EERE Network News
April 14, 2010
News and Events
DOE will provide nearly $100 million in Recovery Act funding to 54 projects that are designed to train 30,000 U.S. workers on Smart Grid technologies.
The U.S. Navy has set five energy targets to cut its reliance on fossil fuels, and biofuels are a major component of meeting four of those five goals. The Navy has formed a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop the advanced biofuels needed by the fleet.
The United States has invested $4 billion in Recovery Act funds for the energy-efficient construction and renovation of federal buildings nationwide. The money is being spent on new construction and upgrades such as high-efficiency heating and cooling, solar panels, and solar water heaters.
Manufacturing for the U.S. wind energy industry has continued to expand, although the rate of growth slowed in 2009 compared to 2008, according to a recent report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
The Solar Impulse, a solar-powered aircraft, has completed its maiden flight in Switzerland, staying aloft for 87 minutes before landing safely. The prototype will undergo further testing before a second version is built, with the goal of completing an around-the-world flight.
In 2008, the United States led the world in clean energy investments and financing, but that changed in 2009, when China invested nearly double the U.S. total. The United States still leads the world in venture capital and private equity investments, but has fallen behind in asset financing.