EERE Network News
May 10, 2006
News and Events
The U.S. wind energy industry looks likely to install a record 3,000 megawatts of wind power this year, about 25 percent more than in 2005. Less certain is offshore wind power, which earned a window of opportunity in New Jersey but is subject to public meetings across the country in May and June.
Pennsylvania is encouraging the installation of small wind turbines throughout the state, while utilities in Minnesota and Iowa are supporting community-based wind projects. For those wanting to install small wind turbines, DOE's Wind Powering America has a slew of state-specific publications.
Three major automakers will begin producing a new design of hybrid drivetrain next year. General Motors Corporation, DaimlerChrysler, and the BMW Group are placing their money on a system that incorporates two small electric motors into a four-speed transmission.
Fans of electric, hybrid-electric, and alternative-fuel vehicles in the Northeast likely know about the Tour de Sol, an annual green car rally and competition that kicks off on May 10th. This year, hybrid vehicle owners across the country have a new way to participate in the event.
DOE was part of a three-year collaboration that has led to a new energy-efficient, 50-gallon water heater. A.O. Smith Water Products Company and TIAX LLC employed inexpensive materials in an advanced design that operates at 90 percent thermal efficiency.
Organizations like DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers often tout sustainable building, so it comes as no surprise that these groups are now pursuing their own green office buildings.
Retail prices for regular gasoline will average $2.57 per gallon through 2007, according to DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA). Gasoline prices are being kept high by crude oil prices that will average $68 per barrel through 2007, thanks to a tight balance of oil supply and demand.