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Published Monday, January 4, 2010

Here’s another hurdle for the carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) market (where carbon emitted during power generation is collected and stored): Research firm ABI says that the price of carbon on emissions trading markets needs to hit $40 per ton of CO2 for CCS to “attain true commercial status.” Ruh-roh. Carbon prices recently took a major dive after the Copenhagen climate summit failed to send strong signals to investors that international governments would set aggressive emissions reductions.

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Published Friday, January 1, 2010

While the articles that drove the most clicks this year were a combo of lists and FAQs, we know our loyal readers came back on a daily basis to check out our solid reporting, our trend-spotting, our startup profiles and our scoops. We worked hard in 2009 to cover the entrepreneurs and innovators of green technology and we’ll work even harder in 2010. Happy New Year’s!

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Published Thursday, December 31, 2009

Alternative-energy companies not only compete with each other, they also compete in a sense with oil firms. While it’s easy to overstate the inverse relationship that oil prices have with the demand for and investment in green companies, it’s also helpful to keep an eye on them.

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Published Thursday, December 31, 2009

Americans love the idea of the neatly packaged product, even when it comes to clean power — biofuels, wind and nuclear all come in modular “in-a-box” sizes. In that same vein, Helios Solar, a 2-year-old startup based in Denver, Colorado, has announced that its SunCube is now on-sale, and will be ready for installation in the Spring of 2010.

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Published Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last January, VentureBeat ran a story listing 30 electric car companies poised to make a splash over the next couple of years. That post went on to become one of the most popular in the history of this web site, racking up 189 comments.

Today, we bring you a redux of that article — but instead of a list of all of the companies with an EV in a works, here’s a rundown of 21 companies were strong and focused enough to make progress toward something realistic this year.

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Published Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Here's a quick look at Venture Capital investment in Greentech over the last year.  We'll dive into the details next week.
VC investment in green technologies totaled $4.85 billion in 356 deals in 2009. Although the dollar total is down from 2008’s $7.6 billion, the number of deals total actually exceeded last year’s total. 

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Published Tuesday, December 29, 2009

PacificLakePalo Alto, Calif.-based venture capital firm Pacific Lake Partners is still looking to raise $35 million for a rather interesting new fund. The fund will specifically target young entrepreneurs looking to buy and turn around other people’s startups — a fairly uncommon approach for investors.

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Published Monday, December 28, 2009

In a generally bleak employment picture, the green jobs sector is growing faster than any other. By 2007, a Pew Charitable Trusts report on the Clean Energy Economy counted 770,000 jobs in all 50 states that met the "double bottom line" of economic growth and environmental sustainability. Clean energy economy jobs grew by 9.1% between 1998 and 2007, compared to just 3.7% in overall job growth in those years (before the markets crashed). Venture capital investment -- thin on the ground throughout the economy now -- totaled $12.6 billion in the clean tech sector between 2006 and 2009.

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