EERE Network News
February 23, 2005
News and Events
ChevronTexaco opened its first hydrogen fueling station on February 18th as part of DOE's "Hydrogen Learning Demonstration" project. ChevronTexaco also broke ground on a hydrogen fueling station in Orlando, Florida, on February 17th.
DOE announced on February 16th that 12 projects will receive a total of $87.5 million to develop more fuel-efficient engines. Seven of the 12 projects will focus on advanced combustion (including an air-power-assist system for truck engines), and the rest will make use of engine waste heat.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched two new clean energy partnerships with states in mid-February: the EPA-State Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects and the Clean Energy-Environment State Partnership Program.
The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) announced in late January that its Renewable Energy Trust is offering $25 million to support renewable energy projects that will generate up to 50 megawatts of clean power for the New England electric grid.
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) issued its eighth annual environmental guide to cars and trucks, "ACEEE's Green Book Online," in mid-February, and for the first time a sport utility vehicle (SUV) made the top-twelve list. Of course, it's a hybrid-electric SUV.
DOE released a solicitation in mid-February to award up to $100,000 to industrial facilities to carry out "Plant-Wide Assessments" of energy use. A total of $1 million is available, and proposals are due by May 3rd.
Companies continue to make progress developing new terminals for importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the United States, including three offshore LNG terminals in the Gulf of Mexico and four more along the shores of the Gulf.