GM to purchase wind energy to power seven facilities

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Automaker announces plans to purchase more wind energy Automaker General Motors has announced that it will be making a large wind energy purchase in the near future. The company will be purchasing electricity from wind farms in Ohio and Illinois. This electricity will be used to provide power to seven manufacturing facilities. These wind farms will contribute to the automaker’s overall use of clean power. With these wind farms, approximately 20% of the company’s energy consumption will be satisfied through the use of renewables. GM is growing more focused on…

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Amazon to help build new wind energy system in Ohio

Amazon will be focusing more heavily on wind energy Online retailer Amazon has announced plans to rely more heavily on wind energy in Ohio. The state is home to three of the company’s massive data centers. Amazon intends to power these important data centers with the help of wind farms, which will help the company become more environmentally friendly and reduce its reliance on fossil-fuels. Amazon is just one of several large companies showing greater support for clean power in an effort to comply with new emissions regulations and reduce…

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Plug Power opens new facility to help aid the adoption of hydrogen fuel cells

New facility may be a major benefit for those using hydrogen fuel cells from Plug Power Plug Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells and other hydrogen-based solutions, has launched a new service center in Dayton, Ohio. The new service station is expected to bring several new jobs to the Dayton-metro area. It will also be responsible for bringing innovation to the area as well, especially where hydrogen fuel cells are concerned. The service station will also be a boon to Plug Power’s customers in Ohio, among whom Walmart,…

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Amazon announces new wind energy project in Texas

Amazon will be launching a new wind energy system in West Texas Major online retailer Amazon has announced a new major renewable energy project in Texas. The project is focused on wind power and has been dubbed the Amazon Wind Farm Texas. Amazon is just one among many major companies that have begun to invest aggressively in wind energy and other forms of clean power. The company believes that renewable energy can help it become more environmentally friendly and reduce the amount of harmful emissions it produces each year. Wind…

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Wind energy grows in Texas, but demand for electricity is falling

ERCOT shows that wind power is becoming more popular The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has announced that demand for electrical power throughout the state fell in February. The supply of wind energy, however, grew. Wind accounted for one of every 5 megawatts generated in the state, accounting for a higher percentage of the state’s energy supply than what was seen last year. Notably, wind power surpassed nuclear energy, becoming the third largest energy source for ERCOT so far this year. Wind sector expected to see strong growth in…

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Amazon to build new wind energy system in Ohio

Amazon Web Services will be developing a wind farm in Ohio Amazon Web Services has announced that it will be building a new wind energy system in Ohio. The company is an offshoot of Amazon, providing a range of web services through its cloud computing network. While Amazon is often thought of strictly as a retailer, the company also has its hands in various forms of renewable energy. Now, Amazon is looking to build and operate its own wind power system. New wind energy system will produce 100 MW of…

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Home Depot’s new distribution center will rely on hydrogen fuel cells

Home Depot to make use of fuel cells developed by Plug Power Home Depot has opened a new distribution warehouse in Ohio and the facility will make use of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The fuel cells will be provided by Plug Power, a leading developer of the technology. Home Depot has been using fuel cells to power its materials handling vehicles for some time, finding that these energy systems are more reliable and efficient than the lead-acid batteries that have powered these vehicles in the past. Fuel cells are ideal…

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Honda opens new natural gas station in Ohio

Honda has opened a new fueling station at its Marysville campus that provides natural gas Honda has opened a new natural gas station at its Marysville campus in Ohio. The new station is the first of its kind on Honda property anywhere in North America, though similar stations exist on property that does not belong to Honda. The new station is meant to reduce the environmental impact of the Marysville campus and allow Honda to comply more readily with increasingly strict emissions regulations coming from both state and federal governments…

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New hydrogen fuel buses are coming to Ohio

Transit agency receives federal funding to purchase fuel cell buses The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority has received $8.9 million in federal funding in order to purchase five buses equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. The organization manages the public transportation of Stark County, Ohio. Hydrogen-powered buses are beginning to gain traction with transport authorities because of their efficiency and the fact that they produce no harmful emissions. These buses are equipped with fuel cells, which consume hydrogen fuel in order to produce electrical power. Stark County will be home to…

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Department of Energy funds projects to expand domestic fuel cell industry

Federal agency aims to support the growth of the country’s fuel cell industry The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen three projects to receive $2 million in funding provided by the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative. This initiative is designed to support the federal agency’s overarching goal to help the United States be more competition in the manufacture of clean technologies. The funding being issued by the initiative will help support the analysis of hydrogen fuel and the domestic manufacture of fuel cell energy systems and how modern manufacturing processes can…

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Ohio legislation strikes a blow against renewable energy

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New legislation causes a disruption within Ohio’s energy sector New legislation in Ohio has caused some turbulence in the energy sector, and the legislation has attracted harsh criticism from EverPower Wind Holdings’ Michael Speerschneider. The legislation was signed into law by Governor John Kasich last week and removes all requirements for the increase in the use of renewable energy throughout the state. Energy advocates suggest that this legislation makes Ohio a seriously unattractive market for large-scale projects and it could serve to derail the state’s progress toward sustainability. Legislation repeals…

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Hydrogen fuel cell organization wins funding in Ohio

Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition receives financial support from state’s Controlling Board The Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition has won funding from the state’s Controlling Board this week. The funding is expected to help in the development of fuel cell technology and promote the adoption of fuel cells for various purposes. The funding is also likely to be used by the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition to support local manufacturing projects that are focused on fuel cell technology. As fuel cells begin to receive more attention, especially in the form of financial aid,…

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Alternative energy goals in Ohio put on hold by government

Senate bill revisions push back Ohio’s green energy objectives. After a compromise regarding a closely watched Senate bill was accepted last week, a panel of legislators will be studying the impact of the state’s alternative energy targets, which will stall renewable energy plans for two years. Mandates for Ohio utilities to utilize energy technology has been a subject of hot debate. Since 2008, when the state first gave the go ahead for renewable energy sources, like wind energy, solar energy and biofuels, there have been ongoing disputes. Those in support…

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Wind energy makes progress in Ohio

Ohio is becoming a bastion for wind energy Wind energy is making promising progress in Ohio. A new report from the American Wind Energy Association shows that wind energy investments have been growing steadily in the state since 2008. These investments have helped bring many wind projects to life, increasing the electrical power generated from wind significantly over the past few years. The growth of wind energy has brought benefits to the state’s economy through the creation of new jobs and the reduced consumption of fossil-fuels. Investments are on the…

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New solar energy capacity comes online in the US in April

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Solar energy continues to gain momentum in the US Solar energy has been making strong progress in the U.S. in recent years. The country has been focusing on solar energy as a potential avenue throughout which it can abandon fossil-fuels. While this goal may be somewhat lofty and unattainable in the foreseeable future, the U.S. has been showing enough support for solar energy to make this goal feasible, at least. As the U.S. continues to throw support behind solar energy, the country’s capacity continues to grow. 33MW of new capacity…

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Ohio energy efficiency standards in peril

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States begin revision energy efficiency standards Several states throughout the U.S. have begun showing more interest in renewable energy, but the support behind energy efficiency is beginning to wane. Over the past few years, energy efficiency has become a major topic of interest throughout the country, with efficiency standards considered a viable way to reduce harmful emissions and save money on energy costs. For most states, energy efficiency standards manifest as using significantly less energy than what has become normal. Because of this approach, efficiency standards have been somewhat less…

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