One of President Trump’s early campaign promises was to dismantle the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration’s regulation asserting federal power over navigable bodies of water and aiming to replace polluting coal-fired power plants with clean energy facilities. Now, thanks to a district court ruling in D.C., Trump may be one step closer to actualizing that promise. To learn more about this ruling and its impact, read on!
Research published earlier this month in the journal Nature and highlighted in Newsweek explains how substantial amounts of power can be generated when fresh water river mouths flow into bodies of sea water. This natural phenomenon of osmosis involves fresh water coming into contact with sea water through a membrane. The potential of harnessing the process of osmosis is significant: researchers estimate that a 1m2 membrane could produce enough electricity to power 50,000 standard energy-saving light bulbs! To learn more about this breakthrough research, read on.
Last week, California Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown announced a $1 billion emergency drought package and an executive order mandating a statewide 25 percent cut in potable water use through the end of next February. These measures seek to save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful use, and coordinate the state’s drought response. In addition to impacting day to day water use, the drought has decreased California’s hydroelectric capacity, shifting the state’s energy landscape and increasing the risk of service disruption. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, California’s hydro production saw a 60 percent decrease from 2011 to 2014. Natural gas and solar are replacing relatively cheap hydroelectricity, resulting in utility price increases. A recent report by the Pacific Institute said electricity costs jumped $1.4 billion from 2012 to 2014 as electricity suppliers switched to gas-fired generation and other sources.
Keeping these energy needs in mind, Governor Brown’s announcements also called for new water energy technologies.
Last week, Cleantech Open Northeast announced the exciting launch of their 2015 start-up accelerator program. Cleantech Open, the oldest and largest cleantech start-up accelerator program in the US, is once again calling for the best and brightest new ideas in generation, efficiency, distribution and storage, chemicals and advanced materials, transportation, water, waste, and other critical fields. Mintz Levin is thrilled to continue to support and sponsor this incredible opportunity for young cleantech companies.
Applications are due by May 1st.
The program gives all participants access to world-class, tailored mentoring from experienced cleantech business experts and a national network of influencers, entrepreneurs, and investors. The start-up accelerator program offers cleantech entrepreneurs the chance to compete for 4-6 winning packages of $20,000, as well as a top national prize of $200,000.
There is a fee to apply to the program – but if you apply by March 1st, there is a discounted rate. Click here to register and get started on your application, and make sure to check out the FAQs if you run into any questions. We wish everyone the best of luck in the competition!
Israel is considered a global leader with respect to water innovation—it recycles 86% of its water and operates the largest desalination plant in the world at the lowest operating expense. Now Massachusetts, which already has almost 30 water technology companies that generate nearly $4 billion in revenue, is looking to secure its future as the U.S. home to water innovation. To that end, a delegation of Massachusetts academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and policy makers will be traveling to Israel to foster partnerships with their Israeli colleagues, who are at the forefront of water innovation technology. For more on the Massachusetts Water Innovation Mission to Israel, see the press release and the Xconomy article covering the water delegation’s upcoming trip