EERE Network News
July 01, 2009
News and Events
President Barack Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced new energy efficiency standards for lighting on June 29, as well as DOE's investment of $346 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to develop and deploy energy-efficient technologies in buildings.
If your gas-guzzling vehicle is on its last leg, but you've been putting off buying a new, more fuel-efficient car, new federal rebates of up to $4,500 might be the incentive you need to head to your local dealer. That's the thought behind a new federal program that runs from July 1 to October 31, or until the money runs out.
The states of Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington. and West Virginia have received $454 million in Recovery Act funds through DOE's State Energy Program.
DOE has delivered more than $304 million in Recovery Act funds to Georgia, Illinois, and New York, allowing those states to improve the energy efficiency of 85,000 homes of families with low incomes.
Hydroelectric power plants throughout the United States are producing power with outdated technology, providing an opportunity to increase power production while enhancing the environmental performance of the hydropower facilities. DOE is offering $32 million in Recovery Act funds to help make that happen.
The Interior Department has identified 24 large tracts of public land that could potentially host utility-scale solar power plants. The agency is studying the environmental and resource suitability of the tracts, located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, with the intent to speed the development of solar power facilities in the West.
The U.S. Department of Labor has released five solicitations for grants that will improve and expand the training opportunities for people seeking work in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The application due dates for the grants run from August through October.
While energy consumption for the United States contracted by 2.8% in 2008, China increased its energy use by 7.2%, tipping the scales for energy consumption toward developing countries for the first time. That's just one of the conclusions of the 2009 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, released on June 10.