Microsoft begins testing new fuel cells

Microsoft Building - Fuel cells

Company is now testing natural gas fuel cells for future use Microsoft has begun showing more interest in fuel cells. The company has commenced testing on natural gas fuel cells that may eventually be used to provide electricity to its data centers. Microsoft has several data centers throughout the country, which consume a total of 2% of all electricity generated in the United States. By embracing fuel cells, the company may be able to reduce its strain on the energy grid and become more environmentally friendly. Seattle facility will be…

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Washington looks to build up its geothermal energy capacity

Geothermal Energy - Natural Source

New legislation aims to streamline the use of geothermal energy in the state Washington legislators have passed a new bill that aims to streamline the state’s use of geothermal energy. The state has shown some interest in this form of clean power recently, but has been slow to embrace geothermal power when compared to its neighbors. Washington already uses a heavy mix of clean power sources, but is now looking to ensure that geothermal energy plays a larger role in its sustainable future. Washington has been somewhat slow in developing…

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WSU team aims to build the first hydrogen fuel station in Washington

Team of researchers and students to develop a new hydrogen fuel station Researchers and students from the Washington State University are working together to raise the funds needed to build what they believe will be the state’s first hydrogen fuel station. Washington is a relatively small clean transportation market, with virtually no fuel cell vehicles available to the public. Washington State University hopes to prepare the state for the inevitable coming of these vehicles, however, by helping establish a hydrogen infrastructure. Using renewable energy to produce hydrogen will be a…

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World’s largest offshore wind energy project could take form in California

New 765 MW project set to take form off California coast California may soon be home to the United States’ first offshore wind energy system that reaches operational status, if the project can shirk environmental concerns. Trident Winds, an energy developer based in Washington, has proposed to build a massive 765 megawatt offshore wind farm. The farm is meant to take form 25 miles off California’s central coast. If constructed, it will be the world’s offshore wind energy system, surpassing the London Array, which has a capacity of 630 megawatts.…

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Washington introduced draft rule for clean fuels

Clean fuels are set to gain more support in Washington Washington has released a new draft rule that has established a new clean fuel standard in the state. The new rule is meant to add more momentum to the state’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reduce emissions, the state has been promoting clean vehicles and the use of renewable energy. Because transportation accounts for the majority of emissions produced in the state, the new rule is focused on promoting clean fuels. New standard is based off…

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Oregon and Washington aim to incentive clean transportation

States are working to promote clean transportation and the adoption of electric vehicles New incentives may emerge in Oregon and Washington that could promote the adoption of fuel cell vehicles and other clean cars. A coalition has formed in Oregon, which aims to introduce legislation that would provide those that purchase battery electric vehicles with a tax rebate. Washington’s Governor, Jay Inslee, recently proposed a bill that would provide those that own electric vehicles, including fuel cell vehicles, with credit for using the state’s ferry services. Electric vehicles continue to…

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New community solar energy project launched in Washington

University helps launch a new solar power project Washington State University has launched a new community solar energy project. Community projects allow several consumers to share the benefits of a single renewable energy system. These projects pools investments from a community rather than relying on the financial aid provided by a government agency or private investment firms. The projects are particular popular among people interested in clean energy but do not own a home of their own. In the past, solar energy systems were typically reserved for homeowners because they…

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New partnership seeks to promote renewable energy and fight climate change

Renewable energy and climate change are the focus on a powerful new partnership The west coast of North America has banded together in order to fight climate change. The governments of British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington have entered into a new partnership in order to reduce harmful emissions and accelerate the adoption of renewable energy. This partnership is called the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy and is one of the first of its kind to be focused on derailing climate change specifically. Climate change continues to…

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West Coast gets 8 new electric charging stations to help bolster the alternative energy infrastructure of the region

West Coast Electric Highway

Interstate 5, the main highway that connects the West Coast states of the U.S., has become home to 8 new electric charging stations and is the latest addition to the West Coast Electric Highway, an ambitious initiative to establish an alternative energy infrastructure in western states. The stations begin at California’s northern border and extend to the far north of Oregon. Each station is capable of providing energy to electric cars and fills a gap in the current infrastructure to support these vehicles. Each station is equipped with fast-charging technology.…

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