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  • February 1, 2011

    The Breakthrough Behind a 300% Increase in Photosynthesis Productivity

    A story about a recent breakthrough that will triple the productivity of photosynthesis in plants and algae to generate clean, renewable fuels, is currently posted on the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Blog[]. The blog entry was added by Fuel Cell Technologies Program Manager Sunita Satyapal.

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  • January 26, 2011

    New LBNL report profiles innovation in "community wind" project finance

    The 'community wind' sector in the United States ' loosely defined here as consisting of relatively small utility-scale wind power projects that sell power on the wholesale market and that are developed and owned primarily by local investors ' has historically served as a 'test bed' or 'proving grounds' not only for up-and-coming wind turbine manufacturers trying to break into the broader U.S. wind market, but also for wind project financing structures. For example, a variation of one of the most common financing arrangements in the U.S. wind market today ' the 'partnership flip' structure ' was first developed by community wind projects in Minnesota more than a decade ago before being adapted by the broader wind

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  • January 25, 2011

    Hydrogen Fuel Cell Portable Light Tower Lights Up the Golden Globe Awards

    The world's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered mobile light tower lit up the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 16th. The Multiquip portable light tower, developed in collaboration with Altergy Systems, integrates clean, reliable backup fuel cell power technology with filament-free, efficient plasma light technology. The DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Program and Sandia National Laboratories are key stakeholders supporting the development and commercialization of this product.

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  • January 1, 2011

    DOE Releases Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments - Second Edition

    The U.S. Department of Energy developed Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments - Second Edition to assist local governments and stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets. This second edition of the guide was updated to include new market developments and innovations for advancing local solar markets that have emerged since the first edition was released in 2009. January 2011.

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  • January 1, 2011

    A Guide to Community Solar: Utility, Private, and Nonprofit Project Development

    A Guide to Community Solar: Utility, Private, and Non-profit Project Development is designed by the U.S. DOE to be used as a resource for those who want to develop community solar projects, from community organizers or solar energy advocates to government officials or utility managers. By exploring the range of incentives and policies while providing examples of operational community solar projects, this guide will help communities to plan and implement successful local energy projects. In addition, by highlighting some of the policy best practices, this guide suggests changes in the regulatory landscape that could significantly boost community solar installations across the country.

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  • December 31, 2010

    Clean Energy States Alliance Announces New Members

    Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) welcomes six new organizations into its membership: *District Department of the Environment, Energy Administration (D.C.)*; *New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission* and *New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services*; *Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD)*; *Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)*; and *State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism*.

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