EERE Network News
April 21, 2004
News and Events
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Dilma Rousseff have agreed to form a collaboration to advance hydrogen energy research, development, and deployment. Both countries are founding members of an international hydrogen energy partnership.
New Mexico Governor Richardson and California Governor Schwarzenegger have proposed that the Western Governors' Association create a clean energy task force with the goals of developing 30,000 megawatts of clean energy in the West by 2015 and increasing energy efficiency by 20% by 2020.
Four companies have announced a new agreement for solar energy panels to be manufactured at a future Spire Corporation facility in Taos, New Mexico, and installed in various locations around northern New Mexico. New Mexico utilities will purchase the solar-generated power.
The EPA is buying renewable energy credits for its facilities in the District of Columbia, Michigan, Minnesota, and Nevada, and recently bought credits for its facilities in Georgia. If the new purchases go through as planned, EPA will be using green power for more than half of its electricity use.
Dairyland Power Cooperative's new 3-megawatt landfill-gas- to-energy project is now online in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and the coop is also working to install anaerobic digester systems at several dairy farms. Trials of anaerobic digester systems are also planned for Idaho and New Mexico.
The Midwest Research Institute (MRI) will continue to operate and manage DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory for another four years. MRI, a not-for-profit research institute headquartered in Kansas City, has managed NREL since 1977. Battelle is also part of the NREL management team.
The rapid growth in energy demand in developing countries is projected to cause a 54 percent increase in world energy use by 2025, according to a new report by DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA). Renewable energy use will increase by about the same percentage.