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Energy Department Announces Nearly $32 Million for Innovative Small Businesses Focused on Clean Energy Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $32 million in funding for small business-led projects to further develop clean energy technologies that have a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These awards will help small businesses advance their promising concepts that improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, increase transportation sustainability, and generate electricity from renewable sources.

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CleanCapital Closes Investment Round Led by FinTech Leaders and Pioneers

 The new capital will allow CleanCapital to implement their technology roadmap and continue scaling operations, growing its team, and expanding opportunities for clean energy investing. CleanCapital’s proprietary platform has benefits that are two-fold, by creating opportunity for investment and increasing ease for project owners to exit their current portfolios. By reducing barriers both for the flow of capital and access to investments, CleanCapital is accelerating clean energy deployment.

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United Fresh Releases Q1 2017 FreshFacts® on Retail Report

New product innovation and introductions helped the fruit and vegetable industry weather the challenges of fluctuating supply and prices, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s Q1 2017 edition of the FreshFacts® on Retail report. This quarter’s report examines retail trends in produce for the past quarter, including seasonal category deep dives on melons, berries and stone fruit and a section with insights on produce purchases at convenience stores.

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13 Small Solar Businesses to Receive Awards for Research Projects

The Energy Department announced 13 solar companies will receive awards to conduct research through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. These programs encourage U.S.-based small businesses to engage in high-risk, innovative research and technology development with the potential for future commercialization. Read the full announcement.

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Conservation Groups Challenge World’s Largest Methanol Refinery

Permits fail to address threats to climate, safety, and public health for a refinery that could consume more fracked natural gas than all the gas-fired power plants in Washington State

Conservation groups today challenged two permits for the world’s largest fracked methanol refinery, slated for development along the iconic Columbia River in Kalama, Washington.

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‘Saving America’s Pollinators Act’ Would Protect Birds, Bees

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2017, directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend registration of a toxic group of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or "neonics." Now the most commonly used insecticides on Earth, these chemicals are deadly to birds, bees, and aquatic life. 

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