EERE Network News
February 16, 2011
News and Events
President Obama has unveiled a $29.5 billion budget request for DOE for fiscal year (FY) 2012, including $3.2 billion for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
BMI Corporation is using a supercomputer at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop an energy efficiency technology for semi trucks. And, DOE's Argonne National Laboratory will use an IBM supercomputer to design ultra-efficient electric car batteries.
DOE has announced that it has finalized a $343 million loan guarantee, supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to develop the One Nevada Transmission Line, which will carry 600 megawatts of electricity including renewable energy power.
Public comment is being sought mid-Atlantic offshore wind development is being accepted through March 11, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has announced.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected Basin Electric Power Cooperative to receive a $204 million loan guarantee funded by USDA Rural Development's Rural Utilities Service in support of a wind farm in central South Dakota.
Global wind power capacity grew by 35.8 gigawatts (GW) in 2010, a 22.5% increase on the 158.7 GW installed at the end of 2009, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has reported. The U.S. wind industry built 5,115 megawatts of wind power last year, which was about half of 2009's record pace.
Manufacturers of new cars and light trucks around the world can boost their average fuel economy from the 30 miles per gallon recorded in 2005 to 60 miles per gallon by 2030, cutting their carbon emissions in half, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).