EERE Network News
August 29, 2007
News and Events
DOE is offering up to $33.8 million to support the development of enzymes for converting cellulosic biomass into biofuels.
A wood pellet plant in Georgia, two biodiesel plants in Illinois, and the first ethanol plant in North Carolina have been approved for a total of $97 million in loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. An ethanol plant is also slated for Hawaii, drawing on sugar as a feedstock.
The members of the Western Climate Initiative have set a goal of cutting their greenhouse gas emissions to 15% below 2005 levels by 2020. The initiative includes Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington and the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba.
A new law in North Carolina requires investor-owned utilities to draw on renewable energy for 12.5% of their power supply by 2021 while requiring other utilities to achieve 10% renewable power by 2018. The bill also credits energy efficiency and features set-asides for specific energy sources.
An advanced engine using a combustion technology known as homogeneous charge compression ignition is being advanced by both General Motors Corporation (GM) and Ford Motor Company. GM is farther ahead, as it has built two drivable concept cars that incorporate the advanced engine.
After a two-year review, the Federal Trade Commission has finalized a new design for the EnergyGuide label, the bright yellow label that helps consumers select energy efficient appliances. The new label places emphasis on the estimated annual operating cost rather than the actual energy use.
Wind power is the fastest-growing renewable energy technology in the United States, having produced 45% more electricity in 2006 than in 2005, according to DOE's Energy Information Administration. Overall, renewable energy use increased by nearly 7% in 2006.