EERE Network News
June 23, 2010
News and Events
DOE has selected 58 projects to receive more than $76 million in Recovery Act funds to develop advanced energy-efficiency building technologies as well as commercial building training programs.
Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Utah have weatherized a total of more than 9,000 homes with Recovery Act funding so far, hitting targets that entitle them to access all of their Recovery Act funding for DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program. Seven other states already crossed that threshold.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a plan for sharing the costs of new transmission lines in Kansas, Oklahoma, and parts of neighboring states. FERC also proposed new rules to improve regional transmission planning and released a report on demand response strategies.
The DOE-backed EV Project, providing free charging stations for Nissan Leaf electric vehicles, is expanding to Los Angeles, California, and Washington, D.C. And both the EV Project and the DOE-backed ChargePoint America project will now also install free chargers for owners of the Chevrolet Volt.
The smart fortwo electric vehicle (EV), which debuted recently in New York, will be arriving in selected parts of the United States this October. The car will be sold nationwide in 2012.
A new study by IHS CERA finds that Canadian oil sands will likely be the largest source of U.S. oil imports in 2010, beating such countries as Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. However, the use of Canadian oil sands is at issue due to its environmental impacts.