EERE Network News
March 12, 2008
News and Events
DOE announced on March 7 that all qualified Energy Star washing machines will be held to more stringent standards, which will gradually increase in both 2009 and 2011. Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs will also undertake more thorough testing and contain less mercury by the end of the year.
DOE and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on March 5 to coordinate their research in energy efficiency for a variety of buildings, industrial processes, electrical devices, appliances.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting loan and grant applications under the Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program. The loans and grants will support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on farms and at rural small businesses.
Throughout the world, more than 1,000 gigawatts of electric generating capacity are now drawing on renewable energy sources, according to a new report. The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century found rapid growth in a wide range of renewable technologies in its latest report.
The production of ethanol fuel in the United States reached 6.48 billion gallons in 2007, a 34% growth in one year, but the industry will have to boost its production by at least another 23% in 2008 to meet new federal requirements.
A growing demand for water in the West, coupled with reduced runoff due to climate change, is causing Lake Mead to gradually lose water, according to a new study. The study concludes that there is a 50% chance that low water levels will shut down Hoover Dam by 2017.
Crude oil prices closed at nearly $108 per barrel on March 10, setting an all-time high, even when adjusted for inflation. The high oil prices are pushing up the prices at the pump. DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects average regular gasoline prices to peak at $3.50 per gallon.