EERE Network News
November 02, 2005
News and Events
High energy prices have recently spurred interest in energy efficiency, but federal workers are far ahead of the game. On October 27th, the White House and DOE awarded 25 federal government employees, teams, and organizations for saving more than $23 million in energy costs over the past year.
DOE's first Federal Energy Saving team was deployed to a General Services Administration facility in Jamaica, New York, on October 27th. The effort is part of the "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign launched by Energy Secretary Bodman on October 3rd.
Texas may currently rely on the Gulf of Mexico for oil and natural gas production, but the state is diversifying with a new offshore energy source: wind power. A company has leased an area about seven miles off the coast of Galveston Island with plans to build a 150-megawatt wind power plant.
New Jersey is the Garden State, but it is quickly becoming the solar power state. Two large solar power systems were recently installed there, among more than 750 solar power systems installed since 2001. State utility regulators say that hundreds more solar power systems are in the works.
In October, Pennsylvania demonstrated its aggressive approach to energy savings, as it awarded grants to 84 energy efficiency projects and three renewable energy projects; offered $5.5 million in clean energy financing; and helped dedicate a landfill gas system and a biodiesel facility.
Trains, ships, and trucks may sound like an old Steve Martin movie gag, but in the Port of Los Angeles they add up to gagging air pollution. To address the problem, the port is pursuing alternative fuels for its vehicles. The port also reduces ship idling by hooking ships up to on-shore power.
How do you reduce greenhouse gas emissions from airlines while the industry grows rapidly? To the European Union, the answer lies in emissions trading schemes, but a U.K. report casts doubt on that approach for the long term. In the near term, though, UPS has a few ideas.