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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Federal Funding Awarded to Washington-Based Utilities

Posted in Natural Resources and Environment, Renewable Energy, Tax and Tax Stimulus, Technology

By Jane Kaufman Snohomish County PUD is Washington’s second largest public utility and has been very active in the green space for some time. It has a number of green programs and installed one of Snohomish County’s largest solar systems at its headquarters. With $15.8 million in funding recently awarded to it under the American… Continue Reading

Kerry-Boxer Climate Change Bill Includes Forest and Ag Provisions that May Reward Existing Carbon Sequestration

Posted in Green Building, Legislation, Natural Resources and Environment

No one should hold their breath, but climate change legislation is beginning to move in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a comprehensive climate change bill last July, but it has been “resting” in the Senate, while the Senate grapples with health care reform. President Obama’s hope for a bill to be… Continue Reading

BPA to Expand Transmission Grid

Posted in Renewable Energy, Sustainable Business, Technology

The two thousand pound gorilla of Northwest energy is the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) which markets more than a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest. Recently BPA announced plans to construct a new, major (500 kilovolt) transmission line along the I-5 corridor from Castle Rock, Washington to Troutdale, Oregon. BPA needs to boost… Continue Reading

Green Tech Incentives – Bringing Order to the Confusion – The Sequel

Posted in Capital and Funding, Tax and Tax Stimulus, Technology

In a prior blog, we provided a chart of Federal tax incentives relating to green technologies. See “Green Tech Incentives – Bringing Order to the Confusion.” Several readers commented that they found the chart to be very helpful in sorting out the confusing array of available tax incentives. Being a sucker for praise, we decided… Continue Reading

Green Technology and Patents; Part One

Posted in Intellectual Property, Sustainable Business, Technology

Despite an overall dip in U.S. patent application filings as a function of the recession, “Green Technology” patent applications have been notably resilient. The incentives in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act- 2009 have already stimulated investment money for technology related to renewable energy (e.g. $13 billion to companies in the form of tax credits… Continue Reading

You’ve Heard of Barcelona — How About Masdar?

Posted in Green Building, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Business

While the CleanTech Open recently celebrated the potential of Northwest companies with ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges [see yesterday’s post by Zach Hiatt], it is interesting from time to time to see what is going on in these arenas in other parts of the world. Barcelona and Abu Dhabi… Continue Reading

Congratulations To The Pacific Northwest CleanTech Open Winners

Posted in Capital and Funding, Entrepreneurs, Sustainable Business, Technology

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Awards Gala for the inaugural Pacific Northwest edition of the CleanTech Open. I was extremely impressed and inspired by what I saw. From the exciting innovations of the contestants to Governor Christine Gregoire’s keynote address, to the organization and breadth of the CleanTech Open itself, the evening… Continue Reading