Washington signs historic climate legislation into law

Governor Jay Inslee signed the Climate Commitment Act, which will cap and reduce pollution and create revenue for climate investments to help the state accelerate the transition to a clean energy infrastructure and economy

US greenlights $75m grid energy storage research facility

It will include 30 research laboratories, some of which will be testing chambers capable of assessing prototypes and new grid energy storage technologies under real-world grid operating conditions

Microsoft inks deal for hydropower in Washington

It has signed a five-year agreement with the Chelan County Public Utility District

Tunnel holding radioactive waste partially collapses in Washington

A portion of an underground tunnel containing rail cars filled with radioactive waste in Washington collapsed yesterday. It is located next to the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Facility (PUREX) at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Officials however detected no release of radiation and no workers were injured, according to the US Department of Energy’s Hanford Joint Information […]

Ban Ki-moon: Climate action must be taken to the next level

It is time to take climate action “to the next level”. The comment was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a speech at the ‘Climate Action 2016’ conference in Washington yesterday. He said: “We need to accelerate the speed, scope and scale of our response, locally and globally.” The two-day event aims to strengthen […]

US ‘safely’ stores 10m metric tons of CO2

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the safe capture and storage of 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). That’s the equivalent of removing more than two million cars from the roads a year. Called carbon capture and storage (CCS), it is the separation and capture of CO2 from power plants and industrial […]

US Navy invests $8m in marine energy

The US Navy is investing $8 million (£5m) to develop marine energy technologies for use at its facilities worldwide. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has awarded a four-year contract to the University of Washington (UW) to help develop tools for the Navy to predict and tap wave and tidal energy at its marine locations. […]

US fund to develop biofuels for military jets

The US Government has announced funding worth nearly $18 million (£11.8m) for new projects to develop advanced biofuels for military jets and ships. The cash will be used for four innovative pilot-scale bio-refineries in California, Iowa and Washington. They will test renewable biofuels as a domestic alternative to power cars, trucks and planes that meet […]

US state to tax electric car users

A state in the United States is soon to begin charging electric car owners $100 (£61) a year in tax. The Washington state is slapping the tax on drivers to make up for losing the tax from petrol they don’t need to buy anymore. The cash is meant to go towards maintaining the roads and […]

NASA trials green rocket-fuel

NASA’s latest successful mission to Mars with the Curiosity rover might have grabbed more headlines this month – but in a few years’ time a very different project could be hogging the limelight. The American space exploration body has just announced it is developing a new “green” rocket fuel which could power a test flight […]