EERE Network News
January 21, 2004
News and Events
DOE has agreed to help strengthen the Sustainable Energy Development Program in the Philippines, including efforts to expand the use of cleaner alternative fuels. A related project will use solar-powered battery chargers to bring electric light to 160 remote villages by December.
The "New American Home" and the "2004 NextGen Demonstration Home" are two energy-efficient model homes now being showcased at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Some of the latest ideas for keeping buildings cool include new electronically dimming windows; cooling systems that draw on cold, deep water systems; and high-efficiency coolers based on an innovative thermodynamic process called the "Maisotsenko Cycle."
The Durst Organization is now New York State's largest commercial buyer of wind power, joining such other recent green power buyers as DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Connecticut College, and Pennsylvania's Eastern University.
The Bonneville Power Administration has launched a new service that will make wind power more attractive to utilities throughout the Northwest. BPA recently sold two megawatts of wind power to a utility in Longview, Washington, using its new service.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a federal lawsuit on January 12th against FPL Group, Inc. and NEG Micon A/S, claiming that the two companies have failed to prevent bird deaths at their wind power facilities in California's Altamont Pass.
In terms of the average global temperatures, 2003 tied with 2002 as the second-warmest years on record, while 1998 still holds the title for warmest year on record.