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Cuomo Announces State Investment of $225 Million Toward the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub

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On November 21, 2013, Governor Cuomo announced the state’s commitment of $225 million toward the creation of a clean energy research campus in Buffalo, New York. Referred to as the RiverBend project, the campus is slated for the former Republic Steel brownfield site along the Buffalo River and represents almost a quarter of the governor’s… Continue Reading

Solyndra Redux? Electric Car Company Charges Political Favoritism in DOE Loan Program

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An electric car manufacturer and battery maker have sued the Department of Energy (DOE) and several of its top officials for $225 million, asserting they were victims of political favoritism in a federal loan program. In two suits filed last week, XP Vehicles Inc. and sister company Limnia Inc. assert the $25 billion Alternative Technology… Continue Reading

New York Governor Pushes for Increased Cleantech Investment

Posted in Investing, Renewable Energy

During his State of the State address on January 9, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo discussed a number of important topics regarding the development of cleantech projects in the state. First, Governor Cuomo announced his intention to develop a $1 billion green bank in order to leverage public dollars with private-sector matching funds for… Continue Reading

Insurance Concerns for the Cleantech Sector

Posted in Green Building, Investing, Renewable Energy

The growth of clean technology is explosive. The U.S. government injects billions of dollars into the market to support demand. For example, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes more than $100 billion for the cleantech industry and several states require cleantech policies. In the private sector, global venture capital in the cleantech… Continue Reading

Positioning Your Cleantech Company for Venture Capital Financing

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Many companies, including those in the cleantech industry, seek to raise venture capital to support or stimulate growth. Other companies raise venture funding to establish credibility or to access resource networks that their venture capital partners have developed through years of experience. A seasoned venture partner often becomes a valuable confidant, advisor, and sounding board… Continue Reading

SEC Proposes Rules to Implement Jobs Act Provisions on General Solicitation and Advertising in Certain Private Offerings

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On June 29, 2012, I discussed the crowdfunding provisions of Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), which was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012, after passage through both chambers of Congress with much fanfare and controversy. As a follow up on other JOBS Act mandates, on… Continue Reading

The Jobs Act Crowdfunding Provisions: Why Participants Should Beware

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Crowdfunding began more than a decade ago, when artists, musicians, filmmakers, and politicians raised online donations from their supporters through a website or other Internet-based portal. Small businesses then entered the fray by seeking interest-free loans or donations through the Internet. However, U.S. federal securities laws prohibit companies from using this method to sell their… Continue Reading