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NSBA: It's Not Easy Being Green

A new report from the National Small Business Association (NSBA) profiles a handful of small firms developing new clean energy technologies--and outlines the challenges they face. Beyond the technological obstacles navigated by every innovative firm in the industry, as well continued uncertainty over the national and global economies, the authors argue that the profiled firms were challenged by the lack of a national energy policy.

on November 21, 2011
Category:  Energy  Environment 
On the Road to Clean Energy

To become a global competitor in the burgeoning clean energy industry, the United States must reform policies and practices all along the innovation pipeline, from research and development to deployment and adoption. That’s according to a report the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released recently at the Global Cleantech Open Ideas Competition, which was held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

on November 29, 2010
Category:  Energy 
When Politicians Can't Be Entrepreneurial, Entrepreneurs Must Be Political

Guest post by Byron Kennard

Is DC defunct? It sure seems that way. Just about everybody is bemoaning Washington’s dysfunctional political system. According to a recent Rasmussen Poll, 73 percent of respondents consider the system “broken.”  Only 15 percent think it workable. Fifteen percent?!  Louis XVI had higher public approval ratings on the day the Bastille fell. What’s next? A guillotine installed on Lafayette Square?

on September 20, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Energy 
Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Revived

Eliminated by the previous administration, the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) will soon reemerge.  The U.S. Department of Energy announced recently plans to reestablished SEAB under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Serving as an independent advisory committee to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the twelve-member board is comprised of scientists, business executives, academics and former government officials.


on August 16, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment  Capitol Hill 
Combing the World for Cleantech Entrepreneurs

This year has brought a lot of productive give-and-take of ideas on clean energy innovation by people around the world who saw opportunity rather than doom in the combination of environmental and financial challenges. Last May, for example, I joined over 140 participants from all...

on July 25, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Conference Highlights Upcoming Focus on Cleantech

The National Cleantech Open Conference took place in San Jose last week, headlined by the Under Secretary of Energy, Dr. Kristina Johnson. Dr. Johnson spoke of the importance of innovation within the cleantech industry and announced a Department of Energy grant of $122 million over five years to...

on July 23, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Achieving Our Energy Innovation Goals
At a meeting of national energy industry innovators in Omaha last week, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released a report summarizing the discussion and recommendations made at the Energy Innovation Conference held at the White House last month. The report outlines a number of specific recommendations... [More]
on June 21, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Can Cleantech Put the US Back to Work?
That's the question that will be on everyone's mind at the National Cleantech Open Conference on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in San Jose, California.Dr. Kristina Johnson, the Under Secretary of Energy, and Ron Gonen, CEO of RecycleBank will keynote the event, discussing the economy, jobs... [More]
on June 21, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Combating Climate Change: How Entrepreneurs Are Doing What Congress Can't or Won't

Guest post by Byron Kennard "Historically, when environmentalists see a problem, their reaction is to regulate it," says Mark Clevey, a clean technology guru who has helped dozens of green small businesses in Michigan get off the ground. "When entrepreneurs see a problem, their reaction is...

on June 07, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Accelerating Energy Innovation

President Obama has made it a priority to address one of America’s greatest challenges, meeting energy demand in a sustainable way by transforming the ways we produce and consume energy. He assembled a team that could help him in this task, such as science adviser...

on June 07, 2010
Category:  Energy  Technology Transfer 
The ARPA-E Innovation Summit
From March 1st-3rd, policymakers, thought leaders, award winners and investors gathered in Washington, DC for the first ARPA-E Innovation Summit. Secretary Chu announced that the third round of ARPA-E funding of $100 million will be made available to accelerate innovation in three new areas for... [More]
on March 04, 2010
Category:  Energy  General 
New Online ‘Energy Innovation Network’
The Kauffman Foundation has launched an online “Energy Innovation Network” to help close the gap between energy innovations and increasing consumer demand. The clean energy industry is taking an ever-increasing role in jump-starting the economy and creating new jobs; more than $80 billion has already been... [More]
on March 01, 2010
Category:  Energy 
Watch Governors Explore Ways to Spur Startups and Clean Technology
Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Governors from across the country will gather at the Kauffman Foundation to explore ways to build their economy by spurring clean energy entrepreneurship. You have an opportunity to watch a live webcast at 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST. The webcast... [More]
on February 23, 2010
Category:  Energy  General 
Early Career Scientists to Receive Funding to Support Research

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that 69 scientists from across the nation will receive up to $85 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for five-year research grants. This effort is part of DOE’s new Early Career Research...

on January 19, 2010
Category:  Energy  General  Technology Transfer 
Hotspots for Cleantech
As everyone continues to look to cleantech as a hot industry for the coming year, what are the best places to be to capitalize on the trend? A recent post from the Cleantech Group ranked the top universities, while an earlier post looked at the... [More]
on January 11, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment  Technology Transfer 
Energy Innovation Summit to Highlight ARPA-E Research Projects
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu recently announced that the inaugural "ARPA-EEnergy Innovation Summit" will take place March 1-3, 2010 at the GaylordNational Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, DC.  The event willserve as a forum for members of the scientific and research communities,investors, technology... [More]
on January 11, 2010
Category:  Energy 
U.S. Gives Green Light to Green Tech Patents
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced last week that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has put in place a new pilot program that will fast-track the review of green technology patents. To be eligible for the expedited review, the patents must materially contribute... [More]
on December 17, 2009
Category:  Energy  General 
Recovery Act Funds for Small Business Clean Energy Innovation
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that more than $18 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will support small business’s ability to compete in the clean energy economy. These funds will target clean energy R&D, with an emphasis on near-term... [More]
on December 03, 2009
Category:  Energy 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Senate Energy and Natural Resources - Full Committee HearingHearings to examine policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.10:00 amDirksen Senate Office Building, Rm 366 [more info]   [More]
on November 30, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Energy 
Clean Tech Job Trends
A new report from Clean Edge highlights clean-tech employment trends in the U.S. and globally. Clean Tech Job Trends 2009 is an analysis of how clean-tech jobs are changing the face of industry, where the hotbeds of growth exist, and whether current clean-tech salaries are... [More]
on October 15, 2009
Category:  Energy  Environment 
An Emerging National Innovation Strategy
While President Obama has said a lot of the right things about innovation and entrepreneurship, a number have pointed to a disconnect between those words and the actions and policies emerging from the Administration. Earlier today, the president again addressed the topic from Hudson Valley... [More]
on September 21, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
NSBA on Small Business Energy Efficiency
The National Small Business Association (NSBA) released a new report on energy efficiency, “On-Bill Financing:  Helping Small Business Reduce Emissions and Energy Use While Improving Profitability.” The report argues that small business could collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 259 million tons each year if... [More]
on September 21, 2009
Category:  Energy  General 
Entrepreneurs As a Solution to Policy Challenges
In the past few months, we have highlighted through articles and factsheets how public policy can make the path easier for entrepreneurship and innovation. With the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, we hope to emphasize not only how policies can foster entrepreneurs, but also how entrepreneurship can directly be part of... [More]
on September 07, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  General  Global  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Liability Litigation  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Tax Code  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Is a Green Boom Coming?
A recently released report explores how entrepreneurial small business are combating the recession, creating new jobs and economic growth, and tackling energy and environmental challenges through a technological and cultural revolution.The report, Small Wonders, predicts that clean energy innovations will lead to a "green entrepreneurial... [More]
on July 06, 2009
Category:  Energy 
Cap-and-Trade Moves to the Senate
Recently, the House of Representatives narrowly voted (219 to 212) in favor of the gargantuan H. R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, sponsored by Representatives Henry Waxman of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts. At the heart of this over 1,200-page legislation... [More]
on July 01, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Energy 
Cap and Trade Not Enough
PDE staff were on hand earlier this week for a panel discussion held by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) on Capitol Hill. Our report of the event--Is Cap and Trade Enough? Why Reducing Emissions Depends on Technology Innovation Panel Discussion--follows:The Information Technology and... [More]
on June 12, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Energy 
The Future of Clean Energy Technology
I recently participated in a congressional retreat hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Kauffman Foundation on front line innovations in the clean energy sector. The science at work on that campus is inspiring and reassuring, which is why I wanted to touch... [More]
on June 01, 2009
Category:  Energy 
Economic Stimulus and Small Business
What do the new economic stimulus measures mean for America’s small business owners? A new e-book from MyVenturePad.com takes a closer look.The report provides three perspectives on what the changing world of Washington may mean for small business owners. With billions of dollars in new... [More]
on May 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Health Care  Tax Code  Workforce 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 -- Committee HearingHouse Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment"Pushing the Efficiency Envelope: R&D for High-Performance Buildings, Industries and Consumers"Time -- 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. Location -- 2318 Rayburn House Office Building[more info] Wednesday, April 29, 2009 --... [More]
on April 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  Global  Technology Transfer 
Will We See a Revolution in Energy Technology?
Today the world celebrates Earth Day. This year, advocates of policies to contain climate change probably see hope in the increased federal funding for energy R&D coming from the stimulus bill and this year’s budget.  Charles Weiss (Georgetown University) and William B. Bonvillian (MIT) remind us... [More]
on April 22, 2009
Category:  Energy  Environment  Technology Transfer 
The 2009 Clean Tech Open
A group of California-based entrepreneurs are getting very serious about building a new green economy. They’ve recently announced a major expansion of the Clean Tech Open, a four-year old business plan competition that has supported innovation in California’s Clean Tech sector.This year’s Open has expanded... [More]
on March 30, 2009
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Greening Our Economy
Some have predicted that cleantech will be the next dot-com boom. That is a possibility, but involvement from the federal government is tricky.  Here is the lead: Making what is urgently needed consistent with what is needed for the long-term is not a bad idea. The... [More]
on February 02, 2009
Category:  Energy  Environment 

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