EERE Network News
April 23, 2008
News and Events
If President Bush has his way, the United States will stop the growth in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. To meet that goal, electric utilities will have to slow the growth in greenhouse gas emissions so that they peak within 10 to 15 years; energy efficiency and renewable energy will help.
In honor of Earth Day, DOE and the U.S. Department of Defense launched a new Energy Star campaign called "Operation Change Out," which will challenge military bases across the country to install Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent lamps in their on-base housing.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), saving the world does not involve saving a cheerleader, but rather, taking action to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. A new Energy Star Web site provides a list of steps to take as well as a pledge, allowing anyone to be a hero.
DOE will invest $86 million over the next 4 years in three new small-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefineries, to be built by Ecofin, LLC; Mascoma; and RSE Pulp & Chemical, LLC.
DOE is offering up to $7 million over the next 2 years to support research into improved methods of biomass pyrolysis.
DOE will issue a solicitation in June offering up to $10 billion in loan guarantees for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric transmission projects. But DOE wants input before then about which technologies to support. Responses to DOE's Request for Information are due by May 2.
To celebrate Earth Day, the DOE home page features a Flash animation that shows not only how you can make a difference at home and on the road, but also how DOE is making a difference by developing energy technologies for a cleaner, more secure energy future.
The official accounting of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2006 finds a 1.1% drop, slightly less of a drop than calculated by DOE's Energy Information Administration late last year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have increased 14.7% since 1990.