EERE Network News
November 10, 2004
News and Events
DOE is supporting an effort to install 1000 megawatts of concentrating solar power (CSP) in seven western states by 2010. The Western Governor's Association is backing the five- year effort to encourage CSP installations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah.
The November 4th election marked the first time that voters have approved a statewide renewable energy requirement. Colorado voters approved a ballot initiative that requires the state's largest utilities to draw on renewable energy sources for 10 percent of their power needs by 2015.
Of 31 transit-related initiatives on ballots this Election Day, 22 were approved by voters and 2 remain too close to call. Voters approved major initiatives in Austin, Denver, Phoenix, and San Bernadino. And alhough Florida voters halted a high- speed rail project, Seattle voters kept their monorail alive.
Pennsylvania awarded $5 million on November 5th to 34 energy projects, including a variety of biomass, wind, and solar energy projects. Other projects include a green roof, a high-performance green school, and a microturbine.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released on November 9th its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Cape Wind's proposed 454-megawatt wind farm in Nantucket Sound. The draft EIS found that the wind farm will have minimal environmental impact.
The Clean Energy States Alliance is a multistate coalition of clean energy funds that develops and promotes clean energy technologies and creates and expands markets for these technologies. Twelve states have established funds to promote renewable energy and clean energy technologies.
Russia has ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which will cause the international agreement to enter into force in just over three months. The Protocol contains legally binding greenhouse gas emissions targets for 36 industrialized countries. The United States is not participating in the Protocol.