EERE Network News
August 05, 2009
News and Events
DOE and the U.S. Department of Treasury are now accepting applications from renewable energy project developers that wish to receive direct federal payments in lieu of tax credits. The agencies expect to provide $3 billion in direct payments, which should be enough for 5,000 renewable energy projects.
DOE is offering an estimated $30 billion in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects, with some loan guarantees specifically set aside for cutting-edge biofuel projects. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is providing some of the subsidies for the loan guarantees.
DOE has awarded $11.8 million for five projects focused on connecting solar power systems to the electrical grid. The projects will include integrating controls for battery energy storage systems and allowing two-way communications between the solar power systems and electric utilities.
New Recovery Act funds for scientific research will support bioenergy research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in addition to Smart Grid analysis work at four of DOE's national laboratories.
Although many companies are now using solar power to meet some of their electricity needs, the organizations that produce the most renewable energy on-site are drawing on biomass resources and methane from landfills or wastewater. Some companies are also employing wind power and small hydropower.
Designing and building an aircraft that can average 100 miles per hour while achieving a fuel economy greater than 200 passenger-miles per gallon could earn some team a cash prize of $1.5 million. NASA's Green Flight Challenge will offer an additional prize for a high-performing craft running on biofuel.
DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is now delivering news, energy tips, and the locations of alternative fuel stations to Web-enabled mobile devices, through the new EERE mobile Web site. You can now also follow DOE on Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.
The next 10 years could set the direction for U.S. energy use for years to come, according to a new report from the National Research Council. The report notes a critical need to demonstrate some energy technologies while pursing more long-term research and development of other technologies.