Fuel cell vehicles meet resistance in the east

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Lacking infrastructure slows the adoption of fuel cell vehicles Fuel cell vehicles are struggling to find traction in the eastern United States. This is due to the limited hydrogen infrastructure in the region. Several states, particularly New York and Connecticut, have been showing strong support for clean vehicles, encouraging drivers to embrace these vehicles more readily. While some consumers have shown interest, the majority of people have been unwilling to purchase fuel cell vehicles. In order for these vehicles to become successful, more hydrogen fuel stations will need to be…

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SEIA releases new white paper calling for modernized energy grids to prepare for solar energy

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States may need to make efforts to modernize their grids in order to embrace solar energy The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released a new white paper that calls for the modernization of the United States’ energy grid. Notably, modernization efforts should be taken more seriously in both New York and California. Both states represent very strong and increasingly popular solar energy markets. The problem, however, is that the energy grids in these states are not well suited for clean power. According to the SEIA, these states can do…

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Model shows that solar energy could help New York reach its power storage goals

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CUNY releases new roadmap highlighting the benefits of solar energy and power storage Sustainable CUNY, an initiative launched by the City University of New York, has published a new roadmap that could help ensure that New York is capable of reaching its energy storage targets. The roadmap suggests that the use of solar energy technology could help bolster energy storage systems, providing these systems with a reliable source of electrical power. While the roadmap is designed for New York City specifically, CUNY believes that it can also be applied to…

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Deepwater Wind to develop the largest offshore wind farm in the US

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United States will soon have a larger offshore wind farm The largest offshore wind energy system in the United States may soon be eclipsed by another massive project that aims to further increase the country’s wind capacity. The Long Island Power Authority has granted approval for the development of what will become the country’s largest offshore wind energy project, which is being constructed by Deepwater Wind. The company already operates the current largest offshore system in the country, but the new project is expected to dwarf its predecessor by a…

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Tesla and Panasonic to develop more solar energy products next year

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Tesla forms a new deal with Panasonic Tesla Motors has announced that it will be working more closely with Panasonic in the solar energy space. Together, the companies will begin work on manufacturing photovoltaic cells and modules. Plans to do so were first outlined two months ago, when the companies signed a non-binding letter of intent. Per the letter of intent, the companies aim to use their new photovoltaic cells to provide power for Tesla’s energy storage solutions, the Powerwall and Powerpack. New facility to be built in Buffalo, New…

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Loan will help Plug Power deliver more of its hydrogen fuel cells

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Green Bank provides Plug Power with $25 million loan The New York Green Bank has announced that it will be lending $25 million to Plug Power in order to help the company expand the use of its hydrogen fuel cells in the materials handling space. Several large companies, such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot, have begun to use fuel cells to power their forklift trucks operating at their distribution centers. These energy systems have gained popularity because of their highly efficient nature and their ability to generate electrical power without…

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Norway’s Statoil aims to build a new offshore wind farm in the United States

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New offshore wind farm could be built off the coast of New York Norway’s largest oil company, Statoil, aims to build a new offshore wind farm off the coast of New York’s Jones Beach. The winds that can be found off of the coast of the United States are quite dependable and they could have the potential to produce as much as four times the amount of energy of all sources of power in the country. Statoil sees great promise in this potential, and is making plans to develop an…

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Honda set to launch the Clarity Fuel Cell before the end of the year

Honda is releasing its new fuel cell vehicle before 2016 comes to a close Honda has plans to launch its new fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity Fuel Cell, before the end of this year and the first three of these vehicles have already received their license plates. The Clarity Fuel Cell is considered one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has given the Clarity fuel Cell with a range rating of 366 miles and the vehicle can travel…

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Three states lead the development of hydrogen fuel cells

Department of Energy releases new report showing the three states where hydrogen fuel cells are thriving The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office has announced that three states rank highest in terms of fuel cell industry activity. The agency is now seeking stakeholder feedback concerning this activity and how to best facilitate further growth. The Fuel Cell Technologies Office has released a new report showing that California, Connecticut, and New York. Of these, California is home to the largest number of stationary fuel cells in operation. Report highlights…

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New York renters could soon have their own community solar energy systems

Community solar energy is coming to New York New Yorkers will so be able to tap into the power of the sun. Renters will have the opportunity to take advantage of community solar energy projects. These projects are designed with a very specific purpose, which is to provide access to clean power to everyone within a specific community. Through a new community solar initiative, energy developers will be able to team with building hosts. Those making use of this community project will be able to use electricity produced by the…

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New York to release blueprint concerning offshore wind energy development

State will release a blueprint outlining plans to boost wind capacity New York State is preparing to release a blueprint for its plans to develop offshore wind energy capacity. The blueprint aims to outline the development of some 1,430 wind turbines, which would be installed off of the coast of New Jersey and Rhode Island. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority notes that the blueprint will also describe the benefits that wind energy could bring to New York. Many of these benefits are economic in nature. New…

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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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Toyota to maintain support for hydrogen fuel cells despite lacking infrastructure

Lack of infrastructure support makes fuel cell vehicles less attractive Toyota will continue to show support for fuel cell vehicles, but lacking infrastructure has slowed its clean transportation plans considerably. Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, notes that more hydrogen fuel stations are needed to ensure the success of the Mirai, Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle. Last fall, Toyota launched the Mirai in California, where most of the hydrogen stations in the United States are located. Later this year, the automaker plans to release the vehicle in Northeast markets.…

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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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Climate change is a public health issue, not just an environmental problem

Public health may be affected by the impact associated with a changing climate Climate change poses a significant threat to public health, according to the United States government. The White House has released a new report concerning the health impact the phenomenon could have on the country. The report notes that increasing health issues will be particularly prominent for pregnant women, children, and low-income people. The report predicts that death and illness from heat stroke, respiratory failure, and certain diseases will increase as the effects of climate change worsen. A…

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Solar energy jobs continue to grow in the United States

Solar jobs in New York are thriving, according to Solar Foundation census information The Solar Foundation has released its 2015 census, showing that New York is ranked fourth in the country in terms of solar technology jobs. Nationwide, some 208,859 people work within the solar energy sector. Approximately 8,250 of these people are in New York. According to the Solar Foundation, solar jobs have grown throughout the country by 20% or more three years in a row. This is partly due to the strong support that the solar sector has…

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