EERE Network News
October 07, 2009
News and Events
Federal agencies will have to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2020 and meet a number of sustainability goals following an Executive Order from President Obama. The president also proclaimed October as National Energy Awareness Month.
Excitement is building as the fourth edition of DOE's Solar Decathlon readies for its public opening in Washington, D.C., on October 9. The competition will run through October 18.
To support local energy efficiency projects and conservation efforts, DOE has awarded Recovery Act funds to Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, and the U.S. Virgin Islands under its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
The initial U.S.-China Electric Vehicle Forum brought together experts and officials from both countries to discuss progress and opportunities in the electric vehicle industry. Both nations are looking for new ways to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has purchased more than 17,000 fuel-efficient vehicles, including hybrids and alternative-fuel vehicles, to help upgrade the efficiency of the federal fleet. The latest purchase includes 35 hybrid electric buses and five buses that run on natural gas.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles under the Clean Air Act, and that could trigger new regulations for a large number of greenhouse gas emitters. A proposed rule would limit those regulations to the largest emitters.
DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) is projecting an 8% decrease in heating bills for the average U.S. household this winter, with the biggest gains for homes heated with natural gas or propane. The EIA also expects energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to fall by 5.9% in 2009.