EERE Network News
March 30, 2011
News and Events
What was your New Year's resolution this year? Maybe you resolved to get back into the gym and finally lose those last pesky pounds. Maybe you resolved to finally break down and buy that new furnace. Or maybe you resolved do whatever you could to save energy and money this year.
Martha Stewart created an empire by inviting Americans into her home to show how one small improvement could dramatically transform a room or how tweaking an old recipe could surprise your palette. Martha Stewart, however, is not an engineer—so why would she take a personal interest in BetterBuildings, a DOE program to reduce energy waste in homes and businesses?
For the last few weeks, we've told you about the launch of an "Entrepreneurial Mentor Corps," a one-year pilot program to connect clean energy startups with mentors who can help support these companies through early-stage challenges and increase their chance for success. The program is a partnership of DOE and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The first solar district in the United States went online in March when water heated by 144 solar collectors atop St. Paul, Minnesota's convention center flowed to local homes and businesses. DOE's Solar America Communities program supported the project with $1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds.
In the third annual tally of cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings, Los Angeles remained atop the list with 510 buildings. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also cited Washington, D.C. and San Francisco as leaders.
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is beginning the process to offer the first commercial wind power lease off Delaware's coast under DOI's "Smart from the Start" Atlantic Offshore Wind program. DOI announced the decision after determining that there's no competitive interest for wind energy development in the area.