EERE Network News
May 26, 2004
News and Events
DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy have launched a new public education and awareness campaign called "Powerful $avings." The new partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy continues Energy Secretary Spencer Abrahams's "Smart Energy" campaign.
The United States and the United Kingdom have signed on to their respective clean energy initiatives. The United States joined the U.K.-led Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership in April and the United Kingdom joined the U.S.- led Efficient Energy for Sustainable Development Partnership in May.
The American Wind Energy Association says the lack of a production tax credit will limit new wind energy installations to less than 500 megawatts this year. However, plans are underway to build future wind energy projects in Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexico, and Nebraska.
Blue Sun Biodiesel is supplying biodiesel fuel to 10 new retail pumps at service stations throughout Colorado. Denver is also testing biodiesel in 60 city vehicles. Under a USDA grant, Blue Sun is developing and producing low-cost mustard-based oilseed crops for use in producing biodiesel fuel.
Now that certain cattle byproducts are restricted from use in the U.S. food supply, the USDA is aiming to convert them into energy, offering $50 million in loan guarantees for such projects. It's not so farfetched: A company in Missouri is already converting chicken byproducts into "crude oil."
All types of companies are investing in energy efficiency improvements to their buildings, and two recent examples are a Honda auto plant in Ohio and a distribution center in Georgia.
The Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor is a Web-based tool that helps homeowners, contractors, architects, facility managers, and others improve energy efficiency in existing homes during renovation and remodeling.
The North American Electric Reliability Council says that generating resources will be adequate to meet projected power demand this summer, but warns that adverse conditions could cause problems in southwest Connecticut, New York City, Long Island, and maybe even California.