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Thursday, May 24, 2007

More Green IPO's in Pipeline

Its a green summer - with several other green IPO's in the pipeline
Clean Energy Fuels Corp.(NASDAQ:CLNE) leading provider of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. http://www.cleanenergyfuels.com/main.html


Clean Energy Fuels Corp. IPO info - closing bids today- May 24th pricing between $13 and $17
http://www.wrhambrecht.com/ind/auctions/openipo/clne/index.html

Also underway- Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd ( proposed New York Stock Exchange symbol YGE ) and LDK Solar Co. Ltd have filed IPOs

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Another cleantech IPO winner

On Friday May 18th - EnerNOC, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENOC) announced pricing of its IPO of 3,750,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $26.00 per share. Today, Wednesday May 23, the stock is trading at $ 35.97. Who says you can't make money going green?

EnerNOC, Inc. is a developer/ provider of clean power solutions to commercial, institutional, and industrial customers, as well as electric power grid operators and utilities. EnerNOC's technology-enabled demand response and energy management solutions help optimize the balance of electric supply and demand

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Sign of the Times - New York Taxis Go Hybrid

When New York City Taxis go green- it tells you its not a statement to look politically correct- its just the right thing to do . Current environmental action is not a PR trend - its a real shift in the economy and a sign of things to come . We have to go green - high energy prices and global warming combined tell us we have no other option .
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has set a goal to have New York city taxis switch to hybrids entirely in the next five years. There are currently 13,000 cabs that need to replaced over the next five years

Monday, May 14, 2007

Yahoo Issues "Greenest City in America" Challenge with Reward of Hybrid Taxi Fleet

Yahoo! Issues "Greenest City in America" Challenge with Reward of Hybrid Taxi Fleet

Matt Dillon and Global Green USA join in effort to "Be a Better Planet;"
Coincides with introduction of Yahoo! Green eco-site

NEW YORK, N.Y. - May 14, 2007 — With the multi-megawatt backdrop of New York City's Times Square, Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) will issue a challenge today in search of the greenest city in America. Cofounder David Filo, joined by actor Matt Dillon and Global Green USA CEO Matt Petersen, will introduce "Be a Better Planet" (http://better.yahoo.com/planet), a program that empowers Americans to take action against climate change. Consumers participate by using Yahoo! tools, resources and communities to become better planetarians.
The winning city, which will be announced following the program's conclusion on June 8th, will be rewarded with a fleet of hybrid taxi cabs or the equivalent cash donation, to be dedicated toward city greening projects. To kick off the program, Yahoo! will also donate a fleet of hybrid taxis to New York City, recently determined to produce 1% of all U.S. greenhouse gases. By displacing traditionally fueled cabs with hybrid taxis, Yahoo! will be helping New York City edge closer to its ambitious environmental goals. The City will also save enough gas per year to drive a hybrid vehicle 56 times around the Earth.
"Americans everywhere are taking notice of the increasingly dire predictions around global climate change," said Yahoo!'s David Filo. "We want to make it easy for consumers to do something, as well as help them build enduring habits that can truly make a difference. We believe many small individual actions can add up to significant change."
The program coincides with the introduction of Yahoo! Green (http://green.yahoo.com/), a new site launching today as a one-stop resource for the growing number of environmentally-concerned consumers. The eco-site is designed to inform and empower consumers with the latest news, tips, and ways to take action. The site features a personalized plan to protect the planet — a pledge that allows consumers to choose from a menu of actions to reduce their personal carbon emissions and see the collective impact of everyone who participates. In the near future, it will include the latest environmental headlines from Yahoo! News; featured content from Global Green USA, Environmental Defense, NRDC, and Lime; blog feeds from environmental authority Amory Lovins, Environmental Defense's chief scientist Bill Chameides and EcoGeek; green shopping tips; relevant content from Yahoo! Answers, Yahoo! Groups, the Yahoo! Autos Green Center; with even more content and features to come.
"Part of reducing global warming pollution can be as simple as turning off the lights when not being used, changing to compact fluorescent light bulbs and walking or using public transportation more often," said Matt Dillon. "I'm excited to support Global Green USA's work with Yahoo! to get the word out about more simple solutions to global warming through this program — I urge everyone to take the pledge to make their city the greenest in the country."
Dillon has also asked the question "What are the most effective yet simple ways people can save energy?" on Yahoo! Answers, the leading Q&A site on the Web, inviting people to share their thoughts and offer advice.
Lower Carbon Diets with Yahoo! Green, Yahoo! Answers and Yahoo! Mobile
To participate in the "Be a Better Planet" promotion, users can do one or more of the following:
Take the Green Pledge: Visit Yahoo! Green and commit to lowering their carbon diet by pledging such actions as changing light bulbs, taking public transportation, using reusable shopping bags, properly inflating tires, and recycling more;
Yahoo! Answers: Help save the planet by answering an environmental question and contributing to the growing body of knowledge and advice on Yahoo! Answers;
Yahoo! oneSearch: Learn more about living a greener life by conducting a "green" mobile search on Yahoo! oneSearch, a new search service with results optimized for the mobile phone. Consumers can enter keywords such as "organic food," "public transport," "recycle center," "bike," and "ride share" to find relevant resources.

Participants earn points with each green action, contributing to their hometown's overall ranking, which will be visible nearly in real-time on an interactive national map. They will also receive a free energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), while supplies last.
The "Be a Better Planet" promotion is part of Yahoo!'s new integrated branding campaign, "Be a Better ___," which launched on April 30 with online, television, radio and cinema advertising. Its goal is to inspire consumers and businesses to be better at whatever interests them by tapping Yahoo!'s breadth of products and services.
"Our buildings and transportation are two of greatest contributors to global warming," said Global Green USA's Matt Petersen. "Across the country, cities are leading the fight against global warming — through green policies, sustainable buildings, and solar power — while our federal government fails to act. We applaud Yahoo! for mobilizing its users to shift their actions, and in turn further reduce the impact of our cities on the environment."
Global Green USA — which works with cities to create policies, programs, and incentives to create more cost-effective, energy efficient, healthier buildings — will partner with the winning city to green a school, city building, or a citywide green building program (see http://globalgreen.org/greenbuilding/index.html for their "Municipal Green Building Guide") should the winning city choose Yahoo!'s cash donation in lieu of hybrid taxis.
Yahoo!'s Commitment to the Planet

Yahoo! has a long track record of supporting environmental sustainability both in its operations and on its global network. The company uses renewable power, hydroelectric energy, and passive cooling at its various facilities and data centers. Its award-winning commute alternatives program offers incentives such as Wi-Fi enabled biodiesel shuttles and generous public transit subsidies. The company has also launched several sustainability-focused product initiatives, including an annual Earth Day resource site (earth.yahoo.com), the Yahoo! Autos Green Center, and 18Seconds.org, dedicated to educating Americans about the cost-savings and environmental benefits of CFL bulbs.

Yahoo! recently replaced incandescent light bulbs with CFLs on its billboards in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and announced that it will become carbon neutral in 2007.

About Global Green USA
Global Green USA is a national environmental organization and is the US affiliate of Mikhail Gorbachev's Green Cross International. To learn more about their work on green cities, sustainable building, and other smart solutions to global warming, visit file://facultas/pr$/Brand%20Marketing/2007%20Trade%20Campaign/Be%20A%20Better%20Planet%20Event/www.globalgreen.org

About Yahoo!
Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo!'s mission is to connect people to their passions, their communities, and the world's knowledge. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

President's Speech - US needs to Improve Efficiency and Cut Greenhouse Gases

With gas prices at all time highs - The President spoke today about the country's dependence on foreign oil and how it poses a threat to National Security. He went on to say that this is a pivotal moment in history as new technologies become available to improve the efficiency and help save the environment. He re-iterated his plan and intent to cut gasoline use by 20% over the next 10 years. With increased fuel efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced. He said he would direct the EPA and Department of Transport to work on the goal of gas consumption and had signed an executive order for them to work together on this proposal. His 20 in 10 goal is on the table to be moved up to 2008

Do Auto Consumers Have to Compromise Performance to Go Green?

InvestorIdeas.com Green Investor Portals -- Consumer Choices in Green Cars; Hybrids, Electric, Biofuels and Fuel Cells

Do Consumers Have to Compromise Performance to Go Green?

- InvestorIdeas.com green investor portals report on choices and trends in green cars including Hybrids, Electric, Biofuels, and Fuel Cell cars. As green and ethical consumerism grows to become a global phenomenon, InvestorIdeas.com discusses options and choices available and underway posing the question -- Are there enough choices and incentives to create the shift? Electric Car Manufacturer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) and R.L. Evans, Director Clean Energy Research Centre, University of British Columbia, help to provide insight into the highways of the future.

At the recent Hydrogen & Fuel Cells 2007Conference held in Vancouver, B.C., Bill Reinert, National Manager TMS Advanced Technologies Group, Toyota Motor Company discussed that, "By 2040, based on the current growth, there will be 2-3 billion cars on the road, up from current numbers of 1 billion, creating environmental problems 4 to 5 times of what they are today." The projected numbers of population and vehicle growth provide compelling motivation for change.

Consumers looking for green and environmentally friendly automotive choices available in the market today can visit Yahoo! Autos Green Rating and search the Top 100 Cars by Green Rating, developed in consultation with Environmental Defense (http://www.environmentaldefense.org/). Users can browse through available options in Hybrid - Electric cars, Ethanol cars, Diesel - Biodiesel cars, Natural Gas cars and fuel efficient cars. The rating measures the vehicle's environmental friendliness from 1 to 100 with the higher a vehicle's Green Rating, the "greener" it is and the lower its harm to both human health and the planet.

For consumers looking at electric cars, industry players ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) and GM with the GM Volt offer both performance and efficiency in the near future.

ZAP, who has been in the electric car market since 1994, has a full line of competitively priced electric vehicles from A to Z ranging from electric scooters, electric ATVs and electric cars and trucks. ZAP is also working with Lotus Engineering to create the ZAP-X (http://www.zapworld.com/ZAPWorld.aspx?id=4560) utilizing the award-winning APX lightweight aluminium architecture design to achieve unprecedented levels of performance and utility for electric cars. An advanced battery system will enable the car to travel a range up to 350 miles between charges, with a rapid charge technology that can recharge the batteries in as little as 10 minutes.

"Thanks to the support our shareholders, with the only series city class electric car in production, ZAP is now uniquely positioned to maximize the current demand due to rising gas prices and concerns of global warming. Priced at around $10,000, electric cars can now not only save the environment, they can save you money," commented ZAP's Chairman of the Board, Gary Starr.

GM's Chevrolet Volt, unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, is anticipated to hit the roads by 2010. The Volt is projected to have a charge time of 6.5 hours featuring 40 miles on just the battery alone with a 640 mile range on a full tank of gas. GM is also offering a green mix of automotive choices with E85 vehicles, Hybrids and is working on Fuel Cell Cars for the future.

In a white paper presented at a joint ASME and ATI meeting in Milan last year titled "HYDROGEN ECONOMY OR ELECTRICITY ECONOMY?" R.L. Evans, Director Clean Energy Research Centre, the University of British Columbia offers his vision of the roads of the future in his Transportation Case Study.

Excerpt from Paper:

"The successful development and introduction into the marketplace of the 'Plug-in hybrid vehicle' would mark the beginnings of a significant new transportation Paradigm, eliminating the need for road vehicles to use petroleum fuels, at least for the Majority of miles traveled. If electricity were to be generated primarily from sustainable Primary energy sources, then road transportation would also become sustainable and would result in an 'Electricity Economy', rather than a 'Hydrogen Economy'.

"Much of the development work on batteries has been driven by the successful introduction in the last few years of hybrid electric vehicles (or HEV's). Hybrid vehicles have been very successfully introduced into the market, initially in compact cars, but the technology is now spreading to larger cars and sport utility vehicles where the benefit of much greater fuel economy will be particularly welcome."

Consumers can catch up on what is available in new Hybrids for 2007 by visiting the Government web site FuelEconomy.Gov -- http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/hybrid_news.shtml. The 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid currently being promoted offers additional features such as a 12 percent reduction in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels inside the vehicle and has seating surfaces made from 100 percent post-industrial materials.

Luxury auto manufactures see the need to offer performance as well as address environmental concerns and there are several available and in the pipeline for brand conscious consumers. Mercedes-Benz's Bluetec system in a new line of diesel-engines reduces emissions but offer drivers 700+ miles on a single tank of gas. BMW has turned green with the new Hydrogen 7, but it is not currently available to the general public.

In addition to the work with ZAP and the electric cars, Lotus has entered the biofuels market with the Lotus Exige 265E running on E85 with a 264 horsepower with 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds -- no compromise for going green. Biofuels, while offering a green alternative however are projected to never be able to meet the capacity of the growing global auto market.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

The Project Big Green

IBM Announces New Asset Recovery Offerings to Make It Easier for Data Center Owners to Turn In Old Technology and Go Green With New, More Energy-Efficient Solutions

ARMONK, NY- May 10, 2007 -- IBM Global Financing (IGF) (NYSE:IBM -) is announcing a new set of asset recovery offerings as part of "The Project Big Green" campaign to help clients with less energy efficient data centers step up to greener technologies. The new suite of packaged offerings provides a focused, no-hassle approach for data center owners to upgrade to more energy-efficient technology."IBM is making it easier for data center owners to go green with new, more energy efficient technology," said John Callies, general manager of IBM Global Financing. "Before a client can upgrade the business has to develop a plan to get rid of the older technology. IBM is providing the tools to help companies make that first step towards solving the energy crisis in their data centers."

The IGF "Go Green in my Data Center" Program includes: -- Free Data Center Server disposal for US customers upgrading to new IBM Energy Efficient servers through end of the second quarter. Disposal is compliant with applicable federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.

-- Disk wiping services utilizing DOD overwrite standards to help protect data on all Intel-based servers.

-- A Green Data Center Asset Recovery Hotline, 1-888 SHOP IBM Option 1, ext.7615, or our website http://www.ibm.com/financing/us/recovery where data center owners can get guidance on how to dispose of their data center equipment and potentially get value to fund their upgrade.

-- The Hotline can also put data center owners in touch with an IBM Project Financing™ for Data Centers qualified financing specialist aligned by industry, who can tailor a financing deal to free up working capital to fund a greener, more energy-efficient data center. Center owners simply have to say, "I want to Go Green in my Data Center."
For over 20 years IBM Global Financing, the financing business segment of IBM, has been helping enterprises free up cash flow to fund their future growth. IBM Global Financing is uniquely positioned as part of Project Big Green to provide a "green wrapper" of financing solutions to help data center owners access the hardware, software and services they need to build an energy-efficient data center. IGF's simple financing solutions to qualified customers will help alleviate some of the capital constraints and allow enterprises, the opportunity to align their upfront costs to anticipated project benefits. Easy lease and loan terms will also help facilitate the planning and tracking of project costs.

IBM Global Asset Recovery Services (GARS), a division of IGF, is a single, global, trusted source for IT asset disposal and buyback services, with asset take-back sites around the world. IBM GARS can help data center owners simply and efficiently deal with the proper environmental disposal of all of their old IT equipment consistent with local, state and federal regulations worldwide. In addition, IBM GARS can help enterprises protect and keep confidential the data stored on hard drives slated for disposal. In total, IGF invests $100 million a year in infrastructure, people and processes to help enterprises reduce the risks associated with asset disposal.

About IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing (IGF), the financing business segment of IBM and the world's premier single-source provider for multi-vendor IT financing solutions, serves commercial clients ranging from small businesses to more than 90% of the Global Fortune 100. With assets of $34 billion worldwide, IGF provides project financing, commercial financing and asset-recovery services to 125,000 clients in more than 50 countries. Additional information can be found at http://www-03.ibm.com/financing/us/

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Wal- Mart goes Solar

Wal-Mart Announces Solar Power Pilot - major step toward its goal of being supplied by 100 percent renewable energy


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)'s news yesterday of going green with solar technology -
Wal-Mart announced a major purchase of solar power from three solar power providers, BP Solar, SunEdison LLC, and PowerLight, a subsidiary of SunPower Corporation, for 22 combined Wal-Mart stores, Sam's Clubs and a distribution center in Hawaii and California. As part of a pilot project to determine solar power viability for Wal-Mart, the total solar power production from the 22 sites is estimated to be as much as 20 million kWh (kilowatt- hours) per year. When fully implemented, the aggregate purchase could be one of the U.S., if not the world's, top-10 largest ever solar power initiatives.
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The solar power pilot project is a major step toward Wal-Mart's goal of being supplied by 100 percent renewable energy. Each solar power generating system installed can provide up to 30 percent of the power for the store on which it is installed. By Wal-Mart's estimates, installing the solar power systems will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6,500-10,000 metric tons per year.