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Happy New Year to our EERE Blog readers! How did January get here so quickly? It seems like only yesterday the kids were dressing up for Halloween, and we were buying turkey for Thanksgiving. The holiday season can be pretty hectic. So now that December has passed, we’re taking a look back at our top five blog posts of the month—in case you missed them in the holiday scramble. We couldn’t do this without you, and we hope that what we’ve published is both informative and interesting. Please come back this year, and keep on reading about clean energy.

Thanks, and enjoy!

1 Energy Department Reports: U.S. Fuel Cell Market Production and Deployment Continues Strong Growth

The Energy Department released three new reports showcasing strong growth across the U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen technologies market – continuing America’s leadership in clean energy innovation and providing U.S. businesses and consumers more affordable, cleaner transportation and power options. According to these reports, the United States continues to be one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.

2 Colorado Joins the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Race

When one thinks of clean energy, they often think of California—committing up to $100 million over five years to build 100 hydrogen stations across the state—as the biggest mover and shaker. But Colorado is quickly gaining ground when it comes to hydrogen and fuel cells.

3 EERE Announces Up to $4 Million for Critical Materials Recovery from Geothermal Fluids

The Energy Department is providing $4 million in funding to develop new technologies to locate and extract valuable rare earth elements from fluids produced by geothermal and other energy projects.

4 Breakthrough EERE National Laboratory Inventions Take Home Nine R&D 100 Awards

EERE and the Energy Department’s national laboratories supported nine winners at the recent 53rd annual R&D 100 Awards. Presented to research and development teams and partnerships, these prestigious awards have identified and honored significant major technological breakthroughs every year.

5 Workplace Charging Challenge Mid-Program Review: Promising Progress from U.S. Employers

The EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge is celebrating a major milestone – it’s now halfway to its goal of 500 Challenge partners committed to installing workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles by 2018. Since its launch nearly three years ago, more than 250 employers have joined as Challenge partners, and the installation of workplace charging as a sustainable business practice is growing across the United States.

And here are four of our other favorite blog posts that you might have missed from last month:

Year in Review: Celebrating Wind Energy and Water Power

Renewable energy from wind and water had a big year in 2015. As the year comes to a close, we celebrate the milestones of renewable electricity generation in wind and water power with a list of some of our largest accomplishments.

Making a Difference: Heavy-Duty Combustion Engine Research Saved Billions

More than 10 million heavy-duty vehicles drive on U.S. roads each day, hauling goods, transporting people, and performing essential tasks like utility repair. However, these vehicles would be very different today if it wasn’t for the work of the Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office.

Making a Difference: Solarize Programs Accelerating Solar Adoption

It may come as no surprise to our readers that California has installed more solar energy than any other state. Its solar-friendly market has allowed for rapid installation, adding as much solar to the grid in 2014 as the entire United States did between 1970 and 2011. While there are still 13 states with less than five megawatts of solar installed, the solar boom will soon reach the entire United States.

Pilot Program Builds Sustainable Lab-Industry Partnerships for Breakthrough Manufacturing R&D

The Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative recently kicked off its new Technologist in Residence pilot at an event at Argonne National Laboratory convening the pilot’s seven competitively selected technologist pairs, Energy Department officials, and national lab representatives. This two-year, $2.6 million pilot program is designed to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness and enhance the commercial impact of the Energy Department’s national laboratories.