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Energy and Clean Tech Connections
August | 2008

In the August edition of Mintz Levin’s Energy and Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to the latest industry developments, news from Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill, grant opportunities, and upcoming events.

This month, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed three important pieces of legislation relating to clean energy: the Green Jobs Act, the Global Warming Solutions Act, and the Clean Energy Biofuels Act. The Green Jobs Act, which was signed into law on August 13th, allocates $43 million to support the state’s emerging green economy by creating jobs, promoting research and workforce training, and supporting the expansion of existing clean energy companies. Signed a mere five days earlier, the Global Warming Solution Act establishes ambitious goals for the Commonwealth aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and also creates a Green Building Revolving Loan Fund to provide low-interest financing for construction projects that exceed energy efficiency requirements.

Read our alert on these bills to learn more about the significance of this legislation and its potential impact on the future of clean energy in Massachusetts.

The Clean Energy Biofuels Act, the earliest of these three bills to become law, made Massachusetts the first state to exclude non-food-crop biofuels from state gasoline taxes. In addition to offering such tax incentives, the Act creates a Low Carbon Fuel Standard for the region and mandates that all diesel and heating oil fuels contain a minimum percentage of biodiesel starting in 2010. For more information, see “Federal and State Happenings” below.

The Energy and Clean Technology Practice Group is pleased to announce that Mintz Levin attorney Sahir Surmeli was featured in a radio broadcast of NPR’s Morning Edition. The segment featured commentary on the unprecedented growth of the renewable energy and clean technology sector that buoyed related investment to its highest ever domestic level last quarter. To listen to this broadcast or to read a transcript of the segment, please click on the following link (audio clip and transcript).

In addition, Mintz Levin is pleased to co-sponsor the Marine Renewable Energy Center’s Ocean Energy for New England Conference on October 6th. United States Congressman William Delahunt will deliver an address on relevant federal initiatives, followed by panelists with expertise in government relations, technology and project development, public policy and related industries. If you are interested in learning more or attending the event, please click here or contact any member of the Mintz Levin Energy & Clean Technology Practice Group. Please consider joining us on October 6th, and we hope that you enjoy this month’s edition of the newsletter.

In This Edition

In the News

Federal and State Happenings

Legal News

Grants

Events

In the News

Greentech Attracts Hedge Funds

Greentech Media - August 13, 2008

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Duke, AEP to Spend $1B on New Transmission Lines

Greentech Media - August 11, 2008

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BP and Verenium Partner to Commericalize Ceullulosic Ethanol

Renewable Energy World - August 11, 2008

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Funding Roundup: DIY Solar, Electric Cars and Water Disinfectant

Greentech Media - August 11, 2008

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Renewables and Efficiency Could Plug UK Energy Gap

Renewable Energy World - August 11, 2008

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A123Systems Files for $175 Million IPO

Greentech Media - August 8, 2008

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Solar Roundup: New Projects, Financing and Materials

Greentech Media - August 7, 2008

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BlueFire Ethanol to Build $130 Million Plant in Mecca

Greentech Media - August 5, 2008

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Running with the Wind

The Boston Globe - August 5, 2008

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Funding Roundup: More IPOs for Wind, Solar

Greentech Media - August 4, 2008

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Wind Energy Could Provide 28% of EU Electricity by 2030

Renewable Energy World - August 1, 2008

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Funding Roundup: VCs Bet on Electric Rides

Greentech Media - July 28, 2008

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Four Commercial Solar Installations Completed, 54.7 kW of Clean Energy Generating Capacity in Operation

Renewable Energy World - July 28, 2008

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EnerNOC to Add Renewable Credits

The Boston Globe - July 24, 2008

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GT Solar Goes Public

Greentech Media - July 24, 2008

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First Solar to Build 10 MW of Solar PV Power Plant for Sempra Generation

Renewable Energy World - July 24, 2008

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General Motors and Electric Utility Industry Launch Major Collaboration to Commercialize Plug-In Vehicles

Clean Edge - July 22, 2008

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Federal and State Happenings

Arizona Utility Agrees to Adopt “Clean Coal” Tech

Greentech Media - August 13, 2008

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DOE to Invest up to $24 Million for Breakthrough Solar Energy Products

Renewable Energy World - August 12, 2008

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DOE to Pursue Zero-Net Energy Commercial Buildings

Press Release, US Department of Energy - August 5, 2008

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Massachusetts Enacts Advanced Biofuels Bill

Renewable Energy World - August 4, 2008

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48 State Governors Urge Congress to Renew PTC/ITC

Clean Edge - July 25, 2008

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US and Canada to Create Carbon Cap-and-Trade System

Greentech Media - July 24, 2008

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Texas PUC Approves Wind Transmission Plan

Renewable Energy World - July 24, 2008

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Pennsylvania Governor Signs $650 Million Energy Fund

Clean Edge - July 23, 2008

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DOE Invests US $240 Million in Biorefineries

Renewable Energy World - July 23, 2008

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California Adopts Innovative Solar Loan Law

Los Angeles Times - July 22, 2008

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Clearing the Path to a Greener Future

The Boston Globe - July 21, 2008

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Legal News

Daria Niewenhous Named by Nightingale to 2008 List of Outstanding Hospital Lawyers

Press Release, Mintz Levin - August 19, 2008

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“Green Jobs” and “Global Warming” Bills Get Patrick’s Signature

Energy and Clean Technology Alert, Mintz Levin - August 13, 2008

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EEOC Issues New Compliance Guidance on Religious Discrimination in the Workplace in Response to a Dramatic Increase in Charge

Employment Advisory, Mintz Levin - August 11, 2008

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Unions’ Exemption from Antitrust Laws Is Not Made of Steel

Antitrust Advisory, Mintz Levin - August 8, 2008

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New York Legislation Targets Identity Theft

Privacy/Employment Advisory, Mintz Levin - July 24, 2008

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Recent Case Highlights Pitfalls in Electronic Discovery

Litigation Alert, Mintz Levin - July 21, 2008

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Massachusetts Orders Revenue Decoupling by Distribution Companies

Energy and Clean Technology Alert, Mintz Levin - July 18, 2008

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Multiple Mintz Levin Attorneys Named to San Diego Transcript’s 2008 Top Attorneys List

Press Release, Mintz Levin - July 16, 2008

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Grants

National Science Foundation Energy for Sustainability

The Energy for Sustainability program supports fundamental research and education in energy production, conversion, and storage and is focused on energy sources that are environmentally friendly and renewable.

Eligible sources of sustainable energy include sunlight, wind, and biomass. Hydrogen and alcohols are potential energy carriers that can be derived from renewable sources. Research that generates enabling science and technologies for more efficient hydrogen generation and storage is supported by the program. Advances in these areas are needed to address key challenges in efficiency, durability, power density, and environmental impacts. Although silicon-based materials have been most widely used, other semiconducting materials and titanium dioxide also have potential. New materials and novel fabrication techniques for solar energy conversion are supported by the program. The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years. The average annual award size for the program is $100,000. Small equipment proposals up to $100,000 will also be considered.

Application Window: August 15–September 15, 2008

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Restructured FutureGen Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to invest in multiple commercial-scale Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) or other clean coal power plants with cutting-edge carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology under the Department’s restructured FutureGen program. The solicitation is seeking multiple cost-shared projects to advance coal-based power generation technologies that capture and store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2). The Department anticipates $290 million will be available for funding of selected projects through fiscal year (FY) 2009 and an additional $1.01 billion is expected to be available in subsequent years, subject to appropriations by Congress.

Application Deadline: October 8, 2008 (selection of projects is targeted for the end of calendar year 2008)

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Solar America Initiative (SAI) Market Transformation: Solar America Showcases, FY2008

Under this Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance, DOE will provide technical assistance to large-scale, high-visibility solar installation projects that have the ability to impact the market for solar technologies through large project size, use of a novel solar technology, and/or use of a novel application for a solar technology. In addition, it is desired that the project be replicable or have replicable components. Large-scale installations may include photovoltaic, concentrating solar power, solar water heating, and solar space heating applications.

Technical assistance will not be provided for research, product development, or early-stage testing and evaluation of any technology or product. Solar America Showcases focus on providing support to projects in which a commercially ready technology is to be installed in a large-scale application with full financial project commitment already in place. Support for research, product development, or early-stage testing and evaluation of solar products or technologies may be available under other Solar America Initiative opportunities.

DOE will not purchase hardware or otherwise provide direct funding to organizations selected from this notice.

Application Deadline: October 9, 2008

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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

NYSERDA seeks proposals to support the development, demonstration, and commercialization of environmentally preferred power systems and energy storage technologies. The solicitation includes four categories: new product development (funding up to $1,000,000); early stage innovative product feasibility and technology transfer studies (funding up to $250,000); energy storage demonstration projects (funding up to $1,500,000); and other demonstration projects (funding up to $1,500,000).

Application Deadline: January 14, 2009

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The Energy Foundation Grants

The Energy Foundation is a partnership of major donors interested in solving the world’s energy problems. Their mission is to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy—new technologies that are essential components of a clean energy future.

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The Renewable Fuels Foundation Offers
Its First Grants for Ethanol Production

The Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) Board of Directors funds those research projects that have clear goals and measurable outcomes with benchmarks that will advance the science of ethanol production. While sound research should be the basis for all grant applications, the RFF will only support projects that directly enhance domestic production of ethanol and the efficient use of co-products. One grant will be awarded for $150,000, of which $75,000 will be made available over two years. Viable projects may qualify for continued funding past this time frame.

Research project proposals must have a national implication, not local. The RFF prefers to fund national model projects, thereby making a bigger impact to the U.S. ethanol market.

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Business Expansion Initiative

Business Expansion Initiative (BEI) supports the development and expansion of the production capacity of renewable energy technology firms in Massachusetts. BEI provides secured debt capital to expansion-stage companies for new renewable energy product design and manufacturing financing. BEI loans may only be made to companies located within Massachusetts.

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The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust, via an incubator scheme, helps prepare promising early stage companies in the UK to raise the investment needed to grow their business. They work with early-stage companies who have developed innovative carbon-saving technologies, demonstrating commercial potential and high-growth potential. The Carbon Trust is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government and Invest Northern Ireland. The scheme aims to create investment opportunities in technology start-up companies developing low-carbon technologies.

Companies accepted for incubation will receive up to £60,000 of financial support from the Carbon Trust over a 12–18 month period. The Carbon Trust incubator scheme, which accelerates the commercialization of promising low-carbon businesses, has announced partnerships with business advisory firm Grant Thornton and a commercial law firm local to Cambridge (Mills & Reeve LLP), to provide corporate finance and legal advisory support to its incubator companies.

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Events

COPENMIND

September 1–3, 2008
The Bella Center
Copenhagen, Denmark
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23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

September 1–5, 2008
Feria Valencia
Valencia, Spain
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Soltec

September 4–7, 2008
Hamein, Germany
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Green Building Finance & Investment Forum

September 8–10, 2008
The Coleman Center
New York, New York
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HUSUM WindEnergy 2008

The Leading Wind Energy Trade Fair

September 9–13, 2008
Husum, Germany
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5th Euromoney and Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards

September 15, 2008
Madame Tussauds
London, England
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The Thin Film Revolution

September 15, 2008
New York, New York
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10th Renewable Energy Finance Forum

Europe’s Largest Renewable Energy Finance Conference

September 15–16, 2008
Millennium Gloucester
London, England
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Cleantech Forum XVIII

September 15–17, 2008
Washington, D.C.
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Carbon Markets USA

September 16–17, 2008
Washington, D.C.
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AlwaysOn GoingGreen

Greener Pastures for Global Business

September 15–17, 2008
Cavallo Point
San Francisco, California
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Solar Power Canada 2008

September 16–18, 2008
Toronto, Canada
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Houston Sustainable Building Expo and Conference

September 17–18, 2008
Reliant Center
Houston, Texas
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ISO New England

Lights, Power, Action

September 18-19, 2008
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts
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Green Trade Network Summit

September 19, 2008
Cocoanut Grove - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, California
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Corporate Climate Response

September 22–23, 2008
University of Chicago Gleacher Center
Chicago, Illinois
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Entrepreneurship for a Zero Carbon Society

September 22–24, 2008
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, England
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NHA Fall Forum 2008: Hydrogen from Renewables

September 22–24, 2008
Golden, Colorado
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Biomass World 2008 - Beijing

September 23–24, 2008
Beijin
g, China
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2nd U.S. Carbon Finance Forum

Preparing for Carbon Regulation and Trading in the US

September 24–25, 2008
The Metropolitan Club
New York, New York
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West Coast Green

September 25–27, 2008
San Jose Convention Center
Silicon Valley, California
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2nd Concentrated Solar Power Summit USA

September 30–October 1, 2008
Hotel Nikko
San Francisco, California
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World Energy Engineering Congress

October 1–3, 2008
Gaylord National Convention Center on the Potomac
Washington, D.C.
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Clean & Green Tech Conference

October 2, 2008
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Bethesda, Maryland
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CPV & CSV Investment and Finance Summit USA 2008

October 2, 2008
Hotel Nikko
San Francisco, California
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Geothermal Energy 2008 Conference and Expo

October 5–8, 2008
Reno, Nevada
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Ocean Energy for New England Conference

October 6, 2008
Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center
Fall River, Massachusetts
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PV Forum & Exhibition

October 7–8, 2008
Taipei, Taiwan
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Cleantech Forum XIX

October 7–9, 2008
Mumbai, India
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EuroSun 2008

1st International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings

October 7–10, 2008
Lisbon, Portugal
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Solar Energy Asia 2008

October 7–10, 2008
Grand Hyatt
Singapore
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Solar Power International 2008

October 13–16, 2008
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California
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Renewable Energy 2008

October 13–17, 2008
BEXCO & Nurimaru
Busan, Korea
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EBW Waste-to-Energy Expo & Conference

October 14–16, 2008
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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2008 China International Solar Photovoltaic Industry Fair

October 17–19, 2008
Tianjin, China
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2008 New Jersey Clean Energy Conference and Leadership Awards

Investing in a CleanTech Economy

October 17, 2008
Hyatt Regency
Jersey City, New Jersey
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3rd Annual Investing in Solar

Where Deals Are Made

October 20–21, 2008
Arizona Grand Resort
Phoenix, Arizona
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World Carbon Emission Reduction Summit

October 20–23, 2008
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Alternative Energy Innovations 2008

October 21–22, 2008
Sofitel San Francisco Bay
Redwood City, California
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POWER-GEN Asia 2008

October 21–23, 2008
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
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Renewable Energy Finance Forum - West

October 27–28, 2008
Grand Hyatt Seattle
Seattle, Washington
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2nd Nuclear Energy Finance Forum

October 30–31, 2008
Carlton Tower
London, England
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Grid-Interop 2008

November 11–13, 2008
Atlanta, Georgia
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2nd Concentrated Solar Power Summit

November 12–13, 2008
Sevilla, Spain
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Arizona Sustainable Building Expo & Conference

November 12–13, 2008
University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
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Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2008

November 19–21, 2008
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Boston, Massachusetts
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2008 CleanICT Summit

November 20–21, 2008
Palo Alto, California
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9th Solarpraxis Forum

November 20–21, 2008
Berlin, Germany
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2nd Energy Efficiency Finance and Investment Forum

December 1–2, 2008
London, England
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Green Energy Summit

March 3–7 2009
Bangalore, India
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