EERE Network News
February 11, 2009
News and Events
President Barack Obama visited DOE on February 5, in part to tout his economic recovery plan, but also to issue a directive for the agency to quickly finalize new energy efficiency standards for appliances.
Over the next three to four years, DOE plans to invest $30.7 million in industrial systems capable of using alternative fuels, as well as $9.1 million in combined heat and power (CHP) systems for industries. CHP systems operate at much higher efficiencies than separate heat and power-generating systems.
Ausra, Inc. is still committed to utility-scale solar thermal projects, but in the near term will focus on medium-scale industrial solar steam generating systems. The U.S. Army and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are also working on solar thermal energy projects.
A record-breaking year of growth for the U.S. wind power industry boosted the nation's wind generating capacity by 50% to 25,170 megawatts, outpacing Germany to become the world's largest wind power producer. But the economic downturn makes the 2009 outlook uncertain.
Can the maker of a twin-turbo, V8 supercar that churns out 1,287 horsepower produce an equally exciting car that doesn't use gasoline? We'll find out soon, as Shelby SuperCars plans to literally launch a 1,000 horsepower, all- electric version of the world's fastest production car.
DOE's Energy Information Administration projects slowly rising average gasoline prices for 2009, while natural gas price forecasts continue to fall.