EERE Network News
August 09, 2006
News and Events
Investments in improved energy technologies are being spurred by support from DOE, which will share some of the risk through its $2 billion in loan guarantees for projects that employ these technologies.
DOE will award $250 million for two new Bioenergy Research Centers, which will focus on improving the processes used in converting cellulosic materials into ethanol.
By early 2009, New Mexico should be graced with its first biomass power plant, which will also provide heat for a neighboring greenhouse. Such projects are more common in the Pacific Northwest, as demonstrated by a project soon to be underway at a lumber company in Oregon.
Ormat Technologies will add as much as 60 megawatts of new geothermal power generation in north-central Nevada under new contracts signed with the Nevada Power Company. The two new geothermal plants are expected to begin producing power in late 2009.
Wind alone isn't usually powerful enough to carry you to the top of a mountain, but that's roughly what will be happening at five ski resorts this winter. Vail Resorts is buying enough wind power to drive all of its chair lifts, plus a whole lot more, placing the company high in the list of green power buyers.
Schools in 11 states will soon be cutting their fuel use, thanks to new hybrid-electric buses. IC Corporation will deliver its first hybrid buses to schools in Arkansas, California, Florida, Iowa, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
BP is shutting down at least a part of its Prudhoe Bay oil field to replace corroded pipelines, a move that could cause oil prices to average $76.50 per barrel in August, according to DOE's Energy Information Administration. The shutdown is most likely to affect gasoline prices on the West Coast.