009

Stocks, Mutual Funds, or ETFs?
This is a guest contribution by Tom Konrad Ph.D., CFA, an investment analyst and policy wonk specializing in clean energy.  This article first appeared on AltEnergyStocks.com, where he blogs about investing.  He also writes about energy policy and economics on Clean Energy Wonk. I’ve found AltEnergyStocks.com to have some of the [...]

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Clean Energy Competitiveness in a Global Economy

November 5, 2009

By David L. Levy
Concerns about the future of the US clean energy sector were heightened last week when John Rudolf ran a New York Times article describing plans for a 600-megawatt $1.5 billion wind farm in West Texas. With construction set to begin in March 2010, the wind farm will use 240 2.5MW turbines manufactured [...]

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Green Jobs Booming

October 27, 2009

But troubling outlook for manufacturing in the U.S.
by David L. Levy

Last week a student at our university sheepishly poked his head into my office and asked if I knew where the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC) was located, as he was interested in the new University of Massachusetts clean energy programs [...]

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Urgent Need for Clean Tech Project Finance – FT

August 22, 2009

by David L. Levy
The urgency of Daniel Goldman’s proposal to create a The Clean Energy Accelerator Corp. (see previous post) is reinforced by an article in the Financial Times today,  Cash Crunch Could Stain Clean Technology. Richard Waters writes that:
The lack of capital, however, is preventing many companies in the alternative energy world from reaching [...]

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The Clean Energy Accelerator Corp.

August 22, 2009

How to finance large scale low-carbon investment
This guest contribution is by Daniel Goldman, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of GreatPoint Energy and co-founder of the early stage investment group, Clean Energy Venture Group. He has managed and invested over $4bn in energy technologies and projects and is a vocal advocate of financial solutions [...]

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Back to Petroleum?

August 13, 2009

by David L. Levy
BP and Shell, the two giant British (and British-Dutch) oil companies, are both making a major strategic retreat from alternative energy and refocusing on their core oil and gas businesses. Ed Crooks has recently provided an insightful analysis of BP’s Back to Petroleum strategy in the Financial Times (also see also The [...]

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