EREN Network News
May 16, 2001
News and Events
- President Bush: Energy Efficiency to be Part of Energy Plan
- Pennsylvania Slated for 50-Megawatt Wind Power Plant
- U.S., European Union to Cooperate on Energy Research
- DOE Honors Leaders in Alternative Fuel Vehicle Use
- Hybrid Electric Buses Coming to California, New York, Ohio
Energy Facts and Tips
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- World Energy Production Down in 1999; Renewables Increased
News and Events
President Bush: Energy Efficiency to be Part of Energy Plan
Investment in new energy-saving technologies will be part of
the administration's energy plan, President Bush said on
Saturday. The President's weekly radio address focused on
the benefits of energy efficiency, which he referred to as "a
new kind of conservation, a 21st-century conservation that
saves power through technological innovation." President
Bush said the energy plan, to be released Thursday, will
require improved efficiency standards for appliances as well
as incentives to encourage industry to replace outdated
equipment. See (or listen to) the President's address on the
White House Web site.
The address is also available in Spanish on the White House Web site.
A poll by the Gallup Organization, released yesterday, found
that the President's emphasis on conservation is likely to
appeal to the public. According to the Gallup poll,
"Americans express widespread support for several
measures to deal with the current energy situation, including
both new production and conservation initiatives, but when
asked to make a trade-off between the two approaches,
more Americans choose conservation than new production."
The poll found the U.S. public to be most supportive of
investing in new sources of energy, such as solar, wind, and
fuel cells 91 percent favored these investments. The poll
also showed strong support 85 percent of more for
mandating more energy efficient appliances, buildings, and
cars. To produce highly efficient cars, a partnership between
government and industry is favored by 76 percent of the
U.S. public. See the Gallup press release.
Pennsylvania Slated for 50-Megawatt Wind Power Plant
Exelon Power Team and Waymart Wind Farm, LLC
announced last week their plans to build a 50-megawatt
wind power plant near Scranton, Pennsylvania. The facility is
the fourth major wind farm announced for Pennsylvania, and
it will be the largest yet, comprising 40 turbines, each rated
at 1.3 megawatts. Exelon Power Team will buy the wind
power from the project, called the Moosic Mountain wind
farm, and resell it to commercial and residential customers
throughout the state. Community Energy, Inc. and Exelon
Power Team will jointly market the power. See the press release.
Exelon Power Team is also involved with marketing
power from the Mill Run Wind Farm and the Somerset Wind
Farm, announced earlier this year. Combined, the three
projects will total more than 74 megawatts of wind capacity.
See the April 25th edition of the EREN Network News.
U.S., European Union to Cooperate on Energy Research
DOE Secretary Spencer Abraham and European Union (EU)
Commissioner for Research Philippe Busquin signed
agreements on Monday to conduct joint research in energy,
including renewable energy and energy efficiency research.
According to the European Commission, the EU has
strengths in fusion energy and energy efficiency and is
mainly interested in fuel cell technology, hydrogen
production technologies, solar energy and biomass.
See the DOE press release. See also the European Commission press release.
DOE Honors Leaders in Alternative Fuel Vehicle Use
One potential solution to tight gasoline supplies and high
prices is to switch some of the demand to alternative fuels,
such as ethanol, natural gas, and electricity. For their efforts
to do so, 18 organizations and communities were recognized
with DOE awards on Monday. The awards, part of DOE's
Clean Cities Program, went to ten Clean Cities Coalitions
across the country and to eight "Clean Cities National
Partners" companies and organizations that help
the program meet its goals. See the DOE press release.
The Clean Cities Program helps build local, voluntary,
government-industry partnerships to reduce oil consumption,
achieve cleaner air and stimulate local economic activity
through the use of alternative fuel vehicles. More than
80 local coalitions comprise the nationwide Clean Cities
network, in which more than 4,400 Clean Cities coalition
members and partners are working to put alternative fuel
vehicles on the road today. See the Clean Cities Web site.
One example of a Clean Cities National Partner is American
Airlines, which was awarded for its commitment to replace
80 percent of its fossil-fueled ground service vehicles in the
United States with electric vehicles in the next ten years, at a
cost of $400 million. The company has already converted its
entire ground service vehicle fleet at El Paso International
Airport to electric vehicles. See the American Airlines press release.
The company also introduced two solar-powered fueling
carts at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in April the
first of 13 that are being deployed in Miami, San Francisco,
Chicago, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. See the American
Airlines press release.
Promoters of alternative fuels received good news early this
month, when DOE announced that biodiesel fuel now
qualifies as an alternative fuel. The new rule allows fleet
owners to use biodiesel fuel in existing diesel vehicles,
rather than purchase special alternative fuel vehicles.
Biodiesel is a clean-burning, biodegradable fuel for diesel
engines produced from animal, plant or waste oils such as
soybean oil, rapeseed oil or waste from french fry oil. See
the DOE press release.
Hybrid Electric Buses Coming to California, New York, Ohio
Hybrid electric buses are proving to be a popular approach
to mass transit. BAE Systems announced last week that two
California transit systems the Fresno Area Express and
the city of Torrance will each introduce two buses this
month that use its hybrid electric drive system. Two more
buses will be delivered to the San Francisco Municipal
Railway in late May. Meanwhile, New York City Transit,
which has logged 300,000 miles on the hybrid electric buses,
plans to add 325 more of the buses to its fleet by 2004. The
buses use an electric drive with a diesel-powered electric
generator. See the BAE Systems press release.
Hybrid electric buses are also coming to Cleveland, Ohio,
through an innovative approach called Bus Rapid Transit.
After facing opposition to stringing power lines for a trackless
trolley-style system, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit
Authority (RTA) chose last week to pursue hybrid electric
buses as an alternative. The buses will travel most of Euclid
Avenue a major traffic corridor on Cleveland's East Side
along bus-only lanes in the median of the road. The RTA
expects to save $38 million by not installing overhead
electric wires. Construction of the new Bus Rapid Transit line
is expected to begin in 2003, and it should be up and
running by the end of 2006. See the Euclid Corridor
Transportation Project press release (and also see the home
page for photos)
For more information about Bus Rapid Transit, see the Web
site from the Federal Transit Administration.
Dr. E’s Energy Lab
Kids will enjoy this new site on EREN, which rounds up the
best Web sites for them to learn about energy efficiency and
renewable energy. The site provides links to information on
wind, solar, geothermal, and alternative fuels, as well as
links to general sites on renewable energy and energy
efficiency. And to keep it fun, an elastic trail of bouncy
spheres follows your cursor wherever it goes!
For this and other recent additions to the EREN Web site.
Energy Facts and Tips
World Energy Production Down in 1999; Renewables Increased
The world's production of energy decreased by 0.7 percent
in 1999, according to DOE's Energy Information
Administration (EIA). Coal production dropped the most, by
5.0 percent, while petroleum production decreased by
1.4 percent. Gains were seen in the production of natural
gas, which increased by 2.2 percent, hydroelectric power (up
1.5 percent) and nuclear power (up 3.4 percent). But the
largest gains were seen in the production of energy from
non-hydro renewable energy sources, which increased by
7.6 percent over 1998.
The world's consumption of energy actually increased
slightly, by 0.5 percent. The most obvious difference
between the production and consumption figures is that
the world's use of petroleum increased by 1.6 percent, even
though production decreased. The world energy data is
summarized in EIA's "International Energy Annual 1999,"
published in February. See the report on the EIA Web site.
See especially the tabulation of world energy production.
See also the tabulation of world energy consumption.
The worldwide growth in renewable energy use shouldn't be
a surprise, according to a recent report by Clean Edge, a
market-intelligence firm. The report projects that what it calls
the "clean energy" market including fuel cells, microturbines,
solar, and wind power will grow by 28 percent annually,
from approximately $7 billion in worldwide revenues in 2000
to more than $82 billion in revenues by 2010. The report also
projects a growth in the market for clean vehicles -- including
cars, buses, and trucks -- from about $2 billion in 2000 to
$48 billion by 2010. See the Clean Edge press release.
The full 17-page report is posted in Adobe PDF format.
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