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      A weekly newsletter from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)
      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/>Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
      Energy (EERE). The EERE Network News is also available on the Web at:

      October 06, 2004

      News and Events

      * Ford Begins Production of Fuel-Cell-Powered Fleet
      * Toyota Doubles U.S. Deliveries of the Prius Hybrid
      * Hawaii and Minnesota to Boost Ethanol Use
      * Energy Trust of Oregon Yields Big Energy Savings
      * DOE Offers Grants to Small Businesses for Energy Technologies
      * DOE to Fund Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Tribes

      Energy Connections

      * Arizona Might be Home to First New U.S. Refinery Since 1976


      News and Events

      Ford Begins Production of Fuel-Cell-Powered Fleet


      A man works on the frame of a vehicle in the background of this

      A worker installs door components on the frame of the Ford Focus FCV. The
      fuel cell and battery pack are built into the floor of the vehicle.
      Credit: Ford Motor Company

      Ford Motor Company celebrated the production of a fuel-cell-powered Focus
      sedan last week, the first vehicle in a fleet to be deployed in five
      cities. The Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) features a fuel cell stack from
      Ballard Power Systems, a nickel metal hydride battery pack, and
      regenerative braking that uses a brake-by-wire electro-hydraulic system.
      Ford is building an evaluation fleet of Focus FCVs for demonstration
      programs in Orlando, Florida; Sacramento, California; and Taylor, Michigan,
      as part of DOE's Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration
      and Validation Project. Ford will also demonstrate the vehicle in fleets in
      Vancouver, British Columbia, and Berlin, Germany. Ford is working with BP
      to build a network of hydrogen fueling stations in these cities to support
      the vehicles. While some BP stations will use near-term hydrogen production
      technologies, like reforming natural gas, others will generate hydrogen
      from renewable energy resources. See the
      press release.

      While Ford is rolling out its Focus FCVs, a growing number of automakers
      are investigating fuel cell vehicles. That fact was clearly demonstrated
      when the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) held its 2004 Road Rally
      in mid-September. The event featured fuel cell vehicles from
      DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, and
      Volkswagen. According the CaFCP, "Never before have so many manufacturers
      had their fuel cell vehicles on the road together." See the
      <http://www.cafcp.org/news_releases-04/2004_09_28_RRIII.htm>CaFCP press

      Companies are also inserting fuel cells into a wide variety of vehicles.
      For example, BOC, an industrial gas company, has teamed with Cellex Power
      Products Inc. to build a fuel-cell-powered forklift. Honda has built a
      scooter that uses the Honda fuel cell stack. Hydrogenics Corporation is
      supplying fuel cell drives for a number of projects, including
      groundskeeping equipment for The Toro Company, an aircraft tow tractor for
      the U.S. Air Force, and a van for the Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. But
      topping them all is the German company Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG
      (HDW), which has built a submarine with a hydrogen fuel cell drive for the
      German Navy. According to HDW, the submarine is capable of remaining
      submerged "for weeks at a time." See the press releases from
      <http://www.hydrogenics.com/ir_news.asp>Hydrogenics, and

      Toyota Doubles U.S. Deliveries of the Prius Hybrid

      Toyota Motor Sales announced last week that it will double the number of
      Prius hybrid-electric vehicles for sale in the United States in 2005.
      Although the company has sold 100,000 of the vehicles in the United States
      since they first went on sale in mid-2000, the company now expects to sell
      100,000 in 2005 alone. The boost in projected sales is the second for
      Toyota, which originally planned to sell 36,000 of its 2004 models, but
      increased its sales plan in December to 47,000 vehicles. Globally, Toyota
      has sold more than a quarter-million hybrid vehicles since it began selling
      the Prius in Japan in December 1997. See the
      press release.

      One place where the Toyota Prius has found a home is at Hoffman-La Roche
      Inc., which has 20 of its sales representatives using the vehicles in a
      pilot program. Roche plans to continually integrate the Toyota Prius, the
      Ford Escape Hybrid, and other clean vehicles into its 1,400-car U.S. sales
      force, eventually replacing the entire fleet. The effort is part of the
      pharmaceutical company's commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions
      by 10 percent over the next five years. See the
      press release.

      Hawaii and Minnesota to Boost Ethanol Use

      New actions by the governors of Hawaii and Minnesota aim to significantly
      increase the use of ethanol as a motor fuel in those states.

      In Hawaii, Governor Linda Lingle signed new administrative rules to
      implement a law requiring at least 85 percent of Hawaii's gasoline to
      contain at least 10 percent ethanol, beginning in April 2006. An estimated
      40 million gallons of ethanol are needed to meet the requirement, but
      Hawaii's sugar cane industry is estimated to be capable of producing 90
      million gallons of year in the near-term, and more than 400 million gallons
      as a mature industry. See the governor's

      In Minnesota, Governor Tim Pawlenty announced an initiative to double the
      amount of ethanol in the state's fuel, from today's 10 percent blend to an
      E-20 blend, which contains 20 percent ethanol. The proposed mandate will
      take effect when at least half the new vehicles sold in the state have
      warranties that allow E-20, or by 2010, whichever comes first. The governor
      is sending letters to all major auto manufacturers, requesting that they
      update their warranties to cover the use of E-20. In addition, the governor
      signed an executive order to cut the state government's use of gasoline in
      half by 2015 and cut its use of diesel fuel by a quarter by 2015. The state
      will use increased fuel efficiency, alternative fuels, and reductions in
      miles driven in order to meet its goals. See the governor's

      Thanks in part to such state initiatives, the U.S. ethanol fuel industry
      continues to grow. The industry has set all-time monthly production records
      each month this year, with the latest record at 222,000 barrels per day in
      June (announced on September 8th). Currently, 81 ethanol plants nationwide
      have the capacity to produce over 3.4 billion gallons annually, and 11
      ethanol plants are under construction. See the
      <http://www.ethanolrfa.org/press.shtml>press releases from the Renewable
      Fuels Association.

      Energy Trust of Oregon Yields Big Energy Savings

      After completing its first full year of operation, the Energy Trust of
      Oregon, Inc. has plenty to show for it, having served more than 16,000
      households and businesses in about 100 communities across the state. The
      nonprofit agency offers programs that encourage energy efficiency and wind
      and solar energy use, and also provides about $1 million each year to
      support a range of renewable energy projects. According to the agency's
      2003 annual report, released last week, those combined efforts yielded
      enough energy savings and clean energy to power 23,000 Oregon homes. The
      Energy Trust's accomplishments include supporting thousands of energy
      efficiency projects, 78 solar electric projects, and the 41-megawatt
      Combine Hills wind project. The Energy Trust provides its services to
      customers of Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, and NW Natural (a
      natural gas utility) and is funded through those customers' utility bills.
      See the Energy Trust of Oregon's press release
      31 KB), annual report
      1.5 MB), and <http://www.energytrust.org/index.html>Web site.
      <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/alternate.html>Download Acrobat Reader.

      DOE Offers Grants to Small Businesses for Energy Technologies

      DOE announced last week that it is offering grants to small businesses that
      are developing new energy technologies. DOE's solicitations for the Small
      Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer
      (SBTT) programs offer grants of up to $100,000 for small businesses to
      evaluate the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of energy
      technologies that appear to have commercial potential. This year, the bulk
      of the grants will go towards manufacturing-related projects in accordance
      with Executive Order 13329, "Encouraging Innovation in Manufacturing,"
      <http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/02/20040224-6.html>signed by
      President Bush in February.

      Each grant application must relate to a specific DOE technical topic.
      Topics listed under the
      Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy include solar photovoltaic
      technologies; sensors for wind turbines; systems to draw energy from tides,
      waves, and ocean currents; hydrogen storage technologies; advanced
      materials for fuel cells, bioproducts, lighting products, and lightweight
      vehicles; advanced power electronics; sensors and controls for geothermal
      systems, vehicles, industrial processes, and heating and cooling systems;
      innovative waste heat recovery technologies; novel cooling systems; and a
      variety of chemical processes. Related topics listed under the
      Office of Basic Energy Sciences include solid-state lighting; capacitors
      and lithium-ion batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles; hydrogen
      pipelines, compressors, and storage tanks; advanced membranes for
      energy-efficient chemical separations; nanotechnologies for chemical
      processes; and new chemical processes that eliminate the use of solvents.
      Applications are due by December 13th. See the
      <http://www.er.doe.gov/sbir/#T3>SBIR and SBTT solicitations.

      For more information, see the newly updated fact sheets for the
      <http://www.science.doe.gov/sbir/about/sbir_sheet.htm>SBIR and
      <http://www.science.doe.gov/sbir/about/sttr_sheet.htm>STTR programs.

      DOE to Fund Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Tribes


      Photo of a wind turbine.

      This wind turbine on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation is a prime
      example of a tribal renewable energy project.
      Credit: Robert Gough

      DOE announced last week that it is now accepting applications for two types
      of grants to Native American tribes that wish to pursue renewable energy
      and energy efficiency projects.

      DOE is accepting applications for grants of up to $300,000 for tribes to
      conduct feasibility studies, hardware demonstrations, and pre-development
      activities for renewable energy projects. In addition, tribes can apply for
      grants of up to $150,000 to conduct strategic planning, energy options
      analysis or resource planning, organizational development, and human
      capacity building related to energy efficiency or renewable energy projects.

      The application deadlines for the two types of grants are February 4th and
      January 20th, respectively. See the
      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/financial.html>announcement on the
      DOE Tribal Energy Program Web site.


      Energy Connections

      Arizona Might be Home to First New U.S. Refinery Since 1976

      A new refinery planned for Arizona took a crucial step toward its final
      approval in September, when the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
      (ADEQ) proposed a draft permit for the facility. Arizona Clean Fuels, LLC
      proposes to build the facility on a 1,450-acre site located 40 miles east
      of Yuma. It will produce 85,000 barrels per day of gasoline, 35,000 barrels
      per day of diesel fuel, and 30,000 barrels per day of jet fuel. If built,
      it will be the first new petroleum refinery constructed in the United
      States in nearly 30 years, and the first facility in the West to be built
      specifically for the production of newer clean fuels. It will also be the
      only petroleum refinery in Arizona, and the only large refinery between
      Texas and California. The ADEQ is holding public meetings on the proposed
      air quality permit this week. See the ADEQ press releases and other
      materials related to the project on the
      <http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/permits/acf.html>ADEQ Web site.

      The proposed refinery will produce gasoline with a sulfur content of less
      than 10 parts per million (ppm)­far less than a proposed national standard
      of 30 ppm­and will produce diesel fuel with 15 ppm of sulfur, meeting a
      standard that will take effect in 2006. See the
      <http://www.arizonacleanfuels.com/faq.htm>Arizona Clean Fuels Web site and
      the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
      "<http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel.htm>Clean Diesel Trucks and Buses Rule."

      Although no new refineries have been built in the United States in nearly
      30 years, U.S. refiners have managed to increase their production by adding
      onto existing refineries. According to DOE's Energy Information
      Administration (EIA), the number of operating U.S. refineries dropped from
      195 in 1987 to 146 in 2004, but during that period the U.S. production
      capacity increased from just under 15 million barrels per day to almost 17
      million barrels per day. See the table,
      Refineries and Refining Capacities, 1987-2004," from the EIA report,
      Petroleum Refining and Gasoline Marketing Industry."

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