EERE Network News
April 05, 2006
News and Events
The homes of more than 96,000 low-income families will receive energy efficiency improvements this year through funds provided by DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program. DOE awarded most of the program funds to 31 states and the Navajo Nation on April 3rd.
The largest sport utility vehicles on the U.S. market will be subject to fuel economy regulations under new standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The new fuel economy rule also tries to preempt state regulations that set limits on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.
A new law in Washington State will require 2 percent of all gasoline and diesel fuel sold in the state to consist of biofuels, specifically ethanol and biodiesel. The law could eventually lead to a requirement that ethanol provide 10 percent of all gasoline, and that biodiesel provide 5 percent of all diesel.
A proposed solar power plant in southern Colorado could be as large as 9 megawatts, which would make it one of the largest solar photovoltaic systems in the world. Xcel Energy is requesting bids for the plant and is also offering rebates to people that install solar power on their homes and businesses.
One day, most commercial buildings may generate their own power and emit no net greenhouse gases, yet still cost the same as today's buildings. That's the new goal of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which intends to make that day arrive by 2050.
It was the easiest of imports, it was the hardest of imports. Here's a tale of two subcompacts that are finding their way to U.S. dealerships. The Honda Fit is arriving because its maker sees a market here, but as the name implies, the Smart Car Americanized by ZAP took a more circuitous route.
When hurricanes hit the Gulf States last summer, utility workers from all over the United States converged on the affected areas to help restore power. According to the Secretary of Energy, companies involved in the production of oil and natural gas need to take a similar approach.