EERE Network News
April 13, 2011
News and Events
At the second Clean Energy Ministerial on April 6 and 7, DOE and energy ministers from more than 20 governments pledged renewed support for 11 clean energy initiatives designed to accelerate a global transition to clean energy.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its first Clean Energy Progress Report at the Clean Energy Ministerial. The report says that notable successes in deployment of clean-energy technologies are being overshadowed by continued hunger for fossil fuels.
DOE is offering nearly $170 million in funding to support a range of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies as part of the SunShot Initiative. The investments will help achieve cost- competitive solar energy by 2020.
The developer of one of the world's largest concentrating solar power (CSP) projects has received final approval from DOE for its $1.6 billion loan guarantee. Also, DOE offered a $1.1 billion loan guarantee to the backer of a utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) project.
A unique collaboration between DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Russian scientists has developed the Ultra-Accelerated Weathering System (UAWS), which simulates the harmful effects of decades of sun damage on outdoor products like coatings and paints in just a matter of months.
On April 6, President Obama held a town hall meeting just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Gamesa Technology Corporation. While the wind turbine factory has put the city on the map for wind power, Philadelphia is also a leader in energy efficiency.
DOE and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) are offering $26.6 million to fund innovative hydropower projects in four different project areas, including small hydro and pumped storage hydropower.
Florida International University students knew they had to come up with something that would effectively function in the tropical, variable climate of Miami for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011.
California increased its current 20% renewables portfolio standard (RPS) to 33% by 2020 as Governor Edmund Brown, Jr. signed the legislation into law.