EERE Network News
March 04, 2009
News and Events
President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 assumes the passage of an economy-wide cap on greenhouse gas emissions and a market-based trading system that would funnel $15 billion per year into clean energy development. The budget also increases DOE funding.
DOE and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have created a high-level interagency task force to leverage $16 billion in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to spur growth in the home energy efficiency industry in the United States.
About 250 Ford Motor Company employees in Cleveland, Ohio, can now say they have "green jobs," as they are now building Ford's new fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine. GM will also bring green jobs to Flint, Michigan, by December 2010 to build the engine for the Chevy Volt and the Chevy Cruze.
Ford Motor Company has begun selling its first hybrid mid-size sedans, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid. But those wanting to buy an electric car from Ford will have to wait until 2011, as Ford's first all-electric vehicle will be a commercial van, to be launched next year.
Solar energy is gaining momentum in the United States, as utilities and companies in or near the Southwest pursue concentrating solar power and utilities throughout the nation make commitments to megawatt-scale solar photovoltaic systems.
The Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 10-12, kicking off a string of conferences related to hydrogen, alternative fuels, energy efficiency, wind power, solar power, green roofs, and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
We often think of water and energy separately, but energy production often requires water use, while water purification and pumping requires energy. In a water-constrained world, the World Economic Forum believes that energy developers will also have to assume a role in water management.