The Week in Clean Tech: The Nest Thermostat hits Apple stores, Amazon adds PCs and laptops to buy-back programs, and more!

It’s A Post-PC World: Amazon Adds Laptops, Netbooks To Trade-In Program
"We’re living in a post-PC era, which means you likely have a few laptops/netbooks you’re looking to toss out in exchange for a shiny new mobile device. That said, Amazon’s trade-in program has recently included laptops, notebooks, and netbooks to its eligibility list."

Rethinking Data Center Cooling for Serious Savings
"One engineering firms says a little air and pressure adjustment can slash costs by up to 50 percent. "

An accelerator lab for battery startups launches
"Can the startup accelerator model work for battery companies? The folks behind CalCharge, the brainchild of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) that hopes to attract some 30 battery companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, think so."

The Nest Thermostat Is Now Available At The Apple Store
"If any household product deserves a spot in the Apple Store, it’s the Nest Thermostat. Never mind the common denominator of long-time Apple employee, Tony Fadell, the Nest Thermostat exemplifies Apple’s mantra of making technology accessible. The Nest isn’t just a pretty face. Behind the shiny exterior are enough disruptive bits to make thermostat giant, Honeywell, attempt to sue the company out of existence. Starting today, the Nest is now available in Apple’s retail stores and the website."

Illinois Rejects Ameren’s Smart Grid Plan
"Bolstering the consumer benefits of smart grid is not just important; it is critical for the success of future smart grid projects."

Turn off your PC – The cost of PC gaming
"My coworker Geoff and I have been taking power meters home to see what the true cost of PC gaming is. Not just the outlay for hardware and software but what the day-to-day costs really are. This series of posts will help PC gamers do our bit for the environment and save some cash at the same time."

The Solar-Powered Microgrid, Courtesy of Forest City and Japan
"A Japanese consortium showcases a self-sustaining, solar, energy storage and backup turbine-powered project in Albuquerque, with Forest City as host. "

Utilities Admit Smart Meter Education Budgets Inadequate
"SmartEnergy IP has released its 2012 Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Spending Report that interviewed utilities across the United States on current practices and opinions on AMI education spending."

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