EERE Network News
February 04, 2004
News and Events
Despite tight fiscal constraints in President Bush's proposed budget for fiscal year 2005, DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is slated to receive a 1.2 percent increase in funding. President Bush released his proposed federal budget on February 2nd.
DOE's proposed budget for fiscal year 2005, released on February 2nd, includes a 43-percent increase in funding for the President's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative. Four DOE offices and the U.S. Department of Transportation will contribute their efforts to the initiative.
President Bush's proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2005 includes tax incentives for the purchase of hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles and residential solar heating systems. Tax credits are also included for energy produced from clean and renewable energy sources.
DOE and state governments will provide a total of $17 million for 13 news energy efficiency projects through the innovative State Technologies Advancement Collaborative. Since many of the projects are multi-state collaborations, the 13 projects actually involve 31 states.
The Clean Energy States Alliance, a new non-profit organization, joins together seventeen "clean energy" public funds from 12 states to promote clean energy projects and companies.
DOE's program to reduce energy use in schools has been unanimously endorsed by the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association. About 25 percent of the energy used in U.S. schools is wasted, a situation that the EnergySmart Schools program aims to remedy.
More than 228 U.S. companies and organizations participated in 2,027 voluntary projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2002. Their combined efforts caused reductions equal to 3.9 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, up from 3.2 percent in 2001.