Dan Reicher: Leaving Google for Stanford
Former assistant energy secretary, NRDC attorney and all-around green energy superman Dan Reicher has left his post as Google’s director of climate change and green energy initiatives to join Stanford’s new energy policy and finance center.
Reicher’s departure has been framed in the context of Google’s widely reported struggles to hold onto top employees as the company expands and loses its startup feel but his leavetaking doesn’t fit this mold. He’s always been more of a policy guy he was part of Obama’s transition team and was rumored to be on the short list for energy secretary who seemed more interested in broader energy issues than even Google could accommodate.
That said, Reicher’s accomplished a lot at Google in the past year. Continue reading Dan Reicher quits Google for Stanford policy shop. Is Washington next?
Can Google improve green technology?
Well-known cleantech investor Google is looking further afield – all the way to Europe – for green energy opportunities, according to its head of green business, Ben Kott.
Kott told Reuters at a briefing in London that Google was looking at power generation projects in Europe. Google.org, the company’s philanthropic arm, has been branching out from investments near its California base to a $39 million bet on a North Dakota wind farm and now, possibly, to Europe.
Is there a strategy here? Continue reading Should Google Build a Better Windmill or Build More of Them?
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Google's latest greentech investment
Cleantech developers! Are you scrambling for financing? Is your project backed by a PPA? Has it secured regulatory approval but is not making it past bank credit committees? Call Google. Yes, the search engine giant, is now directly investing in renewable energy projects. A little less than a year after the company’s green leadership announced a shift in its cleantech strategy, Google invested $38.8 million in a North Dakota wind farm developed by NextEra Energy. This is Google’s first ever-direct investment in a wind power plant.
Continue reading The Week In Green Energy: Google Wind