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The Week in Green Energy: The Bankable Project

It’s a good news/bad news scenario right now for renewable project developers. Banks are finally funding projects, but accessing that cash is difficult. Banks are requiring a signed, long-term power purchase agreement with a large utility and a cash-rich, A-rated blue-chip backer. Fulfill these two requirements and bankers will crack open the vault! It’s a…

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The Alternative Agenda: Tony Hayward’s Comeback?

Hayward mapping out road to redemption with 3E Capital Former BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward is setting up an energy advisory business called 3E Capital, according to The Telegraph newspaper. Hayward is working with Deloitte, the accounting and consultancy house, to set up 3E Capital. Hayward was widely blamed for the bungled response to…

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GM Invests in Discreet Michigan Battery Developer

Sakti3, the Ann Arbor, Mich.,-based developer of� high performance lithium batteries for the automobile sector, has received a $4.2 million investment from General Motors Ventures and Itochu Technology Ventures.

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Japanese Companies Lead Cleantech Innovation Race

The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted some 271 clean energy patents during the third quarter of 2009, which is the highest amount of approved patents in a single quarter, according to the latest Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) compiled by law firm Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti. The index offers some indication…

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A123: Blue Chip VCs, Government Dollars, Key Ingredients for Successful IPO in Post- �Great Recession� Economy

A123′s Chrysler battery All eyes are on A123 Systems as the Watertown, Mass., battery maker and its advisers prep its much awaited initial public offering (IPO). The investment community views the A123 listing as a bellwether on investor appetite for: (1) cleantech stocks and (2) largely unproven early stage companies. How well that IPO does…

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