To yield better clean energy investments, let’s start asking the right questions

Venture capital investments in cleantech accounted for only 2% of total VC in the United States in 2015. That number is down from the cleantech and clean energy investment boom, and then bust, seen in the last decade. Is venture capital the wrong form of investment for clean energy, as some suggest? Or do we need to start asking the right questions? In industrialized settings, the conventional electricity generation supply chain goes something like this: extract a natural resource (such as oil, gas, coal, uranium, biomass, wind, sun, water), manufacture…

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Enabling entrepreneurs to alleviate India’s energy poverty

An estimated 360 million to 460 million people in India have little or no access to electricity. That’s roughly a third of the people in one of the world’s most populous countries, and more than the United States and Canada’s populations combined. In terms of these raw numbers, India suffers from the most extreme energy poverty in the world. As a basic lack of power is a major impediment to economic growth, the Indian government has articulated ambitious electrification goals to extend access to those people, many of whom live…

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Energy and Commerce Departments Announce Lab Partnership Opportunities for U.S. Small Businesses and Manufacturers

As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to drive clean energy innovation and boost American industrial competitiveness, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Dr. David Danielson today announced the launch of the Manufacturing Innovation through Energy and Commerce (MITEC) pilot in four states—Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. The program will provide small businesses access to the advanced tools, technology transfer expertise, and research capabilities of the Energy Department’s national laboratories and to the technical assistance and business development resources of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Hollings Manufacturing…

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