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Over the past few weeks, a chorus of voices from around the world has started to sound like a warning buzzer for U.S. competitive and innovation strategy. Thomas L. Friedman, writing in the New York Times, reported back from Denmark that that country has succeeded in levying a susbstantial energy tax (deemed politically impossible here), and applying the proceeds to renewable energy innovation, development, and deployment.

Bruce Nussbaum from Business Week completed a tour of Asia, impressed everywhere he visited with the attention being paid to design as a critical innovation element at all levels (including national policy), leading to what he called “Designomics” in his speech to the Design Korea 2009 International Conference: “The global economy is emerging from the Great Recession… with a very different shape, a very different trajectory and a very different set of growth engines.  Read the rest of this entry »

The good news in our prior post is sadly updated to reflect new guidance, released by DOE shortly before the submission deadline for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Level 2 application, regarding applicant eligibility criteria.  This new information disqualified the Sonoma County Transportation Agency, which was to have served as the lead applicant for the Applied Solutions Coalition partnership proposal (see prior post here), including SFIP.

However, ASC and its federal experts fully intend to continue seeking funding for the partnershp’s projects, including SFIP’s energy program as previously detailed.  Stay tuned for more information.

This post is updated as of  December 14. DOE released additional guidance on applicant eligibility on Friday, December 11, just prior to the submission deadline, which unfortunately rendered the lead applicant for this partnership ineligible.  See the new post here for additional information.

SFIP and its energy/climate program have been invited by the Applied Solutions Coalition (ASC) to join in a multi-partner grant application to DOE, through the department’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Sonoma County, California will act as the lead applicant, along with partners Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico; Story County, Iowa; Buncombe County Schools, North Carolina;  Sonoma Mountain Village; Applied Solutions Coalition; and SFIP. The total request among all partners is approximately $5 million. Read the rest of this entry »

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