EERE Network News
April 28, 2004
News and Events
President Bush announced on April 26th that DOE is awarding 32 new hydrogen research projects a total of $350 million over five years. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced the full details of the hydrogen energy awards on April 27th during visits to Michigan, Colorado, and California.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fulfilled a campaign promise on April 20th, when he used an executive order to launch his Hydrogen Highway Network initiative. The initiative aims to build a network of 150 to 200 hydrogen fueling stations on major highways throughout the state.
A request for proposals issued by the California Power Authority on April 22nd could result in about 4 megawatts of solar electric systems at California state prisons, state hospitals, government office buildings, and university campuses.
Connecticut Governor John Rowland issued an executive order on Earth Day requiring state facilities to use green power for 20 percent of their electricity by 2010. Green power is spreading rapidly, with new programs in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.
The American Institute of Architects celebrated Earth Day by naming its "Top Ten Green Buildings." DOE's Office of Science also marked Earth Day by awarding its first annual awards for Pollution Prevention and Environmental Stewardship to several DOE national laboratories.
The Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, one of 11 energy programs in the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), has produced a new Web site that provides simple, intuitive access to information about the program.
The dormant U.S. nuclear power industry may have a resurgence using improved designs if nine companies succeed in their goals. Seven leading energy companies and two nuclear reactor vendors intend to earn a "Combined Construction and Operating License" for one of their designs.