EERE Network News
August 11, 2010
News and Events
The U.S. wind power industry grew in 2009, adding 10 gigawatts of new capacity and gaining $21 billion in investments, a new analysis from DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows. Still, the report noted some market challenges on the horizon.
DOE has finalized a $43 million loan guarantee for an innovative flywheel energy storage plant in New York State. DOE also announced it is extending the application deadline for another renewable energy loan guarantee solicitation.
Xcel Energy has released a report showing the success of its preliminary tests of a one-megawatt battery-storage technology system that helps make wind energy available to the grid.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, covering nine counties around San Francisco, has approved $5 million for electrical vehicle charging stations, including home chargers, public chargers, and "fast " chargers near highways.
California college has announced plans to become the first "grid-positive" school, using solar arrays to supply more than 100% of the college's electricity needs.
Despite cutting its energy intensity, China's energy use in 2009 exceeded that of the United States, partly because China was less affected by the global financial crisis. The International Energy Agency (IEA) sees further strong growth in energy use in China's future.