EREN Network News
November 24, 1999
News and Events
- Kinko's and City of Oakland Buy Green Power
- Commonwealth Energy Signs Up Time Warner, Restaurants
- Renewables, Efficiency Winners in Budget and Tax Bills
- Coalition to Bring Wind Power to Pennsylvania
- DOE, Owens Corning Aim to Reduce School Energy Use
- DOE Sets Pollution Prevention, Energy Efficiency Goals
Energy Facts and Tips
- Household Energy Consumption
- Turkey Tips
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News and Events
Commonwealth Energy Signs Up Time Warner, Restaurants
Commonwealth Energy, a provider of electricity from
renewable energy sources, had a banner week last week.
The company announced new contracts with Time Warner
Communications, two California restaurant chains, and the
City of Palmdale, California. Commonwealth will provide
green power to 1,700 electric accounts servicing Time
Warner's Los Angeles Division. Forty-two Panda Express
restaurants and 24 Pick Up Stix restaurants will also be
powered by green power, as will all city-run facilities in
Palmdale, California, located about 30 miles north of Los
Angeles. For more information, see the Commonwealth
Energy press releases.
In related news, the Los Angeles Department of Water and
Power (DWP) announced last week that it had reached a
milestone by signing up 20,000 customers to its "Green
Power for a Green LA" program. DWP also announced that it
is constructing a "Solar Carport" that will use a solar
photovoltaic electric system to charge electric vehicles.
When completed in early 2000, the carport will provide
recharging for a commercial airport shuttle service using
Daimler Chrysler's electric-powered Epic minivan. For more
information, see the DWP press releases.
Renewables, Efficiency Winners in Budget and Tax Bills
An omnibus budget bill that was passed by Congress last
week includes a funding increase of 9 percent for energy
efficiency research, development, and deployment. For more
information, including a preliminary budget breakdown, see
the Alliance to Save Energy's press release.
The budget bill also extends through 2001 the production tax
credits for wind and biomass energy production, which
effectively cut the cost of power from these facilities. The
tax credits at 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity
produced will apply retroactively to June 30, 1999, the
date when they expired. The wind energy production tax
credit was largely credited for a boom in wind energy
installations in the first six months of this year. For more
information, see the American Wind Energy Association's
Coalition to Bring Wind Power to Pennsylvania
A coalition of non-profit and for-profit companies is
working to build two 65-kilowatt wind turbines near Hazleton
in eastern Pennsylvania. The new "Pennsylvania Wind
Energy" will use wind turbines provided by Energy Unlimited,
Inc. and the business infrastructure of Conectiv Energy to
deliver wind energy to electricity customers in the state.
Pennsylvania's Clean Air Council and the Land and Water
Fund of the Rockies (LWF) have formed Community Energy,
Inc., a nonprofit company that will market the power to
businesses in the Philadelphia area. The turbines, which will
generate an estimated 200,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity
per year, are expected to be completed by the end of this
year. For more information, see the press release on the
LWF Web site.
DOE, Owens Corning Aim to Reduce School Energy Use
DOE and Owens Corning announced last week a campaign
to help U.S. public schools make better use of energy. U.S.
K-12 schools spend $6 billion each year on energy, of which
about $1.5 billion is wasted because of inefficient heating,
cooling, ventilating, lighting, and insulating systems. DOE's
EnergySmart Schools campaign will help schools save
energy through energy efficiency investments, while raising
students' awareness of energy efficiency. The campaign
includes a four-day "Saving Energy Starts With Me"
educational program, which features hands-on experiments
and a home energy quiz.
Twelve "EnergySmart School Ambassadors" also released
an "EnergySmart Schools Proclamation" during the
announcement. The "Ambassadors" are student winners of a
national essay contest sponsored by DOE and Owens
Corning on the subject "Saving Energy Starts with Me."
Students, parents and other interested parties may sign the
EnergySmart Schools Proclamation. In April 2000, the
signatures will be forwarded to local school superintendents
nationwide along with energy-efficiency educational
materials and advice, in conjunction with Earth Day 2000.
For more information, see the DOE press release.
See the winning essays and sign the proclamation on the
EnergySmart Schools Web site on EREN.
DOE Sets Pollution Prevention, Energy Efficiency Goals
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson announced last week
14 new pollution prevention and energy efficiency goals that
will support President Clinton's executive orders for
"Greening the Government." The DOE goals include
improved energy efficiency and increased vehicle fleet
efficiency. One of the goals is for 75 percent of DOE's light-
duty vehicle purchases each year to be alternative fuel
vehicles. For more information, see the DOE press release.
Energy Ed Online
The Energy Center of Wisconsin's Energy Ed Online
provides a comprehensive guide to K-12 energy education in
Wisconsin. The site includes a calendar of training sessions
and course offerings for educators, classroom activities and
lesson plans, field trip ideas, a discussion list, and other
For this and other recent additions see the EREN Web site.
Energy Facts and Tips
Household Energy Consumption
The average U.S. household used 27 percent less energy in
1997 than the average household did in 1978, according to
DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA). But the
number of U.S. households increased by 33 percent over
that time period, so overall U.S. household energy use has
held steady. Those are just two of the findings from "A Look
at Residential Energy Consumption in 1997," released by the
EIA last week. The average U.S. household spent $1,338 for
energy in 1997, according to the report. For more information,
see the EIA press release (with a link to the full report).
Since most people in the United States will be roasting a
turkey tomorrow, it's a good time to look at ways to save
energy on Thanksgiving Day compliments of the California
Energy Commission (CEC). Save oven energy by skipping
the preheat and minimizing the number of times you open
the door. And make the most of that hot oven by cooking
several items at once. Before cooking on the stove, make
sure those stovetop burners and reflectors are clean. Also
try to match your pots and pans to the size of the heating
element don't place a small pot on a large element. And
don't forget to use the microwave oven when possible it
uses only half the energy of conventional ovens! For more
tips, see the full story by selecting the Energy Commission
News Features on the CEC's News Releases Web page.
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