EREN Network News
June 21, 2000
News and Events
- DaimlerChrysler Expects to Sell Fuel-Cell Cars by 2004
- Los Angeles Bans Diesel Buses, Promotes Solar Energy
- West Virginia University Wins First FutureTruck Competition
- First Home Manufactured Using Foam-Core Panels
- Nine School Districts Earn the Energy Star Label
Energy Facts and Tips
- Distributed Power Program
- Manufacturing Emits One-Quarter of Energy-Related Carbon
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News and Events
DaimlerChrysler Expects to Sell Fuel-Cell Cars by 2004
DaimlerChrysler announced Monday that it expects to sell
fuel-cell-powered automobiles by 2004. The news follows an
April announcement by the company that it will sell city
buses powered by fuel cells in 2002, which was also
confirmed in Monday's announcement. See the
DaimlerChrysler news release.
In related news, Honda announced early this month that it
will be working in a new cooperative partnership to study and
advance ultra-clean vehicles. Honda will work with the
University of California at Riverside, the California Air
Resources Board, and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency on the research project. General Motors Corporation
and the Ford Motor Company are also contributing to the
project. See the Honda press release.
Los Angeles Bans Diesel Buses, Promotes Solar Energy
Two separate actions by Los Angeles entities last week will
promote the use of clean energy in the city. The first was a
landmark decision by the South Coast Air Quality
Management District (AQMD), adopting regulations that
ban the purchase of diesel-fueled municipal buses and
garbage trucks for the city. Public transit agencies, cities and
trash haulers under contract to public agencies will be
required to purchase buses and trucks that use clean fuels
such as compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas,
propane, methanol, electric batteries and fuel cells.
However, if low-polluting diesel trucks or buses become
available, AQMD pledged to amend the rules to allow the
purchase of clean diesel vehicles.
AQMD also passed a regulation that will require government
agencies in the region to purchase from among the cleaner
cars, pickup trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles on the
market. See the AQMD Web site.
The second action was taken by the Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power (LADWP), which
announced a $6 million contract with AstroPower, Inc. to
install solar electric systems throughout the city. The majority
of the panels will be installed on the Los Angeles Convention
Center, making it the largest solar-powered building in North
America. The contract marks the start of a four-year,
$38 million project to provide solar power to LADWP
customers. See the LADWP press release.
The LADWP news follows an earlier announcement that the
utility will subsidize the installation of solar energy systems in
its service area. The company will pay up to $5 per watt to
homeowners and businesses that buy and install their own
solar energy systems. See the LADWP press release.
West Virginia University Wins First FutureTruck Competition
General Motors Corporation (GM) announced last week that
a team of engineering students from West Virginia University
won the first FutureTruck competition. Starting with a
standard Chevrolet Suburban, the team was able to reduce
its greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent while
maintaining much of its overall performance. A team from
the University of California at Davis achieved the highest fuel
efficiency, 18.7 miles per gallon roughly 13 percent better
than their original Suburban. See the GM press release.
In related news, GM also announced last week that starting
in 2002, all its 5.3-liter V8 Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes
and GMC Yukons and Yukon XLs will be capable of running
on varying blends of ethanol and gasoline, up to a maximum
85 percent ethanol (E85). The new Chevrolet Avalanche will
also have E85 capability in its standard 5.3-liter V8 model,
beginning in the 2003 model year. See the GM press release.
First Home Manufactured Using Foam-Core Panels
The first-ever manufactured house constructed entirely of
energy-efficient foam-core panels rolled off the assembly line
last week. The demonstration home, built at the Champion
Enterprises factory in Silverton, Oregon, is expected to cut
heating and cooling costs up to 50 percent compared to a
manufactured home built to the minimum housing code.
Manufactured housing comprises about 20 to 30 percent of
new U.S. home sales. See the DOE press release.
Foam-core panels sandwich an insulating layer of foam
between two structural panels, creating a highly insulating
floor, wall or ceiling that replaces standard stud framing.
They are often referred to as structural insulating panels
(SIPs). See the Structural Insulating Panel Association's
Nine School Districts Earn the Energy Star Label
DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
announced last week that nine school districts across the
country had received the first Energy Star label for schools.
The label is given to buildings with energy performance in
the top 25 percent of their peer group. See the DOE press
DOE helps schools achieve energy efficiency through its
EnergySmart Schools program. This year, the program will
award $4.7 million to schools for energy efficiency
improvements. See the EnergySmart Schools Web site on EREN.
Distributed Power Program
This site describes DOE's Distributed Power Program and its
activities, as well as providing information and current news
about barriers to distributed power, policies and regulations,
technical interconnection issues and upcoming events.
Energy Facts and Tips
Manufacturing Emits One-Quarter of Energy-Related Carbon
A new report from DOE's Energy Information Administration
finds that manufacturing produces more than a quarter of the
total U.S. energy-related carbon emissions. Three industries
petroleum, chemicals, and primary metals produce
nearly 60 percent of the total energy-related carbon
emissions from manufacturing. Of all industrial activities,
manufacturing dominates both the energy use and the
energy-related carbon emissions, at roughly 80 percent of
both. See the EIA report, "Energy-Related Carbon Emissions in Manufacturing."
DOE's Industries of the Future program concentrates on
energy-saving technologies for the nine most energy-
intensive industries, including the petroleum, chemical, steel
and aluminum industries. See the Industries of the Future Web site.
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