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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by

The increasing integration of intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar onto the grid has the potential to negatively impact overall electric reliability. Utilities and regulators at the state and federal level have promoted a number of pilots to explore new grid storage technologies, including flow batteries, compressed air energy storage, and flywheels. However, the benefits to the grid straddle jurisdictional boundaries between generation, transmission, and distribution. How should storage be paid for and by whom? What will be the public reaction in terms of siting, permitting, and local NIMBY resistance? How big a role can storage ultimately play in achieving renewable energy mandates, such as California’s 2020 RPS?

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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by
The U.S. has subsidized rooftop solar PV primarily through a combination of federal tax incentives and utility-administered programs. At the same time, Germany, Japan, and Spain have all achieved explosive growth in their renewable energy markets in recent years through Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs), where a government policy directly sets the subsidy price to eligible consumers. Many are now advocating that the FiT model should be applied in the U.S. Others are questioning what impact it would have in the market and whether the structure of incentives leads to different technology choices by consumers.
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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by
Cleantech is a new sector that lacks a history of serial entrepreneurship and experienced angel investors that can help coach and fund young companies. With insufficient private capital going to seed funding in the current market, young companies are seeking strategies to get them to the point of venture readiness. Challenges and opportunities for commercializing promising new energy technologies may be hiding in government, corporate and academic research labs. In addition, public sector may play an important role in innovation beyond funding of basic research — through ARPA-E and stimulus programs — and in filling the funding gap for cleantech start-ups at the earliest seed stage.
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Observation Deck
April 01, 2010 Posted by
In response to the severe market disruption to the economy two years ago, the Federal Reserve created multiple liquidity programs aimed at stabilizing the financial system. Since then, market conditions have improved and the Fed is now tasked with implementing a strategy to normalize monetary policy.
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Quarterly Economic Report
April 01, 2010 Posted by
In recent weeks we have seen interest rates on the rise some 20 percent or more! Of course, that’s only about 20 basis points in the front end, but many believe this indicates a market gearing up for interest rate increases.
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Observation Deck
March 01, 2010 Posted by
What a difference a stimulus makes. As we entered this global recession/credit crisis a few years ago, governments around the world came up with plans to support their banking systems and stimulate growth in their respective economies.
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Cleantech
February 25, 2010 Posted by

Much has been written and spoken about the 2009 Recovery Act and the largesse bestowed upon the Department of Energy (DOE) to stimulate the renewable energy and cleantech sectors. So how are they doing? Depending on your perspective, there is a broad range of answers. Based on an allocation of $36.7 billion from the Ac

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Cleantech
February 25, 2010 Posted by
Electric vehicles (EV) have been a large segment for venture investment the last few quarters. Many governments, including the US, are making major commitments to EV development. At SVB we have also seen a number of startups of the two
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Technology
February 08, 2010 Posted by

Crisis gives birth to innovation. The proverb proves always true in the world of technology. As companies search for ways to power through the present economic downturn, the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model has gained even more momentum.

Businesses in many industries and geographies have applied this service delivery model to a variety of business processes and achieved great success. By using a commercial vendor to develop the software, host its operation and provide Internet-based access and application support to customers, companies are able to reduce the cost of procuring and maintaining enterprise software applications.

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Life Science; Venture Capital
February 04, 2010 Posted by

Silicon Valley Bank’s Michael Hanewich, head of life sciences on the East Coast, leads an hour long conversation between entrepreneur John Mendlein, chairman of Fate Therapeutics and former CEO of Adnexus (acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb in 2007 for more

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