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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:

      November 02, 2005

      News and Events

      * White House and DOE Honor Federal Employees for Saving Energy
      * DOE Sends First Energy Saving Team to Federal Facility in New York
      * Company Plans Large Wind Plant Offshore of Galveston, Texas
      * Two 500-Kilowatt Solar Power Systems Installed in New Jersey
      * Pennsylvania Advances Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Biodiesel
      * Port of Los Angeles to Clear the Air with Alternative Fuels

      Energy Connections

      * Report: Airlines Make Greenhouse Gas Goals Difficult for U.K.

      News and Events

      White House and DOE Honor Federal Employees for Saving Energy

      The White House and DOE honored 25 federal government employees, teams, and
      organizations last week for their efforts to save energy and use renewable

      The White House honored five energy management teams from the Department of
      Defense and the General Services Administration with the Presidential
      Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management. The awards went to the
      General Services Administration Great Lakes Region and four Defense teams:
      the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, the Navy's Southwest Region, the
      Army's Installation Management Agency for its Southeast Region, and the
      energy conservation program for the Air Force's Pacific facilities. In 2004
      alone, the five teams helped save more than $9 million and 900 billion Btu,
      equivalent to the energy used in 9,800 typical homes. See the
      press release.

      DOE honored 20 federal government employees, teams, and organizations for
      saving more than $14 million in energy costs in the past year. The
      recipients of the 2005 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards are
      employees from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy; the
      departments of Interior and Veterans Affairs; the General Services
      Administration; and the Smithsonian Institution. The award-winning efforts
      included renewable energy installations, green power purchases, energy
      efficiency upgrades, and innovative energy efficiency contracting
      mechanisms. In addition, federal facilities at DOE, the Interior
      Department, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration received
      Energy Saver Showcase Awards for superior building performance and
      sustainable construction. See the
      press release and the
      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/awards_fewm2005.cfm>list of award

      DOE Sends First Energy Saving Team to Federal Facility in New York

      DOE deployed its first Federal Energy Saving team to a General Services
      Administration facility in Jamaica, New York, last week. The team will
      assess operational energy efficiency measures­focusing on low-cost and
      no-cost measures­and will conduct training, provide summary assessments of
      long-term efficiency opportunities, and work with on-site personnel to
      develop an implementation plan. The effort is part of the "Easy Ways to
      Save Energy" campaign announced by Energy Secretary Bodman on October 3rd.
      In the coming months, DOE expects to deploy energy-saving teams to the 30
      largest federal facilities and the top 200 energy-intensive manufacturing
      facilities in the United States. See the
      press release.

      Company Plans Large Wind Plant Offshore of Galveston, Texas

      Galveston-Offshore Wind, LLC is planning to build a 150-megawatt wind power
      plant about seven miles off the coast of Galveston Island, Texas. The Texas
      General Land Office (GLO) announced last week that the company, a division
      of Wind Energy Systems Technology, LLC, has signed a lease agreement for an
      11,355-acre area in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
      has given the company its approval to build two meteorological test towers
      in the lease area, and construction of those towers will begin immediately.
      The wind power project depends on good wind resources, as indicated by the
      test towers, as well as state and federal approvals. See the GLO press
      (<http://www.glo.state.tx.us/news/docs/Offshore_Final_102405.pdf>PDF 215
      KB) and the <http://www.glo.state.tx.us/offshorewind/>GLO Web page for the
      project, which features maps, video, and other information.
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      Photo of wind turbine surrounded by ocean.

      The proposed Long Island and Massachusetts facilities will employ GE's
      3.6-megawatt wind turbine, shown here off the coast of Ireland.
      Credit: Robert Thresher, NREL

      The GLO claims the Texas project could be the first offshore wind plant in
      the nation, but proposed wind projects off the coasts of Massachusetts and
      Long Island have a head start. Cape Wind LLC and the Long Island Power
      Authority (LIPA) proposed those projects and filed permit applications with
      the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Corps has prepared a draft
      Environmental Impact Statement for the Massachusetts project. See the
      <http://www.capewind.org/article23.htm>Cape Wind and
      <http://www.lipower.org/cei/offshore.html>LIPA Web sites and the Corps of
      Engineers Web pages for the
      <http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/projects/ma/ccwf/windfarm.htm>Cape Wind and
      <http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/business/buslinks/regulat/lipa/>LIPA projects.

      To help move ahead on offshore wind power, DOE recently teamed up with the
      Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) and GE to establish a
      framework for offshore wind power development. The resulting report
      proposes forming a national coalition to address responsible development of
      U.S. offshore wind resources. Meanwhile, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 has
      shifted the lead authority for such offshore renewable energy projects to
      the Minerals Management Service (MMS), part of the U.S. Department of
      Interior. MMS has created a Web page and is required to issue new
      regulations by May 2006. See the
      <http://www.mtpc.org/renewableenergy/press/pr_9_30_05_wind.htm>MTC and
      <http://www.mms.gov/ooc/press/2005/press1006a.htm>MMS press releases and
      the new
      Renewable Energy and Alternate Uses Web page.

      Two 500-Kilowatt Solar Power Systems Installed in New Jersey

      New Jersey appears to be the newest hot spot for large-scale solar power
      installations, as two companies recently installed 500-kilowatt solar power
      systems in the state. Dome-Tech Solar designed and built the first system
      for New Jersey American Water (NJAW) using RWE Schott solar panels. Located
      at the utility's Canal Road water treatment plant in Somerset, the system
      should displace 15 percent of the plant's peak power demand, saving about
      $125,000 a year in energy costs. The second project, installed at a Johnson
      & Johnson facility in Skillman, is slightly larger, at 505 kilowatts. The
      PowerLight system uses sun tracking to capture 20 percent more solar energy
      than would a fixed array of solar panels. See the
      <http://www.dome-tech.com/solar/projects/NJAW.asp>Dome-Tech Web site and
      the press releases from

      Solar power is taking off in New Jersey because of generous state
      incentives. Each of two new solar power projects earned a $1.9 million
      rebate through the state's Clean Energy program, which is administered by
      the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU). With the help of the
      incentives, New Jersey recently recorded its 750th solar project since
      2001, and the number of companies engaging in solar initiatives has grown
      from just a handful in 1993 to more than 100 today. With a significant
      number of applications pending, the state plans to approve rebates for
      hundreds more solar power systems in the coming months. The NJBPU has also
      launched a green power program, which started on October 1st for the
      state's largest utilities­Public Service Electric and Gas Company and
      Jersey Central Power and Light­and will expand to Atlantic City Electric
      and Rockland Electric Company in April 2006. See the NJBPU press releases
      about the <http://www.bpu.state.nj.us/home/news.shtml?41-05>NJAW system,
      the <http://www.bpu.state.nj.us/home/news.shtml?43-05>Johnson & Johnson
      system, and the new <http://www.bpu.state.nj.us/home/news.shtml?38-05>green
      power program.

      Pennsylvania Advances Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Biodiesel

      October was a busy month for Pennsylvania: Since mid-month, the state
      awarded 87 energy grants, offered clean energy financing, and helped
      dedicate two new energy projects. Pennsylvania awarded 97 grants totaling
      $488,830 to small businesses, mainly for energy efficiency improvements and
      for installing auxiliary power units in trucks to reduce idling, which
      wastes fuel and causes unnecessary pollution. Three grants were awarded to
      solar and wind energy systems, and about 10 others went to projects not
      related to energy. The state also requested applications for financing to
      support wind, solar, biomass, and other energy projects. The Pennsylvania
      Energy Development Authority is providing $3.5 million for grants, loans,
      or loan guarantees, and applications are due November 15th. In addition,
      the state marked two projects that were financed in part by its Energy
      Harvest Program: a landfill gas project that not only generates power, but
      also sells treated landfill gas to three local manufacturers for use in
      their boilers, and a biodiesel facility at a fuel terminal that precisely
      blends the fuel with diesel fuel. See the State of Pennsylvania press
      releases about the
      efficiency grants, the
      <http://www.state.pa.us/papower/cwp/view.asp?A=11&Q=446575>clean energy
      financing, and the
      <http://www.state.pa.us/papower/cwp/view.asp?A=11&Q=446771>landfill gas and
      <http://www.state.pa.us/papower/cwp/view.asp?A=11&Q=447121>biodiesel projects.

      And that's not all: The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is offering
      about $2 million in grants to support new wind power projects in the state.
      The wind projects must begin commercial operation by the end of next year,
      and once the SDF determines the total grant for each project, it will be
      doled out at a rate of 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour of wind power generated.
      Applications are due by November 23rd. Created by the Pennsylvania Public
      Utility Commission when PECO Energy was restructured, the SDF lends within
      the PECO Energy's five-county service territory. See the
      <http://www.trfund.com/sdf/>SDF Web site.

      Port of Los Angeles to Clear the Air with Alternative Fuels

      The Port of Los Angeles is not only the nation's largest port, but its
      heavy traffic of all sorts of vehicles also makes it one of the largest
      sources of air pollution in California. To help address the problem, the
      port announced on October 12th that it plans to purchase freight trucks and
      in-port cargo handling equipment that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG),
      compressed natural gas (CNG), electric power, or other alternative fuels.
      The port currently has $20 million available to begin the switch. The port
      is considering building an LNG or CNG fueling station within the port, and
      will also explore the use of hydrogen fuel cells and biofuels. Following up
      on that announcement, the port has requested statements of interest from
      biofuel and LNG suppliers. See Port of Los Angeles press releases about the
      shift to alternative fuels
      42 KB) and the biofuel
      39 KB) and LNG
      39 KB) requests.
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      Late last year, the port announced a four-year, $52.9-million program to
      support near-term air quality improvement measures. At that time, the port
      was the only port in the world where some berthed container ships were
      using on-shore electrical power to reduce ship idling, a practice the port
      plans to aggressively expand by the end of next year. See the December
      press release from the Port of Los Angeles
      (<http://www.portoflosangeles.org/Press/REL-AirQualityMeasures.pdf>PDF 111 KB).

      Energy Connections

      Report: Airlines Make Greenhouse Gas Goals Difficult for U.K.

      Airlines pose a quandary for nations attempting to reduce their greenhouse
      gas emissions, since any fuel efficiency advances are overwhelmed by growth
      in the airline industry. Despite these challenges, the European
      Commission­one of the governing bodies of the European Union­recommended in
      late September that aviation emissions be included in the European Union's
      Emissions Trading Scheme for greenhouse gases. The Commission noted that
      the Kyoto Accord only applies to domestic flights, but if emissions from
      international flights aren't controlled, their growth could cancel out more
      than a quarter of the European Union's greenhouse gas reductions under the
      Accord. The Commission believes that including the airlines in the
      emissions trading scheme will create incentive for airlines to reduce their
      emissions, without a significant impact on flight costs. See the
      <http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/climat/aviation_en.htm>Aviation and
      Climate Change Web page.

      A report from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research is skeptical
      about the long-term view for airline emissions, particularly with regard to
      the United Kingdom's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 60 percent
      by 2050. If the aviation industry keeps growing at current rates, the
      report claims that every U.K. household, motorist, and business would have
      to cut their emissions to zero by 2050. See the Tyndall Centre press
      (<http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/media/press_releases/tyndallpr21sep.pdf>PDF 162
      KB). <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download Adobe

      Recent news from UPS, the world's largest package delivery company, is more
      encouraging. UPS found it could save fuel by reducing excess fuel carried
      by its aircraft, slowing flights when practical, taxiing with only one
      engine, and using electrical power from the terminal while on the ground.
      The company is also using a computerized flight planning system to
      calculate the most efficient route between two points and is considering a
      descent approach that allows planes to glide into the airport using minimal
      power. See the
      press release.

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