EERE Network News
May 23, 2007
News and Events
Chicago, Houston, and New York City are among 16 cities that have signed onto a global effort to retrofit existing buildings for energy efficiency. Fueling the project is a commitment by five banks to each provide $1 billion in financing.
The District of Columbia and eight states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Utah, and Virginia—have some allowance for clean and efficient vehicles to drive in high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. The EPA is now proposing to set minimum criteria for those vehicles.
There may be a number of automakers rolling out fuel cell concept vehicles that could theoretically travel 300 miles on a tank of hydrogen, but GM is the first to prove it on public roads. GM has thrown down the gauntlet to other automakers by driving its Chevy Sequel across New York State.
New hydrogen fueling stations in Rosemead, California, and Des Plaines, Illinois (that state's first) are part of a growing infrastructure to serve tomorrow's fuel cell vehicles. The National Hydrogen Association now lists 45 hydrogen fueling stations operating in the United States.
In April, a U.S. team at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas achieved 1,902.7 miles per gallon. That sounds less impressive when compared with the European Shell Eco-marathon, held in May, whose winner achieved 7,152 miles per gallon. But even that is short of the record set in 2003.
The fastest-growing energy source for the next quarter century is ... coal, according to DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA). The agency's latest "International Energy Outlook" also projects a 30% increase in petroleum use, while renewable energy barely increases its share.