EERE Network News
September 07, 2005
News and Events
Forty-two state energy offices will soon have their hands full with 178 projects related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. DOE is preparing to award $16.5 million to the 42 states through its State Energy Program Special Projects competitive grants.
An active market for renewable energy credits and for emissions credits generated by clean energy projects has drawn the interest and financial backing of a major investment firm. RNK Capital LLC aims to invest $25 million in clean energy projects that will generate such credits.
A new chemical plant under construction in eastern Tennessee will support DuPont's production of polymers from corn. The $100-million investment by DuPont and Tate & Lyle will produce a chemical called PDO while consuming 30 to 40 percent less energy than petroleum-based PDO production.
Mark your calendars for October 1st, the date when thousands of homes, schools, and businesses that use solar energy will open their doors to the public for the National Solar Tour. People in D.C. will get an additional treat later in October, when the Solar Decathlon opens on the National Mall.
The advantages of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells are their light weight and compact size, but their disadvantages include a limit on top operating temperatures and an intolerance to carbon monoxide. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology think they have a solution.
Intel Corporation will introduce a new architecture for computer chips in 2006 that will allow computers to deliver the same performance while using only one-tenth the energy. Intel envisions the new chips employed in "Handtop PC" devices that require less than a watt of processing power.
The California Wind Energy Association (CalWEA) is a nonprofit corporation that represents its members in California's policy forums by seeking to encourage and support the production of electricity through the use of wind generators.
The American Automobile Association says the average price for regular unleaded gasoline hit $3.057 on September 5th. While a massive effort is slowly bringing Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production back online, DOE is working on a number of fronts to maintain energy supplies and deter unfair prices.