EERE Network News
December 08, 2004
News and Events
New Pennsylvania laws approved on November 30th will set a minimum requirement for the state's utilities to produce electricity from solar and other renewables and will establish an incentive fund for alternative-fuel vehicles. But this year, that fund will support alternative-energy power production.
A report released on December 1st by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle recommends that the state draw on renewable energy for 10 percent of its power by 2015. The report also recommends improved building energy codes, requirements to buy efficient products, and other energy-saving measures.
A 150-megawatt wind power plant is planned for southeast Washington State, and Puget Sound Enery has already agreed to buy the plant. Meanwhile, the Umatilla Tribe plans to invest in a wind project under development in north-central Oregon.
The Washoe Indian Tribe is leading the way in solar power development in Nevada, having just earned the state's first rebate check for its 7.5-kilowatt solar power system in the southwest corner of the state. Another 55 small commercial and residential solar projects are now being built in Nevada.
Connecticut is promoting green power by offering a free solar power system to cities and towns that agree to buy 20 percent green power by 2010. New Haven and Portland have already signed up. Meanwhile, Moab, Utah has become the first U.S. community to buy 4 percent green power.
Of all the energy efficiency technologies and practices that are now emerging in the marketplace, the highest-priorities involve commercial buildings, heating and cooling ducts, and 1-watt power supplies for standby power systems, according to a new report.
After 15 years of research, scientists are still unsure if cold fusion exists. A report released on December 1st by DOE's Office of Science is inconclusive, although it points the way to more research to resolve some of the uncertainties that still cloud the issue.