EERE Network News
November 11, 2009
News and Events
DOE awarded Recovery Act funds to upgrade seven existing hydropower facilities by deploying new high-efficiency turbines and control systems. The improvements will help create jobs and stimulate local economies without requiring significant modifications to dams.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) have completed a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Project, which will produce 400 megawatts using solar power towers.
Powered by Sharp multijunction solar cells developed for satellites, the Tokai University Solar Car blazed 3,000 kilometers down the center of Australia at an average speed of 62 miles per hour to win the Global Green Challenge race.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranked California at the top of its annual survey of state energy efficiency efforts. The nonprofit grades the states on six categories, including transportation policies and appliance efficiency standards.
A new report lays out the efforts needed to make offshore wind power a reality in the United States, while summarizing the efforts currently underway. Projects have been proposed up and down the East Coast, while recent studies are examining the wind power potential of the Great Lakes.
If U.S. and world economic conditions continue to improve, oil prices are expected to escalate to $81 per barrel by December 2010, according to the DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA). The rising oil prices are already driving up the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel.