EERE Network News
November 19, 2008
News and Events
DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have released an updated version of the National Action Plan Vision for 2025: A Framework for Change, which lays out a proposed energy efficiency action plan for state policy makers.
Next year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will require most U.S. refiners, importers, and non-oxygenate blenders of gasoline to displace 10.21% of their gasoline with renewable fuels such as ethanol. The percentage increased significantly because of the expected drop in gasoline demand.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed an executive order that will expedite the approval of renewable energy projects in the state. The governor also put the wheels in motion to require utilities to draw on renewable energy for 33% of their electricity supply by 2020.
Wind power capacity in the United States is expected to increase several-fold over the next decade, and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation is concerned that utilities won't build transmission lines fast enough to meet the growing energy supply.
Utah, Idaho, and Oregon have significant geothermal energy resources, even though only three geothermal power plants have been built in the three states. To encourage more development, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer nearly 200,000 acres for lease in December.
Under the terms of a new agreement between DOE and LG Electronics, the company will voluntarily suspend 10 LG refrigerator models and Kenmore-brand "TRIO" French Door models from the Energy Star program and will offer a free, in-home modification to make the models more energy efficient.
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The slumping economy has caused oil prices to drop off significantly since this summer, and consumers will benefit not only at the pump, but also when they pay this winter's heating bills. The decrease in energy demand will also help to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.