Tag: Solyndra

US House passes stringent federal energy loan guarantee limitations

US House passes stringent federal energy loan guarantee limitations

June 7, 2012 |

In Washington, the House passed an amendment to the 2013 energy and water bill, offered by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), preventing the DOE from subordinating its loan guarantees to private investors – a move which happened and was widely criticized in the Solyndra case. In addition, the House voted to bar funds to be used […]

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How Not to Lose an Energy Policy in 10 Days

How Not to Lose an Energy Policy in 10 Days

March 7, 2012 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice-President, Biotechnology Industry Organization BIO’s industrial biotech czar says that governments should resist attempts to derail the commercialization of advanced biofuels, and not be beguiled by the Solyndra Syndrome In 2011, consumers spent a record $481 billion on gasoline , despite the fact that overall gasoline use was down. Consumers spent […]

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House subcommittee chair calls for Chu's ouster following Solyndra testimony

House subcommittee chair calls for Chu's ouster following Solyndra testimony

November 18, 2011 |

In Washington, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that he did not feel political pressure to issue a loan guarantee to Solyndra, and took personal responsibility for what he said was a decision made on the merits. “Certainly knowing what I know now, we’d say `no,’” Chu […]

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S-Day: US must keep its eyes on the clean energy prize, despite setbacks

S-Day: US must keep its eyes on the clean energy prize, despite setbacks

November 17, 2011 |

S-Day is all about Solyndra and Secretary Chu and scandal, but it should be about making cleantech successful and strong Today, November 17th, all eyes in the energy sector will be trained on Washington, where Secretary of Energy Steven Chu testifies before Congress regarding the failed Solyndra loan guarantee. Recent news that Obama Administration officials […]

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Out from Solyndra’s Shadow

Out from Solyndra’s Shadow

November 17, 2011 |

Federal loan guarantees may be scuttled after the Solyndra affair – but should the baby really be thrown out with the bathwater? By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, BIO, Industrial Biotechnology & Environment Section Federal loan guarantee programs for bioenergy may be headed for demise – death by 1.2 trillion cuts. The recent Solyndra scandal is […]

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Trick and Treat: Energy loans under review, as Hallowe'en looms

Trick and Treat: Energy loans under review, as Hallowe'en looms

October 31, 2011 |

  The Obama Administration got tricked, and handed out some bad energy loan candy. Turns out that the Washington press corps, and House Republicans, were asleep on the job, too. Until the money ran out, that is. We’re not sure if there’s been any more perfect timing for an Obama Administration announcement, than the news […]

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Market access will save US from $4 gasoline, says FuelChoiceNow

Market access will save US from $4 gasoline, says FuelChoiceNow

September 21, 2011 |

Why can’t Americans get high-tech, low-cost fuels in an era of $4 gasoline? A new group called FuelChoiceNow has the reasons, and some answers. In Washington, a coalition called FuelChoiceNow has opened for business one worth taking a very, very close look at. The pitch: that advanced fuel companies are developing new, affordable and commercial-ready […]

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