EERE Network News
November 24, 2010
News and Events
DOE is investing more than $19 million for five projects aimed at optimizing the nation's electric grid. Total public- private investment in the projects of more than $30 million aims to increase grid reliability, efficiency, and security.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed reforms to its rules to lay the foundation for integrating the rapid growth of variable energy resources such as wind, solar, and hydrokinetics into the power grid.
DOE has offered a nearly $50 million conditional loan commitment to The Vehicle Production Group LLC to support the development of the six-passenger, wheelchair-accessible MV-1 that will run on compressed natural gas (CNG).
The Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs November 19 to 28, is featuring more than 50 new electric, hybrid, and alternative fuel vehicles. Both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF were in the spotlight ahead of an expected December launch for both.
The Ford Motor Company has named 20 cities that will be the first to sell its new all-electric Focus Electric passenger vehicle when it debuts in late 2011.
The Department of the Interior has launched a "Smart from the Start" wind energy initiative to speed offshore wind development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.
Global emissions of carbon dioxide, which decreased less than expected in 2009, could increase by more than 3% in 2010, according to a new study. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane all increased in 2009.