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A T.R.I. for carbon emissions?

Rob Day: March 14, 2009, 11:04 AM
Perhaps I'm just a hopeless policy wonk, but I was very excited to see the news that the EPA has proposed that major sources of carbon emissions should have to report what and how much they put out their smokestacks. Information is an undervalued but critically important regulatory tool.  If information gathering and reporting programs are well-designed, they can drive powerful market forces at minimal costs, with maximum flexibility. When policy pundits talk about regulating a pollutant like carbon emissions, what you hear most of the time are arguments for either "market-based" regulations (like cap-and-trade or carbon tax) or "command-and-control" regulations (like "best...

Catching up on a month of cleantech dealflow

Rob Day: March 14, 2009, 10:06 AM
Even in this economy, cleantech deals keep happening.  We're way behind on mentioning them here, so here's a catch-up of sorts:
  • ChapDrive AS, a Norwegian wind turbine transmission startup, has raised an EUR 6mm round of financing.  Existing investors NorthZone Ventures, Hafslund Venture and Energy Capital Management, and new investors StatoilHydro and Innovation Norway provided the funding.