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Clint Wilder
Clint Wilder is senior editor at clean-tech research and advisory firm Clean Edge and the coauthor of two books on clean-tech business and innovation, Clean Tech Nation (HarperCollins, 2012) and The Clean Tech Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007). He is an award-winning business journalist who has covered the high-tech and clean-tech industries since 1985. He coauthors reports and writes columns on industry trends for Clean Edge and has been a facilitator at the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a frequent speaker at clean-energy and green business events in the U.S. and overseas, and a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. He lives with his wife in Sausalito, California.

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Entries by Clint Wilder

Carpe Diem: Low Oil and Gas Prices Could Be a Clean-Energy Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 6:20 PM

The recent dramatic plunge in oil and natural gas prices, to their lowest level since the global recession in 2009, has some observers worried about the effect on clean tech. Conventional wisdom has it that renewables have a tougher time competing when fossil fuels are cheap, making grid parity (in...

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In Clean Energy, Macro Trends Trump Midterm Political Winds

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Here are some notable news headlines from the month of November:

• SunEdison, TerraForm to Buy First Wind for $2.4 Billion
• LED Bulbs Fall Below $8
• US and China Reach Historic Climate Accord
• Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on...

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Beyond the UN, 'Sub-National' Players Emerge as New Climate Leaders

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:07 PM

The eyes of the world were on New York City in late September, even more than the city thinks they usually are. After some 310,000 people marched through the streets of Manhattan demanding action on climate change (full disclosure: I was one of them), more than 120 heads of state...

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As Clean Energy Goes Mainstream, Leadership Is Squarely Focused On States and Cities

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:23 PM

The recently released 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index from Clean Edge, the research and advisory firm where I am senior editor, finds the U.S. clean-tech market making impressive strides in many areas, while still hampered by inaction and inertia in others. As has been the case in...

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On Its 60th Birthday, Solar PV Has Become a Major Contender

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 5:50 PM

On April 25, 1954 in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, technicians at AT&T's legendary Bell Labs publicly demonstrated a solar photovoltaic panel for the first time, capturing light to power the rotation of a miniature Ferris wheel. The New York Times called it "the beginning of a new era, eventually leading...

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Exploding the Myth That Government Can't Innovate

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Government should not pick winners and losers. Public sector bureaucracy strangles entrepreneurship and innovation. Government can establish broad policy framework, but then should get out of the way.

Sounds very familiar, right? I've never been much of a fan of these truisms, so often cited and accepted as gospel by...

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Time to Retire the 'All of the Above' Energy Catchphrase

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:44 AM

President Obama's State of the Union address was generally positive for the clean energy industry. He talked tough about the executive branch acting on carbon reduction if Congress won't, praised solar power and other clean energy sources as critical to America's global innovation leadership, and called for an...

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2014: The Maturation of Clean Tech

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 3:37 PM

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

As a new year begins for the clean tech industry, maturation is a theme that comes to mind. And if we think of clean tech not only as a...

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The Arab Oil Embargo, Sandy, and Adapting to New Realities

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 4:42 PM

This month marks the anniversaries of two notable events, decades apart yet related in terms of historical impact, awareness of vulnerability, and challenge to business as usual: the Arab oil embargo 40 years ago (Oct. 16, 1973) and Superstorm Sandy, which hit the Northeast on Oct. 29 last year. Both...

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Solar Power's New Allies Named Bubba and Goldwater

(12) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 5:24 PM

I've said for years that clean energy and energy efficiency should not be partisan issues -- that benefits like quality American jobs, reduced dependence on imported oil, leadership in technology innovation, and cleaner air and water should appeal across the political spectrum.

In reality, of course, this has not generally...

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States and Cities Are Where the Clean Tech Action Is

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Viewing the progress of clean tech in the U.S. through the lens of national politics can get pretty depressing. Continual gridlock on Capitol Hill, the federal budget sequester, key leadership positions (like EPA administrator nominee Gina McCarthy) being held hostage by partisan politics - it all makes fertile ground for...

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RPS Attacks Go Against the March of History

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 2:29 PM

Last month in Phoenix, I watched the very conservative governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, deliver a brief keynote speech to open the second day of the CleanTech Future conference put on by CleanTech Connections and the Arizona Commerce Authority. Nineteen floors above the impressive solar PV arrays at Arizona State...

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It's Rocky, but Our Transition to Clean Energy Is Well Underway

(6) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 6:11 PM

The sequester. Continued Congressional gridlock. Declining levels of venture capital funding. High-profile bankruptcies. The boom in low-cost natural gas. As the Obama Administration seeks to find its footing for a second term, there appear to be plenty of reasons to hold a very bleak outlook for clean tech in the...

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Election Post-Mortem: Mostly Good News for Clean Tech

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2012 | 7:23 PM

As President Obama and the lame ducks head toward the fiscal cliff, what do his resounding victory and other election results mean for the clean-tech industry?

My first reaction is simply this: clean tech averted total disaster. Some of my colleagues in the clean-tech world hoped that, in the event...

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SXSW Eco: Bringing Good Energy to Clean Energy, and Much More

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 2:57 PM

In my job as a journalist and analyst covering the clean-tech industry, I get to attend events that span a wide range of cultures, from the button-down Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street to the organic vegan lefty-ness of the Green Festival and everything in between. But I've never experienced one...

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Regaining Its Mojo: A Seven Point Action Plan for Repowering America

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 12:03 PM

An abbreviated and edited excerpt from 'Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead in the New Global Economy.'

On September 22, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing titled "How Obama's Green Energy Agenda Is Killing Jobs." The session came three...

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The World's Next Hot Solar Power Market May Be Japan

(126) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 12:30 PM

With its nuclear power plants virtually shuttered since the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, Japan is starting to turn to clean energy in a big way.

On July 1, one of the world's most aggressive examples of a feed-in tariff (FIT) -- a key government incentive for renewable energy --...

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It's the GOP vs. the Navy -- on Clean Energy Use

(78) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 10:18 AM

In 2012, if you want to reduce your use of fossil fuels in favor of clean energy sources, expect to be taken to task by Republicans. Even if you're the United States Armed Forces.

Under most of the mainstream media radar, the U.S. military has emerged as one of the...

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Elvis Costello's New Economy vs. Big Oil's Old One

(6) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 4:25 PM

On Friday Oct. 22 in Atherton, California, Elvis Costello is playing what is likely his first-ever concert with a dress code.

The "business attire" music venue is the home of Silicon Valley venture capital mogul Alan Salzman, CEO and managing director of Vantage Point Venture Partners. And if...

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Iceland Volcano Offers a Preview of Future Climate-Related Disruptions

(2) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 7:56 PM

The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, and the resulting ash cloud over Europe, is obviously not related to global warming. But as we mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the massive disruptions caused by the volcanic ash do, I think, provide lessons about what may lie ahead...

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