EERE Network News
May 04, 2005
News and Events
It was West Coast all the way at DOE's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge, where teams from Portland, Oregon, and San Jose, California, took top honors. But the East Coast answered two days later, when a team from Alexandria, Virginia, won the National Science Bowl for the fourth time.
The State Technologies Advancement Collaborative (STAC) is offering state entities a total of $4.95 million to fund distributed energy and energy efficiency projects. Formed in November 2002, STAC is a five-year pilot project comprising DOE and two state energy organizations.
California agencies, universities, and local governments are leaders in installing large solar power systems. In April alone, these entities completed a 980-kilowatt system, a 467-kilowatt system, a 350-kilowatt system, a 225-kilowatt system, and seven systems totaling 1.1 megawatts.
The Long Island Power Authority and FPL Energy jointly filed an application in late April to build a 140-megawatt wind power facility off the south shore of Long Island. Meanwhile, the developers of offshore wind projects in Massachusetts and Canada have agreed to work together to cut costs.
Arizona has joined a small group of states that have adopted minimum energy efficiency standards for products not covered by federal standards. New York Governor George Pataki has proposed similar standards for the Empire State, while Colorado Governor Bill Owens has vetoed a similar bill.
Portland, Oregon, is the second U.S. city to require city buildings to obtain LEED Gold certification. New green buildings have also been built in Maryland and Tennessee, and to help designers achieve their energy efficiency goals, DOE has updated its EnergyPlus energy simulation software.
Imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) equaled about 3 percent of U.S. natural gas use in 2004, thanks to a 28.7 percent growth in imports during the year. A new federal tally lists 5 operating U.S. LNG terminals, with 10 more approved, 23 proposed, and 10 sites under consideration.