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  • Tom Gray
    ====================================================================== EERE NETWORK NEWS -- November 5, 2003 A weekly newsletter from the U.S. Department of
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      EERE NETWORK NEWS -- November 5, 2003
      A weekly newsletter from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)
      Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

      *News and Events
      Five Federal Energy Management Teams Earn White House Honors
      Federal Leaders Achieve $62 Million in Annual Energy Savings
      ASHRAE, DOE to Cooperate on Energy Efficiency and Renewables
      DOE Launches Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Education Effort
      U.S. to Host a Hydrogen Ministerial Meeting in Late November
      Interior Department Holds Meetings on Wind Power in the West

      *Site News
      Energy Efficiency 21

      *Energy Connections
      EIA: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Grew 0.5 Percent in 2002

      *About this Newsletter

      Five Federal Energy Management Teams Earn White House Honors

      The White House awarded the Presidential Awards for Leadership in
      Federal Energy Management to energy-saving teams at the U.S. Postal
      Service (USPS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the
      U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force last week. The teams implemented
      measures that will save the federal government about 1.3 trillion Btu
      (British thermal units) of energy each year -- more energy than is
      used by 13,000 typical U.S. homes.

      Five energy management teams earned the awards: the team at the Naval
      Facilities Engineering Command drew on energy efficiency, renewable
      energy, and combined heat and power systems to save more than
      900 billion Btu per year; the team at the Fort Carson Army post
      established long-term sustainability goals, including increased use of
      energy efficiency and renewable energy; the team at the Dyess Air
      Force Base arranged to buy all the base's electricity from wind power
      plants; the team at the Food and Drug Administration's Jefferson
      Laboratories underwent an industrial assessment audit and upgraded its
      district cooling system, lighting systems, and other equipment; and
      the USPS team implemented a strategic energy management plan for its
      operations in Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii, and the Pacific
      Islands. See the October 30th press release on the DOE Web site at:

      Federal Leaders Achieve $62 Million in Annual Energy Savings

      The recent efforts of 37 individuals and organizations throughout the
      U.S. federal government have yielded new energy savings worth
      $62 million annually. In recognition of their efforts, DOE presented
      these federal leaders with the 2003 Federal Energy and Water
      Management Awards last week. This year's winners are from the
      U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy; the Departments of
      Commerce, Energy, Interior, Transportation, Veterans Affairs, and
      Health and Human Services; the General Services Administration; and
      the U.S. Postal Service. Some facilities also received Energy Star and
      Showcase awards for superior building performance and sustainable

      DOE chose the award winners from more than 100 nominations. Some of
      the accomplishments of the winners include installing the largest
      federal solar photovoltaic power system in the United States;
      implementing contracts that allow private companies to invest in
      energy-saving projects at federal facilities; and reducing the energy
      impact of federal buildings by installing energy management systems,
      upgrading heating and cooling systems, installing more energy-
      efficient equipment, and buying renewable energy. See the October 29th
      press release on the DOE Web site at:

      The full list of winners is posted on DOE's Federal Energy Management
      Program Web site at:

      ASHRAE, DOE to Cooperate on Energy Efficiency and Renewables

      The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning
      Engineers (ASHRAE) signed an agreement with DOE last week to advance
      the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy and to minimize the
      impact of energy use on the environment. The agreement will promote
      and support the continuing development of ASHRAE standards for energy
      efficiency and indoor air quality in buildings, through such means as
      improved training programs. The two organizations will work to
      encourage energy efficiency in buildings through a variety of programs
      aimed at builders, building designers, and building owners and
      managers. DOE and ASHRAE will also cooperate on research into
      renewable energy sources, energy efficiency technologies, and the
      environmental impact of energy and material use in buildings. See the
      ASHRAE press release at:

      DOE Launches Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Education Effort

      David Garman, DOE's assistant secretary for energy efficiency and
      renewable energy, went back to high school on October 28th, but as
      more of a teacher than a student. Garman went to Thurgood Marshall
      Academy Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C., to launch a
      new DOE effort that will educate science students across the country
      about the promise of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The DOE
      effort will introduce students of all ages to the basic concepts and
      principles of hydrogen-based energy in fun and creative ways,
      intending to interest students in the vision of a future hydrogen

      "Investing in our students today will insure the transformation of our
      energy future from one dependent on foreign petroleum to one that
      utilizes the most abundant element in the universe -- hydrogen," said

      See the October 28th press release on the DOE Web site at:

      DOE is also working to spark interest in hydrogen at the collegiate
      level. In cooperation with the National Hydrogen Association (NHA),
      DOE is launching the First Annual University Student Hydrogen Design
      Contest. Student teams are being asked to submit innovative and
      imaginative designs for a next-generation hydrogen fueling station.
      A review meeting is taking place today at 1 p.m. Eastern time, and is
      accessible via conference call. The full contest rules will be
      released on November 15th. The top team will win an all-expense-paid
      trip to Hollywood, California, in late April 2004, to present their
      results at the 2004 NHA Annual Conference. Team registration is due by
      December 15th, and the final entries are due on March 1, 2004. See the
      contest information on the NHA Web site at:

      U.S. to Host a Hydrogen Ministerial Meeting in Late November

      DOE, the State Department, and the Department of Transportation will
      host the inaugural meeting of the International Partnership for a
      Hydrogen Economy (IPHE) from November 19th through the 21st.
      Ministerial delegations from 13 countries and the European Commission
      will attend the meeting in Washington, D.C. The IPHE inaugural meeting
      will feature formal ministerial statements on the hydrogen policies
      and programs underway in each of the 15 IPHE nations.

      Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham called for the creation of the
      IPHE in his speech to the International Energy Agency Ministerial in
      April. In June, Secretary Abraham called on the international
      community to join him in a ministerial-level conference to formally
      define and establish the IPHE. The inaugural ministerial meeting will
      culminate in the signing of a "Terms of Reference" document, formally
      creating the IPHE as an international mechanism to coordinate hydrogen
      research and hydrogen technology development and deployment. See the
      October 28th announcement on the DOE Web site at:

      The IPHE Ministerial Summit will immediately follow the LNG (liquefied
      natural gas) Ministerial Summit, which will bring together energy
      ministers from up to 24 countries to take a fresh look at the world
      LNG market place. Secretary Abraham announced the summit in July.
      For information on both ministerial summits, see the U.S. Energy
      Association Web site at: <http://www.usea.org>.

      Interior Department Holds Meetings on Wind Power in the West

      The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) announced last week that it will
      hold public meetings in five western states to gain input on the
      development of wind energy on lands administered by the DOI's Bureau
      of Land Management (BLM). The public scoping process is the first step
      in the development of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
      (PEIS), which the BLM announced in a Notice of Intent published in the
      Federal Register on October 17th.

      The PEIS will address the possible amendment of individual BLM land
      use plans in considering future development of wind energy resources
      on BLM-administered lands. Land use plans are planning and management
      documents that define how resources will be managed within a specific
      planning area and establish restrictions on activities to be
      undertaken in that planning area.

      Preparation of the PEIS is a multi-step process that begins with the
      public meetings and will take about two years to complete. DOI held
      the first meeting on Monday in Sacramento, California, and is holding
      the second meeting today in Salt Lake City, Utah. The remaining
      meetings take place over the following two weeks in Cheyenne, Wyoming;
      Las Vegas, Nevada; and Boise, Idaho. See the DOI press release at:

      See also the official Web site for the Wind Energy PEIS at:

      The DOI also created a new position, the Renewable Energy Ombudsman,
      who will be responsible for tracking all DOI renewable energy actions.
      Interior Secretary Norton appointed Brenda Aird to the position.
      Ms. Aird's office will serve as a clearinghouse for information
      regarding new and ongoing projects. See the DOI press release at:

      Editor's Note: Last week, the EERE Network News incorrectly reported
      that 13 of 22 solar cars had completed the World Solar Challenge under
      their own power. In fact, a 14th car -- the Heliodet 6 from Germany --
      finished on the final day. The Heliodet team has competed in each of
      the seven World Solar Challenges, and this marked its first successful
      finish of the race. Congratulations to the team, whose persistence
      finally paid off!

      Energy Efficiency 21

      The Energy Efficiency 21 (EE 21) Project works to enhance trade and
      cooperation in energy-efficient, environmentally sound techniques and
      management practices between countries that participate in the
      Economic Commission of Europe. In particular, it supports countries in
      economic transition, such as Russia and other countries in the
      Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as countries in Central
      and Eastern Europe. EE 21, launched in 2000, is the successor of the
      Energy Efficiency 2000 project, which was launched in 1991.

      EIA: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Grew 0.5 Percent in 2002

      DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced last week that
      U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases increased only 0.5 percent in 2002,
      despite a 1.0 percent increase in energy use. Although total carbon
      dioxide emissions -- mostly due to energy use -- increased by
      0.8 percent, they were offset by decreases in methane and nitrous
      oxide emissions. The recovery of methane emissions from landfills for
      use as an energy source caused the majority of the decline in methane
      emissions. The nitrous oxide emissions dropped due to reduced
      emissions from agriculture.

      The U.S. economy grew by 2.4 percent in 2002, which means that the
      greenhouse gas intensity -- defined as the greenhouse gas emissions
      (in metric tons) per million dollars of gross domestic product (in
      1996 dollars) -- decreased by 2.1 percent. In February 2002, President
      Bush called for voluntary measures to decrease the U.S. greenhouse gas
      intensity at least 18 percent by 2012.

      Although U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have increased 10.9 percent
      since 1990, the economy has grown faster, causing the greenhouse gas
      intensity to decrease by 21.4 percent. See the EIA press release at:

      The full report is available as a 665-KB PDF file at:

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