EERE Network News
January 13, 2010
News and Events
Drawing on funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Obama has awarded $2.3 billion in tax credits to 183 clean energy enterprises in 43 states. The move benefits manufacturers of components and systems relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
In a move that could eventually save more than 100 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel per day, DOE is awarding $187 million to nine projects aimed at improving the fuel efficiency of freight trucks and passenger vehicles. The majority of the funding comes via the Recovery Act.
DOE is awarding more than $47 million in Recovery Act funds to 14 projects that will improve energy efficiency in the information technology (IT) and communications sectors. IT and telecommunications now account for 3% of all U.S. electricity use.
As part of the Obama Administration's enforcement of energy efficiency standards, DOE has announced a Consent Decree with Haier America, resolving an investigation into whether the appliance manufacturer violated DOE's efficiency standards and Energy Star requirements for freezers.
DOE has announced it will support its first three clean energy projects under the Low-Carbon Communities of the Americas initiative begun in June. The projects are an energy efficiency center in Costa Rica, a small wind turbine project in Dominica, and a broader clean energy effort in the Caribbean.
The U.S. Department of Labor has allocated $155 million in Recovery Act funds to boost green job training. The initiative is designed to prepare job seekers for a range of clean energy careers, and to help agencies share information about the clean energy labor market.
DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) is predicting that the price for regular-grade gasoline will rise above $3 per gallon by summer. The EIA's most recent "Short-Term Energy Outlook" also projects an increase in the price of diesel fuel to around $3 per gallon.