EERE Network News
June 21, 2006
News and Events
BP plans to partner with a leading university to form the BP Energy Biosciences Institute, which will initially perform research for biofuels. While making a substantial investment in research, BP has also launched a biofuels business and is working with DuPont to produce a fuel additive from sugar.
Louisiana has passed a bill that will require biofuels to make up 2 percent of the fuel supply once the in-state production reaches a minimum capacity. The bill should encourage producers to build facilities within the state to produce ethanol, biodiesel, and possibly other biofuels.
While renewable power producers in southern California have negotiated long-term, stable prices for their power, both the California Public Utility Commission and the California power grid operator are trying to make it easier to bring renewable power supplies to market.
For a utility that operates in two states with absolutely no geothermal power plants, Idaho Power is thinking big by requesting 100 megawatts of new geothermal power. To keep it real, Idaho Power is allowing the plants to be located anywhere, but their power must be transmitted to the utility.
The existence of green LEDs (light-emitting diodes) for traffic lights and white LEDs for general illumination stems from the groundbreaking work of one researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Shuji Nakamura has won a $1.25 million prize in recognition of his achievements.
After losing last year to a high school team, the University of British Columbia blew away the competition at this year's Supermileage competition. By tweaking its previous design, the team managed to double its fuel economy, achieving a whopping 3,415 miles per gallon (mpg) on a racetrack.
DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is preparing to make a poster for Energy Awareness Month, and the office wants your help. The poster will be a mosaic of hundreds of digital images of people who save energy, so if you know an energy champion, go get your camera!
Over the next 24 years, the world's use of energy is projected to grow 71 percent, while petroleum consumption increases 47 percent to 118 milllion barrel per day, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Developing countries will drive most of the growth in world energy use.