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General Electric to Invest $2 Billion in China

General Electric, the global conglomerate whose businesses include consumer and business financing, power generation, household appliances, aircraft engines, medical imaging and media content, said it plans to invest more than $2 billion in China through 2012 in research and development, technology and financial services partnerships.

Investment Surge Powers Up Smart-Grid Tech

eMeter, which makes software for monitoring energy use, is the latest smart-grid tech startup to garner significant investment -- $12.5 million worth. With old electricity grids being replaced with smart ones, investors -- and tech giants like Google and Cisco -- are surging into the sector.

Clean-Tech Investments Surge, With Solar in Lead

Global clean-tech venture investments rose 43% to $2 billion in the second quarter and hit a high for the first half of this year. Solar and biofuel startups garnered the biggest funding, and the IPO market for clean-tech was much hotter in China than the U.S.

Absence of Smart Grid in Budget Talks Isn't Smart

When announcing his $3.8 trillion budget, Obama didn't mention the "smart grid," long key to his infrastructure spending plans. That's a shame, as improving our utility grid could create jobs as well as make us greener, more efficient and more competitive.

Smart Money Bets on the Smart Grid

The emphasis in alternative energy used to be on finding better ways to generate power. Now, it's on finding better ways to conserve energy and make the power grid more efficient. The so-called "smart grid" is key to that goal, and fortunes will be spent -- and made -- on making it a reality.