EERE Network News
November 16, 2005
News and Events
DOE has sent the first energy saving team to an industrial facility as part of its national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign, which includes deploying teams to 200 energy- intensive manufacturing facilities. If your company's facility fits the bill, DOE invites you to join the campaign.
Federal energy managers will soon have an opportunity to learn more about distributed energy resources and combined heat and power technologies fueled with natural gas. DOE will provide new training through a partnership with a market development organization for natural gas technologies.
The next time you hail a cab in New York City, a Ford Hybrid Escape could answer your call. That's not very likely right now, with only six hybrids in a city with 13,000 taxis, but about 2,000 taxis are due for retirement next year, and the fuel savings of hybrids are sure to appeal to taxicab owners.
Massachusetts has $8.9 million to spend over the next three years on on-site renewable energy projects larger than 10 kilowatts. While the Massachusetts funds apply to fuel cells, hydropower, and wind, solar, and biomass power, Illinois is focusing $4 million on community-scale wind energy projects.
A new Wal-Mart "experimental supercenter" in Aurora, Colorado, is packed with energy technologies, including a wind turbine, solar panels, and six microturbines. The store also employs evaporative cooling, waste-oil boilers, solar air preheating, daylighting, and energy-efficient lighting.
The Kellogg School District in Idaho's panhandle will soon be heating its schools with wood byproducts, thanks to a bond issue overwhelmingly approved by voters on November 1st. The school district will also draw on a $380,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service's "Fuels for Schools" program.
DOE launched a national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign on October 3rd, and now has a Web site to go along with it. The campaign includes a consumer outreach and education initiative and also involves deploying energy saving teams to manufacturing plants and federal facilities.
DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory has tallied 129 proposals for new coal-fired power plants in the United States. Most of the proposals aim to have the new plants operating within the next decade. The plants are located across the United States, with the exception of New England.