EERE Network News
October 28, 2009
News and Events
In order to build a "clean energy superhighway," DOE is awarding $3.4 billion in Recovery Act funds to 100 projects that are designed to move the nation toward a more efficient electric grid. The new smart grid projects will take place in every state except Alaska.
To foster advanced energy efficiency technological innovation, DOE has funded 37 projects through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E. The funds are meant to support high-risk, high-reward energy research.
Fisker Automotive will use a $359 million loan from DOE to revive a shuttered General Motors Corporation (GM) auto plant in Delaware and build its new plug-in hybrid sedan.
Tenneco, an Illinois company, becomes the fifth recipient of a loan offer under DOE's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program, and the first component manufacturer to receive a loan offer.
Among the new choices on display at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda's CR-Z Concept Hybrid, the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, and the Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept showed the way of the near future. The Honda CR-Z hybrid is coming to the United States in 2010.
The greenest schools in the K-12 grades got high marks from the EPA for being the best in class in their purchase or use of electricity from renewable energy sources. The top five school leaders in green power hailed from Texas, New York, and Maryland.
A new study, "Estimating the Jobs Impact of Tackling Climate Change," projects widespread employment benefits in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency, if the United States makes a serious commitment to addressing climate change.