EERE Network News
September 10, 2008
News and Events
A new 205-kilowatt solar power system at DOE's Forrestal Building will generate about 200 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, providing up to 8% of the Forrestal complex's energy during peak hours and saving as much as $26,000 in utility costs in its first year of operation.
DOE will award $6.6 million in competitive grants for 15 state- level projects, nine of which focus on developing policy and regulations to support gigawatt-scale clean energy capacity, and six of which focus on developing advanced building codes.
The installed wind power capacity in the United States is now at 20,152 megawatts, as the wind power industry continues its rapid growth. In fact, the industry installed as much wind power capacity in the past 2 years as it did in the previous 25.
North Carolina State University will soon host a new Engineering Research Center for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The new center will develop electrical grid technologies to create an "Internet for energy" that will better accommodate the use of renewable energy.
Raser Technologies is using modular power systems from UTC Power to build New Mexico's first geothermal power system in only 6 months. The company is also using the same technology to build a geothermal power plant in Utah, while Ormat Technologies is building a geothermal plant in Nevada.
The Florida Public Service Commission terminated the Sunshine Energy Program in July, claiming that too little of the customer funds went toward renewable energy projects. But the contractor for the program argues that its marketing programs were the key to the success of the program.
Oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has been steadily increasing in the week since Hurricane Gustav hit, but Hurricane Ike may hinder recovery efforts. The good news is that power has been restored to most of Louisiana, and onshore facilities are gearing up for full production.