EERE Network News
December 16, 2009
News and Events
The United States is contributing at least $85 million to an international initiative called "Climate REDI," which will promote clean energy in developing countries. The five-year, $350 million initiative will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in those countries while improving health conditions.
DOE announced that manufacturers of certain residential products have until January 8, 2010, to submit accurate certification reports and compliance statements as part of the agency's enhanced enforcement of energy efficiency standards.
DOE has issued a final rule on its Loan Guarantee Program, which is intended to boost investment in advanced clean energy technologies. The revised rule will enable DOE to support a wider range of technologies under the program.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has signed an agreement with dairy producers to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020. A key to achieving that goal will be the use of anerobic digesters to produce electricity from cow manure.
Three electric vehicles that you can plug in but still drive long distances are coming soon, including the Chevy Volt, a product of General Motors Corporation (GM), the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicle, and the Fisker Karma. But you can't yet buy the CMT-380, an electric car with a jet engine under its hood.
The California Air Resources Board has issued its preliminary draft version of the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade regulation. Under the proposal, the new regulations will start to take effect in 2012, applying to about 600 of the state's largest stationary emitters of GHGs.
DOE has launched the Open Energy Information Web platform, an open-source site that will make DOE resources and energy data available to the public. The site also links to the Virtual Information Bridge to Energy (VIBE), which hosts Web gadgets that display energy data.
In the absence of new policies, the U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use will increase from 5,814 million metric tons in 2008 to 6,320 million metric tons in 2035, according to the early release of the "Annual Energy Outlook 2010" from DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA).