EERE Network News
April 07, 2010
News and Events
As part of stringent new fuel economy standards, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have issued the first-ever federal rules that establish greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for all new cars and light trucks sold in the country.
President Obama has announced that the federal government will double its hybrid vehicle fleet this year, replacing 5,603 of its least-efficient cars and trucks with fuel-efficient hybrids and plug-in hybrids. DOE will lead by adding 753 hybrids in place of inefficient vehicles.
DOE will invest nearly $18 million in Recovery Act funds to build an advanced biofuels process development facility at its Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The facility will allow public collaboration in innovative research designed to speed the commercialization of advanced biofuels.
DOE has finalized tougher appliance standards for home water heaters and other heating products. The new standards will save consumers up to $10 billion over 30 years and are part of the $300 billion that will be saved from DOE's increased standards on more than 20 types of products.
May and June are filled with a variety of clean energy conferences across the renewable energy and energy efficiency spectrum. The conference topics will include hydrogen, energy efficiency, the Smart Grid, alternative fuels and biofuels, biomass energy, solar energy, and wind power.
A new progress report from the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which includes two White House entities, finds that climate change is already affecting the ability of federal agencies to fulfill their missions. The report proposes a federal strategy for climate change adaptation.