Energy efficiency again enjoyed a stellar year, with electric transportation and efficient lighting technologies propelling the sector to a new high—$3.1 billion in reported transaction value. Less than 20,000 electric vehicles were sold in 2011, but that number figures to rise in 2012 as a multitude of car manufacturers prepare to release electric models.
Contrary to energy efficiency, renewable energies mostly struggled, between plummeting solar prices and uncertainty with the extension of production tax credits (PTC) for wind. Amidst these struggles, solar managed to grow 36% on the strength of follow-on investments in later-stage technologies. But with the bulk of renewable energy funding comprised of late-stage investments, future innovation in the pipeline looms as a concern.
Perhaps of even greater concern was the continued ambiguity surrounding U.S. energy policy. Although not entirely surprising, the politicalization of energy policy in Washington resulted in very little getting done. With elections arriving in 2012, this trend will likely persist for the foreseeable future.
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