EERE Network News
May 12, 2004
News and Events
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering $22.8 million in grants to support energy efficiency improvements at farms, ranches, and rural small businesses. This is the second year the USDA is offering the grants, thanks to a program created as part of the 2002 Farm Bill.
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has committed the state to a comprehensive Climate Protection Plan that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions through such measures as energy efficiency and renewable energy. The plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2010.
Xcel Energy's least-cost plan for Colorado includes up to 500 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity in the state, predominantly from wind power. Although the plan also includes new fossil-fueled plants, the utility intends to pursue the new wind power first, by requesting proposals in July.
Nevada's Public Utility Commission has adopted new incentives for solar power in the state, offering $5 per watt this year. The first participant in the new program will be the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, which will install a 7.5-kilowatt solar power system.
A new test well at a proposed geothermal energy site in northern Nevada has yielded encouraging preliminary results for the company that wants to develop a 30-megawatt power plant there, while efforts to use existing geothermal wells in northern Idaho could yield the state's first geothermal plant.
ORMAT has adapted its binary-cycle power technology, which it has applied at a number of geothermal power plants, to instead recover waste heat from gas turbines. A new system at a natural gas processing plant in Louisiana has been generating up to 4.5 megawatts of power since February.
The Distributed Energy Forum is a Web site provided by the Consumer Energy Council of America.
California's grid operator expects to have adequate power sources to meet its peak power demands this summer, despite having two power emergencies this spring.