EERE Network News
November 04, 2009
News and Events
DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is getting a modest budget boost of 3% in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations approved by President Obama. The annual appropriations process is separate from the one-time injection of funds provided by the Recovery Act.
DOE has awarded $338 million for 123 geothermal projects in 39 states. The funds will support innovative exploration and drilling, creation of a national resource database, deployment of ground source heat pumps, and the development of new geothermal resources.
DOE is awarding $155 million in Recovery Act funds to support 41 industrial energy efficiency projects across the United States. The nine largest will leverage an additional $634 million in private support for significant efficiency upgrades at industrial facilities.
DOE is providing as much as $5.5 million in Recovery Act funds for the X Prize Foundation's competition to design commercially-viable vehicles that can achieve an equivalent of 100 miles per gallon of gas. DOE will provide technical assistance while supporting outreach and education efforts.
DOE has granted more than $38 million in Recovery Act funds to Alaska, Kansas, Utah, and West Virginia to support each state's energy efficiency priorities. The awards are part of DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
A new allocation of Clean Renewable Energy Bonds will provide low-interest financing for government agencies, public power providers, and cooperative electric companies across the United States, with the leaders in each category located in California, Washington, and Alaska, respectively.
DOE and eight other federal departments and agencies have signed an agreement to speed the approval of new transmission lines located on federal lands. The agreement is aimed at cutting the approval time to gain new permits, while maintaining existing environmental reviews and safeguards.
A project to capture and store the carbon emissions from a coal plant in West Virginia was recently commissioned, although it will only capture a small percentage of the emissions from the plant. DOE is supporting similar demonstrations for a wide range of facilities.