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Coal: ‘Clean’ or Otherwise, Get Used to It

William Brent: March 13, 2009, 10:01 AM
I know this POV will upset some folks, but here goes: Coal isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s cheap, plentiful and easy to access, so we better start figuring out how to use it in a cleaner way. Of course there is no such thing as “clean coal??? (as I’ve noted on my blog several times in the past). For that matter, there is no such thing as 100 percent clean solar or clean batteries (someone is out there right now extracting silicon, cadmium and lithium from the ground). But there is something as “cleaner??? coal. Don’t get me wrong – I think it’s important that people like Al Gore, Bill McKibben and the folks at Power Shift are out there demanding that the...

A Smart Grid Opportunity for the Little Guy

Michael Kanellos: March 13, 2009, 7:25 AM
Smart Grid is shaping up, to some degree, as a multibillion dollar industry dominated by fifteen customers. Right now, the utilities mostly hold the keys. Relatively young Silver Spring Networks has contracts that could reach into the billion dollar range, but a huge bulk of that cash will come from one entity -- Pacific Gas & Electric. The danger is that the industry could evolve into something like the film industry or the NFL. Those that get chosen for a part or in the draft reap millions. Everyone else gets a job at a sports bar. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Trinity Ventures partner Marco DeMiroz. The key here is the customer support desk. For smart meters to...

EPA to Give Out $297M for Water and Wastewater Projects

Ucilia Wang: March 13, 2009, 7:01 AM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is starting to give out money from the $787 billion federal stimulus plan: Four states will receive a combined $297 million for clean water and wastewater treatment projects.

The EPA said Thursday the money will go to existing programs called the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Tribal Clean Water & Drinking Water Set-Aside programs.

Alaska is set to get $43 million, Idaho $39 million, Oregon $73 million and Washington $111 million. American Indian tribes in Alaska will get $27 million. Another $4.4 million will go to tribes in the Pacific Northwest.

The states are to use the money to provide...