EERE Network News
July 29, 2009
News and Events
The United States and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on climate change, energy, and the environment, sparking new cooperation to accelerate the world's transition to a low-carbon economy. The MOU was one result of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
DOE national laboratories have won 46 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential, including 19 awards related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award up to $6.3 million toward fundamental genomics research, which may lead to the improved use of plant feedstocks for biofuel production. Awardees are located in five states: California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Nebraska.
DOE awarded $54 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to Nevada, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin on July 27 to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
DOE issued a subpoena to AeroSys, Inc. on July 23 to obtain data necessary to determine whether certain AeroSys commercial air conditioners and heat pumps comply with relevant DOE energy efficiency standards.
Officially known as the Car Allowance Rebate System, the "cash for clunkers" program officially took effect on July 24. It will cut the cost of new cars by up to $4,500 for those who trade in their used, inefficient vehicles and allow them to be scrapped.
Global clean energy investments reached $24.3 billion in the second quarter of 2009, up 83% relative to the first quarter, with investors putting money into renewable energy projects and stock offerings, according to New Energy Finance. But investment remains weak in the United States, at only $1.6 billion.