THURSDAY, JUNE 6 2013



la CLEANTECH LA MEMBER NEWS
In less than a year, many of the towering cargo ships loading and unloading goods at California ports won't just tie up at dock - they'll also plug in. In January, the state will become the first government body in the world to require container fleets docking at its major ports to shut off their diesel engines and use electricity for 50 percent of their visits - or face crippling fines. The requirements also include slashing fleet emissions by half, and those requirements rise to 80 percent in 2020. More...

 

By one estimate, California scientists could lose $180 million in funding as automatic federal sequestration cuts start trickling down to local programs - more than anywhere else in the country. That doesn't bode well for advancements in stem cell research, space exploration or green technology, where California scientists are at the forefront of new discoveries. Some researchers said talented scientists may leave California. More...

 

Performing at an astounding rate against North American top university competitors, Cal State L.A.'s EcoCAR 2 team recently came home 2nd place overall in Year Two of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future collegiate engineering competition. The prestigious three-year engineering competition, sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy, consists of 15 North American universities working to modify a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu into a functioning hybrid vehicle. More...

 


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CLEANTECH POLICY NEWS
A proposal to ban plastic shopping bags in California went the way of so many plastic bags - into the trash - on Thursday when it failed to pass in the state Senate. Senate Bill 405 by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, would have prohibited retailers throughout the state from providing plastic shopping bags to consumers beginning in 2015. It also would have authorized stores to charge for paper bags. More... 

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a survey showing that $384 billion in improvements are needed for the nation's drinking water infrastructure through 2030 - with $44 billion of that needed in California - in order for the systems to continue to provide safe drinking water to Americans...California's $44.5 billion in estimated needs is broken down as follows: $26.7 billion for transmission and distribution, $2.5 billion for source improvements, $8.4 billion for treatment, $6 billion for storage and $325 million for various other improvements. More...

 

The Utility MACT rule, regional haze regulations, proposed endangered species protection for the lesser prairie chicken: All are the products of court settlement agreements between federal agencies and environmental groups. Republicans have dubbed the practice "sue and settle," wherein outside groups sue a government agency and then negotiate a settlement that sets rulemaking requirements. This week, two House panels will hold hearings on the issue, as part of a broader effort to pass legislation requiring more transparency during the process. More... 

 


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RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Lawrence Livermore scientists have discovered and demonstrated a new technique to remove and store atmospheric carbon dioxide while generating carbon-negative hydrogen and producing alkalinity, which can be used to offset ocean acidification. More...

 

America is not very creative when it comes to handling waste. Although recycling rates have improved dramatically over the last five decades as states have implemented requirements and consumers have become more aware, the U.S. is way behind leading European countries. This chart from the Center for American Progress shows how dramatically America differs from European countries that have gotten serious about recycling and turning their waste into energy. More...

 

Tesla will be tripling the number of its supercharger stations by the end of June, and by the end of the year, its expansion program will allow Tesla drivers to go from Los Angeles to New York, according to CEO Elon Musk. More...

 

The Energy Department [Friday] recognized the nation's first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine prototype off the coast of Castine, Maine. Led by the University of Maine, this project represents the first concrete-composite floating platform wind turbine to be deployed in the world-strengthening American leadership in innovative clean energy technologies that diversify the nation's energy mix with more clean, domestic energy sources. More...

 


financial
MARKETS & FINANCE NEWS
United Airlines on Tuesday announced it has committed to buy at least 15 million gallons of cleaner-burning renewable jet fuel from a Los Angeles-based refinery, marking a potentially major breakthrough in the commercial aviation industry's quest to pare carbon dioxide emissions. United is planning to use the advanced biofuel on flights out of its Los Angeles hub beginning next year. More... 

 

In 2009 and 2010, cash-strapped cities facing expensive environmental mandates for cleaning up sewer overflows snapped up a new type of taxable bond created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that appeared to offer them a cheaper way of complying. The Build America Bonds (BABs) were meant to lure private investors such as pension funds and life insurance companies that don't see much benefit from the tax-exempt status that municipal bonds typically carry. Taxable BABs offered an attractive higher interest rate for investors. And the federal government more than made up for these steeper costs to municipalities by offering to refund 35 percent of the interest paid. More...

 

Japan is set to overtake Germany as the world's largest solar market by annual installations this year as government incentives to encourage clean energy after the Fukushima nuclear crisis attract investment. Developers may install 6.9 gigawatts to 9.4 gigawatts of solar in 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Germany led solar installations in 2012 with 7.6 gigawatts of capacity. The outlook from Bloomberg New Energy Finance revises the lower end of a forecast by the London-based researcher, which earlier called for Japan to install 6.1 gigawatts to 9.4 gigawatts of capacity. Based on the most conservative estimates, BNEF previously said China would edge out Japan as the world's largest market this year. More...

 

What would it take to get you into an electric car today? Forced by state regulators to sell more zero-emission vehicles, automakers are tripping over each other to offer consumers rock-bottom lease deals. For the first time, electric vehicles are penciling out cheaper than their gas-powered counterparts. More...

 


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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AND TOP ANNOUNCEMENTSD

June 10, 2013. UCLA's Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC will present its technology on user friendly, grid friendly and parking friendly EV charging technology. More...

June 17, 2013.  The La Kretz Innovation Campus represents a major milestone in LA's emergence as a leader in the cleantech sector. Thanks to the leadership of the the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, CRA/LA, and Morton La Kretz, this 60,000 square foot facility will be home to the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, the LADWP Energy Efficiency Technology & Customer Engagement Centers, R&D labs, conference facilities, work force training facilities, and will become a critical hub for the region's cleantech ecosystem. More... 

June 20, 2013. Your company has already met the challenges of the highly competitive SBIR and/or STTR program. PortTech Los Angeles is now offering the assistance to prepare an effective Phase II proposal and commercialization plan. This workshop, presented by Tibbetts Award Advocate Dr. Marie Talnack, will provide you with the tools, techniques, plans and deliverables to meet the proposal requirements and the best practices to maximize your chance of winning an award. The Phase II workshop emphasizes developing the commercialization plan and access to resources to implement the plan. More...

June 30, 2013. The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference highlights cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnerships. This unique event is jointly organized by independent / private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California creating the opportunity for dialogue across institutions. More...

Deadline: July 1, 2013. Nominations are being accepted for the SCAQMD's Clean Air Awards, which serve to recognize companies, organizations and individuals who go above and beyond the call to help our region achieve clean air. More...

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

UCLA Smart & Grid-Friendly EV Charging Forum

June 10, 2013

Los Angeles CA 

 

 

La Kretz Innovation Campus Groundbreaking

June 17, 2013

Los Angeles, CA
 

 

SBIR Phase II Workshop

June 20, 2013

San Pedro, CA  

 

 

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

June 23, 2013

Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

 

 

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