EERE Network News

June 16, 2010

News and Events

DOE Awards $60 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Local Clean Energy Efforts

DOE has awarded $60 million in Recovery Act funds to 20 communities in 18 states to boost local energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

DOE Offers Loan Guarantees to Geothermal Projects in Nevada and Oregon

DOE has recently offered loan guarantees for a 49.5-megawatt geothermal power project in northwestern Nevada and a 22-megawatt geothermal power project in Oregon, drawing on Recovery Act funds. The developers for the facilities are Nevada Geothermal Power Company and U.S. Geothermal, Inc.

DOE-Backed Project Will Demonstrate Innovative Geothermal Technology

Two geothermal companies have announced plans to conduct a demonstration of Enhanced Geothermal Systems technology in Oregon in a project co-funded by DOE. The companies will seek to extract energy from the Newberry Volcano, a 500-square-mile dormant volcano.

DOI and 10 East Coast States Form an Offshore Wind Energy Consortium

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and 10 East Coast states have established the Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium to promote the development of wind resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.

BLM Announces Solar Energy Rental Rates for Public Lands

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its rental schedule for solar energy right-of-way authorizations on public lands. The schedule will provide some additional cost certainty for the solar energy industry.

Energy Connections

Study by DOE, NERC Examines High-Impact Risks to the U.S. Power Grid

DOE and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) have examined rare events that could have a high impact on the U.S. power grid, including attacks, pandemics, and electromagnetic disturbances. The study is meant to help prepare for these potential risks.