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    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2005


      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 05, 2005

      News and Events

      * DOE Kicks Off National "Easy Ways to Save Energy" Campaign
      * President Bush Calls for Federal Energy Conservation
      * Solar Decathlon's "Solar Village" Takes Shape on the National Mall
      * Amsterdam's Nuon Solar Team Wins the World Solar Challenge
      * Three DOE Projects to Boost Industrial Boiler Efficiency
      * DOE Genomics Research Could Slash Costs of Ethanol and Hydrogen

      Site News

      * DOE Launches New "Energy Savers" Web Site

      Energy Connections

      * Interdependence Confounds Recovery from Hurricane Rita

      News and Events

      DOE Kicks Off National "Easy Ways to Save Energy" Campaign

      DOE unveiled a comprehensive national campaign on Monday to highlight ways
      to save energy in response to rising winter energy costs. Called "Easy Ways
      to Save Energy," the campaign consists of a three-pronged strategy aimed at
      energy efficiency and conservation measures for consumers, for business and
      industry, and for government facilities.

      For consumers, DOE will distribute nationwide a newly updated guide,
      "Energy Savers: Tips on Saving Energy & Money at Home." This guide contains
      dozens of easy, and often inexpensive, ways to help consumers save energy
      in their homes and to lower utility bills. DOE is also making this guide
      available to manufacturers, retailers, and local utilities to reprint and
      distribute widely. See the
      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/tips/>online version of the guide.

      Computer image of a creature with a hog face and hands, standin

      The Energy Hog, an energy-wasting villain, will be coming soon to
      billboards across the country.
      Credit: Tracy Locke

      DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) are also unveiling a series of
      radio public service announcements (PSAs) to provide consumers with easy
      tips to save energy and gasoline. These PSAs have been recorded in both
      English and Spanish and will be distributed to nearly 4,500 radio stations
      across the country. The radio spots will complement DOE's ongoing Energy
      Hog campaign, carried out in partnership with ASE, the Ad Council, the Home
      Depot, and the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. DOE
      will soon begin the next phase of the Energy Hog campaign with ads in
      newspapers and magazines, as well as on billboards all over the country.
      Top DOE leaders will also travel the country over the next several months
      to discuss how U.S. families can save money and energy this winter. See the
      Web sites for <http://www.energyhog.org/>Energy Hog and the
      <http://www.energysavers.gov>Partnerships for Home Energy Efficiency.

      To help industry and the federal government save energy, DOE is sending
      teams of qualified energy efficiency experts to 200 of the nation's most
      energy-intensive factories and to federal government facilities around the
      country to identify quick and easy ways to save energy this winter. The
      teams at federal facilities will help them to fulfill a presidential
      directive to conserve energy (see related article below). See the
      press release.

      President Bush Calls for Federal Energy Conservation

      President Bush issued a memorandum to federal departments and agencies last
      week, directing them to conserve natural gas, electricity, gasoline, and
      diesel fuel to the maximum extent possible, consistent with the effective
      discharge of the federal government's duties. In particular, federal
      agencies are being asked to temporarily curtail non-essential travel and
      other activities that use gasoline or diesel fuel and to encourage their
      employees to carpool, telecommute, and use public transportation. The memo
      also directs federal agencies to conserve natural gas and electricity
      during periods of peak consumption by shifting energy-intensive activities
      to non-peak periods and by procuring and using efficient Energy Star-rated
      appliances and products. The memo calls for federal agencies to report on
      their fuel conservation efforts within 30 days. See the

      The White House aims to lead the energy conservation effort by example. In
      a press conference accompanying the release of the memo, White House Press
      Secretary Scott McClellan noted that President Bush has directed the White
      House staff to take steps to keep their offices warmer during the air
      conditioning season, scale back non-essential travel, and find other ways
      that to conserve energy. The White House will be sending notices to staff
      reminding them to turn off lights, printers, copiers, and computers when
      they leave the office and encouraging them to share rides and use mass
      transit. McClellan even suggested that the presidential motorcade may be
      scaled back somewhat. And one immediate change is apparent: the White House
      has its first shared car, a Honda Civic Hybrid from Flexcar. The
      car-sharing service dubbed the vehicle "Flexcar One" and made it available
      to White House workers that take mass transit to work. See the White House
      gaggle" and the <http://www.flexcar.com/company/pr/pr092905.asp>Flexcar
      press release.

      Federal energy-saving efforts are led by the Federal Energy Management
      Program (FEMP), part of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
      Energy. See the <http://www.eere.energy.gov/femp/>FEMP Web site.

      Solar Decathlon's "Solar Village" Takes Shape on the National Mall


      Photo of the National Mall shows a long row of partially built

      On October 1st, the solar village began taking shape on the National Mall.
      Credit: Richard King, DOE

      Eighteen teams of students are currently building a "solar village" on the
      National Mall in Washington, D.C., in preparation for the 2005 Solar
      Decathlon. Just after midnight on September 29th, solar powered and highly
      efficient houses began arriving from across the country and as far away as
      Spain, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Since then, the National Mall has seen a
      flurry of construction in preparation for tomorrow's opening ceremonies.
      The competition starts Friday and runs through October 17th, and the homes
      will be open to the public every day except for October 12th.

      The 18 university teams will compete to determine who has built the house
      that best blends aesthetics and modern conveniences with maximum energy
      production and optimal energy efficiency. Over eight days, the teams will
      be judged in 10 areas encompassing architecture, livability, and comfort,
      as well as energy production for space heating and cooling, water heating,
      and powering lights and appliances. Each solar house must also produce
      enough extra power to charge up an electric car.

      Photo of students wearing hard hats working on a home with a cu

      The University of Michigan team assembles their futuristic solar home.
      Credit: Richard King, DOE

      Among the innovations at work this year are a structural insulated panel
      system made of cellulose waste and soy foam insulation, employed by the
      University of Colorado; movable interior walls in the University of
      Madrid's house; and hurricane-proof features in the home from the Florida
      International University. Perhaps most unique is the New York Institute of
      Technology's home, which generates hydrogen from solar power, stores it for
      later use, then uses a fuel cell to convert the hydrogen into heat and
      electricity. See the
      press release.

      DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is the primary
      sponsor of the Solar Decathlon, along with its National Renewable Energy
      Laboratory, the American Institute of Architects, the National Association
      of Home Builders, BP, the DIY Network, and Sprint Nextel. During the
      competition, scores and standings will be posted daily. Until then, you can
      keep track of the Solar Village's progress through the
      journal of DOE's Richard King, posted on the Solar Decathlon Web site.

      Amsterdam's Nuon Solar Team Wins the World Solar Challenge

      The Nuon Solar Team won the World Solar Challenge last week, smashing its
      own record by covering the 1877-mile course in only 29 hours and 11
      minutes, beating its previous time by more than an hour and a half. That
      works out to an average speed of 64.3 miles per hour, or 102.75 kilometers
      per hour, marking the first time that a solar car has gone faster than 100
      kilometers per hour along the grueling course. The Nuon team earned their
      third consecutive win, followed in second place by the Aurora Vehicle
      Association of Australia. The University of Michigan took third place with
      a time of 33 hours and 18 minutes, for an average speed of about 56 miles
      per hour. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology earned sixth place, a
      respectable finish among the field of 19 cars that completed the race. See
      the Media and "On the Road" sections of the
      <http://www.wsc.org.au/2005/competition/>World Solar Challenge Web site.

      Three DOE Projects to Boost Industrial Boiler Efficiency

      DOE announced last week its selection of three new combustion technology
      research and development projects to receive nearly $2.6 million in total
      cost-shared funding over the next two years, including $1.7 million in DOE
      funds. The projects will develop advanced, industrial-sized boilers using
      technologies such as low-emissions burners, multi-stage combustion, and
      heat recovery from the boiler exhaust. The three collaborative teams
      include seven private companies and research organizations, two national
      laboratories, and three universities, and are led by Babcock and Wilcox in
      Barberton, Ohio; the Gas Technology Institute in Des Plaines, Illinois; and
      Reaction Engineering International in Salt Lake City, Utah. See the
      press release.

      By 2020, DOE expects efficient boiler technologies to reduce energy use in
      industrial boilers by seven percent, saving industry $2 billion per year in
      energy costs. The projects are coordinated by the Industrial Technologies
      Program, one of 11 technology programs with the DOE Office of Energy
      Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). See the
      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/industry>Industrial Technologies Program Web site.

      DOE Genomics Research Could Slash Costs of Ethanol and Hydrogen

      DOE awarded $92 million for genomics research on Monday, and also issued a
      comprehensive plan for a new generation of biology research to help solve
      national energy and environmental challenges. Microbial and biotechnology
      research promises solutions to major energy challenges, including the
      production of ethanol and hydrogen. Microbial enzymes could, for example,
      be used to improve the manufacture of ethanol from cellulose by replacing
      the inefficient and expensive processes used today. These enzymes could
      enable smaller-scale and more cost-effective and energy-efficient
      distributed processing plants that could make cellulose-based ethanol cost
      competitive with oil-based gasoline. According to DOE, thousands of
      microbial species have biochemical processes that are of potential use for
      this and other energy applications. The DOE plan begins by focusing on key
      proof-of-principle experiments on complex energy and environmental systems.
      See the DOE press releases on the
      and the

      Site News

      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/tips/>DOE Launches New "Energy Savers"
      Web Site

      Call it a "perfect storm" for energy efficiency: Consumers are looking for
      ways to avoid excessive heating bills this winter, DOE is launching a new
      campaign to save energy, the Solar Decathlon is building more interest in
      energy-efficient homes, and on top of all that, October is Energy Awareness
      Month! With all that going on, DOE has updated its "Energy Savers: Tips on
      Saving Energy & Money at Home" brochure and the accompanying Web site,
      providing the latest and greatest tips on ways to save energy at home. The
      site includes quick, easy tips to save energy, as well as tips for
      long-term energy savings. See the revised
      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/tips/>Energy Savers Web site.

      Energy Connections

      Interdependence Confounds Recovery from Hurricane Rita

      Natural gas and oil production is recovering slowly in the Gulf of Mexico.
      As of Tuesday, 90 percent of oil production and 72 percent of natural gas
      production remain out of service, according to the U.S. Department of
      Interior (DOI). The harder part is understanding why. One hundred and eight
      offshore platforms were destroyed and 53 were heavily damaged, but these
      are a small fraction of the 3,050 platforms that were in the path of the
      two hurricanes. See the
      <http://www.mms.gov/ooc/press/2005/press1004a.htm>DOI press release.

      As indicated by reports from DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and
      Energy Reliability (OE), the problems lie with infrastructure impacts all
      along the supply chain. As of Monday, eight refineries remained shut down,
      in part because of a lack of power, while four refineries are in the
      process of starting up. Some crude oil pipelines are either shut or running
      at reduced capacity, while several refined product pipelines either lack
      power, lack refined products to pump, or both. Many natural gas pipelines
      and 21 large natural gas processing plants in the area are not active, due
      to damage, lack of power, or lack of natural gas. In addition, two
      liquefied natural gas import facilities are shut down because the
      navigation channels serving them are not yet open to barges. See the OE's
      <http://www.electricity.doe.gov/program/electric_oa4.cfm>situation reports
      on the Gulf Coast hurricanes.

      One demonstration of this interdependence is the Nederland, Texas, oil
      terminal, one of the largest onshore crude oil facilities in the country.
      The terminal was shut down because of a lack of power, but on Saturday the
      owner and operator, Sunoco Logistics LLC, used onsite generators to start
      up one of the pipelines. Although the company expects to receive power from
      the electrical grid soon, only three of its seven docks are currently ready
      to receive vessels, and the waterway that services the facility is
      restricted to light vessels only. Meanwhile, Valero reports that its
      refineries in Krotz Springs, Louisiana, and Ardmore, Oklahoma, are running
      at reduced capacity as they await more crude oil from the Nederland
      terminal. See the press releases from Sunoco Logistics
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