EERE Network News
September 23, 2009
News and Events
The second round of Recovery Act cash assistance in lieu of tax credits is pumping $550 million into companies investing in wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass facilities located in 14 states.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are proposing new standards for vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions. The new standards will raise the average fuel economy of light-duty vehicles to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.
To spur new innovative, fuel-efficient vehicle technologies, DOE has loaned $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Company to revamp its factories in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. DOE also offered Fisker Automotive a loan to spark the development of its plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is revving up transit agencies with Recovery Act grants to buy hybrid electric buses, install renewable energy systems, and upgrade the energy efficiency of their facilities. And some agencies are exploring more advanced energy technologies.
Boosting energy efficiency at the local level, DOE has awarded $36 million in Recovery Act block grants to Pennsylvania. The new funds are part of DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.
The smart grid will get a jolt with $100 million in Recovery Act funding for training the electric industry workforce, as well as $44 million to help state utility commissions deal with the challenges of the new energy economy.
As autumn brings colder weather to the Northern Hemisphere, it's time to practice cost-effective energy saving. DOE's new campaign and Web site will help you do so.
Only about 10,000 facilities throughout the United States will need to report their greenhouse gas emissions under a new system established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but those facilities will account for about 85% of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions.