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One of the biggest challenges energy and technology companies face is protecting innovation. How do you make sure other companies or individuals don’t steal valuable new intellectual property? We sat down with Lisa Adams, partner in the IP section, and Tom Burton, chair of the energy technology practice, at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and… Keep reading →


Breaking Energy is hosting our first “Energy Startup Forum and Mixer,” which brings together clean energy industry experts, editors and members of the finance and legal communities to speak frankly about the energy startup space, New York’s clean energy landscape and to answer attendees’ questions about the industry. We love the one-on-one time with panelists, but… Keep reading →

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This is the latest installment in our Energy Startup Series that gives executives at cutting-edge energy firms an opportunity to share insights and experiences about the energy industry, their careers and their companies.   Bill Charneski is president of OriginOil’s oil & gas division, where he has successfully led the deployment of the company’s proprietary Electro Water… Keep reading →


Novomer is a small start-up chemistry company developing novel methods for converting waste carbon dioxide, CO2, into useful plastics, polymers and chemical intermediates. Novomer has developed proprietary catalysts that react with CO2 and allow it to bond with other molecules. CO2 is a difficult molecule to work with for the same reasons that it accumulates… Keep reading →

E3 Gaming Conference Begins In Los Angeles

What if price mattered less to the utility ratepayer than winning? That’s the promise of “gamification,” the product and programming trend that has driven Internet success stories like Foursquare or Instagram. At first it can be hard to see how “check-ins” and other forms of social sharing can play a role in businesses like the… Keep reading →

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Think of an industry dominated by huge, established firms reliant on distribution models that have been in place for more than a century. Or one where customers pay a premium for the reliability assured by known brands despite little difference in delivered product. Or one where financing huge upfront costs depends on both that premium… Keep reading →

Los Angeles Undertakes Clean Up Of LA River

What began with the father working quietly in a Eugene laboratory is now an aspiring business moving forward under the daughter. It was a visit to the University of Oregon by Cheers star Woody Harrelson that planted the seed of inspiration in a young Virginia Klausmeier (below). She was an undergraduate when Harrelson, a passionate… Keep reading →

New Yorkers Take Advantage Of Weather To Visit New Brooklyn Bridge Park

A mixture of business, academia and government is forming a Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center (NYC CTEC) in downtown Brooklyn. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is kicking in up to $750,000 in seed funding over two years to create space for 20 startups focused on energy efficiency, resilience, climate adaptation and other technologies.… Keep reading →

Information technology is the most powerful tool to accelerate cleantech adoption, but is being blocked by energy regulation developed during the industrial revolution, a leading investor told a Silicon Valley conference last week.

Sunil Paul, founding partner of Spring Ventures, which has invested in social networking
company LinkedIn and biofuels startup Solazyme, said: “Our entire regulatory regime is built for the industrial revolution and we have a different way of working today that requires a different code.” Keep reading →