EERE Network News
June 20, 2012
News and Events
The Energy Department has announced a new competition and $8 million in investments to startups in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Minnesota to make it easier and less expensive to deploy solar energy technologies.
The Energy Department has announced a total of $56 million in awards to further advance cutting-edge concentrating solar power technologies. The 21 awards are in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Washington.
Six new major U.S. companies are joining the Better Buildings Challenge, which encourages private sector leaders across the country to commit to reducing the energy use in their facilities by at least 20% by 2020.
NuMat Technologies from Northwestern University in Illinois has won the first DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. Other finalists came from California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Utah.
The Energy Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce have announced selections for three Centers for Building Operations Excellence in California, New York, and Pennsylvania, that will receive a total of $1.3 million.
Total investment in renewable power and fuels last year increased by 17% to a record $257 billion, according to two new reports on renewable energy trends issued by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century.