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  1. Venture capital smart grid funding reaches $405 million

    Venture capital funding into smart grid technology companies came in at $405 million in 63 deals in 2013, compared to $434 million in 40 deals in 2012. Total corporate funding, including debt and public market financings, came to $579 million in 2013, compared to $506 million in 2012. There were 94 total venture capital investors in 2013, with 12 active investors participating in multiple deals. It was an active Q42013, with $148 million in 31 deals. This is according to Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm. "Deal activity picked up towards the end of the year, and after a long pause, IPOs have made a comeback," commented Raj Prabhu, CEO and Co-Founder of Mercom Capital Group. "After half a billion dollars of venture capital investments into home energy companies, the market is finally coalescing around connected home packages as convenience is seen as a better sell with consumers. A single vendor offering a bundle with cable, security, phone and other services and no upfront costs, has removed the barrier for these technologies to find their way into homes." There were three IPOs in 2013 raising a combined $162.3 million. The top venture capital funded companies in 2013 were led by Nest Labs, which raised $80 million (Nest was recently acquired by Google for $3.2 billion). Utilidata raised $20.5 million; Space-Time Insight raised $20 million; Enlighted raised $20 million; and GreenWave Reality raised $19 million. The top venture capital investors in 2013 included RockPort Capital Partners, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Navitas Capital. By technology, home/building automation & energy management companies raised $190 million, grid optimization companies — $51 million, demand response companies — $50 million, AMI companies — $32 million, and data analytics companies brought in $16 million. There were 16 merger and acquisition transactions that changed hands in 2013 for $5.3 billion. Only five transactions had disclosed dollar amounts. The top disclosed transactions were the $5.2 billion acquisition of Invensys by Schneider Electric , followed by the $107 million acquisition of JouleX by Cisco, and the $11 million acquisition of Consert by Toshiba. Eighteen companies made multiple acquisitions since 2010. The top acquirers have been ABB, Schneider Electric, GE, Siemens, and EnerNOC.

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    Wed, 22 Jan 2014

  2. LEIF: Venture capital investment in water technology bubbling up

    A report released today by the London Environmental Investment Forum reveals increasing venture capital investment activity in companies that are providing innovative water solutions to the oil and gas and mining industries.

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    Fri, 11 May 2012

  3. RWE Venture Capital invests in Margan

    Margan Business Development Ltd. (MBD), specialized in the inspection and analysis of High Energy Piping condition, successfully completed another financing round of about € two million.

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    Thu, 23 Oct 2003

  4. Off Grid Electric Raises $25M to Help Power a ‘Solar Revolution’ in Africa

    DBL Partners, the same venture capital fund that supported SolarCity for many years, has led the largest venture capital funding for distributed energy in Africa. Off Grid Electric announced today that it raised $25 million in a Series C investment. Off Grid Electric, based in California and ...

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    Thu, 22 Oct 2015

  1. Renewable Energy: Statoil launches USD 200m new energy investment fund

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    Tue, 16 Feb 2016

  2. Clean technology funding declined by 4.5% in 2011

    U.S. venture capital investment in renewable power and energy-efficiency technology declined 4.5 percent to $4.9 billion last year from 2010, according to an Ernst & Young LLP study.

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    Thu, 2 Feb 2012

  3. Siemens, Tendril team up for consumer energy management solutions

    Siemens Energy and Tendril have entered into a strategic alliance to market the Tendril Connect™ platform to utilities. Additionally, Siemens Venture Capital has invested in Tendril, making this its eighth investment in the Smart Grid area.

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    Mon, 13 Jun 2011

  4. Smart Grid funding drops $46m in a year

    Venture capital funding in the Smart Grid sector has dropped $46m in a year, from $112m in the second quarter of 2011 to $66m in the same period this year.

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    Tue, 24 Jul 2012

  5. Clean tech firms feel the sting of global credit crisis

    The global fianancial crisis is taking its toll on venture capital investment trends for low carbon technologies, making it more difficult for many companies to commercialize their technologies.

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    Tue, 23 Jun 2009

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    U.S. venture capital investment in cleantech companies rose 8 percent to $3.98 billion in 2010, up from $3.7 billion in 2009.

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    Wed, 2 Feb 2011

  7. Norsk Hydro Technology Ventures invests in wave energy

    Norsk Hydro Technology Ventures will invest venture capital into a new wave power generation concept developed by Scottish start-up company Ocean Power Delivery.

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    Tue, 19 Mar 2002

  8. Total Energy Ventures invests in smart grids with AutoGrid

    Total Energy Ventures, the venture capital arm of Total that invests in start-ups, has acquired an interest in AutoGrid, a company that develops digital solutions to manage and optimize energy supplied to and from the power grids.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

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