EERE Network News
June 27, 2007
News and Events
DOE will invest up to $375 million in three Bioenergy Research Centers in Tennessee, Wisconsin, and California. The centers will focus on the development of cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels.
DOE is offering up to $30 million to universities for research on near-term improvements to solar cells. The agency will also award up to $2.5 million to 13 cities that will deploy solar power and up to $27 million to 10 businesses that will advance their solar module production to the pilot scale.
DOE will invest $4 million for two large-scale wind blade test facilities in Massachusetts and Texas. The facilities will fill a gap in large-scale testing facilities in North America and will work toward testing wind turbine blades up to 330 feet long.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service are preparing a programmatic environmental impact statement for geothermal development in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
A renewable energy registry and tracking system is now providing coverage for 14 western and midwestern states, two western Canadian provinces, and the northern portion of Baja California in Mexico. The new system will help to certify renewable power generation and prevent double counting.
More than $100 billion was invested in renewable energy technologies in 2006, according to the U.N. Environment Programme. The leading technologies for investment were biofuels, solar energy, and wind power, and the funds were split evenly between the United States and Europe.
We're number two, and proud of it! The United States has slipped out of the top spot among global emitters of carbon dioxide, as energy-hungry China now takes the lead. But the demand in industrial countries for products made in China is at least partially responsible for China's rise to the top.