Thursday, May 6, 2010

Linkage: California Clean-Tech Comes of Age

A good sign for the new green economy comes from an analysis released Tuesday by Ernst & Young. Clean-tech investing improved in the first quarter thanks in large part to a couple of Southern California electric-car manufacturers -- Coda Automotive and Fisker Automotive.

But NorCal has SoCal beat overall with 28 clean-tech deals, compared to only 3 in SoCal. The San Francisco area is more diversified in their clean-tech investments, which range from solar panels to smart meters to lighting control systems.

My hope is that Los Angeles and the entire region looks beyond just electric vehicles to attract clean-tech companies and investments. Otherwise these investors will settle into Silicon Valley and the jobs will follow them there.

Clean-tech investment in first quarter of 2010 improves (LA Times)

More linkage:

Partially Completed SoCal Renewable Energy Transmission Project a Huge Deal (Earth Techling)

Vote: Where should a new football stadium in Los Angeles be located? (L.A. Business Journal)

High-Speed Rail Authority picks new CEO (The Source)

Manufacturers Hail Passage of Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (National Association of Manufacturers)

Tom Friedman: No Fooling Mother Nature (NY Times)

Interior Suspends Planned Virginia Offshore Oil and Gas Lease Sale (NY Times)

'End of Oil' author warns enviros not to exploit Gulf oil spill (Grist)

Transportation Bill Delay Seen Stretching into 2011 (The Journal of Commerce)

Affordable Solar Power with Purple Pokeberries? (Alternative Energy)

Can Americans' Car Dependence Be Changed? (Infrastructurist)

Must see: Hilarious environment slideshow on The Onion (The Onion)


Sierra Club rally and press conference on Gulf Coast Oil Disaster
Date: Tuesday, May 11
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
8770 Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035 

May is Bike Month! Click here for events in L.A., Glendale, Long Beach, Culver City and Pasadena (L.A. County Bicycle Coalition)

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