EERE Network News
May 04, 2011
News and Events
The Abiquiu Low-Flow Turbine Hydropower Project in New Mexico started operations on April 21. The project received a $4.5 million Recovery Act grant from DOE's Wind and Water Power Program and was the first Recovery Act-supported hydropower project completed.
Representatives from 25 cities around the nation gathered for the 4th annual Solar America Cities meeting to share findings on emerging trends in urban energy use and to discuss solutions to local solar barriers.
Four Texas-based manufacturing plants are adopting robust energy efficiency standards as part of an energy management certification program led by DOE's Industrial Technologies Program.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011's Team New Jersey is incorporating the age-old technology of concrete into their beach house design and hopes to show others how a material often seen as cold or industrial can be used for residential applications.
To encourage school systems to cut expenses through energy efficiency and green building measures, the U.S. Department of Education has launched a Green Ribbon Schools program. The first winners will be announced next year.
The U.S. wind power industry installed 1,100 megawatts (MW) of new capacity in the first quarter of 2011, and it has another 5,600 MW under construction. Overall, a range of renewables grew in the 12 months since January 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.