EERE Network News
November 30, 2005
News and Events
The damage caused along the Gulf Coast by this summer's hurricanes was tragic, but it also presents an opportunity to achieve greater energy efficiency and stronger storm resistance while rebuilding. A new DOE Web site will support the Gulf State's efforts to meet those worthwhile goals.
BP plans to invest roughly $1.35 billion in hydrogen energy and wind and solar power over the next three years as part of a new power business called "BP Alternative Energy." The investments will go towards doubling solar manufacturing capacity and building wind plants and a hydrogen project.
California needs to aggressively bring new power generation online to avoid another energy crisis, says the California Energy Commission. The latest energy policy report says the priority for meeting future energy needs should be energy efficiency first, followed by demand response and renewables.
When it comes to vehicle emissions laws, only California can write its own rules, but other states can copy California's approach. With that in mind, New York and Vermont have adopted California's greenhouse gas rules for vehicles, and Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island aren't far behind.
In recent weeks, the governors of Minnesota, Texas, and Wisconsin have issued executive orders called for state agencies to save energy. In New York, Governor Pataki has ordered agencies to use more biofuels, with emphasis on the use of biodiesel for fueling vehicles and heating buildings.
The National Biodiesel Board expects biodiesel production to triple in 2005, reaching 75 million gallons. That growth rate looks likely to continue in the near-term, with two companies planning to build three plants that, combined, will be able to produce 110 million gallons of biodiesel per year.
This Web site highlights a demonstration home in Dallas, Texas, that incorporates solar energy, proper ventilation, air sealing, insulation, and other features to reduce its net annual energy costs to zero.
U.S. shipments of solar thermal collectors increased 23 percent in 2004, while shipments of solar cells and modules increased a whopping 61 percent, according to a new report from DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA). Most of the solar power devices were connected to the power grid.