EERE Network News
June 02, 2004
News and Events
DuPont announced on May 26th that it has launched a joint venture with Tate & Lyle PLC to convert corn into a chemical that will be used to make the Sorona polymer. That, in turn, is used in textiles, engineering resins, and packaging, and will replace DuPont's use of petrochemicals in those products.
King County, Washington, is now host to the largest fleet of hybrid electric buses in the nation. General Motors delivered 235 hybrid diesel-electric buses to the county in late May. The buses deliver 60 percent greater fuel economy than conventional transit buses, while greatly reducing emissions.
The Long Island Power Authority plans to negotiate with FPL Energy on its proposal to build a 140-megawatt offshore wind energy facility, which may be the first offshore wind plant in the United States. LIPA also plans to contract with six companies for 73 megawatts of energy efficiency services.
The International Conference for Renewable Energies was held in Bonn, Germany, from June 1st through the 4th, drawing worldwide interest. International attention will then shift to the World Renewable Energy Congress, to be held in Denver from August 29th through September 3rd.
Architectural firms can now apply for permission to use a "Designed to Earn the Energy Star" label on their commercial building designs. The new label recognizes the importance of energy efficiency in the design stage.
The 15 original members of the European Union are falling short of their renewable energy commitments, which aim to draw on renewables for 22 percent of the EU's electricity by 2010. The EU15 are also failing to meet their greenhouse gas reduction goals.