EERE Network News
September 30, 2009
News and Events
California is using a two-pronged approach in committing to clean energy, with the governor mandating that a third of the state's electricity come from renewable energy by 2020, while the state's utility commission is backing a $3.1 billion budget for energy efficiency over the next three years.
To help lower energy use and carbon pollution, as well as to create green jobs, DOE has delivered $106 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants to Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.
DOE is helping the development of wind power in Montana by supporting a transmission line that runs from Great Falls, Montana, to Alberta, Canada. Recovery Act funds will back $161 million in loans for the project, which is expected to spark the development of a new 300-megawatt wind project.
Rural businesses in 45 states and Puerto Rico will benefit from 705 grants and loan guarantees provided through the Rural Energy for America Program.
In order to ensure that AeroSys complies with national energy efficiency rules, DOE issued a test order to the company for samples of its air conditioners and heat pumps.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $300 million to 36 public housing agencies in 24 states, as well as the District of Columbia, to help create more energy efficient public housing.
By expanding its use of social media, DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking to raise public awareness of the many ways to save energy. October is Energy Awareness Month, and it's also time for a more in-person energy experience: the National Solar Tour.
The leaders of 20 key countries from throughout the world have agreed to phase out "inefficient" fossil fuel subsidies over the medium term. The Group of 20, or G20, noted recent studies that predict a 10% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 if the subsidies are eliminated.