New hydrogen fuel station and fuel cell bus come to Massachusetts

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State celebrates the opening of a new hydrogen fuel station and the launch of a fuel cell bus The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is celebrating the launch of a new fuel cell bus as well as the opening of a new hydrogen fuel station. Both the bus and the fueling station are part of the National Fuel Cell Bus Program. This program is designed to encourage the development and adoption of new fuel cell buses. The program is also focused on aiding in the development of the infrastructure needed…

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Massachusetts is making changes to the way it supports solar energy

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State aims to launch new program to show support for solar energy projects Massachusetts has begun overhauling its support for solar energy projects. Energy officials announced a new plan this week that aims to cut the annual cost of solar installations for ratepayers. Officials claim that the new support structure will instill more certainty in the energy market, which will allow solar developers to know exactly what level of incentive they will be receiving for their projects. The structure is also meant to foster more stability in the costs that…

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The past year has been a major success for offshore wind energy

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Energy Information Agency reports that the offshore wind energy market is poised for further expansion The Energy Information Agency has released a new report highlighting the strong growth that the clean energy sector saw in the United States in 2016. Notably, offshore wind energy has experienced a magnificent year of growth and support, particularly along the East Coast, where offshore projects have established a significant presence. The United States is home to a great deal of offshore wind potential, but the country only began seeking to tap into its offshore…

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First offshore wind energy system in the US begins producing electricity

The Block Island Wind Farm has begun generating electrical power The United States’ first offshore wind energy system has begun operation. Located off the coast of Block Island, the wind farm features five turbines that stand 589 feet tall. Called the Block Island Wind Farm, the new offshore wind energy system began operation earlier this week. The energy system is expected to be in full operation later this month, generating enough electricity to power 17,000 homes, effectively meeting the energy needs of approximately 4% of households in Rhode Island. Offshore…

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Massachusetts to change program to support solar energy industry

Solar energy industry will gain more consistent financial support from new program Massachusetts is looking to make changes to its solar energy incentives initiative. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has released a proposal for a major restructuring of the initiative, which may have major implications for the solar energy industry in the state. Currently, the state offers two types of incentives, but they are very volatile, with their value fluctuating wildly based on many factors. Level of incentives being offered will be based on size of solar projects The…

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Solar energy market in the US to be driven forward by 10 states

10 states are leading the way in the adoption of solar power Solar energy is growing throughout the United States, but 10 states are leading the way in the growth of this sector of clean power. These states have been showing more support for this form of renewable energy in recent years, providing incentives for solar developers designed to ensure that their projects are successful. Currently, the entire country only derives 0.65% of its energy from solar power, but this is beginning to change thanks to the efforts of some…

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Air Liquide to build new hydrogen fuel stations in the US

New hydrogen stations to be built in four new locations Air Liquide has announced new locations for hydrogen fuel stations in the United States. The company plans to build these fueling stations in the northeastern region of the company, and they will be open to the public. These stations will serve to bolster the regions hydrogen infrastructure, which has been taking form over the past few years. This infrastructure is needed to ensure the successful adoption of fuel cell vehicles, which automakers intend to launch throughout the country in the…

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New legislation aims to increase solar energy net metering cap in Massachusetts

State looks to increase net metering caps to support solar power growth The Massachusetts House of Representatives have approved a new legislation that aims to expand the use of solar energy in the state. Lawmakers are eager to see the state’s solar sector grow and have been introducing new incentives to encourage consumers to move away from traditional forms of power in favor of solar. The new legislation may be able to accomplish this by raising the state’s net metering cap, which may further reduce the cost of solar power…

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Cost of offshore wind energy projects set to fall over the next 10 years

Study shows that wind energy is becoming more affordable The University of Delaware has released a new study that highlights the cost of developing offshore wind energy projects. The study suggests that the cost of this projects will drop substantially over the next decade, making it easier for such projects to take form. Offshore wind projects are becoming more popular in the United States because of their potential to produce large quantities of electrical power. These projects take advantage of the strong wind currents that can be found at sea,…

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Lawmakers seek to preserve state rules supporting solar energy

New legislation seeks to change net metering rules for solar customers A group of 100 lawmakers in Massachusetts are petitioning legislative leaders to take action on a legislation that focuses on solar energy. The legislation proposes changes be made to the state’s net metering rules. These rules allow those using solar power to sell excess electrical power back to the grid for energy credits. Utilities currently pay a retail rate for this electricity, but changes to the net metering system will allow these companies to spend much less money on…

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Dong Energy looks to build world’s largest offshore wind energy system in the US

Dong Energy proposes plans to develop large-scale offshore wind energy project Dong Energy is looking to build one of the world’s largest offshore wind energy systems. The project will be situated in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Massachusetts. Wind energy has been growing quickly in the United States, especially when it comes to offshore power. There is significant potential in the wind currents that are found at sea, where wind turbines can generate large quantities of electrical power. Project could potentially produce more than 1,000 MW of electrical…

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Offshore wind energy wins more support in the US

White House issues more financial support for offshore wind projects Offshore wind energy is beginning to gain more support in the United States. The Obama administration has been pushing for the expansion of clean power throughout the country recently and during a recent White House summit, the federal government offered more support for wind power. The Department of Energy has awarded $592,683 in competitive grants to organizations in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The funds are meant to advance the offshore wind energy market and the development of…

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Massachusetts is gaining ground with its solar energy endeavors

State is on track to reach its solar targets ahead of schedule Massachusetts may be on track toward achieving its solar energy goals, according to state officials. If lawmakers decide to lift limitations on a program that provides aid for solar energy developers working in the state. Per state law, Massachusetts will be generating 1,6000 megawatts of electrical power from solar projects by 2020. By easing the limitations on developers, the state may be able to reach this goal early, placing it in a lead position when it comes to…

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Clean technology and renewable energy are growing throughout the US

Several states are leading the way in clean technology advancement Clean technology is gaining prominence in the United States, where several states have begun investing quite heavily in the development of environmentally friendly energy systems and their associated technologies. Clear Edge, a research organization, has released its latest Clean Tech Leadership Index report, which ranks states based on their support of clean technology. According to the report, California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Colorado, and New York are leaders in new technology and sustainability. Solar energy is gaining significant momentum across the country…

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State devotes $10 million to support energy storage

Massachusetts launches new initiative to support the advancement of storage technologies Massachusetts has launched a new $10 million initiative that is designed to support energy storage in the state. The funding is being provided by the Department of Energy Resources and will be used to fund the research and development of new energy storage solutions. The funding will be funneled to local energy companies that have innovative products, as well as be used to create new public policies that will support the adoption of energy storage solutions. Homeowners may be…

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Project aims to promote hydrogen fuel cells in the Northeast

New project wants to bring 10,800 fuel cell vehicles to the region A new development project taking place in the Northeastern United States has announced a new plan to promote clean vehicles. The project aims to bring 10,800 fuel cell vehicles to the roads of numerous states, including New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Each of these states have their own plans concerning clean transportation, but the overarching Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) aims to highlight hydrogen fuel cell technology in the region. The NEESC is being managed…

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