EERE Network News
December 02, 2009
News and Events
Ahead of his trip to Copenhagen to participate in the United Nations climate change conference, President Obama is offering a U.S. target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the range of 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.
The United States and India have signed an agreement pledging that the nations will work together for the development and deployment of clean energy technologies, including energy efficiency, batteries, Smart Grids, biofuels, micro-hydropower, and wind and solar energy.
The New York Power Authority is seeking proposals for offshore wind power projects in the state-owned waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The proposals could lead to the first freshwater wind power projects in the United States.
A new report from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that certain state policies can spur a significant growth in renewable energy use. The report finds benefits from policies focused on utilities as well as policies focused on the utilities' customers.
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national nonprofit, is committing $4 billion to affordable green housing over the next five years, while the Community Preservation Corporation is providing $1 billion for energy efficiency upgrades of affordable housing throughout New York State.
The California Energy Commission has approved new energy efficiency standards for televisions, which will be the first such standards in the United States. In a typical California home, televisions and related accessories currently account for about 10% of the electricity consumption.
Two new compilations of recent peer-reviewed and published climate science research results find that climate change is happening sooner and having a greater impact than was expected only a few years ago. Meanwhile, the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continue to increase.