EERE Network News
April 25, 2007
News and Events
The Home Depot planned to hand out one million free compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to its customers on Earth Day, April 22nd, and a similar effort by the Northern Illinois Energy Project aims to hand out more than 430,000 CFLs. Meanwhile, Ontario and Australia plan to ban inefficient bulbs.
What are the greenest buildings to be constructed in the United States over the past year? According to the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment, the top buildings range from a home to a large federal courthouse, but institutional buildings dominate the list.
Remember when U.S. automakers only revealed their latest technological achievements in Detroit? Those days are long gone. General Motors Corporation is now displaying its latest fuel cell development in the country with the fastest-growing market for automobiles: China.
Two newly approved bills in Maryland will encourage energy efficiency by setting greenhouse gas limits on vehicles and establishing green building advisory group. But a bill that adds a new solar power requirement for utilities and expands net metering could make the state a leader in solar power.
Rhode Island has plentiful wind energy resources, but the vast majority of them are located offshore, according to a new study commissioned by Governor Carcieri. The study identified 10 offshore areas covering 98 square miles that could provide a large fraction of the state's power needs.
It's a catch-22: it's hard to build a renewable energy plant where there's no transmission lines, and it's hard to build a transmission line for a plant that doesn't exist yet. But the California grid operator thinks it has a solution, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) agrees.
The updated Web site for DOE's Tribal Energy Program provides easier access to information about DOE-funded projects on tribal lands. A large subsite provides step-by-step guidance on developing a clean energy project and could be useful for any project developer.
In 2005, the United States emitted 16 percent more greenhouse gases than it did in 1990, according to a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But it could have been a lot worse, since the U.S. economy grew by 55 percent over the same time period.