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May 03, 2006

President Bush Honors Energy Efficiency Leaders Young and Old

President Bush named Arthur H. Rosenfeld as the winner of the 2005 Enrico Fermi Award on April 27th. Dr. Rosenfeld, 79, is a commissioner at the California Energy Commission (CEC), where he serves as chairman of the Research and Development Committee and as a member of the Energy Efficiency Committee. Although he started his career as a particle physicist, Dr. Rosenfeld shifted his career to energy efficiency in 1975, and founded a program that grew into the Center for Building Science at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Rosenfeld was personally responsible for developing DOE-2, a leading computer program for energy analysis and design of buildings. From 1994 to 1999, Rosenfeld was senior advisor to DOE's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); since joining the CEC, he has implemented demand-side technology and incentives, including real-time pricing of electricity. The Fermi Award is the government's oldest award for scientific achievement, and is administered for the White House by DOE. See the press releases from DOE and the CEC.

Photo of a young man standing before a station wagon covered with lettering and towing a dragster on a trailer. Small wind turbines protrude from the trailer hitch and the roof of the car. They stand on a nearly endless flat stretch of white salt, with mountains in the distant background.

Brent Singleton poses with his "quadbrid" and electric dragster on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
Credit: Kent Singleton

President Bush also honored an up-and-coming energy efficiency leader on April 20th as part of the President's Environmental Youth Awards. Brent Singleton, a 17-year-old junior at Bonneville High School in Ogden, Utah, was honored for his work in clean transportation. Brent converted a junior dragster to all-electric power and races it in National Hot Rod Association events. He also purchased a dismantled hybrid vehicle from Weber State University and modified it to become the first hybrid land speed racer. He raced his unique vehicle in hybrid and zero-emissions mode at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, well before Toyota raced a modified Prius there. To help with his daily drive to school, Brent added solar panels and small wind generators to recharge his electric motor system while he is in class, effectively providing four energy sources for his "quadbrid" vehicle. The President's Environmental Youth Awards are administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). See the EPA press release and Web site and Brent's "Save the Bonneville Salt Flats" Web site.