EERE Network News
June 04, 2008
News and Events
The United States was the fastest growing wind power market in the world in 2007, according to the 2007 edition of DOE's annual report on U.S. wind power trends. The report found that $9 billion was invested in 5,329 megawatts of new U.S. wind power in 2007.
DOE will work with six leading wind turbine manufacturers over the next 2 years with an eye towards achieving 20% wind power in the United States by 2030. Also, DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is participating in a Texas-based wind blade test facility and a Hawaii-based research site.
DOE and the Western Governors' Association (WGA) will work together to identify and develop renewable energy resources in the West, DOE announced on May 28. DOE and WGA have started Western Renewable Energy Zones project to accomplish this, which DOE will invest up to $2.3 million in over the next three years.
A Houston refinery that once recycled waste oil has been refurbished into the largest biodiesel production plant in the United States. The facility will be able to produce biodiesel from either animal fats or vegetable oils. Meanwhile, a biodiesel-fueled boat is closing in on a world record.
Sapphire Energy has turned algae into a synthetic crude oil that is literally green, and has produced gasoline from the green crude that achieved a 91 octane rating and met fuel quality standards. Meanwhile, Green Star Products has created a mix of nutrients to boost the growth rate of algae.
Several avalanches cut off the supply of hydropower to Juneau, Alaska, in mid-April, forcing the use of diesel generators that raised power costs fivefold. In response, the city cut both its peak power demand and its average electricity use by 40%.
Warm sea-surface temperatures and a lack of wind shear are pointing to an above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean this year, according to experts. Federal forecasters expect 12-16 named storms and 6-9 hurricanes, with 2-5 of those hurricanes reaching Category 3 or higher.