EERE Network News
November 23, 2005
News and Events
Creating the rules for new appliance standards is a difficult process, usually requiring input from many stakeholders. Since new standards requirements in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 have added to the backlog, DOE has decided to set new schedules for all its rulemaking activities by January 31st.
DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) have built a Web page on the ASE site about new federal tax credits for energy efficiency, and have joined with others to build a separate Web site on the same topic. ASE has also launched a new State Energy Efficiency Index that tabulates state incentives.
As the new Mercury Mariner Hybrid begins appearing in dealer showrooms, Ford has geared up production of the new vehicle at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to full speed. The new hybrid achieves a combined fuel economy of 31.1 mpg and costs $29,840.
The first geothermal plant built in Nevada to satisfy the state's renewable energy requirement was commissioned on November 14th. The new 20-megawatt plant was built by Ormat Nevada Inc. in only eight months. Meanwhile, a new transmission project might boost geothermal use in California.
As mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, three federal agencies have set new Interim Final Rules for licensing hydropower projects. The new rules allow trial-type hearings to settle disputes on issues of material fact. The rules took effect on November 17th but are open to public comment.
New 40-kilowatt devices for converting wave energy into electricity are now bobbing off the coasts of Maui and New Jersey as a test for future wave energy plants at those locations. While the U.S. system uses a buoy, an Australian system employing trapped air has also shown promise.
The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has launched a new free e-bulletin, the "EERE Progress Alerts," to announce new and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. The new e-bulletin will be issued as needed.
With the high cost of energy this winter, both businesses and consumers are looking for ways to save energy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has energy-saving advice for businesses, while a new report from the Consumers Energy Council of America is aimed at consumers.