EERE Network News
November 03, 2004
News and Events
Twenty seven individuals, teams, and organizations throughout the federal government earned the 2004 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards for saving almost $39 million in energy costs. The award winners employed a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable technologies.
Fuel cells of all sizes are now helping to supply power for the U.S. military, including a 10-kilowatt fuel cell powering an all- terrain vehicle, a 5-kilowatt stationary fuel cell at an Air Force base, a lunchbox-sized fuel cell for battery charging, and a battery-sized fuel cell for field operations.
Eaton Corporation and International Truck and Engine Corporation will build more than 20 hybrid-electric work trucks for use at 13 utilities across the United States. The project is part of the Hybrid Truck Users Forum, a program of WestStart and the Army's National Automotive Center.
Some U.S. wind industry participants are predicting that more than 2,500 megawatts of new wind power will be installed in 2005, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Xcel Energy is helping that growth by buying power from new large wind plants planned for Texas and New Mexico.
California continues to lead the nation in terms of the number of solar power installations greater than 100 kilowatts in capacity. But Nevada will soon rival its neighbor: Las Vegas is planning a 3.1-megawatt solar power installation. Meanwhile, a new 67-kilowatt system clocks in as Vermont's largest.
Pennsylvania plans to double its purchase of green power for state facilities to 10 percent, which comes to 100,000 megawatt-hours per year, while Massachusetts is offering to match the premiums paid by green power customers to increase the growth of renewable energy in the state.
The NowHouse, a demonstration home featuring a variety of energy efficiency and solar technologies, is now open to the public in San Francisco, California. For those not in the Bay Area, the new NowHouse Web site is open for viewing as well.
Whether it's coming from DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Alliance to Save Energy, or the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the message to homeowners is the same: there are plenty of ways to save money on your heating bills this winter.