EERE Network News
November 25, 2009
News and Events
DOE is investing $104 million in Recovery Act funds at eight new or improved research and testing facilities to be built at seven of its national laboratories. The facilities will explore carbon fiber manufacturing and advanced batteries for vehicles, as well as net-zero-energy buildings.
DOE has selected Clemson University as the recipient of $45 million in Recovery Act funds to launch a test facility for utility-scale wind turbines. The South Carolina facility will be able to test the drivetrains of wind turbines as large as 15 megawatts in capacity.
DOE has awarded $18 million to 107 small businesses that are pursuing a wide array of clean energy technologies. The grants are supporting advances in building and industrial energy efficiency, water and solar power, and Smart Grid technologies.
In a major boost designed to leverage an additional $1 billion in private investment, DOE has awarded $620 million in Recovery Act funds to 16 Smart Grid demonstration projects in 21 states, as well as 16 large-scale energy storage projects.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is proposing a new way to label light bulbs in order to address newer energy-efficient technologies. The proposal calls for an emphasis on light output rather than energy consumption.
The average fuel economy for cars and light trucks has increased only slightly for model year 2009, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report also notes that fuel economy has steadily increased and carbon dioxide emissions have steadily decreased since 2004.