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The New New Thing Is Clean Energy

Venture capitalists are starting to treat energy technology companies like the dot coms of 1999. The percentage of total U.S. VC investment devoted to cleaner-energy companies has been steadily rising, but it shot up in 2006, when $2.4 billion went to investments in companies involved in everything from ethanol production to photo­voltaics manufacture.

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