California becomes the pioneer state with new LED standards in place. The new regulation replaces the old traditional directional bulbs with the more expensive but energy-efficient LED ones. While more expensive, California Energy Commission promises huge benefits in terms of a bulb's longevity and, more importantly, electric bills.
The US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awarded $17 million to clean energy businesses across 13 states to tackle the big problem of energy consumption.
Seoul, South Korea-based startup investor Samsung Ventures invested an undisclosed amount in Michigan, US-based nanotech firm XG Sciences to co-develop more advanced batteries for consumer electronics.
China-based car parts conglomerate Wanxiang has sweetened its bid for failed US electric car maker Fisker Automotive in a battle with its rival suitor, Hong Kong-based firm Hybrid Technology.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) granted $13 million to five solar companies to help strengthen local solar manufacturing and increase competitiveness in the clean energy market.
US investigators assigned to the hacking incidents done by Anonymous have yet to determine the scope of the cyber campaign of the hacker collective on the state's government agencies.