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How to buy an electric car: A shopper’s guide

I’ve been thinking about upgrading to an electric car for a while now. And in today’s market, there are plenty of models to choose from. But having a lot of options makes for a complicated decision! Each model of electric car has its own unique mix of efficiency, charging time, and driving range—and since buying… Read More

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EnergySavvy to open Boston office

EnergySavvy, a Seattle startup that helps utility and government agencies manage energy efficiency programs, has established a new outpost in Boston in order to serve its East Coast client base. To help grow the office, the company has hired software veteran Tony Barnes. Barnes previously worked at Microsoft in the digital television advertising group. EnergySavvy now employs 20… Read More

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MIT spinout Liquid Metal Battery lands $15M from Bill Gates, others

Liquid Metal Battery Corporation, an MIT spin out that’s developing new technologies for electricity storage, has raised $15 million in funding from Khosla Ventures, Total and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. The technology behind the company was developed by Dr. Donald Sadoway, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was recently named one of Time Magazine’s… Read More

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Seattle geeks win Apps for Energy challenge with Leafully

Sometimes it can be tough to put one’s energy consumption into perspective. But what if you broke everything down into something that everyone understands: trees. That’s the idea behind Leafully, a startup project from Seattle software developers Nathan Jhaveri and Tim Edgar. The duo just took home the top prize, worth $30,000, in the U.S…. Read More

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Maker of electric vehicle charging stations raises $47M from KPCB, Voyager and others

Coulomb Technologies, which operates more than 6,000 electrical vehicle charging stations in 14 countries, including dozens in the Seattle area, is fueling up with a new $47.5 million venture capital found led by Braemar Energy Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Existing investor Rho Ventures, Siemens Venture Capital GmbH, Harbor Pacific Capital Partners and Hartford… Read More

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McKinstry to expand clean tech incubator in Northwest

McKinstry is expanding its clean tech incubator program, adding an additional 18,000 square feet of space and a conference center at its facility in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood and opening a new 38,000-square-foot center at a historic electric railcar station in Spokane. “Our vision was to create a springboard for the green economy – from clean tech… Read More

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Bill Gates: ‘Cheap energy is like a fantastic vaccine’

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is back in the news, talking about the importance of nuclear power. And while the software titan is bullish on the energy source, it will likely be another decade until we see a nuclear reactor from the Bellevue company he’s backing alongside Intellectual Ventures founder Nathan Myhrvold. Speaking at at The Wall… Read More

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Coming to Seattle: Picnic shelters with solar panels

OK, you can insert whatever Seattle rain joke that you’d like on this one. But during a week that the rains just never have seemed to let up, here’s a reminder that the bright, yellow orb in the sky does make an appearance once in a while here in the soggy Northwest. Seattle City Light… Read More

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Meet the 9 startups bankrolled by the Northwest Energy Angels

The Northwest Energy Angels, a 50-person angel investment group, said today that its members invested more than $880,000 in nine clean tech startups last year. Of course, that’s a drop in the bucket, especially in the capital-intensive arena of clean technology. (The MoneyTree report found that venture capitalists invested $4.3 billion in 323 deals nationwide last… Read More

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Meet the SolMate: This case charges your iPhone in the sun (and shade)

Does your iPhone battery life get you down? Don’t worry. Two enterprising Seattle geeks believe they’ve solved that ongoing frustration with the SolMate, a innovative iPhone case whose razor-thin solar panel and 16-bit microcontroller circuit board provides a charge directly to the mobile device. Yes, the irony of the SolMate being developed in cloudy Seattle… Read More

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OneEnergy Renewables scores cash for carbon offset program

OneEnergy Renewables, a Seattle startup that utilizes funds from its carbon offset and Renewable Energy Certificates program to bankroll new clean tech projects, has raised $1.3 million in funding from Northwest Energy Angels and others. According to a SEC filing, the company could raise an additional $1 million. The company plans to use the money… Read More

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Fuel of the future: Seaweed?

Will you one day be driving a seaweed-powered SUV? If researchers at Bio Architecture Lab have their way, it may actually become a reality. The University of Washington spinout was featured this week in Scientific American, which noted that researchers at the company have “built a microbe capable of digesting (seaweed) and converting it into ethanol… Read More

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Stealthy Scope 5 emerges, plans to make sense out of energy data

Scope 5 has raised an undisclosed amount of angel financing as it looks for wider adoption of software to help organizations better manage their energy costs and sustainability programs. The Seattle startup is led by Yoram Bernet, a former senior software architect at Microsoft. “The endorsement of our early partners and customers signals that we are solving… Read More

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San Francisco taps EnergySavvy to help homeowners cut through the fog of energy bills

EnergySavvy is marching into the Bay Area, inking a deal with the City of San Francisco to help homeowners reduce energy costs through specialized online home audits. The program will allow residents to compare their energy usage to other homes across the city, and receive information on energy rebates and contractors. It’s also designed to… Read More

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Tech Moves: Microsoft vet joins EnergySavvy; InfoSpace names CFO; and more

Charlie Ellis, an 11-year veteran of Microsoft who worked on the Excel and SharePoint teams, has joined three-year-old Seattle startup EnergySavvy. Ellis tells GeekWire that he was ready to leave his job at Microsoft, which he said had become more about dealing “with organizational complexity.” “At EnergySavvy, I found a great combination of an awesome and dynamic… Read More

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Sneaker giant Nike jumps into the venture capital game

Technology giants such as Intel, Google and Cisco have found value in bankrolling small startup companies that help meet their corporate missions. Now, the athletic apparel and sneaker giant Nike is jumping into the mix with a new fund called the Sustainable Business & Innovation Lab. Like the name suggests, the lab will focus on… Read More

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UW, WSU score $80M to turn wood products into biofuels

Seattle’s biofuels industry took a big hit a few years ago when Imperium Renewables canceled its IPO, laid off staff and lost key contracts. But the biofuels industry (including Imperium) may be on the rebound. And the industry is getting a major shot in the arm today when U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces… Read More

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Tech Moves: Klustner joins Powerit; Trulia names a chief economist; DocuSign; etc.

Rob Friedman has been named the new director of University of Washington Tacoma’s Institute of Technology. The New Yorker — who arrives at the organization from the New Jersey Institute of Technology — replaces Orlando Baiocchi, reports Patch.com. Friedman says he plans to boost federal funding for the institute, noting that he’ll be “working with faculty to gin up as many… Read More