EERE Network News
July 13, 2005
News and Events
Thirty-eight states will receive a total of $26.5 million from DOE as part of its annual State Energy Program grants. The awards, announced on July 5th, are expected to yield more than $190 million in energy savings.
A new joint effort of three federal agencies—DOE, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—aims to cut U.S. household energy costs by 10 percent over the next decade.
At the latest summit of the Group of Eight (G8), the leaders of the world's largest industrialized nations adopted an action plan to address the related issues of climate change, clean energy, and sustainable development. The leaders also acknowledged the human contribution to global warming.
Ford Motor Company began selling its second hybrid sport utility vehicle, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid, on July 11th. Hybrid sedans will soon have a new contender as well, as Honda is preparing to launch a redesigned Honda Civic Hybrid that features a new, improved hybrid powertrain.
As a broad national coalition of wind energy advocates prepare to launch a new pro-wind organization, a new large wind plant is operating in Oklahoma, and more large wind plants are slated for California, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Under a proposed rule published in early July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will determine suitable biobased products for six general product categories. The proposed rule is the first step in a process to identify biobased products for preferred purchase by federal agencies.
The Industrial Efficiency Alliance helps Northwest industries gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace through strategic, broad-based energy management.
U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels increased by 1.7 percent in 2004, a trend probably followed by overall U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But some states and many cities are intending to buck that trend in the future and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.