EREN Network News
January 24, 2001
News and Events
- Nevada Test Site to Host Second-Largest U.S. Wind Plant
- DOE Adopts New Energy Efficiency Standards for Appliances
- BP Opens First U.S. Service Station with Solar Canopy
- Shea Homes to Include Solar Electric Systems on New Houses
- DOE Issues New Standard for Measuring Energy Savings
Energy Facts and Tips
- Green LA Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
About this Newsletter
- Scientific Panel Boosts Predictions of Global Warming
News and Events
Nevada Test Site to Host Second-Largest U.S. Wind Plant
DOE announced last week that the Nevada Test Site (NTS)
will be the location for a 260-megawatt wind power facility,
which will be the second-largest wind plant in the United
States. The NTS, located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas,
was used for testing nuclear weapons until 1992. The NTS
Development Corporation (NTSDC), a non-profit
organization funded by DOE, has since been working to
develop the site's renewable energy resources. To build the
wind plant, NTSDC has formed a partnership with MNS
Wind Company, which is itself a partnership being
negotiated between M&N Wind Power and Siemens Energy
& Automation, Inc. The first 85 megawatts of wind turbines
enough to provide power to 85,000 people will be complete
by the end of this year. See the DOE press release.
See also the NTSDC Web site.
In related news, FPL Energy, LLC announced that it has
started construction of a 25.5-megawatt wind facility in Iowa
County, Wisconsin. The 17-turbine wind plant will be
completed by spring. Wisconsin Electric will buy the
electricity from the plant, which will power more than 5,000
homes. See the press release on the FPL Energy Web site.
DOE Adopts New Energy Efficiency Standards for Appliances
DOE announced last week the adoption of new energy
efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners
and heat pumps, clothes washers and water heaters, and for
commercial heating and cooling equipment. The new
standards are projected to save consumers and businesses
more than $19 billion through the year 2030 and will alleviate
the need to build 91 new 400-megawatt power plants. In one
of the final statements of his presidency, then-President Bill
Clinton remarked, "These standards once again demonstrate
that environmental protection and economic growth go hand
in hand." See the DOE press release.
In related news, the American Council for an Energy Efficient
Economy (ACEEE) has just updated its online "Consumer
Guide to Home Energy Savings" to include the latest models
of energy-efficient boilers and furnaces See the ACEEE Web
BP Opens First U.S. Service Station with Solar Canopy
BP announced the opening early this month of a service
station in Indianapolis that features a solar-electric canopy.
The Indianapolis station is the first U.S. "BP Connect" store,
a model that BP intends to use for all new or significantly
revamped BP service stations. The canopy is built using
translucent photovoltaic modules made of thin films of silicon
deposited onto glass. BP is building similar service stations
in Cleveland, Chicago, and Atlanta that will open in the next
few weeks. See the BP press release.
The thin-film solar modules are being manufactured at a BP Solar
plant in Toano, Virginia. See more information about the solar modules.
Shea Homes to Include Solar Electric Systems on New Houses
Shea Homes, Inc. and AstroPower, Inc. announced early this
month that solar electric systems will become a feature in new
Shea communities. Shea Homes is the 10th largest builder in the
United States, having built 5000 homes in 1999. Shea Homes will
start by building 100 homes near San Diego, California, that will
feature Astropower's solar photovoltaic systems. The homes will
also be 40 percent more efficient than California's building code
requires. Over the next 18 months, the company intends to build
a total of 200 homes that include solar electric systems. See the
press release on the AstroPower Web site.
DOE Issues New Standard for Measuring Energy Savings
DOE announced last week the release of the third edition of the
"International Performance Measurement and Verification
Protocol" (IPMVP). The protocol provides an overview of current
best practice techniques for verifying the energy savings due to
energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects
in commercial and industrial facilities. It may also be used by
facility operators to assess and improve facility performance. See
the DOE press release.
See also the IPMVP Web site.
Green LA Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
This site educates Los Angeles residents about their green
power options. Residents can sign up for green power and
learn about solar power and energy efficiency programs,
including the financial incentives available to incorporate
these technologies into homes and businesses. In addition,
the site includes information about purchasing electric
vehicles and locating charging stations.
For this and other recent additions to the EREN Web site,
Energy Facts and Tips
Scientific Panel Boosts Predictions of Global Warming
Leading climate change scientists and government officials
from around the world have finalized a major report
confirming that the evidence for humanity’s influence on the
global climate is now stronger than ever before. The
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
released on Monday the first volume of its Third Assessment
Report, which updates the scientific assessment of research
into global warming. The new report projects a global
warming of 1.4 to 5.8 degrees Celsius (2.5 to 10.4 degrees
Fahrenheit) by 2100, significantly higher than the increase of
1.0 to 3.5 degrees Celsius predicted by the IPCC in its
previous assessment report. According to the report, sea
levels are likely to rise 9 to 88 centimeters (3.5 to 34.6
inches) over the same period. See the IPCC Web site.
Although an update of the global impacts of climate change
is not yet available from the IPCC, the U.S. assessment of
the potential impacts of climate change released in draft
form in June 2000 is now available. However, the
U.S. version was based on a global warming of at most
4.4 degrees Celsius (8 degrees Fahrenheit). See the
U.S. National Assessment.
The Worldwatch Institute is already noting signs of
environmental decline in its "State of the World 2001" report.
According to the report, the Arctic ice cap has already
thinned by 42 percent, and 27 percent of the world's coral
reefs have been lost. See the press release on the
Worldwatch Institute's Web site.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme,
accelerating the introduction of renewable energy "is one of
the most pressing issues facing mankind in the new
millenium" if the threats of climate change and the need to
tackle poverty and ill health in the developing world are to be
addressed. See the UNEP press release.
And finally, a positive note: although U.S. greenhouse gas
emissions continue to increase, the voluntary reductions of
greenhouse emissions by U.S. companies and organizations
tripled between 1995 and 1999. A total of 201 U.S.
companies and other organizations reported they had
undertaken 1715 projects in 1999, achieving the equivalent
to eliminating 226 million metric tons of carbon dioxide
emissions about 3.4 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas
emissions in 1999. Most of the reductions were achieved by
the electric power industry. See the press release from DOE's Energy Information Administration.
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