The Week in Cleantech: May 14 to May 18 – Is Energy Efficiency Heating Up?

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The Week in Cleantech is a weekly roundup of our favorite cleantech and alt energy blog posts and stories from across the web. If you know of a good piece that you think should be included here, don’t hesitate to let us know! This week, we particularly liked… On Tuesday, Rob Day at Cleantech Investing debunked the “cleantech bubble” myth for us. An interesting and fresh look at the issue of whether or not cleantech is getting too hot for its own good. On Wednesday, Adena DeMonte at Red Herring discussed an interesting energy storage funding deal. Large-scale energy storage aimed at smoothing out supply-demand imbalances in electricity grids is receiving a fair bit of attention from utilities, and it is therefore area that I am keeping a very close eye on. On Wednesday, Tyler Hamilton at Clean Break told us about the upcoming RuggedCom IPO. Energy efficiency and smart-grid solutions are two areas we continue to believe will present great investment opportunities in the near and medium term. On Wednesday, Kevin Bullis at Technology Review informed us that it may soon be possible to make cheaper, cleaner ethanol from biotech corn. Cellulosic ethanol meets conventional corn-based ethanol. On Wednesday, Dallas Kachan at Inside Greentech rode the marine power wave with Roger Bedard for us. Wave power has been in the news a fair of late, as the first commercial projects in the US are about to get underway. Yet one more area I would recommend keeping on eye on… On Friday, Ilkka Luukkonen At Red Herring informed us that EnerNOC was having a stellar debut on the NASDAQ. We’ve written about EnerNOC in the past, and I probably don’t need to remind you that energy efficiency looks fundamentally very solid to us.

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