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BioSolar, Inc, a developer of energy storage technology, yesterday announced its plans to develop a breakthrough technology to significantly increase the capacity and extend the life of lithium-ion batteries. “Based on the company’s internal analysis, a super battery built using its technology can double the range of a Tesla automobile, costs 4 times less, has faster charging time, longer life and can potentially break the $100/kWh cost barrier needed for mass market adoption of energy storage.” [Yahoo Finance]

Rep. Don Young (R) has testified before a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources as tensions grow over proposed regulations governing offshore drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.  “Frankly, I believe the administration is probably doing too much, too fast when it comes to oil drilling in the Arctic,” said the subcommittee’s ranking member, Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif.

Rep. Lowenthal pointed to oil development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, the Obama administration’s defense of offshore drilling leases in court, plans for new lease sales and the decision to allow Shell to move forward with new drilling attempts this summer.” [Alaska Dispatch News]

Florida’s Supreme Court is being asked to weigh in on solar energy after Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with the state’s largest utilities, reiterated their desire to block a proposed solar-energy ballot initiative. “The proposed amendment fails in several respects to meet basic standards that are intended to protect voters from being misled or confused,” Florida Power & Light said in a statement.

“Indeed, the amendment’s language is largely unclear, but one thing is certain: It would amount to an unprecedented constitutional ban on consumer protection.” The amendment would allow businesses to sell up to two megawatts of power to customers on the same or neighboring properties. It would appear on the November 2016 ballot. Right now, utility companies are the only ones that can sell excess solar power in Florida.” [Bay News 9]