EERE Network News
November 26, 2008
News and Events
The new Energy SmartPARKS program aims to install energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects throughout the national park system. To kick off the project, DOE and the Interior Department are providing $1 million in seed money, and private funders are encouraged to contribute.
After placing entrepreneurs from venture capital firms at three national laboratories in February, DOE is now seeking venture capital firms to place their entrepreneurs at another five national laboratories. The program aims to launch new clean energy start-up companies.
The LEED green building rating system employs the acronym for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design," and the new LEED program to be launched next year will reflect that ideal, placing greater weight on efforts to achieve energy efficient buildings with minimal greenhouse gas emissions.
A host of advanced vehicles incorporating electric technologies were unveiled at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show in California. BMW Group revealed its all-electric MINI, Honda and Kia debuted fuel cell concepts, and new hybrids were displayed by Toyota, Hyundai, and, last but not least, the Ford Motor Company.
All-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are expected to grab a growing share of the vehicle market in coming years, and new private and public efforts in California and Oregon are intended to encourage residents, companies, and local governments to buy or lease the vehicles.
Of about 120 teams that have announced their intention to compete in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, 22 have registered so far. The $10 million prize is intended to spur the development of a production-ready, marketable vehicle that can exceed the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon.
With no new government policies, global energy demand is expected to increase 45% by 2030, along with energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. But a concerted global effort could cut those emissions to 7% below today's levels by 2030, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).