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Atlantic wind leasing gets major expansion with Mass. auction

The Interior Department will offer the largest area to date for Atlantic Ocean wind energy development, with a competitive auction of areas off the Massachusetts coast.

The department on Monday announced the Jan. 29 sale of more than 742,000 acres for potential wind farm construction, an area that is nearly double the acreage previously leased in Atlantic federal waters.

Solar, wind becoming competitive in terms of cost

Source: 
The New York Times

With the cost of solar and wind power dropping dramatically in recent years, the renewable energy sources are becoming more directly competitive with electricity from gas and coal-fired plants, The New York Times reports.

Carbon-free hydrogen through electrolysis

Source: 
E&E

Fuel cell technology that’s carbon free would have to come through the process of electrolysis: Generating hydrogen from excess energy produced by renewables like solar and wind, E&E reports.

Solar power could more than handle U.S. electricity needs: Report

Source: 
The Washington Post

A new report from the Environment America Research and Policy Center claims solar power has the potential to provide so much electricity that it could generate more than a hundred times what the U.S. consumes, according to The Washington Post.

Lab team in Berkeley seeking next generation battery technology

Source: 
San Jose Mercury-News

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a 14-member partnership funded by the Department of Energy that is looking for revolutionary advances in battery technology, is moving into a new laboratory in Berkeley in January, which will unite its science and engineering staff under a single roof for the first time, the San Jose Mercury-News reports.

Ellmers, McNerney speak at hybrid trucks news conference

Washington, November 20, 2014, 10:30 am

Reps. Renee Ellmers, Jerry McNerney appear at news conference with the Electrification Coalition and Edison Electric Institute on new Nissan plug-in hybrid electric work trucks. 

No details, but Amazon promising green cloud computing

Source: 
Bloomberg

After Greenpeace gave a failing grade to Amazon for its lack of green energy standards, the company, in an online post, is promising that its cloud computing division will strive for 100 percent renewable energy usage, although it gave no timetable and no details of how the pledge will be achieved, Bloomberg reports.

Hydrogen-powered cars to hit showrooms

Source: 
The New York Times

Toyota’s announcement of a timetable and pricing for release of its Mirai fuel cell sedan means the long-awaited technology is moving into position to compete with plug-in cars in dealerships, The New York Times reports.

Google buys up Dutch wind energy for data center

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building.

Company officials said Tuesday that Google wants both price certainty and to ensure that the 600 million euro ($750 million) data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands — due to be completed in 2017 — will be supplied by renewable energy from the start.

No fuel cell car from Honda until 2016

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

March 2016 is now the target date for Honda to launch its fuel cell car in Japan, a move put back by a program of thorough checks, according to CEO Takanobu Ito, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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