EERE Network News
October 10, 2007
News and Events
The Solar Decathlon teams will finish constructing their homes on October 10th in preparation for the start of the Solar Decathlon competition. The Solar Decathlon will start on Friday, October 12th.
Offshore wind power plants are becoming a popular option for states, as New Jersey approved a $19 million solicitation to support the development of a pilot offshore wind plant, and Texas offered four offshore tracts of land for future wind development.
The DOE officially kicked off the Change a Light, Change the World campaign on October 3rd, which encourages all Americans to replace one of their standard light bulbs with an ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulb.
Twelve proposed renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the country have been invited by the DOE to submit full applications. The projects are for energy efficient factories, solar energy facilities and celluosic biofuel plants.
New cars and light trucks that are sold as part of Model Year 2007 may achieve an average fuel economy of 20.2 miles per gallon, marking the first consecutive year of fuel economy increases since the 1980s.
A Scottish energy company plans to deploy Pelamis wave energy converters, which use waves to create energy, as part of a 3-megawatt wave energy project. Also, the U.K. government gave its approval for a large-scale wave energy system off the coast of Cornwall.
DOE's Energy Information Administration has announced that heating bills are likely to be higher this year than last. Consumers may pay 10% more for natural gas, 22% more for oil, 16% more for propane and 4% more for electric heating.