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Weekly Newsflash: Energy Storage Policy Strides & Wind Power Deployment Achievements

This week, energy storage policy, wind technology deployments, and the demand for energy-tech specific manufacturing programs were at the top of our energy and clean technology news feed! What cleantech news have you been reading? Share them with us @GreentownLabs!

Midwest Energy News : Q&A: A Venture Capitalist’s View on the Cleantech Economy

As managing partner of
DBL Venture Partners in San Francisco, Pfund helped fund such groundbreaking companies as SolarCity, Tesla, SpaceX and Pandora. The firm is especially interested in clean technology and sustainable products and services, ranging from investments in solar supply-chain producers to storage companies.

 

Cleantechnia : Global Offshore Wind Market Reached Nearly 12 GW in 2015

In a new report from global research firm Navigant Research analyzing the global offshore wind market, the total capacity figures by the end of 2015 for the global offshore wind market reached nearly 12 GW, thanks in part to the traditional leadership from European countries, as well as new countries developing their ambitions alongside actually supportive policy. 2015 was a record year for the offshore wind industry, with 3,755 MW of new offshore wind capacity coming online by the end of the year, up from only 955 MW in 2014.

Greentech Media : California Enacts 4 New Laws to Promote Energy Storage

Governor Jerry Brown signed four bills into law Monday to further develop and streamline the state’s storage market. They direct the California Public Utilities Commission to evaluate the role large-scale storage can play for the integration of renewable energy, create an independent body to resolve storage interconnection disputes, expand funding for the Self-Generation Incentive Program by $249 million, and urge the state’s three investor-owned utilities to invest in up to 500 megawatts of storage projects on top of the existing 1,325-megawatt procurement target.

 

Center for American Progress :  A Clean Energy Action Plan for the United States

Several developments have fundamentally shifted the nation’s energy outlook: falling technology costs; forward-leaning policies enacted by federal, state, local, and tribal governments; investments in new infrastructure; advances in energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development; and a newly minted international agreement to tackle climate change.

 

North American Wind Power : The Falling Prices and Climbing Deployment of Five Clean Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new report that highlights the accelerated deployment of five clean energy technologies: wind turbines, solar technology for both utility-scale and distributed PV, electric vehicles (EVs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

 

NYU News : Two Cleantech Startups Win Urban Future Competition Admission

The winners of the Urban Future Competition were announced by the Urban Future Lab at NYU Tandon during Greentech Media’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) conference. Winners Fentrend and TagUp each will be awarded $25,000; admission into the city’s premier cleantech incubator, ACRE at the Urban Future Lab; and exclusive mentor meetings with industry partners and sponsors. The winners also had the opportunity to pitch their businesses to potential funders at last night’s REV Future 2016 conference.

 

Times Union : Millennials in Manufacturing Focus of Business Education Breakfast at Cleantech ECHS (Early College High School)

Area business leaders, partners, workforce stakeholders, civic leaders, students, teachers, school counselors, and administrators are invited for a complimentary breakfast to celebrate Manufacturing Week at TEC-SMART by joining us for an exciting discussion with young professionals who are making an impact in manufacturing. The panel includes representatives from NYSERDA, Applied Robotics, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Simmons Machine Tool Corporation. During the discussion we will explore how the next generation of manufacturers can prepare for new opportunities and challenges in the manufacturing sector.

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