EERE Network News
March 30, 2005
News and Events
Agricultural producers and rural small businesses have another opportunity to obtain grants for new renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $22.8 million for such projects under Section 9006 of the Farm Bill.
The largest biodiesel plant in North America will soon be built in Minot, North Dakota, and will draw on canola crops as the source of oil for the biodiesel. At full production, the facility will be able to produce 100,000 tons of premium biodiesel per year.
The world's first rear-wheel-drive hybrid sedan will be packing more than 300 horsepower under its hood when it hits U.S. roadways next year. The Lexus GS 450h, unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, is expected to achieve a fuel economy "in the high twenties."
There's something about wine and solar power that draws them together—could it be that wine lovers understand the power of sunlight? A case in point: PowerLight plans to install 424 kilowatts solar power at yet another California wine company—the Wine Service Co-Operative—this summer.
The settlement of a federal lawsuit could result in as much as 93 megawatts of wind power in Pennylvania, New Jersey, or New York, although some of that capacity could be replaced by landfill gas projects in Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York. The settlement will also fund solar power in Pittsburgh.
Although the Northwest should have enough power to meet its needs this summer, another dry winter will hamper hydropower production in the region. Meanwhile, a Northwest utility is testing a more efficient and "fish friendly" hydropower turbine at a dam on the Columbia River.
The Global Wind Energy Council promotes the development of wind energy around the world through policy development, business leadership, global outreach, and information and education. Its membership includes more than 1,500 companies and organizations from more than 50 countries.
DOE released revised guidelines for voluntary reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, sequestration, and emission reductions on March 22nd. The guidelines are meant to encourage utilities, manufacturers, farms, and businesses large and small to register their emissions reductions.