EERE Network News
October 13, 2010
News and Events
DOE set to provide a partial guarantee for a $1.3 billion loan in support of the world's largest wind farm, planned in eastern Oregon.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has signed the first U.S. lease for offshore commercial wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf. DOE has also released a comprehensive report on the opportunities and barriers faced by offshore wind power in the United States.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved the first large-scale "power tower" solar energy project on U.S. public lands. The project, in California near the Nevada border, could produce up to 370 megawatts of clean energy.
DOE has bestowed the 2010 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards upon more than 30 individuals and groups that implemented renewable energy and water efficiency projects at federal facilities, saving the federal government more than $40 million in a single year.
DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will receive $12.5 million to lead a consortium on energy-efficient building technologies under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center.
A growing U.S. economy is spurring an increase in U.S. energy use, with year-to-year energy consumption up 2.7% for the first half of the year, according to DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA). Renewable energy consumption increased faster than the overall growth in energy use for the same period.