EERE Network News
April 27, 2005
News and Events
They may rely on jet fuel when they're in the air, but when they return to their home bases, the members of the U.S. Air Force rely heavily on green power. In 2004, among all the members of the EPA's Green Power Partnership, the Air Force was the largest purchaser of green power.
Electricity suppliers in Washington, D.C., will draw on renewable energy for 11 percent of the electricity supply by 2022, thanks to a law that became official on April 12th. The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Act of 2004 also sets a minimum requirement for electricity from solar power.
Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack issued an executive order on Earth Day that will require state agencies to use renewable energy, to buy energy-efficient equipment, to reduce energy use in their buildings, and to populate their fleets almost entirely with hybrid vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles.
North Dakota has a new batch of legislation to boost the use of wind power, hydrogen, ethanol, and biodiesel throughout the state. Governor Hoeven signed the energy bills on Earth Day. The legislation also creates a new Office of Renewable Energy within the state's Commerce Department.
New laws in Idaho will create a state bonding authority, the Idaho Energy Resources Authority, which can provide financing to independent developers of renewable energy projects. Developers of renewable energy projects can also earn a rebate on sales or use taxes.
According to the United Nations (U.N.), 13 developing countries hold the potential for thousands of megawatts of solar and wind power. The U.N.'s Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment project has already spurred the development of two wind projects in Nicaragua.
The Environmental Exports Program of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) provides support to U.S. exporters of renewable energy and environmentally beneficial goods and services. The bank recently honored a U.S. solar equipment manufacturer for its export activities.
DOE and seven energy companies have launched a 35-day expedition to seek out methane hydrate deposits on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. The ice-like deposits readily decompose to water and methane, and could potentially serve as a significant source of energy in the future.