EERE Network News
June 16, 2004
News and Events
The new Ford Escape Hybrid will cost about $3,300 more than a comparably equipped V6 model, announced Ford Motor Company on June 14th. But Ford also notes that the hybrid will qualify for a "Clean Fuel Vehicles" federal tax deduction of $1,500 if purchased this year.
The California Air Resources Board released a draft staff report on June 14th that proposes to cut greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and light trucks by nearly 30 percent by 2014. The report claims the proposed technologies will pay for themselves in reduced operating costs.
New fire code standards from the International Code Council will allow greater deployment of hydrogen fueling stations, according to the National Hydrogen Association. The California Fuel Cell Partnership is also working to ensure that fuel-dispensing nozzles meet industry standards.
Twelve Office Depot outlets in California are now buying 12 million kilowatt-hours per year of electricity from landfill gas projects, while 28 Whole Foods Market facilities in the North Atlantic region are now buying 5.2 million kilowatt-hours of wind power per year.
If you're reading this on a laptop, are you worried about finding a power outlet soon? That problem could soon be eased, as new battery and micro fuel cell technologies aim to extend the run time of your laptop to 10 hours or more.
The Electricity Innovation Institute and the Electric Power Research Institute are leading a U.S. collaboration to examine offshore wave energy conversion technologies and to determine if U.S. interests should fund the development of these nascent energy technologies.
The mission of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) is to make sustainability a major focus of teaching, research, operations, and outreach at colleges and universities worldwide.
The latest world energy statistics from BP indicate that proved reserves of oil are sufficient to last 40 years at current production rates, while the comparable numbers for natural gas and coal are 67 years and 192 years, respectively. China is growing and exerting more influence on energy markets.