EERE Network News
March 19, 2008
News and Events
DOE announced on March 11 that it will invest up to $13.7 million over the next three years in 11 university-run projects to develop advanced solar photovoltaic manufacturing processes and products. The universities will ultimately work with industries to bring these studies to the marketplace.
The revenues for industries making solar photovoltaic products, wind turbines, biofuels, and fuel cells increased by 40% in 2007, according to Clean Edge, Inc. The report also notes such new trends as sustainable cities, cleaner ships, and startup companies making electric vehicles.
California-based Tesla Motors has overcome some transmission problems and started production of its all-electric roadster. The two-seater sports car features lightweight construction, impressive performance, a range of about 220 miles, and a $98,000 base price.
The Beluga SkySails, a new cargo ship that features kite-like sail similar to a paraglider, has completed its two-month maiden voyage, and the initial results are positive. The ship's captain hailed the technology as a way to bring sailing to the modern cargo ship.
A new climate change bill approved in Washington State aims to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions to half of its 1990 emissions levels by 2050. The bill also sets benchmarks to cut per capita vehicle miles in half by 2050 and launches a new initiative to promote "green collar" jobs in the state.
A newly approved bill in Oregon will provide up to $40 million in tax credits for renewable energy manufacturing facilities, while a South Dakota bill will provide tax incentives for wind energy facilities and associated power distribution lines, substations, and transmission lines.
DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued an early release of its Annual Energy Outlook in December 2007, but immediately had to revise it to account for the new energy act. As a result, the projection for renewable energy use in 2030 increased by 12% over the earlier projection.