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Todd Woody is an environmental and technology journalist based in California. He has written for The New York Times and Quartz, and was previously an editor and writer at Fortune, Forbes, and Business 2.0.
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Get to Mars by Selling All Your Earthly Possessions

May 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You and I aren’t going to Mars anytime soon, but if and when a base is established on the Red Planet one day, Elon Musk wants a ticket there to cost about what you’d pay for a California home. In other words, about $500,000. "From a ticket price perspective, we’ve...

Why Google is Making a Big Deal Over a Little Solar Device

May 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Barack Obama on Friday announced an initiative to boost adoption of renewable energy, including commitments from big box retailers like Wal-Mart to double the number of stores with solar installations. Buried in the 11-page press release issued by the White House was Google’s statement that it would offer a...

Want More Renewable Energy? Send in the Drones

May 1, 2014 When the world’s largest photovoltaic power plant went online this week in Arizona, it began generating 290 megawatts of clean green electricity that’s powering 100,000 homes in neighboring California under a 25-year contract with utility Pacific Gas & Electric. Now begins the much more mundane but no less challenging work...

Want More Renewable Energy? Send in the Drones

April 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the world’s largest photovoltaic power plant went online this week in Arizona, it began generating 290 megawatts of clean green electricity that’s powering 100,000 homes in neighboring California under a 25-year contract with utility Pacific Gas & Electric. Now begins the much more mundane but no less challenging work...

The Forever Battery, Brought to You by Old-School Silicon Valley Technologists

April 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imergy Power Systems’ headquarters in an office park in one of Silicon Valley’s less glamorous precincts is the type of place where the future used to be invented. There are no Beats headphones-wearing 20-somethings on scooters. No foosball tables, rooftop beer garden or ironically named conference rooms.No birdhouses. Just a...

The Brutal Bust in Next-Generation Biofuels in One Chart

April 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to setting overly optimistic targets for the production of advanced biofuels, the United States Environmental Protection Agency makes Pollyanna sound like Eeyore. The official 2013 target official for cellulosic biofuel–made from the non-edible parts of plants, wood waste and other non-food feedstocks–was 1.75 billion gallons. That was...

How Google Is Helping Warren Buffett Go Green

April 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google today made its biggest renewable energy purchase yet, agreeing to buy 407 megawatts of carbon-free electricity to be generated by a massive wind project under construction by Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy in Iowa. Given that electricity generated by the wind farms goes into the Iowa power grid, what Google...

How China Will Dominate the U.S. Electric-Bus Market

April 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Next Monday, a battery-powered, 40-foot bus is set to roll off the assembly line in a former recreational vehicle factory in Lancaster, California, a blue-collar desert community north of Los Angeles, and be delivered to the local transit authority. There’s no missing the symbolism—a defunct manufacturing plant that once made...

Scientists Discover How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark

April 16, 2014 The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be tapped to heat homes, water or used for cooking. The best part: The molecules can store the heat forever and...

How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark

April 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be tapped to heat homes, water or used for cooking. The best part: The molecules can store the heat forever and...

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