EERE Network News

September 03, 2008

News and Events

United States, Australia, and Iceland to Promote Geothermal Energy

The United States, Australia, and Iceland signed a charter on August 28 to launch the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology, which will foster and promote cutting-edge geothermal technologies and help address energy security and address global climate change.

DOE to Invest $7 Million to Speed Clean Energy Commercialization

DOE will invest up to $7 million to accelerate the process of moving post-research, clean energy technologies from DOE's national laboratories to the marketplace. The funds will be divided among seven DOE national laboratories.

USDA Awards $35 Million for Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy

More than 600 farms and rural businesses throughout the United States will soon get a share of $35 million in grants and loan guarantees. The funds will help buy new renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements, thanks to a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Cellulosic Ethanol Facilities Marching Ahead

AE Biofuels, Inc. opened a demonstration facility in Butte, Montana, in early August to produce ethanol from a variety of biomass sources, while similar facilities are planned for South Dakota and Tennessee. Commercial-scale facilities are also planned for California, Iowa, Michigan, and Nevada.

Ford Invests $75 Million to Convert Truck Plant for Small Cars

Ford Motor Company announced in July that it would shift its production to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars, and on August 26, the company marked its first major investment in that plan. The $75 million invested in the Michigan Truck Plant will convert it into a maker of compact and subcompact cars.

San Francisco Approves a Tough Green Building Standard

A new green building ordinance signed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in early August will apply green building standards to new residential and commercial buildings within the city, as well as building renovations. By 2012, large new commercial buildings will have to meet LEED Gold standards.

Energy Connections

Energy Impact of Hurricane Gustav Still Unclear

Huuricane Gustav has caused a short-term shutdown of oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, but for now, oil companies are not reporting major damage. A longer-term energy impact may be caused by Louisiana's damaged power grid, which has left some refineries without power.