EERE Network News
November 16, 2011
News and Events
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named the winner in its second National Building Competition, a yearlong energy efficiency contest. The University of Central Florida earned top honors by cutting energy 63% in a garage.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced funding for two rural renewable energy initiatives. One will support energy assessments in 28 states and Puerto Rico, and the other will provide backing for wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power projects in 16 states.
Renewable energy will grow from 13% of the current generation mix to 18% of the mix by 2035 as the overall global primary energy demand increases by one-third from 2010 to 2035, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
California has now installed more than 1 gigawatt of rooftop solar power, according to a new report, and is on its way to meeting a goal of 3 gigawatts by 2016.
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Better Buildings Challenge partners have pledged to cut energy use 20% by 2020. DOE is working with public and private sector partners to encourage energy-saving practices.
Energy-efficiency building retrofits could support 23,500 jobs in the Philadelphia area, according to a report commissioned by a DOE Energy Innovation Hub.