CleanTech OC Daily - 6/12/12

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Two industry standard reference reports were released yesterday: the United Nations Environment Programme’s “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012” and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century’s (REN21) 2012 “Renewables Global Status Report.” Both reports indicate that renewable energy continued to grow across all sectors despite some challenges.

A123 Systems shares are up after news of a new lithium ion battery technology called Nanophosphate EXT was released. The technology allows the battery to operate at extreme temperatures “without requiring thermal management.” The company said that the technology is scheduled to enter production in early 2013.

California’s per-capita energy use has remained steady for 35 years and in order to maintain the rate state regulators are now targeting gadgets such as game consoles and even toilets. The California Energy Commission plans to set new energy efficiency standards for 15 products to keep California’s energy usage on track.

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