EERE Network News
October 04, 2006
News and Events
The federal government is directing $3 billion toward climate change technologies, and a new strategic plan maps out the measures needed to advance climate change science, spur clean energy technologies, promote international collaboration, and slow the growth of greenhouse emissions.
A new law will cut greenhouse gas emissions in California by an estimated 25 percent by 2020. Other new laws codify an accelerated renewable requirement, encourage renewable energy projects, extend incentives for distributed generation, and increase the number of hybrids allowed in HOV lanes.
An executive order signed in September by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano sets a goal for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2020 and to 50 percent below 2000 levels by 2040. But unlike recent legislation in California, the order lacks the force of law.
Sir Richard Branson, the chairman of Virgin Atlantic, has pledged to invest all future proceeds from the Virgin Group's airlines and trains into renewable energy, a sum expected to equal $3 billion over the next decade. Branson is also pitching an effort to cut airlines' greenhouse gas emissions.
A new Defense Department report supports wind energy's role but notes that wind turbines can impede radar systems and operations. DOE is working with radar system operators to identify solutions, while the Federal Aviation Administration has approved several wind projects that had been delayed.
Tours of solar homes are being offered in most every U.S. state on or about October 7th. Tours are either free or available for a small fee. Only folks in Alaska, the Dakotas, West Virginia, and Wyoming are being left out, so if you own a solar home in one of those states, consider participating!
A recent report from the Carbon Disclosure Project concludes that climate change has become a major concern among leading U.S. financial institutions and companies. That level of concern is also contributing to a boom in investments in so-called "clean tech," which includes clean energy technologies.