EERE Network News
July 21, 2010
News and Events
During the first Clean Energy Ministerial, which attracted 24 governments, DOE announced that the United States will help launch 11 international clean energy initiatives, ranging from increased electric vehicle use to distribution of 10 million solar LEDs to the world's poorest.
DOE has announced $30 million in Recovery Act and FY 2010 funds to help small businesses commercialize promising new technologies. Applications are being accepted in the technology areas of biomass, buildings, geothermal, photovoltaics, wind power, vehicle efficiency, and energy transmission and storage.
DOE has released a report that finds that advanced vehicle projects funded by the Recovery Act are creating jobs, spurring private investment, and cutting electric vehicle cost.
DOE is embarking on initiatives to install cool roofs on its buildings whenever practical and is urging other federal agencies and commercial entities to do the same. Cool roofs will reduce energy use, limit carbon pollution, and save taxpayer money, DOE says.
The size of new single-family homes dropped in 2009, according to a new report from a housing association, in part to drive energy costs down. Another survey shows new homes have steadily become more energy efficient over the past decades.
At 1.22°F warmer than the 20th-century average, the first half of 2010 was the warmest on record, according to a recent analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average global temperatures for all months from March through June 2010 were also the warmest on record.