EERE Network News
November 14, 2007
News and Events
DOE will invest $21.7 million in researching the next generation of photovoltaic solar cell technology. Twenty five research projects will each receive an average of $900,000 over the next three years to create solar cells that employ nanotechnologies, dyes, and other new approaches.
A new report from the American Solar Energy Society finds that the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency industries created 8.5 million jobs in 2006, while generating more than a trillion dollars in sales. The report includes a case study that zeroes in on Ohio.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) projects that more than 4,000 megawatts of wind power capacity will be installed in 2007, a one-third increase over their earlier projections. The growing industry has led to new manufacturing facilities in Iowa and Arkansas.
According to a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the demand for renewable energy is exceeding the supply, due to state renewable energy requirements and voluntary green power purchases. The report urges an accelerated deployment of renewable energy.
Cadillac and Porsche are unveiling luxury-model sport utility vehicles (SUVs) this month. The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid was unveiled in Florida, while Porsche will bring its Cayenne Hybrid to the Los Angeles Auto Show, which starts on November 16th.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is updating the Federal Acquisition Regulations for the procurement of biobased products. The update will made it easier for federal procurement officials to purchase biobased products, which often displace the use of petroleum-based products.
The increase in energy use in India and China could increase global energy consumption by "well over 50%" by 2030, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. Such rapid growth would increase global carbon dioxide emissions from energy use by 57%.