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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:
      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm>www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm


      November 23, 2005




      News and Events

      * DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
      * DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
      * Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
      * Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
      * Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
      * New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey


      Site News

      * DOE Launches "EERE Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin


      Energy Connections

      * EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
      []



      News and Events




      DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006

      DOE announced last week that it will set schedules for all appliance
      rulemaking activities no later than January 31st, 2006. DOE held a public
      meeting on November 15th to invite comments on standards scheduling issues,
      and will develop its schedule after considering those comments. As required
      by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), DOE's plan and rulemaking
      schedules will be reported to Congress by February 8th, 2006. See the
      <http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do?PUBLIC_ID=19189&BT_CODE=PR_PRESSRELEASES&TT_CODE=PRESSRELEASE>DOE
      press release.

      On October 18th, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance
      standards prescribed by EPACT 2005. Currently, DOE is working on another
      "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures specified
      by EPACT 2005. DOE is also continuing progress on previous high-priority
      rulemakings, including new standards for distribution transformers,
      residential furnaces, and boilers. The rulemakings are managed by the
      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/>Appliances and
      Commercial Equipment Standards Program, part of the DOE Office of Energy
      Efficiency and Renewable Energy.


      DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

      DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) have compiled Web-based
      information on how consumers can reduce their federal income taxes in 2006
      and 2007 by making their homes more energy efficient and purchasing
      fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, consumers can
      save up to $500 in taxes in 2006 and 2007 by installing certain
      energy-efficiency upgrades to existing homes. In addition, consumers and
      businesses can save up to $3,400 on taxes by buying energy-efficient
      hybrid-electric or diesel vehicles. Although the Internal Revenue Service
      (IRS) has not yet issued specific guidance for consumers on how to claim
      the income tax credits, the ASE Web pages offer the latest information
      based on the new energy law. The Web pages will be updated on a continuing
      basis as the IRS makes new details available. See the
      <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2670>ASE press release and
      <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2654>Web page.

      DOE and ASE are also part of the Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP),
      which has launched a separate Web site to give consumers and businesses
      additional information about tax incentives for energy efficiency products
      and technologies. TIAP is sponsored by a coalition of public interest
      nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the
      energy efficiency field. See the
      <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2686>ASE press release and the
      <http://www.energytaxincentives.org/>TIAP Web site.

      States may also offer tax incentives and funds for energy efficiency
      improvements, which can usually be combined with federal tax credits to
      yield significant savings. ASE's new State Energy Efficiency Index can help
      consumers and businesses find out about the energy efficiency policies in
      their state. In addition to tax credits and funds, the site lists appliance
      standards, building codes, transportation initiatives, other relevant
      legislation, and cap and trade programs for air emissions. See the ASE's
      <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2356>State Energy Efficiency Index.


      Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid

      []


      Photo of an industrial scene with an SUV chassis being carried


      Workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant are building the new Mercury
      Mariner Hybrid at normal production speed.
      Credit: Ford Motor Company

      Ford Motor Company announced last week that it has started full-scale
      production of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid at its Kansas City Assembly Plant
      in Missouri. Initial production started in October, and the vehicles are
      starting to arrive in dealer showrooms, according to Ford. The Kansas City
      plant now produces two hybrid vehicles: the Ford Escape Hybrid and the
      Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The plant accommodates the installation of the
      hybrid components­including a temperature management unit, electric battery
      pack, in-dash electrical outlet, regenerative braking system, power cables,
      electronic power assist steering, DC-to-DC converter, Atkinson-cycle
      engine, and an electronically controlled continuously variable
      transmission­at normal production line speed. See the
      <http://media.ford.com/newsroom/feature_display.cfm?release=22021>Ford
      press release.

      According to the <http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/marinerhybrid/>Mercury
      Mariner Hybrid Web site, Ford is offering the 2006 model at a
      manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,840, about $4,200 more
      than a four-wheel-drive Mercury Mariner with similar options. The hybrid
      version achieves 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard version
      in city driving­33 miles per gallon (mpg) versus 22 mpg­and 11.5 percent
      better fuel economy in highway driving (29 mpg vs. 26 mpg). That's a 30
      percent improvement overall, based on combined city and highway fuel
      economies (31.1 mpg vs. 23.6 mpg).

      The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in early November that Ford's
      two hybrid vehicles are eligible for a federal tax deduction of up to
      $2,000. The deduction also applies to hybrids manufactured by Lexus,
      Toyota, and Honda. See the
      <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=150594,00.html>IRS press release
      and <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=104549,00.html>list of
      eligible vehicles.


      Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada

      Only eight months after breaking ground, Ormat Nevada Inc. has commissioned
      a new 20-megawatt geothermal power plant in Nevada. According to Ormat, the
      plant is the first geothermal facility built in the state under Nevada's
      renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation, which set minimum
      requirements for the generation of electricity from renewable energy
      sources. See the <http://www.ormat.com/news_091.htm>Ormat press release.

      Another company working to develop Nevada's geothermal sources is Nevada
      Geothermal Power, Inc. The company has been drilling geothermal wells at
      its site in Pumpernickel Valley, about 30 miles east of Winnemucca in
      north-central Nevada. As of last week, the company had completed four wells
      with partial funding from DOE. Although the hottest well produced
      temperatures of only 178 degrees Fahrenheit, the company plans to extend
      that well deeper into the geothermal resource next year. The company is
      also negotiating with Nevada utilities on a power contract for its proposed
      30-megawatt Blue Mountain Geothermal Project, to be located west of
      Winnemucca. The company is seeking permits to drill seven production wells
      at the site. See the
      <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=121257&_Type=News&_Title=Blue-Mountain-Power-Proposal-Selected-as-Tier-1-to-be-Evaluated-by-Sierra-P...>November
      2nd and
      <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=122263&_Type=News&_Title=Completes-Phase-I-Drill-Program-at-Pumpernickel-Geothermal-Project>November
      15th press releases from Nevada Geothermal Power.

      Renewable energy goals are also driving a new $200 million project to boost
      power transmission from California's Imperial Valley to Los Angeles. The
      "Green Path Project" will upgrade existing transmission lines and create
      new interconnection points, allowing greater access to geothermal energy
      and other renewable energy sources. According to the Los Angeles Department
      of Water and Power (LADWP), the project will benefit residents and
      businesses in Los Angeles, Imperial, San Diego, and Riverside Counties. See
      the <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp007429.jsp>LADWP press release.


      Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules

      []


      Photo of water streaming from a wide, low hydropower dam. A fis


      The new federal rules for licensing hydropower plants offer new channels to
      resolve disputes.
      Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

      The departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture announced last
      week new Interim Final Rules for licensing hydropower projects while
      protecting threatened and endangered fish species, water quality, and
      federal and tribal resources. The rules are mandated by the Energy Policy
      Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and mark the first time that the three departments
      have established joint procedures for dispute resolution regarding
      hydropower licensing. The new licensing process remains open to license
      applicants and other parties, including tribes, states, other governmental
      units, and nongovernmental organizations, such as environmental groups.

      The rules enable hydropower license applicants and other parties to request
      trial-type hearings on disputed issues of material fact, such as whether
      fish were historically present in a river, during which the parties will be
      able to present evidence and question witnesses. The rules also allow
      applicants and other parties to submit alternative conditions or
      prescriptions for consideration by the respective federal departments,
      which will accept them unless the federal department makes specific
      findings as to why they cannot. For instance, a utility applicant might
      propose ways to lower its costs while still protecting critical resources.

      As mandated by EPACT 2005, the new rules are now in effect and apply to all
      current and future license proceedings. They were published in the Federal
      Register on November 17th, and the public will have 60 days to review and
      submit comments, which could result in revised Final Rules. See the
      <http://www.doi.gov/news/05_News_Releases/051116.htm>press release from the
      U.S. Department of Interior and see the
      <http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2005/November/Day-17/i22677.htm>published
      rules on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site.


      New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey

      Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) announced last week that it has
      deployed its 40-kilowatt PowerBuoy wave energy converters off the coasts of
      both Hawaii and New Jersey. The Hawaii project is located approximately 0.6
      miles off the coast of Oahu, where the ocean depth is about 100 feet.
      Installed under contract with the U.S. Navy, the device will be monitored
      in support of a proposed wave energy station. The New Jersey project was
      installed under a contract with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,
      in support of a proposed megawatt-scale wave energy plant. The PowerBuoy
      technology employs the bobbing motion of a buoy to drive an electrical
      generator. See the OPT press release
      (<http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/pdf/nov_3_05_power.pdf>PDF 95 KB)
      and <http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/technology/>Web site.
      <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download Adobe Reader.

      A company in Australia is also claiming success with its wave energy
      device. Energetech announced in early November that a sea trial of its
      device produced 20 percent more power than expected. Energetech uses a
      "floating water column," a floating device with an enclosed air space. When
      waves pass the device, the rising and falling water level drives air out
      and then back into the airspace, driving a turbine to produce power. See
      the Energetech press release
      (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Mediaupdate_Nov2005.pdf>PDF 61
      KB), report
      (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Results_PK_Wave_Energy_Trial.pdf>PDF
      107 KB), and <http://www.energetech.com.au/content/tech.html>Web site.
      []



      Site News




      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>DOE Launches "EERE
      Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin

      The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has
      launched a new free e-bulletin, the "EERE Progress Alerts," to announce new
      and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. EERE Progress
      Alerts will be sent via email and posted online as new developments occur.
      A recent bulletin, for instance, discusses DOE's use of renewable energy
      for 3 percent of its electricity needs, meeting DOE's goal, which was
      higher than the 2.5 percent requirement set by executive order in 1999.
      Another bulletin discusses a framework for offshore wind energy development
      that was recently developed with EERE's assistance. See the
      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>EERE Progress Alerts Web
      page.

      To accommodate current subscribers to this newsletter, EERE has also
      launched a new "Change My Subscription" page, which allows current
      subscribers to easily add a subscription to the EERE Progress Alerts,
      update their email address, or unsubscribe. See the new
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      Subscription" Web page.


      Energy Connections




      EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice

      Businesses and consumers looking to save energy this winter should heed the
      energy-saving advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
      and the Consumers Energy Council of America (CECA). The EPA recommends that
      businesses measure their energy use and set a goal; inspect heating
      equipment now and perform monthly maintenance; turn off heating and cooling
      equipment when not needed; get the building occupants involved in saving
      energy; and install improved lighting systems. See the
      <http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d9bf8d9315e942578525701c005e573c/593f0e063cf574ff852570b9006b9a3b!OpenDocument>EPA
      press release and additional information on the
      <http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_winter>Energy Star Web
      site.

      CECA aimed its advice at consumers, and noted that several low-cost items,
      like a programmable thermostat or attic insulation, yield high returns.
      Upgrading a furnace or boiler that's more than 15 years old is also a good
      idea, says CECA, but upgrading newer furnaces would not be an economical
      investment. CECA also recommends against switching heating fuels, but its
      report only examined switching from oil heat to natural gas heat. Other
      options, such as a wood- or pellet-fired stove, may be a good investment.
      See the CECA press release
      (<http://www.cecarf.org/PressReleases/CECA%20heating%20study%20press%20release%2011-1-05.pdf>PDF
      108 KB) and report
      (<http://www.cecarf.org/Publications/MiscPub/Smart%20Choices%20Heating%20Analysis.pdf>PDF
      622 KB). <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
      Adobe Reader.

      Need to learn more about energy-saving options for your home or business?
      Check out the <http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/>Consumer's Guide to
      Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on the Web site of DOE's Office of
      Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

      This newsletter is funded by DOE's <http://www.eere.energy.gov/>Office of
      Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and is also available on the
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      Please don¹t forward this to everyone, I already get it. Thanks! Monica On 11/23/05 12:53 PM, EERE Network News (by way of Tom Gray ... Re: [hreg] EERE
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        Re: [hreg] EERE Network News -- 11/23/05 Please don’t forward this to everyone, I already get it.  Thanks!

        Monica


        On 11/23/05 12:53 PM, "EERE Network News   (by way of Tom Gray <tomgray@...>)" <tomgray@...> wrote:


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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:
        <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm>www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm


        November 23, 2005




        News and Events

            * DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
            * DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
            * Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
            * Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
            * Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
            * New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey


        Site News

            * DOE Launches "EERE Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin


        Energy Connections

            * EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
        []



        News and Events




        DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006

        DOE announced last week that it will set schedules for all appliance
        rulemaking activities no later than January 31st, 2006. DOE held a public
        meeting on November 15th to invite comments on standards scheduling issues,
        and will develop its schedule after considering those comments. As required
        by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), DOE's plan and rulemaking
        schedules will be reported to Congress by February 8th, 2006. See the
        <http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do?PUBLIC_ID=19189&BT_CODE=PR_PRESSRELEASES&TT_CODE=PRESSRELEASE>DOE
        press release.

        On October 18th, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance
        standards prescribed by EPACT 2005. Currently, DOE is working on another
        "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures specified
        by EPACT 2005. DOE is also continuing progress on previous high-priority
        rulemakings, including new standards for distribution transformers,
        residential furnaces, and boilers. The rulemakings are managed by the
        <http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/>Appliances and
        Commercial Equipment Standards Program, part of the DOE Office of Energy
        Efficiency and Renewable Energy.


        DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

        DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) have compiled Web-based
        information on how consumers can reduce their federal income taxes in 2006
        and 2007 by making their homes more energy efficient and purchasing
        fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, consumers can
        save up to $500 in taxes in 2006 and 2007 by installing certain
        energy-efficiency upgrades to existing homes. In addition, consumers and
        businesses can save up to $3,400 on taxes by buying energy-efficient
        hybrid-electric or diesel vehicles. Although the Internal Revenue Service
        (IRS) has not yet issued specific guidance for consumers on how to claim
        the income tax credits, the ASE Web pages offer the latest information
        based on the new energy law. The Web pages will be updated on a continuing
        basis as the IRS makes new details available. See the
        <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2670>ASE press release and
        <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2654>Web page.

        DOE and ASE are also part of the Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP),
        which has launched a separate Web site to give consumers and businesses
        additional information about tax incentives for energy efficiency products
        and technologies. TIAP is sponsored by a coalition of public interest
        nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the
        energy efficiency field. See the
        <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2686>ASE press release and the
        <http://www.energytaxincentives.org/>TIAP Web site.

        States may also offer tax incentives and funds for energy efficiency
        improvements, which can usually be combined with federal tax credits to
        yield significant savings. ASE's new State Energy Efficiency Index can help
        consumers and businesses find out about the energy efficiency policies in
        their state. In addition to tax credits and funds, the site lists appliance
        standards, building codes, transportation initiatives, other relevant
        legislation, and cap and trade programs for air emissions. See the ASE's
        <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2356>State Energy Efficiency Index.


        Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid

        []


        Photo of an industrial scene with an SUV chassis being carried


        Workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant are building the new Mercury
        Mariner Hybrid at normal production speed.
        Credit: Ford Motor Company

        Ford Motor Company announced last week that it has started full-scale
        production of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid at its Kansas City Assembly Plant
        in Missouri. Initial production started in October, and the vehicles are
        starting to arrive in dealer showrooms, according to Ford. The Kansas City
        plant now produces two hybrid vehicles: the Ford Escape Hybrid and the
        Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The plant accommodates the installation of the
        hybrid components–including a temperature management unit, electric battery
        pack, in-dash electrical outlet, regenerative braking system, power cables,
        electronic power assist steering, DC-to-DC converter, Atkinson-cycle
        engine, and an electronically controlled continuously variable
        transmission–at normal production line speed. See the
        <http://media.ford.com/newsroom/feature_display.cfm?release=22021>Ford
        press release.

        According to the <http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/marinerhybrid/>Mercury
        Mariner Hybrid Web site, Ford is offering the 2006 model at a
        manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,840, about $4,200 more
        than a four-wheel-drive Mercury Mariner with similar options. The hybrid
        version achieves 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard version
        in city driving–33 miles per gallon (mpg) versus 22 mpg–and 11.5 percent
        better fuel economy in highway driving (29 mpg vs. 26 mpg). That's a 30
        percent improvement overall, based on combined city and highway fuel
        economies (31.1 mpg vs. 23.6 mpg).

        The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in early November that Ford's
        two hybrid vehicles are eligible for a federal tax deduction of up to
        $2,000. The deduction also applies to hybrids manufactured by Lexus,
        Toyota, and Honda. See the
        <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=150594,00.html>IRS press release
        and <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=104549,00.html>list of
        eligible vehicles.


        Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada

        Only eight months after breaking ground, Ormat Nevada Inc. has commissioned
        a new 20-megawatt geothermal power plant in Nevada. According to Ormat, the
        plant is the first geothermal facility built in the state under Nevada's
        renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation, which set minimum
        requirements for the generation of electricity from renewable energy
        sources. See the <http://www.ormat.com/news_091.htm>Ormat press release.

        Another company working to develop Nevada's geothermal sources is Nevada
        Geothermal Power, Inc. The company has been drilling geothermal wells at
        its site in Pumpernickel Valley, about 30 miles east of Winnemucca in
        north-central Nevada. As of last week, the company had completed four wells
        with partial funding from DOE. Although the hottest well produced
        temperatures of only 178 degrees Fahrenheit, the company plans to extend
        that well deeper into the geothermal resource next year. The company is
        also negotiating with Nevada utilities on a power contract for its proposed
        30-megawatt Blue Mountain Geothermal Project, to be located west of
        Winnemucca. The company is seeking permits to drill seven production wells
        at the site. See the
        <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=121257&_Type=News&_Title=Blue-Mountain-Power-Proposal-Selected-as-Tier-1-to-be-Evaluated-by-Sierra-P...>November
        2nd and
        <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=122263&_Type=News&_Title=Completes-Phase-I-Drill-Program-at-Pumpernickel-Geothermal-Project>November
        15th press releases from Nevada Geothermal Power.

        Renewable energy goals are also driving a new $200 million project to boost
        power transmission from California's Imperial Valley to Los Angeles. The
        "Green Path Project" will upgrade existing transmission lines and create
        new interconnection points, allowing greater access to geothermal energy
        and other renewable energy sources. According to the Los Angeles Department
        of Water and Power (LADWP), the project will benefit residents and
        businesses in Los Angeles, Imperial, San Diego, and Riverside Counties. See
        the <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp007429.jsp>LADWP press release.


        Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules

        []


        Photo of water streaming from a wide, low hydropower dam. A fis


        The new federal rules for licensing hydropower plants offer new channels to
        resolve disputes.
        Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

        The departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture announced last
        week new Interim Final Rules for licensing hydropower projects while
        protecting threatened and endangered fish species, water quality, and
        federal and tribal resources. The rules are mandated by the Energy Policy
        Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and mark the first time that the three departments
        have established joint procedures for dispute resolution regarding
        hydropower licensing. The new licensing process remains open to license
        applicants and other parties, including tribes, states, other governmental
        units, and nongovernmental organizations, such as environmental groups.

        The rules enable hydropower license applicants and other parties to request
        trial-type hearings on disputed issues of material fact, such as whether
        fish were historically present in a river, during which the parties will be
        able to present evidence and question witnesses. The rules also allow
        applicants and other parties to submit alternative conditions or
        prescriptions for consideration by the respective federal departments,
        which will accept them unless the federal department makes specific
        findings as to why they cannot. For instance, a utility applicant might
        propose ways to lower its costs while still protecting critical resources.

        As mandated by EPACT 2005, the new rules are now in effect and apply to all
        current and future license proceedings. They were published in the Federal
        Register on November 17th, and the public will have 60 days to review and
        submit comments, which could result in revised Final Rules. See the
        <http://www.doi.gov/news/05_News_Releases/051116.htm>press release from the
        U.S. Department of Interior and see the
        <http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2005/November/Day-17/i22677.htm>published
        rules on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site.


        New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey

        Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) announced last week that it has
        deployed its 40-kilowatt PowerBuoy wave energy converters off the coasts of
        both Hawaii and New Jersey. The Hawaii project is located approximately 0.6
        miles off the coast of Oahu, where the ocean depth is about 100 feet.
        Installed under contract with the U.S. Navy, the device will be monitored
        in support of a proposed wave energy station. The New Jersey project was
        installed under a contract with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,
        in support of a proposed megawatt-scale wave energy plant. The PowerBuoy
        technology employs the bobbing motion of a buoy to drive an electrical
        generator. See the OPT press release
        (<http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/pdf/nov_3_05_power.pdf>PDF 95 KB)
        and <http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/technology/>Web site.
        <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download Adobe Reader.

        A company in Australia is also claiming success with its wave energy
        device. Energetech announced in early November that a sea trial of its
        device produced 20 percent more power than expected. Energetech uses a
        "floating water column," a floating device with an enclosed air space. When
        waves pass the device, the rising and falling water level drives air out
        and then back into the airspace, driving a turbine to produce power. See
        the Energetech press release
        (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Mediaupdate_Nov2005.pdf>PDF 61
        KB), report
        (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Results_PK_Wave_Energy_Trial.pdf>PDF
        107 KB), and <http://www.energetech.com.au/content/tech.html>Web site.
        []



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        <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>DOE Launches "EERE
        Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin

        The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has
        launched a new free e-bulletin, the "EERE Progress Alerts," to announce new
        and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. EERE Progress
        Alerts will be sent via email and posted online as new developments occur.
        A recent bulletin, for instance, discusses DOE's use of renewable energy
        for 3 percent of its electricity needs, meeting DOE's goal, which was
        higher than the 2.5 percent requirement set by executive order in 1999.
        Another bulletin discusses a framework for offshore wind energy development
        that was recently developed with EERE's assistance. See the
        <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>EERE Progress Alerts Web
        page.

        To accommodate current subscribers to this newsletter, EERE has also
        launched a new "Change My Subscription" page, which allows current
        subscribers to easily add a subscription to the EERE Progress Alerts,
        update their email address, or unsubscribe. See the new
        "<http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/change_subscription.cfm>Change My
        Subscription" Web page.


        Energy Connections




        EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice

        Businesses and consumers looking to save energy this winter should heed the
        energy-saving advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
        and the Consumers Energy Council of America (CECA). The EPA recommends that
        businesses measure their energy use and set a goal; inspect heating
        equipment now and perform monthly maintenance; turn off heating and cooling
        equipment when not needed; get the building occupants involved in saving
        energy; and install improved lighting systems. See the
        <http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d9bf8d9315e942578525701c005e573c/593f0e063cf574ff852570b9006b9a3b!OpenDocument>EPA
        press release and additional information on the
        <http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_winter>Energy Star Web
        site.

        CECA aimed its advice at consumers, and noted that several low-cost items,
        like a programmable thermostat or attic insulation, yield high returns.
        Upgrading a furnace or boiler that's more than 15 years old is also a good
        idea, says CECA, but upgrading newer furnaces would not be an economical
        investment. CECA also recommends against switching heating fuels, but its
        report only examined switching from oil heat to natural gas heat. Other
        options, such as a wood- or pellet-fired stove, may be a good investment.
        See the CECA press release
        (<http://www.cecarf.org/PressReleases/CECA%20heating%20study%20press%20release%2011-1-05.pdf>PDF
        108 KB) and report
        (<http://www.cecarf.org/Publications/MiscPub/Smart%20Choices%20Heating%20Analysis.pdf>PDF
        622 KB). <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
        Adobe Reader.

        Need to learn more about energy-saving options for your home or business?
        Check out the <http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/>Consumer's Guide to
        Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on the Web site of DOE's Office of
        Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

        This newsletter is funded by DOE's <http://www.eere.energy.gov/>Office of
        Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and is also available on the
        <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm>EERE Web site. You can
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      • Clifford Cheadle
        This is the only way I get it. Thanks for sending. Monica Marsicek wrote:Please don’t forward this to everyone, I
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          This is the only way I get it.  Thanks for sending.

          Monica Marsicek <mmarsicek@...> wrote:
          Please don’t forward this to everyone, I already get it.  Thanks!

          Monica


          On 11/23/05 12:53 PM, "EERE Network News   (by way of Tom Gray <tomgray@...>)" <tomgray@...> wrote:


          []

          []


          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:
          <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm>www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm


          November 23, 2005




          News and Events

              * DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
              * DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
              * Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
              * Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
              * Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
              * New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey


          Site News

              * DOE Launches "EERE Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin


          Energy Connections

              * EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
          []



          News and Events




          DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006

          DOE announced last week that it will set schedules for all appliance
          rulemaking activities no later than January 31st, 2006. DOE held a public
          meeting on November 15th to invite comments on standards scheduling issues,
          and will develop its schedule after considering those comments. As required
          by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), DOE's plan and rulemaking
          schedules will be reported to Congress by February 8th, 2006. See the
          <http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do?PUBLIC_ID=19189&BT_CODE=PR_PRESSRELEASES&TT_CODE=PRESSRELEASE>DOE
          press release.

          On October 18th, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance
          standards prescribed by EPACT 2005. Currently, DOE is working on another
          "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures specified
          by EPACT 2005. DOE is also continuing progress on previous high-priority
          rulemakings, including new standards for distribution transformers,
          residential furnaces, and boilers. The rulemakings are managed by the
          <http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/>Appliances and
          Commercial Equipment Standards Program, part of the DOE Office of Energy
          Efficiency and Renewable Energy.


          DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

          DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) have compiled Web-based
          information on how consumers can reduce their federal income taxes in 2006
          and 2007 by making their homes more energy efficient and purchasing
          fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, consumers can
          save up to $500 in taxes in 2006 and 2007 by installing certain
          energy-efficiency upgrades to existing homes. In addition, consumers and
          businesses can save up to $3,400 on taxes by buying energy-efficient
          hybrid-electric or diesel vehicles. Although the Internal Revenue Service
          (IRS) has not yet issued specific guidance for consumers on how to claim
          the income tax credits, the ASE Web pages offer the latest information
          based on the new energy law. The Web pages will be updated on a continuing
          basis as the IRS makes new details available. See the
          <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2670>ASE press release and
          <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2654>Web page.

          DOE and ASE are also part of the Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP),
          which has launched a separate Web site to give consumers and businesses
          additional information about tax incentives for energy efficiency products
          and technologies. TIAP is sponsored by a coalition of public interest
          nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the
          energy efficiency field. See the
          <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2686>ASE press release and the
          <http://www.energytaxincentives.org/>TIAP Web site.

          States may also offer tax incentives and funds for energy efficiency
          improvements, which can usually be combined with federal tax credits to
          yield significant savings. ASE's new State Energy Efficiency Index can help
          consumers and businesses find out about the energy efficiency policies in
          their state. In addition to tax credits and funds, the site lists appliance
          standards, building codes, transportation initiatives, other relevant
          legislation, and cap and trade programs for air emissions. See the ASE's
          <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2356>State Energy Efficiency Index.


          Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid

          []


          Photo of an industrial scene with an SUV chassis being carried


          Workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant are building the new Mercury
          Mariner Hybrid at normal production speed.
          Credit: Ford Motor Company

          Ford Motor Company announced last week that it has started full-scale
          production of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid at its Kansas City Assembly Plant
          in Missouri. Initial production started in October, and the vehicles are
          starting to arrive in dealer showrooms, according to Ford. The Kansas City
          plant now produces two hybrid vehicles: the Ford Escape Hybrid and the
          Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The plant accommodates the installation of the
          hybrid components–including a temperature management unit, electric battery
          pack, in-dash electrical outlet, regenerative braking system, power cables,
          electronic power assist steering, DC-to-DC converter, Atkinson-cycle
          engine, and an electronically controlled continuously variable
          transmission–at normal production line speed. See the
          <http://media.ford.com/newsroom/feature_display.cfm?release=22021>Ford
          press release.

          According to the <http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/marinerhybrid/>Mercury
          Mariner Hybrid Web site, Ford is offering the 2006 model at a
          manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,840, about $4,200 more
          than a four-wheel-drive Mercury Mariner with similar options. The hybrid
          version achieves 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard version
          in city driving–33 miles per gallon (mpg) versus 22 mpg–and 11.5 percent
          better fuel economy in highway driving (29 mpg vs. 26 mpg). That's a 30
          percent improvement overall, based on combined city and highway fuel
          economies (31.1 mpg vs. 23.6 mpg).

          The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in early November that Ford's
          two hybrid vehicles are eligible for a federal tax deduction of up to
          $2,000. The deduction also applies to hybrids manufactured by Lexus,
          Toyota, and Honda. See the
          <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=150594,00.html>IRS press release
          and <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=104549,00.html>list of
          eligible vehicles.


          Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada

          Only eight months after breaking ground, Ormat Nevada Inc. has commissioned
          a new 20-megawatt geothermal power plant in Nevada. According to Ormat, the
          plant is the first geothermal facility built in the state under Nevada's
          renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation, which set minimum
          requirements for the generation of electricity from renewable energy
          sources. See the <http://www.ormat.com/news_091.htm>Ormat press release.

          Another company working to develop Nevada's geothermal sources is Nevada
          Geothermal Power, Inc. The company has been drilling geothermal wells at
          its site in Pumpernickel Valley, about 30 miles east of Winnemucca in
          north-central Nevada. As of last week, the company had completed four wells
          with partial funding from DOE. Although the hottest well produced
          temperatures of only 178 degrees Fahrenheit, the company plans to extend
          that well deeper into the geothermal resource next year. The company is
          also negotiating with Nevada utilities on a power contract for its proposed
          30-megawatt Blue Mountain Geothermal Project, to be located west of
          Winnemucca. The company is seeking permits to drill seven production wells
          at the site. See the
          <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=121257&_Type=News&_Title=Blue-Mountain-Power-Proposal-Selected-as-Tier-1-to-be-Evaluated-by-Sierra-P...>November
          2nd and
          <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=122263&_Type=News&_Title=Completes-Phase-I-Drill-Program-at-Pumpernickel-Geothermal-Project>November
          15th press releases from Nevada Geothermal Power.

          Renewable energy goals are also driving a new $200 million project to boost
          power transmission from California's Imperial Valley to Los Angeles. The
          "Green Path Project" will upgrade existing transmission lines and create
          new interconnection points, allowing greater access to geothermal energy
          and other renewable energy sources. According to the Los Angeles Department
          of Water and Power (LADWP), the project will benefit residents and
          businesses in Los Angeles, Imperial, San Diego, and Riverside Counties. See
          the <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp007429.jsp>LADWP press release.


          Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules

          []


          Photo of water streaming from a wide, low hydropower dam. A fis


          The new federal rules for licensing hydropower plants offer new channels to
          resolve disputes.
          Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

          The departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture announced last
          week new Interim Final Rules for licensing hydropower projects while
          protecting threatened and endangered fish species, water quality, and
          federal and tribal resources. The rules are mandated by the Energy Policy
          Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and mark the first time that the three departments
          have established joint procedures for dispute resolution regarding
          hydropower licensing. The new licensing process remains open to license
          applicants and other parties, including tribes, states, other governmental
          units, and nongovernmental organizations, such as environmental groups.

          The rules enable hydropower license applicants and other parties to request
          trial-type hearings on disputed issues of material fact, such as whether
          fish were historically present in a river, during which the parties will be
          able to present evidence and question witnesses. The rules also allow
          applicants and other parties to submit alternative conditions or
          prescriptions for consideration by the respective federal departments,
          which will accept them unless the federal department makes specific
          findings as to why they cannot. For instance, a utility applicant might
          propose ways to lower its costs while still protecting critical resources.

          As mandated by EPACT 2005, the new rules are now in effect and apply to all
          current and future license proceedings. They were published in the Federal
          Register on November 17th, and the public will have 60 days to review and
          submit comments, which could result in revised Final Rules. See the
          <http://www.doi.gov/news/05_News_Releases/051116.htm>press release from the
          U.S. Department of Interior and see the
          <http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2005/November/Day-17/i22677.htm>published
          rules on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site.


          New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey

          Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) announced last week that it has
          deployed its 40-kilowatt PowerBuoy wave energy converters off the coasts of
          both Hawaii and New Jersey. The Hawaii project is located approximately 0.6
          miles off the coast of Oahu, where the ocean depth is about 100 feet.
          Installed under contract with the U.S. Navy, the device will be monitored
          in support of a proposed wave energy station. The New Jersey project was
          installed under a contract with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,
          in support of a proposed megawatt-scale wave energy plant. The PowerBuoy
          technology employs the bobbing motion of a buoy to drive an electrical
          generator. See the OPT press release
          (<http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/pdf/nov_3_05_power.pdf>PDF 95 KB)
          and <http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/technology/>Web site.
          <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download Adobe Reader.

          A company in Australia is also claiming success with its wave energy
          device. Energetech announced in early November that a sea trial of its
          device produced 20 percent more power than expected. Energetech uses a
          "floating water column," a floating device with an enclosed air space. When
          waves pass the device, the rising and falling water level drives air out
          and then back into the airspace, driving a turbine to produce power. See
          the Energetech press release
          (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Mediaupdate_Nov2005.pdf>PDF 61
          KB), report
          (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Results_PK_Wave_Energy_Trial.pdf>PDF
          107 KB), and <http://www.energetech.com.au/content/tech.html>Web site.
          []



          Site News




          <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>DOE Launches "EERE
          Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin

          The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has
          launched a new free e-bulletin, the "EERE Progress Alerts," to announce new
          and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. EERE Progress
          Alerts will be sent via email and posted online as new developments occur.
          A recent bulletin, for instance, discusses DOE's use of renewable energy
          for 3 percent of its electricity needs, meeting DOE's goal, which was
          higher than the 2.5 percent requirement set by executive order in 1999.
          Another bulletin discusses a framework for offshore wind energy development
          that was recently developed with EERE's assistance. See the
          <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>EERE Progress Alerts Web
          page.

          To accommodate current subscribers to this newsletter, EERE has also
          launched a new "Change My Subscription" page, which allows current
          subscribers to easily add a subscription to the EERE Progress Alerts,
          update their email address, or unsubscribe. See the new
          "<http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/change_subscription.cfm>Change My
          Subscription" Web page.


          Energy Connections




          EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice

          Businesses and consumers looking to save energy this winter should heed the
          energy-saving advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
          and the Consumers Energy Council of America (CECA). The EPA recommends that
          businesses measure their energy use and set a goal; inspect heating
          equipment now and perform monthly maintenance; turn off heating and cooling
          equipment when not needed; get the building occupants involved in saving
          energy; and install improved lighting systems. See the
          <http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d9bf8d9315e942578525701c005e573c/593f0e063cf574ff852570b9006b9a3b!OpenDocument>EPA
          press release and additional information on the
          <http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_winter>Energy Star Web
          site.

          CECA aimed its advice at consumers, and noted that several low-cost items,
          like a programmable thermostat or attic insulation, yield high returns.
          Upgrading a furnace or boiler that's more than 15 years old is also a good
          idea, says CECA, but upgrading newer furnaces would not be an economical
          investment. CECA also recommends against switching heating fuels, but its
          report only examined switching from oil heat to natural gas heat. Other
          options, such as a wood- or pellet-fired stove, may be a good investment.
          See the CECA press release
          (<http://www.cecarf.org/PressReleases/CECA%20heating%20study%20press%20release%2011-1-05.pdf>PDF
          108 KB) and report
          (<http://www.cecarf.org/Publications/MiscPub/Smart%20Choices%20Heating%20Analysis.pdf>PDF
          622 KB). <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
          Adobe Reader.

          Need to learn more about energy-saving options for your home or business?
          Check out the <http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/>Consumer's Guide to
          Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on the Web site of DOE's Office of
          Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

          This newsletter is funded by DOE's <http://www.eere.energy.gov/>Office of
          Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and is also available on the
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        • blpasemann
          I only get this here also and thanx for posting it. ... www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm ... public ... scheduling
          Message 4 of 12 , Nov 26, 2005
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            I only get this here also and thanx for posting it.


            --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, Monica Marsicek <mmarsicek@i...> wrote:
            >
            > Please don¹t forward this to everyone, I already get it. Thanks!
            >
            > Monica
            >
            >
            > On 11/23/05 12:53 PM, "EERE Network News (by way of Tom Gray
            > <tomgray@i...>)" <tomgray@i...> wrote:
            >
            > >
            > > []
            > >
            > > []
            > >
            > >
            > > 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:
            > >
            <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm>www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm
            > >
            > >
            > > November 23, 2005
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > News and Events
            > >
            > > * DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
            > > * DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
            > > * Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
            > > * Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
            > > * Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
            > > * New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
            > >
            > >
            > > Site News
            > >
            > > * DOE Launches "EERE Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
            > >
            > >
            > > Energy Connections
            > >
            > > * EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
            > > []
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > News and Events
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
            > >
            > > DOE announced last week that it will set schedules for all appliance
            > > rulemaking activities no later than January 31st, 2006. DOE held a
            public
            > > meeting on November 15th to invite comments on standards
            scheduling issues,
            > > and will develop its schedule after considering those comments. As
            required
            > > by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), DOE's plan and
            rulemaking
            > > schedules will be reported to Congress by February 8th, 2006. See the
            > >
            <http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do?PUBLIC_ID=19189&BT_CODE=PR_PRESSRELEA
            > > SES&TT_CODE=PRESSRELEASE>DOE
            > > press release.
            > >
            > > On October 18th, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance
            > > standards prescribed by EPACT 2005. Currently, DOE is working on
            another
            > > "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures
            specified
            > > by EPACT 2005. DOE is also continuing progress on previous
            high-priority
            > > rulemakings, including new standards for distribution transformers,
            > > residential furnaces, and boilers. The rulemakings are managed by the
            > >
            <http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/>Appliances and
            > > Commercial Equipment Standards Program, part of the DOE Office of
            Energy
            > > Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
            > >
            > >
            > > DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
            > >
            > > DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) have compiled Web-based
            > > information on how consumers can reduce their federal income taxes
            in 2006
            > > and 2007 by making their homes more energy efficient and purchasing
            > > fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005,
            consumers can
            > > save up to $500 in taxes in 2006 and 2007 by installing certain
            > > energy-efficiency upgrades to existing homes. In addition,
            consumers and
            > > businesses can save up to $3,400 on taxes by buying energy-efficient
            > > hybrid-electric or diesel vehicles. Although the Internal Revenue
            Service
            > > (IRS) has not yet issued specific guidance for consumers on how to
            claim
            > > the income tax credits, the ASE Web pages offer the latest information
            > > based on the new energy law. The Web pages will be updated on a
            continuing
            > > basis as the IRS makes new details available. See the
            > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2670>ASE press release and
            > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2654>Web page.
            > >
            > > DOE and ASE are also part of the Tax Incentives Assistance Project
            (TIAP),
            > > which has launched a separate Web site to give consumers and
            businesses
            > > additional information about tax incentives for energy efficiency
            products
            > > and technologies. TIAP is sponsored by a coalition of public interest
            > > nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the
            > > energy efficiency field. See the
            > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2686>ASE press release and the
            > > <http://www.energytaxincentives.org/>TIAP Web site.
            > >
            > > States may also offer tax incentives and funds for energy efficiency
            > > improvements, which can usually be combined with federal tax
            credits to
            > > yield significant savings. ASE's new State Energy Efficiency Index
            can help
            > > consumers and businesses find out about the energy efficiency
            policies in
            > > their state. In addition to tax credits and funds, the site lists
            appliance
            > > standards, building codes, transportation initiatives, other relevant
            > > legislation, and cap and trade programs for air emissions. See the
            ASE's
            > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2356>State Energy
            Efficiency Index.
            > >
            > >
            > > Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
            > >
            > > []
            > >
            > >
            > > Photo of an industrial scene with an SUV chassis being carried
            > >
            > >
            > > Workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant are building the new Mercury
            > > Mariner Hybrid at normal production speed.
            > > Credit: Ford Motor Company
            > >
            > > Ford Motor Company announced last week that it has started full-scale
            > > production of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid at its Kansas City
            Assembly Plant
            > > in Missouri. Initial production started in October, and the
            vehicles are
            > > starting to arrive in dealer showrooms, according to Ford. The
            Kansas City
            > > plant now produces two hybrid vehicles: the Ford Escape Hybrid and the
            > > Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The plant accommodates the installation of the
            > > hybrid components­including a temperature management unit,
            electric battery
            > > pack, in-dash electrical outlet, regenerative braking system,
            power cables,
            > > electronic power assist steering, DC-to-DC converter, Atkinson-cycle
            > > engine, and an electronically controlled continuously variable
            > > transmission­at normal production line speed. See the
            > > <http://media.ford.com/newsroom/feature_display.cfm?release=22021>Ford
            > > press release.
            > >
            > > According to the
            <http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/marinerhybrid/>Mercury
            > > Mariner Hybrid Web site, Ford is offering the 2006 model at a
            > > manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,840, about
            $4,200 more
            > > than a four-wheel-drive Mercury Mariner with similar options. The
            hybrid
            > > version achieves 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard
            version
            > > in city driving­33 miles per gallon (mpg) versus 22 mpg­and 11.5
            percent
            > > better fuel economy in highway driving (29 mpg vs. 26 mpg). That's
            a 30
            > > percent improvement overall, based on combined city and highway fuel
            > > economies (31.1 mpg vs. 23.6 mpg).
            > >
            > > The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in early November
            that Ford's
            > > two hybrid vehicles are eligible for a federal tax deduction of up to
            > > $2,000. The deduction also applies to hybrids manufactured by Lexus,
            > > Toyota, and Honda. See the
            > > <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=150594,00.html>IRS
            press release
            > > and <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=104549,00.html>list of
            > > eligible vehicles.
            > >
            > >
            > > Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
            > >
            > > Only eight months after breaking ground, Ormat Nevada Inc. has
            commissioned
            > > a new 20-megawatt geothermal power plant in Nevada. According to
            Ormat, the
            > > plant is the first geothermal facility built in the state under
            Nevada's
            > > renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation, which set minimum
            > > requirements for the generation of electricity from renewable energy
            > > sources. See the <http://www.ormat.com/news_091.htm>Ormat press
            release.
            > >
            > > Another company working to develop Nevada's geothermal sources is
            Nevada
            > > Geothermal Power, Inc. The company has been drilling geothermal
            wells at
            > > its site in Pumpernickel Valley, about 30 miles east of Winnemucca in
            > > north-central Nevada. As of last week, the company had completed
            four wells
            > > with partial funding from DOE. Although the hottest well produced
            > > temperatures of only 178 degrees Fahrenheit, the company plans to
            extend
            > > that well deeper into the geothermal resource next year. The
            company is
            > > also negotiating with Nevada utilities on a power contract for its
            proposed
            > > 30-megawatt Blue Mountain Geothermal Project, to be located west of
            > > Winnemucca. The company is seeking permits to drill seven
            production wells
            > > at the site. See the
            > >
            <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=121257&_Type=News&_Title=
            > >
            Blue-Mountain-Power-Proposal-Selected-as-Tier-1-to-be-Evaluated-by-Sierra-P...
            > > >November
            > > 2nd and
            > >
            <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=122263&_Type=News&_Title=
            > >
            Completes-Phase-I-Drill-Program-at-Pumpernickel-Geothermal-Project>November
            > > 15th press releases from Nevada Geothermal Power.
            > >
            > > Renewable energy goals are also driving a new $200 million project
            to boost
            > > power transmission from California's Imperial Valley to Los
            Angeles. The
            > > "Green Path Project" will upgrade existing transmission lines and
            create
            > > new interconnection points, allowing greater access to geothermal
            energy
            > > and other renewable energy sources. According to the Los Angeles
            Department
            > > of Water and Power (LADWP), the project will benefit residents and
            > > businesses in Los Angeles, Imperial, San Diego, and Riverside
            Counties. See
            > > the <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp007429.jsp>LADWP press
            release.
            > >
            > >
            > > Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
            > >
            > > []
            > >
            > >
            > > Photo of water streaming from a wide, low hydropower dam. A fis
            > >
            > >
            > > The new federal rules for licensing hydropower plants offer new
            channels to
            > > resolve disputes.
            > > Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
            > >
            > > The departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture
            announced last
            > > week new Interim Final Rules for licensing hydropower projects while
            > > protecting threatened and endangered fish species, water quality, and
            > > federal and tribal resources. The rules are mandated by the Energy
            Policy
            > > Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and mark the first time that the three
            departments
            > > have established joint procedures for dispute resolution regarding
            > > hydropower licensing. The new licensing process remains open to
            license
            > > applicants and other parties, including tribes, states, other
            governmental
            > > units, and nongovernmental organizations, such as environmental
            groups.
            > >
            > > The rules enable hydropower license applicants and other parties
            to request
            > > trial-type hearings on disputed issues of material fact, such as
            whether
            > > fish were historically present in a river, during which the
            parties will be
            > > able to present evidence and question witnesses. The rules also allow
            > > applicants and other parties to submit alternative conditions or
            > > prescriptions for consideration by the respective federal departments,
            > > which will accept them unless the federal department makes specific
            > > findings as to why they cannot. For instance, a utility applicant
            might
            > > propose ways to lower its costs while still protecting critical
            resources.
            > >
            > > As mandated by EPACT 2005, the new rules are now in effect and
            apply to all
            > > current and future license proceedings. They were published in the
            Federal
            > > Register on November 17th, and the public will have 60 days to
            review and
            > > submit comments, which could result in revised Final Rules. See the
            > > <http://www.doi.gov/news/05_News_Releases/051116.htm>press release
            from the
            > > U.S. Department of Interior and see the
            > >
            <http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2005/November/Day-17/i22677.htm>publis
            > > hed
            > > rules on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site.
            > >
            > >
            > > New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
            > >
            > > Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) announced last week that it has
            > > deployed its 40-kilowatt PowerBuoy wave energy converters off the
            coasts of
            > > both Hawaii and New Jersey. The Hawaii project is located
            approximately 0.6
            > > miles off the coast of Oahu, where the ocean depth is about 100 feet.
            > > Installed under contract with the U.S. Navy, the device will be
            monitored
            > > in support of a proposed wave energy station. The New Jersey
            project was
            > > installed under a contract with the New Jersey Board of Public
            Utilities,
            > > in support of a proposed megawatt-scale wave energy plant. The
            PowerBuoy
            > > technology employs the bobbing motion of a buoy to drive an electrical
            > > generator. See the OPT press release
            > > (<http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/pdf/nov_3_05_power.pdf>PDF
            95 KB)
            > > and <http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/technology/>Web site.
            > > <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
            Adobe Reader.
            > >
            > > A company in Australia is also claiming success with its wave energy
            > > device. Energetech announced in early November that a sea trial of its
            > > device produced 20 percent more power than expected. Energetech uses a
            > > "floating water column," a floating device with an enclosed air
            space. When
            > > waves pass the device, the rising and falling water level drives
            air out
            > > and then back into the airspace, driving a turbine to produce
            power. See
            > > the Energetech press release
            > >
            (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Mediaupdate_Nov2005.pdf>PDF 61
            > > KB), report
            > >
            (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Results_PK_Wave_Energy_Trial.pdf>PD
            > > F
            > > 107 KB), and <http://www.energetech.com.au/content/tech.html>Web site.
            > > []
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > Site News
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>DOE Launches "EERE
            > > Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
            > >
            > > The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has
            > > launched a new free e-bulletin, the "EERE Progress Alerts," to
            announce new
            > > and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. EERE
            Progress
            > > Alerts will be sent via email and posted online as new
            developments occur.
            > > A recent bulletin, for instance, discusses DOE's use of renewable
            energy
            > > for 3 percent of its electricity needs, meeting DOE's goal, which was
            > > higher than the 2.5 percent requirement set by executive order in
            1999.
            > > Another bulletin discusses a framework for offshore wind energy
            development
            > > that was recently developed with EERE's assistance. See the
            > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>EERE Progress
            Alerts Web
            > > page.
            > >
            > > To accommodate current subscribers to this newsletter, EERE has also
            > > launched a new "Change My Subscription" page, which allows current
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            > >
            > > Energy Connections
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
            > >
            > > Businesses and consumers looking to save energy this winter should
            heed the
            > > energy-saving advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
            (EPA)
            > > and the Consumers Energy Council of America (CECA). The EPA
            recommends that
            > > businesses measure their energy use and set a goal; inspect heating
            > > equipment now and perform monthly maintenance; turn off heating
            and cooling
            > > equipment when not needed; get the building occupants involved in
            saving
            > > energy; and install improved lighting systems. See the
            > >
            <http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d9bf8d9315e942578525701c005e573c/593
            > > f0e063cf574ff852570b9006b9a3b!OpenDocument>EPA
            > > press release and additional information on the
            > > <http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_winter>Energy
            Star Web
            > > site.
            > >
            > > CECA aimed its advice at consumers, and noted that several
            low-cost items,
            > > like a programmable thermostat or attic insulation, yield high
            returns.
            > > Upgrading a furnace or boiler that's more than 15 years old is
            also a good
            > > idea, says CECA, but upgrading newer furnaces would not be an
            economical
            > > investment. CECA also recommends against switching heating fuels,
            but its
            > > report only examined switching from oil heat to natural gas heat.
            Other
            > > options, such as a wood- or pellet-fired stove, may be a good
            investment.
            > > See the CECA press release
            > >
            (<http://www.cecarf.org/PressReleases/CECA%20heating%20study%20press%20release
            > > %2011-1-05.pdf>PDF
            > > 108 KB) and report
            > >
            (<http://www.cecarf.org/Publications/MiscPub/Smart%20Choices%20Heating%20Analy
            > > sis.pdf>PDF
            > > 622 KB).
            <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
            > > Adobe Reader.
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            > > Check out the <http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/>Consumer's
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            > > Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on the Web site of DOE's
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            > > Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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              I asked to be removed from receiving this newsletter a year or so ago. The reply I got back was that everyone on the HREG list gets it at once and my specific name could not be removed. I would have to un-subscribe from HREG.
              Since anyone can go to the www site http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm and subscribe to EERE News on their own, perhaps the group could be dropped from automatically getting it (apparently several of us twice) and those who want to continue to receive it can easily do so.
              Jim Duncan
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              I only get this here also and thanx for posting it.


              --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, Monica Marsicek <mmarsicek@i...> wrote:
              >
              > Please don¹t forward this to everyone, I already get it.  Thanks!
              >
              > Monica
              >
              >
              > On 11/23/05 12:53 PM, "EERE Network News   (by way of Tom Gray
              > <tomgray@i...>)" <tomgray@i...> wrote:
              >
              > >
              > > []
              > >
              > > []
              > >
              > >
              > > 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:
              > >
              <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm>www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm
              > >
              > >
              > > November 23, 2005
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > News and Events
              > >
              > >     * DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
              > >     * DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
              > >     * Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
              > >     * Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
              > >     * Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
              > >     * New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
              > >
              > >
              > > Site News
              > >
              > >     * DOE Launches "EERE Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
              > >
              > >
              > > Energy Connections
              > >
              > >     * EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
              > > []
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > News and Events
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
              > >
              > > DOE announced last week that it will set schedules for all appliance
              > > rulemaking activities no later than January 31st, 2006. DOE held a
              public
              > > meeting on November 15th to invite comments on standards
              scheduling issues,
              > > and will develop its schedule after considering those comments. As
              required
              > > by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), DOE's plan and
              rulemaking
              > > schedules will be reported to Congress by February 8th, 2006. See the
              > >
              <http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do?PUBLIC_ID=19189&BT_CODE=PR_PRESSRELEA
              > > SES&TT_CODE=PRESSRELEASE>DOE
              > > press release.
              > >
              > > On October 18th, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance
              > > standards prescribed by EPACT 2005. Currently, DOE is working on
              another
              > > "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures
              specified
              > > by EPACT 2005. DOE is also continuing progress on previous
              high-priority
              > > rulemakings, including new standards for distribution transformers,
              > > residential furnaces, and boilers. The rulemakings are managed by the
              > >
              <http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/>Appliances and
              > > Commercial Equipment Standards Program, part of the DOE Office of
              Energy
              > > Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
              > >
              > >
              > > DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
              > >
              > > DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) have compiled Web-based
              > > information on how consumers can reduce their federal income taxes
              in 2006
              > > and 2007 by making their homes more energy efficient and purchasing
              > > fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005,
              consumers can
              > > save up to $500 in taxes in 2006 and 2007 by installing certain
              > > energy-efficiency upgrades to existing homes. In addition,
              consumers and
              > > businesses can save up to $3,400 on taxes by buying energy-efficient
              > > hybrid-electric or diesel vehicles. Although the Internal Revenue
              Service
              > > (IRS) has not yet issued specific guidance for consumers on how to
              claim
              > > the income tax credits, the ASE Web pages offer the latest information
              > > based on the new energy law. The Web pages will be updated on a
              continuing
              > > basis as the IRS makes new details available. See the
              > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2670>ASE press release and
              > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2654>Web page.
              > >
              > > DOE and ASE are also part of the Tax Incentives Assistance Project
              (TIAP),
              > > which has launched a separate Web site to give consumers and
              businesses
              > > additional information about tax incentives for energy efficiency
              products
              > > and technologies. TIAP is sponsored by a coalition of public interest
              > > nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the
              > > energy efficiency field. See the
              > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2686>ASE press release and the
              > > <http://www.energytaxincentives.org/>TIAP Web site.
              > >
              > > States may also offer tax incentives and funds for energy efficiency
              > > improvements, which can usually be combined with federal tax
              credits to
              > > yield significant savings. ASE's new State Energy Efficiency Index
              can help
              > > consumers and businesses find out about the energy efficiency
              policies in
              > > their state. In addition to tax credits and funds, the site lists
              appliance
              > > standards, building codes, transportation initiatives, other relevant
              > > legislation, and cap and trade programs for air emissions. See the
              ASE's
              > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2356>State Energy
              Efficiency Index.
              > >
              > >
              > > Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
              > >
              > > []
              > >
              > >
              > > Photo of an industrial scene with an SUV chassis being carried
              > >
              > >
              > > Workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant are building the new Mercury
              > > Mariner Hybrid at normal production speed.
              > > Credit: Ford Motor Company
              > >
              > > Ford Motor Company announced last week that it has started full-scale
              > > production of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid at its Kansas City
              Assembly Plant
              > > in Missouri. Initial production started in October, and the
              vehicles are
              > > starting to arrive in dealer showrooms, according to Ford. The
              Kansas City
              > > plant now produces two hybrid vehicles: the Ford Escape Hybrid and the
              > > Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The plant accommodates the installation of the
              > > hybrid components­including a temperature management unit,
              electric battery
              > > pack, in-dash electrical outlet, regenerative braking system,
              power cables,
              > > electronic power assist steering, DC-to-DC converter, Atkinson-cycle
              > > engine, and an electronically controlled continuously variable
              > > transmission­at normal production line speed. See the
              > > <http://media.ford.com/newsroom/feature_display.cfm?release=22021>Ford
              > > press release.
              > >
              > > According to the
              <http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/marinerhybrid/>Mercury
              > > Mariner Hybrid Web site, Ford is offering the 2006 model at a
              > > manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,840, about
              $4,200 more
              > > than a four-wheel-drive Mercury Mariner with similar options. The
              hybrid
              > > version achieves 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard
              version
              > > in city driving­33 miles per gallon (mpg) versus 22 mpg­and 11.5
              percent
              > > better fuel economy in highway driving (29 mpg vs. 26 mpg). That's
              a 30
              > > percent improvement overall, based on combined city and highway fuel
              > > economies (31.1 mpg vs. 23.6 mpg).
              > >
              > > The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in early November
              that Ford's
              > > two hybrid vehicles are eligible for a federal tax deduction of up to
              > > $2,000. The deduction also applies to hybrids manufactured by Lexus,
              > > Toyota, and Honda. See the
              > > <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=150594,00.html>IRS
              press release
              > > and <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=104549,00.html>list of
              > > eligible vehicles.
              > >
              > >
              > > Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
              > >
              > > Only eight months after breaking ground, Ormat Nevada Inc. has
              commissioned
              > > a new 20-megawatt geothermal power plant in Nevada. According to
              Ormat, the
              > > plant is the first geothermal facility built in the state under
              Nevada's
              > > renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation, which set minimum
              > > requirements for the generation of electricity from renewable energy
              > > sources. See the <http://www.ormat.com/news_091.htm>Ormat press
              release.
              > >
              > > Another company working to develop Nevada's geothermal sources is
              Nevada
              > > Geothermal Power, Inc. The company has been drilling geothermal
              wells at
              > > its site in Pumpernickel Valley, about 30 miles east of Winnemucca in
              > > north-central Nevada. As of last week, the company had completed
              four wells
              > > with partial funding from DOE. Although the hottest well produced
              > > temperatures of only 178 degrees Fahrenheit, the company plans to
              extend
              > > that well deeper into the geothermal resource next year. The
              company is
              > > also negotiating with Nevada utilities on a power contract for its
              proposed
              > > 30-megawatt Blue Mountain Geothermal Project, to be located west of
              > > Winnemucca. The company is seeking permits to drill seven
              production wells
              > > at the site. See the
              > >
              <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=121257&_Type=News&_Title=
              > >
              Blue-Mountain-Power-Proposal-Selected-as-Tier-1-to-be-Evaluated-by-Sierra-P...
              > > >November
              > > 2nd and
              > >
              <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=122263&_Type=News&_Title=
              > >
              Completes-Phase-I-Drill-Program-at-Pumpernickel-Geothermal-Project>November
              > > 15th press releases from Nevada Geothermal Power.
              > >
              > > Renewable energy goals are also driving a new $200 million project
              to boost
              > > power transmission from California's Imperial Valley to Los
              Angeles. The
              > > "Green Path Project" will upgrade existing transmission lines and
              create
              > > new interconnection points, allowing greater access to geothermal
              energy
              > > and other renewable energy sources. According to the Los Angeles
              Department
              > > of Water and Power (LADWP), the project will benefit residents and
              > > businesses in Los Angeles, Imperial, San Diego, and Riverside
              Counties. See
              > > the <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp007429.jsp>LADWP press
              release.
              > >
              > >
              > > Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
              > >
              > > []
              > >
              > >
              > > Photo of water streaming from a wide, low hydropower dam. A fis
              > >
              > >
              > > The new federal rules for licensing hydropower plants offer new
              channels to
              > > resolve disputes.
              > > Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
              > >
              > > The departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture
              announced last
              > > week new Interim Final Rules for licensing hydropower projects while
              > > protecting threatened and endangered fish species, water quality, and
              > > federal and tribal resources. The rules are mandated by the Energy
              Policy
              > > Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and mark the first time that the three
              departments
              > > have established joint procedures for dispute resolution regarding
              > > hydropower licensing. The new licensing process remains open to
              license
              > > applicants and other parties, including tribes, states, other
              governmental
              > > units, and nongovernmental organizations, such as environmental
              groups.
              > >
              > > The rules enable hydropower license applicants and other parties
              to request
              > > trial-type hearings on disputed issues of material fact, such as
              whether
              > > fish were historically present in a river, during which the
              parties will be
              > > able to present evidence and question witnesses. The rules also allow
              > > applicants and other parties to submit alternative conditions or
              > > prescriptions for consideration by the respective federal departments,
              > > which will accept them unless the federal department makes specific
              > > findings as to why they cannot. For instance, a utility applicant
              might
              > > propose ways to lower its costs while still protecting critical
              resources.
              > >
              > > As mandated by EPACT 2005, the new rules are now in effect and
              apply to all
              > > current and future license proceedings. They were published in the
              Federal
              > > Register on November 17th, and the public will have 60 days to
              review and
              > > submit comments, which could result in revised Final Rules. See the
              > > <http://www.doi.gov/news/05_News_Releases/051116.htm>press release
              from the
              > > U.S. Department of Interior and see the
              > >
              <http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2005/November/Day-17/i22677.htm>publis
              > > hed
              > > rules on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site.
              > >
              > >
              > > New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
              > >
              > > Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) announced last week that it has
              > > deployed its 40-kilowatt PowerBuoy wave energy converters off the
              coasts of
              > > both Hawaii and New Jersey. The Hawaii project is located
              approximately 0.6
              > > miles off the coast of Oahu, where the ocean depth is about 100 feet.
              > > Installed under contract with the U.S. Navy, the device will be
              monitored
              > > in support of a proposed wave energy station. The New Jersey
              project was
              > > installed under a contract with the New Jersey Board of Public
              Utilities,
              > > in support of a proposed megawatt-scale wave energy plant. The
              PowerBuoy
              > > technology employs the bobbing motion of a buoy to drive an electrical
              > > generator. See the OPT press release
              > > (<http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/pdf/nov_3_05_power.pdf>PDF
              95 KB)
              > > and <http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/technology/>Web site.
              > > <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
              Adobe Reader.
              > >
              > > A company in Australia is also claiming success with its wave energy
              > > device. Energetech announced in early November that a sea trial of its
              > > device produced 20 percent more power than expected. Energetech uses a
              > > "floating water column," a floating device with an enclosed air
              space. When
              > > waves pass the device, the rising and falling water level drives
              air out
              > > and then back into the airspace, driving a turbine to produce
              power. See
              > > the Energetech press release
              > >
              (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Mediaupdate_Nov2005.pdf>PDF 61
              > > KB), report
              > >
              (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Results_PK_Wave_Energy_Trial.pdf>PD
              > > F
              > > 107 KB), and <http://www.energetech.com.au/content/tech.html>Web site.
              > > []
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Site News
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>DOE Launches "EERE
              > > Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
              > >
              > > The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has
              > > launched a new free e-bulletin, the "EERE Progress Alerts," to
              announce new
              > > and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. EERE
              Progress
              > > Alerts will be sent via email and posted online as new
              developments occur.
              > > A recent bulletin, for instance, discusses DOE's use of renewable
              energy
              > > for 3 percent of its electricity needs, meeting DOE's goal, which was
              > > higher than the 2.5 percent requirement set by executive order in
              1999.
              > > Another bulletin discusses a framework for offshore wind energy
              development
              > > that was recently developed with EERE's assistance. See the
              > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>EERE Progress
              Alerts Web
              > > page.
              > >
              > > To accommodate current subscribers to this newsletter, EERE has also
              > > launched a new "Change My Subscription" page, which allows current
              > > subscribers to easily add a subscription to the EERE Progress Alerts,
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              > >
              > >
              > > Energy Connections
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
              > >
              > > Businesses and consumers looking to save energy this winter should
              heed the
              > > energy-saving advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
              (EPA)
              > > and the Consumers Energy Council of America (CECA). The EPA
              recommends that
              > > businesses measure their energy use and set a goal; inspect heating
              > > equipment now and perform monthly maintenance; turn off heating
              and cooling
              > > equipment when not needed; get the building occupants involved in
              saving
              > > energy; and install improved lighting systems. See the
              > >
              <http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d9bf8d9315e942578525701c005e573c/593
              > > f0e063cf574ff852570b9006b9a3b!OpenDocument>EPA
              > > press release and additional information on the
              > > <http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_winter>Energy
              Star Web
              > > site.
              > >
              > > CECA aimed its advice at consumers, and noted that several
              low-cost items,
              > > like a programmable thermostat or attic insulation, yield high
              returns.
              > > Upgrading a furnace or boiler that's more than 15 years old is
              also a good
              > > idea, says CECA, but upgrading newer furnaces would not be an
              economical
              > > investment. CECA also recommends against switching heating fuels,
              but its
              > > report only examined switching from oil heat to natural gas heat.
              Other
              > > options, such as a wood- or pellet-fired stove, may be a good
              investment.
              > > See the CECA press release
              > >
              (<http://www.cecarf.org/PressReleases/CECA%20heating%20study%20press%20release
              > > %2011-1-05.pdf>PDF
              > > 108 KB) and report
              > >
              (<http://www.cecarf.org/Publications/MiscPub/Smart%20Choices%20Heating%20Analy
              > > sis.pdf>PDF
              > > 622 KB).
              <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
              > > Adobe Reader.
              > >
              > > Need to learn more about energy-saving options for your home or
              business?
              > > Check out the <http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/>Consumer's
              Guide to
              > > Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on the Web site of DOE's
              Office of
              > > Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
              > >
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            • Michael Ewert
              Jim, I agree with your assessment and I will ask Tom Gray to remove HREG from the mailing list. For those of you who do want to get it directly, please do.
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                Jim,

                 

                I agree with your assessment and I will ask Tom Gray to remove HREG from the mailing list.  For those of you who do want to get it directly, please do.  It is good information.

                 

                Visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/subscribe.cfm

                 

                Mike Ewert

                HREG president

                -----Original Message-----
                From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim & Janet
                Sent:
                Saturday, November 26, 2005 4:41 PM
                To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: Re: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News --
                11/23/05

                 

                I asked to be removed from receiving this newsletter a year or so ago. The reply I got back was that everyone on the HREG list gets it at once and my specific name could not be removed. I would have to un-subscribe from HREG.

                Since anyone can go to the www site http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm and subscribe to EERE News on their own, perhaps the group could be dropped from automatically getting it (apparently several of us twice) and those who want to continue to receive it can easily do so.

                Jim Duncan

                ----- Original Message -----

                From: blpasemann

                Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2005 11:19 AM

                Subject: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News -- 11/23/05

                 

                I only get this here also and thanx for posting it.


                --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, Monica Marsicek <mmarsicek@i...> wrote:
                >
                > Please don¹t forward this to everyone, I already get it.  Thanks!
                >
                > Monica
                >
                >
                > On 11/23/05 12:53 PM, "EERE Network News   (by way of Tom Gray
                > <tomgray@i...>)" <tomgray@i...> wrote:
                >
                > >
                > > []
                > >
                > > []
                > >
                > >
                > > 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:
                > >
                <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm>www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm
                > >
                > >
                > > November 23, 2005
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > News and Events
                > >
                > >     * DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
                > >     * DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
                > >     * Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
                > >     * Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
                > >     * Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
                > >     * New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
                > >
                > >
                > > Site News
                > >
                > >     * DOE Launches "EERE Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
                > >
                > >
                > > Energy Connections
                > >
                > >     * EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
                > > []
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > News and Events
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
                > >
                > > DOE announced last week that it will set schedules for all appliance
                > > rulemaking activities no later than January 31st, 2006. DOE held a
                public
                > > meeting on November 15th to invite comments on standards
                scheduling issues,
                > > and will develop its schedule after considering those comments. As
                required
                > > by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), DOE's plan and
                rulemaking
                > > schedules will be reported to Congress by February 8th, 2006. See the
                > >
                <http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do?PUBLIC_ID=19189&BT_CODE=PR_PRESSRELEA
                > > SES&TT_CODE=PRESSRELEASE>DOE
                > > press release.
                > >
                > > On October 18th, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance
                > > standards prescribed by EPACT 2005. Currently, DOE is working on
                another
                > > "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures
                specified
                > > by EPACT 2005. DOE is also continuing progress on previous
                high-priority
                > > rulemakings, including new standards for distribution transformers,
                > > residential furnaces, and boilers. The rulemakings are managed by the
                > >
                <http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/>Appliances and
                > > Commercial Equipment Standards Program, part of the DOE Office of
                Energy
                > > Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
                > >
                > >
                > > DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
                > >
                > > DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) have compiled Web-based
                > > information on how consumers can reduce their federal income taxes
                in 2006
                > > and 2007 by making their homes more energy efficient and purchasing
                > > fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005,
                consumers can
                > > save up to $500 in taxes in 2006 and 2007 by installing certain
                > > energy-efficiency upgrades to existing homes. In addition,
                consumers and
                > > businesses can save up to $3,400 on taxes by buying energy-efficient
                > > hybrid-electric or diesel vehicles. Although the Internal Revenue
                Service
                > > (IRS) has not yet issued specific guidance for consumers on how to
                claim
                > > the income tax credits, the ASE Web pages offer the latest information
                > > based on the new energy law. The Web pages will be updated on a
                continuing
                > > basis as the IRS makes new details available. See the
                > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2670>ASE press release and
                > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2654>Web page.
                > >
                > > DOE and ASE are also part of the Tax Incentives Assistance Project
                (TIAP),
                > > which has launched a separate Web site to give consumers and
                businesses
                > > additional information about tax incentives for energy efficiency
                products
                > > and technologies. TIAP is sponsored by a coalition of public interest
                > > nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the
                > > energy efficiency field. See the
                > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2686>ASE press release and the
                > > <http://www.energytaxincentives.org/>TIAP Web site.
                > >
                > > States may also offer tax incentives and funds for energy efficiency
                > > improvements, which can usually be combined with federal tax
                credits to
                > > yield significant savings. ASE's new State Energy Efficiency Index
                can help
                > > consumers and businesses find out about the energy efficiency
                policies in
                > > their state. In addition to tax credits and funds, the site lists
                appliance
                > > standards, building codes, transportation initiatives, other relevant
                > > legislation, and cap and trade programs for air emissions. See the
                ASE's
                > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2356>State Energy
                Efficiency Index.
                > >
                > >
                > > Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
                > >
                > > []
                > >
                > >
                > > Photo of an industrial scene with an SUV chassis being carried
                > >
                > >
                > > Workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant are building the new Mercury
                > > Mariner Hybrid at normal production speed.
                > > Credit: Ford Motor Company
                > >
                > > Ford Motor Company announced last week that it has started full-scale
                > > production of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid at its Kansas City
                Assembly Plant
                > > in Missouri. Initial production started in October, and the
                vehicles are
                > > starting to arrive in dealer showrooms, according to Ford. The
                Kansas City
                > > plant now produces two hybrid vehicles: the Ford Escape Hybrid and the
                > > Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The plant accommodates the installation of the
                > > hybrid components­including a temperature management unit,
                electric battery
                > > pack, in-dash electrical outlet, regenerative braking system,
                power cables,
                > > electronic power assist steering, DC-to-DC converter, Atkinson-cycle
                > > engine, and an electronically controlled continuously variable
                > > transmission­at normal production line speed. See the
                > > <http://media.ford.com/newsroom/feature_display.cfm?release=22021>Ford
                > > press release.
                > >
                > > According to the
                <http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/marinerhybrid/>Mercury
                > > Mariner Hybrid Web site, Ford is offering the 2006 model at a
                > > manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,840, about
                $4,200 more
                > > than a four-wheel-drive Mercury Mariner with similar options. The
                hybrid
                > > version achieves 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard
                version
                > > in city driving­33 miles per gallon (mpg) versus 22 mpg­and 11.5
                percent
                > > better fuel economy in highway driving (29 mpg vs. 26 mpg). That's
                a 30
                > > percent improvement overall, based on combined city and highway fuel
                > > economies (31.1 mpg vs. 23.6 mpg).
                > >
                > > The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in early November
                that Ford's
                > > two hybrid vehicles are eligible for a federal tax deduction of up to
                > > $2,000. The deduction also applies to hybrids manufactured by Lexus,
                > > Toyota, and Honda. See the
                > > <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=150594,00.html>IRS
                press release
                > > and <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=104549,00.html>list of
                > > eligible vehicles.
                > >
                > >
                > > Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
                > >
                > > Only eight months after breaking ground, Ormat Nevada Inc. has
                commissioned
                > > a new 20-megawatt geothermal power plant in Nevada. According to
                Ormat, the
                > > plant is the first geothermal facility built in the state under
                Nevada's
                > > renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation, which set minimum
                > > requirements for the generation of electricity from renewable energy
                > > sources. See the <http://www.ormat.com/news_091.htm>Ormat press
                release.
                > >
                > > Another company working to develop Nevada's geothermal sources is
                Nevada
                > > Geothermal Power, Inc. The company has been drilling geothermal
                wells at
                > > its site in Pumpernickel Valley, about 30 miles east of Winnemucca in
                > > north-central Nevada. As of last week, the company had completed
                four wells
                > > with partial funding from DOE. Although the hottest well produced
                > > temperatures of only 178 degrees Fahrenheit, the company plans to
                extend
                > > that well deeper into the geothermal resource next year. The
                company is
                > > also negotiating with Nevada utilities on a power contract for its
                proposed
                > > 30-megawatt Blue Mountain Geothermal Project, to be located west of
                > > Winnemucca. The company is seeking permits to drill seven
                production wells
                > > at the site. See the
                > >
                <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=121257&_Type=News&_Title=
                > >
                Blue-Mountain-Power-Proposal-Selected-as-Tier-1-to-be-Evaluated-by-Sierra-P...
                > > >November
                > > 2nd and
                > >
                <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=122263&_Type=News&_Title=
                > >
                Completes-Phase-I-Drill-Program-at-Pumpernickel-Geothermal-Project>November
                > > 15th press releases from Nevada Geothermal Power.
                > >
                > > Renewable energy goals are also driving a new $200 million project
                to boost
                > > power transmission from California's Imperial Valley to Los
                Angeles. The
                > > "Green Path Project" will upgrade existing transmission lines and
                create
                > > new interconnection points, allowing greater access to geothermal
                energy
                > > and other renewable energy sources. According to the Los Angeles
                Department
                > > of Water and Power (LADWP), the project will benefit residents and
                > > businesses in Los Angeles, Imperial, San Diego, and Riverside
                Counties. See
                > > the <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp007429.jsp>LADWP press
                release.
                > >
                > >
                > > Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
                > >
                > > []
                > >
                > >
                > > Photo of water streaming from a wide, low hydropower dam. A fis
                > >
                > >
                > > The new federal rules for licensing hydropower plants offer new
                channels to
                > > resolve disputes.
                > > Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                > >
                > > The departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture
                announced last
                > > week new Interim Final Rules for licensing hydropower projects while
                > > protecting threatened and endangered fish species, water quality, and
                > > federal and tribal resources. The rules are mandated by the Energy
                Policy
                > > Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and mark the first time that the three
                departments
                > > have established joint procedures for dispute resolution regarding
                > > hydropower licensing. The new licensing process remains open to
                license
                > > applicants and other parties, including tribes, states, other
                governmental
                > > units, and nongovernmental organizations, such as environmental
                groups.
                > >
                > > The rules enable hydropower license applicants and other parties
                to request
                > > trial-type hearings on disputed issues of material fact, such as
                whether
                > > fish were historically present in a river, during which the
                parties will be
                > > able to present evidence and question witnesses. The rules also allow
                > > applicants and other parties to submit alternative conditions or
                > > prescriptions for consideration by the respective federal departments,
                > > which will accept them unless the federal department makes specific
                > > findings as to why they cannot. For instance, a utility applicant
                might
                > > propose ways to lower its costs while still protecting critical
                resources.
                > >
                > > As mandated by EPACT 2005, the new rules are now in effect and
                apply to all
                > > current and future license proceedings. They were published in the
                Federal
                > > Register on November 17th, and the public will have 60 days to
                review and
                > > submit comments, which could result in revised Final Rules. See the
                > > <http://www.doi.gov/news/05_News_Releases/051116.htm>press release
                from the
                > > U.S. Department of Interior and see the
                > >
                <http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2005/November/Day-17/i22677.htm>publis
                > > hed
                > > rules on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site.
                > >
                > >
                > > New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
                > >
                > > Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) announced last week that it has
                > > deployed its 40-kilowatt PowerBuoy wave energy converters off the
                coasts of
                > > both Hawaii and New Jersey. The Hawaii project is located
                approximately 0.6
                > > miles off the coast of Oahu, where the ocean depth is about 100 feet.
                > > Installed under contract with the U.S. Navy, the device will be
                monitored
                > > in support of a proposed wave energy station. The New Jersey
                project was
                > > installed under a contract with the New Jersey Board of Public
                Utilities,
                > > in support of a proposed megawatt-scale wave energy plant. The
                PowerBuoy
                > > technology employs the bobbing motion of a buoy to drive an electrical
                > > generator. See the OPT press release
                > > (<http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/pdf/nov_3_05_power.pdf>PDF
                95 KB)
                > > and <http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/technology/>Web site.
                > > <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
                Adobe Reader.
                > >
                > > A company in Australia is also claiming success with its wave energy
                > > device. Energetech announced in early November that a sea trial of its
                > > device produced 20 percent more power than expected. Energetech uses a
                > > "floating water column," a floating device with an enclosed air
                space. When
                > > waves pass the device, the rising and falling water level drives
                air out
                > > and then back into the airspace, driving a turbine to produce
                power. See
                > > the Energetech press release
                > >
                (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Mediaupdate_Nov2005.pdf>PDF 61
                > > KB), report
                > >
                (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Results_PK_Wave_Energy_Trial.pdf>PD
                > > F
                > > 107 KB), and <http://www.energetech.com.au/content/tech.html>Web site.
                > > []
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > Site News
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>DOE Launches "EERE
                > > Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
                > >
                > > The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has
                > > launched a new free e-bulletin, the "EERE Progress Alerts," to
                announce new
                > > and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. EERE
                Progress
                > > Alerts will be sent via email and posted online as new
                developments occur.
                > > A recent bulletin, for instance, discusses DOE's use of renewable
                energy
                > > for 3 percent of its electricity needs, meeting DOE's goal, which was
                > > higher than the 2.5 percent requirement set by executive order in
                1999.
                > > Another bulletin discusses a framework for offshore wind energy
                development
                > > that was recently developed with EERE's assistance. See the
                > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>EERE Progress
                Alerts Web
                > > page.
                > >
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                heed the
                > > energy-saving advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                (EPA)
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                recommends that
                > > businesses measure their energy use and set a goal; inspect heating
                > > equipment now and perform monthly maintenance; turn off heating
                and cooling
                > > equipment when not needed; get the building occupants involved in
                saving
                > > energy; and install improved lighting systems. See the
                > >
                <http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d9bf8d9315e942578525701c005e573c/593
                > > f0e063cf574ff852570b9006b9a3b!OpenDocument>EPA
                > > press release and additional information on the
                > > <http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_winter>Energy
                Star Web
                > > site.
                > >
                > > CECA aimed its advice at consumers, and noted that several
                low-cost items,
                > > like a programmable thermostat or attic insulation, yield high
                returns.
                > > Upgrading a furnace or boiler that's more than 15 years old is
                also a good
                > > idea, says CECA, but upgrading newer furnaces would not be an
                economical
                > > investment. CECA also recommends against switching heating fuels,
                but its
                > > report only examined switching from oil heat to natural gas heat.
                Other
                > > options, such as a wood- or pellet-fired stove, may be a good
                investment.
                > > See the CECA press release
                > >
                (<http://www.cecarf.org/PressReleases/CECA%20heating%20study%20press%20release
                > > %2011-1-05.pdf>PDF
                > > 108 KB) and report
                > >
                (<http://www.cecarf.org/Publications/MiscPub/Smart%20Choices%20Heating%20Analy
                > > sis.pdf>PDF
                > > 622 KB).
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              • seth553
                Folks, In the process of deciding to drop the EERE newsletter from our group, ... If your objective is to make this a more enjoyable, usable group by
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                  Folks,

                  In the process of deciding to drop the EERE newsletter from our group,
                  we went ahead and posted it again - three more times. Watch this:

                  --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Ewert" <mewert@h...> wrote:
                  >
                  > Jim,
                  >
                  > I agree with your assessment and I will ask Tom Gray to remove...

                  <snip>

                  If your objective is to make this a more enjoyable, usable group by
                  cutting down on spam, then please.. do.

                  Seth
                • Clifford Cheadle
                  This is ridiculous. One person didn t want to hit delete so now everyone has to go get on another list. What a great energy saver. Good bye. I went to the
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                    This is ridiculous.  One person didn't want to hit delete so now everyone has to go get on another list.  What a great energy saver.
                     
                    Good bye.  I went to the rounduo and thought that this type group had it's act together, I guess not.

                    Michael Ewert <mewert@...> wrote:

                    Jim,

                     

                    I agree with your assessment and I will ask Tom Gray to remove HREG from the mailing list.  For those of you who do want to get it directly, please do.  It is good information.

                     

                    Visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/subscribe.cfm

                     

                    Mike Ewert

                    HREG president

                    -----Original Message-----
                    From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim & Janet
                    Sent:
                    Saturday, November 26, 2005 4:41 PM
                    To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: Re: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News --
                    11/23/05

                     

                    I asked to be removed from receiving this newsletter a year or so ago. The reply I got back was that everyone on the HREG list gets it at once and my specific name could not be removed. I would have to un-subscribe from HREG.

                    Since anyone can go to the www site http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm and subscribe to EERE News on their own, perhaps the group could be dropped from automatically getting it (apparently several of us twice) and those who want to continue to receive it can easily do so.

                    Jim Duncan

                    ----- Original Message -----

                    From: blpasemann

                    Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2005 11:19 AM

                    Subject: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News -- 11/23/05

                     

                    I only get this here also and thanx for posting it.


                    --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, Monica Marsicek <mmarsicek@i...> wrote:
                    >
                    > Please don¹t forward this to everyone, I already get it.  Thanks!
                    >
                    > Monica
                    >
                    >
                    > On 11/23/05 12:53 PM, "EERE Network News   (by way of Tom Gray
                    > <tomgray@i...>)" <tomgray@i...> wrote:
                    >
                    > >
                    > > []
                    > >
                    > > []
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > 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:
                    > >
                    <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm>www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > November 23, 2005
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > News and Events
                    > >
                    > >     * DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
                    > >     * DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
                    > >     * Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
                    > >     * Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
                    > >     * Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
                    > >     * New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > Site News
                    > >
                    > >     * DOE Launches "EERE Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > Energy Connections
                    > >
                    > >     * EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
                    > > []
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > News and Events
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
                    > >
                    > > DOE announced last week that it will set schedules for all appliance
                    > > rulemaking activities no later than January 31st, 2006. DOE held a
                    public
                    > > meeting on November 15th to invite comments on standards
                    scheduling issues,
                    > > and will develop its schedule after considering those comments. As
                    required
                    > > by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), DOE's plan and
                    rulemaking
                    > > schedules will be reported to Congress by February 8th, 2006. See the
                    > >
                    <http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do?PUBLIC_ID=19189&BT_CODE=PR_PRESSRELEA
                    > > SES&TT_CODE=PRESSRELEASE>DOE
                    > > press release.
                    > >
                    > > On October 18th, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance
                    > > standards prescribed by EPACT 2005. Currently, DOE is working on
                    another
                    > > "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures
                    specified
                    > > by EPACT 2005. DOE is also continuing progress on previous
                    high-priority
                    > > rulemakings, including new standards for distribution transformers,
                    > > residential furnaces, and boilers. The rulemakings are managed by the
                    > >
                    <http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/>Appliances and
                    > > Commercial Equipment Standards Program, part of the DOE Office of
                    Energy
                    > > Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
                    > >
                    > > DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) have compiled Web-based
                    > > information on how consumers can reduce their federal income taxes
                    in 2006
                    > > and 2007 by making their homes more energy efficient and purchasing
                    > > fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005,
                    consumers can
                    > > save up to $500 in taxes in 2006 and 2007 by installing certain
                    > > energy-efficiency upgrades to existing homes. In addition,
                    consumers and
                    > > businesses can save up to $3,400 on taxes by buying energy-efficient
                    > > hybrid-electric or diesel vehicles. Although the Internal Revenue
                    Service
                    > > (IRS) has not yet issued specific guidance for consumers on how to
                    claim
                    > > the income tax credits, the ASE Web pages offer the latest information
                    > > based on the new energy law. The Web pages will be updated on a
                    continuing
                    > > basis as the IRS makes new details available. See the
                    > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2670>ASE press release and
                    > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2654>Web page.
                    > >
                    > > DOE and ASE are also part of the Tax Incentives Assistance Project
                    (TIAP),
                    > > which has launched a separate Web site to give consumers and
                    businesses
                    > > additional information about tax incentives for energy efficiency
                    products
                    > > and technologies. TIAP is sponsored by a coalition of public interest
                    > > nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the
                    > > energy efficiency field. See the
                    > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2686>ASE press release and the
                    > > <http://www.energytaxincentives.org/>TIAP Web site.
                    > >
                    > > States may also offer tax incentives and funds for energy efficiency
                    > > improvements, which can usually be combined with federal tax
                    credits to
                    > > yield significant savings. ASE's new State Energy Efficiency Index
                    can help
                    > > consumers and businesses find out about the energy efficiency
                    policies in
                    > > their state. In addition to tax credits and funds, the site lists
                    appliance
                    > > standards, building codes, transportation initiatives, other relevant
                    > > legislation, and cap and trade programs for air emissions. See the
                    ASE's
                    > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2356>State Energy
                    Efficiency Index.
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
                    > >
                    > > []
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > Photo of an industrial scene with an SUV chassis being carried
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > Workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant are building the new Mercury
                    > > Mariner Hybrid at normal production speed.
                    > > Credit: Ford Motor Company
                    > >
                    > > Ford Motor Company announced last week that it has started full-scale
                    > > production of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid at its Kansas City
                    Assembly Plant
                    > > in Missouri. Initial production started in October, and the
                    vehicles are
                    > > starting to arrive in dealer showrooms, according to Ford. The
                    Kansas City
                    > > plant now produces two hybrid vehicles: the Ford Escape Hybrid and the
                    > > Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The plant accommodates the installation of the
                    > > hybrid components­including a temperature management unit,
                    electric battery
                    > > pack, in-dash electrical outlet, regenerative braking system,
                    power cables,
                    > > electronic power assist steering, DC-to-DC converter, Atkinson-cycle
                    > > engine, and an electronically controlled continuously variable
                    > > transmission­at normal production line speed. See the
                    > > <http://media.ford.com/newsroom/feature_display.cfm?release=22021>Ford
                    > > press release.
                    > >
                    > > According to the
                    <http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/marinerhybrid/>Mercury
                    > > Mariner Hybrid Web site, Ford is offering the 2006 model at a
                    > > manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,840, about
                    $4,200 more
                    > > than a four-wheel-drive Mercury Mariner with similar options. The
                    hybrid
                    > > version achieves 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard
                    version
                    > > in city driving­33 miles per gallon (mpg) versus 22 mpg­and 11.5
                    percent
                    > > better fuel economy in highway driving (29 mpg vs. 26 mpg). That's
                    a 30
                    > > percent improvement overall, based on combined city and highway fuel
                    > > economies (31.1 mpg vs. 23.6 mpg).
                    > >
                    > > The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in early November
                    that Ford's
                    > > two hybrid vehicles are eligible for a federal tax deduction of up to
                    > > $2,000. The deduction also applies to hybrids manufactured by Lexus,
                    > > Toyota, and Honda. See the
                    > > <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=150594,00.html>IRS
                    press release
                    > > and <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=104549,00.html>list of
                    > > eligible vehicles.
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
                    > >
                    > > Only eight months after breaking ground, Ormat Nevada Inc. has
                    commissioned
                    > > a new 20-megawatt geothermal power plant in Nevada. According to
                    Ormat, the
                    > > plant is the first geothermal facility built in the state under
                    Nevada's
                    > > renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation, which set minimum
                    > > requirements for the generation of electricity from renewable energy
                    > > sources. See the <http://www.ormat.com/news_091.htm>Ormat press
                    release.
                    > >
                    > > Another company working to develop Nevada's geothermal sources is
                    Nevada
                    > > Geothermal Power, Inc. The company has been drilling geothermal
                    wells at
                    > > its site in Pumpernickel Valley, about 30 miles east of Winnemucca in
                    > > north-central Nevada. As of last week, the company had completed
                    four wells
                    > > with partial funding from DOE. Although the hottest well produced
                    > > temperatures of only 178 degrees Fahrenheit, the company plans to
                    extend
                    > > that well deeper into the geothermal resource next year. The
                    company is
                    > > also negotiating with Nevada utilities on a power contract for its
                    proposed
                    > > 30-megawatt Blue Mountain Geothermal Project, to be located west of
                    > > Winnemucca. The company is seeking permits to drill seven
                    production wells
                    > > at the site. See the
                    > >
                    <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=121257&_Type=News&_Title=
                    > >
                    Blue-Mountain-Power-Proposal-Selected-as-Tier-1-to-be-Evaluated-by-Sierra-P...
                    > > >November
                    > > 2nd and
                    > >
                    <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=122263&_Type=News&_Title=
                    > >
                    Completes-Phase-I-Drill-Program-at-Pumpernickel-Geothermal-Project>November
                    > > 15th press releases from Nevada Geothermal Power.
                    > >
                    > > Renewable energy goals are also driving a new $200 million project
                    to boost
                    > > power transmission from California's Imperial Valley to Los
                    Angeles. The
                    > > "Green Path Project" will upgrade existing transmission lines and
                    create
                    > > new interconnection points, allowing greater access to geothermal
                    energy
                    > > and other renewable energy sources. According to the Los Angeles
                    Department
                    > > of Water and Power (LADWP), the project will benefit residents and
                    > > businesses in Los Angeles, Imperial, San Diego, and Riverside
                    Counties. See
                    > > the <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp007429.jsp>LADWP press
                    release.
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
                    > >
                    > > []
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > Photo of water streaming from a wide, low hydropower dam. A fis
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > The new federal rules for licensing hydropower plants offer new
                    channels to
                    > > resolve disputes.
                    > > Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                    > >
                    > > The departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture
                    announced last
                    > > week new Interim Final Rules for licensing hydropower projects while
                    > > protecting threatened and endangered fish species, water quality, and
                    > > federal and tribal resources. The rules are mandated by the Energy
                    Policy
                    > > Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and mark the first time that the three
                    departments
                    > > have established joint procedures for dispute resolution regarding
                    > > hydropower licensing. The new licensing process remains open to
                    license
                    > > applicants and other parties, including tribes, states, other
                    governmental
                    > > units, and nongovernmental organizations, such as environmental
                    groups.
                    > >
                    > > The rules enable hydropower license applicants and other parties
                    to request
                    > > trial-type hearings on disputed issues of material fact, such as
                    whether
                    > > fish were historically present in a river, during which the
                    parties will be
                    > > able to present evidence and question witnesses. The rules also allow
                    > > applicants and other parties to submit alternative conditions or
                    > > prescriptions for consideration by the respective federal departments,
                    > > which will accept them unless the federal department makes specific
                    > > findings as to why they cannot. For instance, a utility applicant
                    might
                    > > propose ways to lower its costs while still protecting critical
                    resources.
                    > >
                    > > As mandated by EPACT 2005, the new rules are now in effect and
                    apply to all
                    > > current and future license proceedings. They were published in the
                    Federal
                    > > Register on November 17th, and the public will have 60 days to
                    review and
                    > > submit comments, which could result in revised Final Rules. See the
                    > > <http://www.doi.gov/news/05_News_Releases/051116.htm>press release
                    from the
                    > > U.S. Department of Interior and see the
                    > >
                    <http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2005/November/Day-17/i22677.htm>publis
                    > > hed
                    > > rules on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site.
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
                    > >
                    > > Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) announced last week that it has
                    > > deployed its 40-kilowatt PowerBuoy wave energy converters off the
                    coasts of
                    > > both Hawaii and New Jersey. The Hawaii project is located
                    approximately 0.6
                    > > miles off the coast of Oahu, where the ocean depth is about 100 feet.
                    > > Installed under contract with the U.S. Navy, the device will be
                    monitored
                    > > in support of a proposed wave energy station. The New Jersey
                    project was
                    > > installed under a contract with the New Jersey Board of Public
                    Utilities,
                    > > in support of a proposed megawatt-scale wave energy plant. The
                    PowerBuoy
                    > > technology employs the bobbing motion of a buoy to drive an electrical
                    > > generator. See the OPT press release
                    > > (<http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/pdf/nov_3_05_power.pdf>PDF
                    95 KB)
                    > > and <http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/technology/>Web site.
                    > > <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
                    Adobe Reader.
                    > >
                    > > A company in Australia is also claiming success with its wave energy
                    > > device. Energetech announced in early November that a sea trial of its
                    > > device produced 20 percent more power than expected. Energetech uses a
                    > > "floating water column," a floating device with an enclosed air
                    space. When
                    > > waves pass the device, the rising and falling water level drives
                    air out
                    > > and then back into the airspace, driving a turbine to produce
                    power. See
                    > > the Energetech press release
                    > >
                    (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Mediaupdate_Nov2005.pdf>PDF 61
                    > > KB), report
                    > >
                    (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Results_PK_Wave_Energy_Trial.pdf>PD
                    > > F
                    > > 107 KB), and <http://www.energetech.com.au/content/tech.html>Web site.
                    > > []
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                    > >
                    > >
                    > > Site News
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>DOE Launches "EERE
                    > > Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
                    > >
                    > > The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has
                    > > launched a new free e-bulletin, the "EERE Progress Alerts," to
                    announce new
                    > > and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. EERE
                    Progress
                    > > Alerts will be sent via email and posted online as new
                    developments occur.
                    > > A recent bulletin, for instance, discusses DOE's use of renewable
                    energy
                    > > for 3 percent of its electricity needs, meeting DOE's goal, which was
                    > > higher than the 2.5 percent requirement set by executive order in
                    1999.
                    > > Another bulletin discusses a framework for offshore wind energy
                    development
                    > > that was recently developed with EERE's assistance. See the
                    > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>EERE Progress
                    Alerts Web
                    > > page.
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                    > > To accommodate current subscribers to this newsletter, EERE has also
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                    > >
                    > >
                    > > Energy Connections
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
                    > >
                    > > Businesses and consumers looking to save energy this winter should
                    heed the
                    > > energy-saving advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                    (EPA)
                    > > and the Consumers Energy Council of America (CECA). The EPA
                    recommends that
                    > > businesses measure their energy use and set a goal; inspect heating
                    > > equipment now and perform monthly maintenance; turn off heating
                    and cooling
                    > > equipment when not needed; get the building occupants involved in
                    saving
                    > > energy; and install improved lighting systems. See the
                    > >
                    <http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d9bf8d9315e942578525701c005e573c/593
                    > > f0e063cf574ff852570b9006b9a3b!OpenDocument>EPA
                    > > press release and additional information on the
                    > > <http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_winter>Energy
                    Star Web
                    > > site.
                    > >
                    > > CECA aimed its advice at consumers, and noted that several
                    low-cost items,
                    > > like a programmable thermostat or attic insulation, yield high
                    returns.
                    > > Upgrading a furnace or boiler that's more than 15 years old is
                    also a good
                    > > idea, says CECA, but upgrading newer furnaces would not be an
                    economical
                    > > investment. CECA also recommends against switching heating fuels,
                    but its
                    > > report only examined switching from oil heat to natural gas heat.
                    Other
                    > > options, such as a wood- or pellet-fired stove, may be a good
                    investment.
                    > > See the CECA press release
                    > >
                    (<http://www.cecarf.org/PressReleases/CECA%20heating%20study%20press%20release
                    > > %2011-1-05.pdf>PDF
                    > > 108 KB) and report
                    > >
                    (<http://www.cecarf.org/Publications/MiscPub/Smart%20Choices%20Heating%20Analy
                    > > sis.pdf>PDF
                    > > 622 KB).
                    <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
                    > > Adobe Reader.
                    > >
                    > > Need to learn more about energy-saving options for your home or
                    business?
                    > > Check out the <http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/>Consumer's
                    Guide to
                    > > Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on the Web site of DOE's
                    Office of
                    > > Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
                    > >
                    > > This newsletter is funded by DOE's
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                  • Robert Johnston
                    I wasn’t going to give this tempest in a teapot the time it takes to comment, but after this latest exchange I just want to remind everyone that Mike Ewert
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                      I wasn’t going to give this tempest in a teapot the time it takes to comment, but after this latest exchange I just want to remind everyone that Mike Ewert has done a great job as our president and promoter of renewable energy.  I feel that he deserves to be given the flexibility to make a decision on something this trivial without being called on the carpet for it.  Obviously, some members don’t want to be on the list, and some do, so Mike couldn’t please everyone.  I’m guessing he made his decision using the same logic I do when setting a thermostat—better too cold than too hot, as folks can always put on a sweater but there is a limit to what one can take off (modestly or not!).  So he opted to make the list an “opt in” for members rather than have everyone receive it without an opt-out option. 

                       

                      I think this is not worth getting excited about, and certainly not worth attacking each other and calling each other names.  HREG is having an impact.  Mike and others worked hard for the successful renewable energy home tour in Houston .  Attacking each other isn’t going to help us achieve our goals of learning from each other about renewable energy, and promoting that in our community.  We’ve also enjoyed the support of our professional members, vendors, etc.; I doubt they will take us seriously if we don’t treat each other with professionalism and respect. 

                       

                      While I personally was happy to receive the EERE News via the HREG mailing list, I can understand how some would see this as spam.  For what it is worth, I clicked the link Mike sent and subscribed.  It took me about 20 seconds, or far less time that it took to write this note.  I suggest that everyone who wants to subscribe click the link Mike sent and then let’s drop this subject.

                       

                      Peace,

                       

                      Robert Johnston

                       

                       


                      From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Clifford Cheadle
                      Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2005 8:47 AM
                      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject: RE: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News -- 11/23/05

                       

                      This is ridiculous.  One person didn't want to hit delete so now everyone has to go get on another list.  What a great energy saver.

                       

                      Good bye.  I went to the rounduo and thought that this type group had it's act together, I guess not.

                      Michael Ewert <mewert@...> wrote:

                      Jim,

                       

                      I agree with your assessment and I will ask Tom Gray to remove HREG from the mailing list.  For those of you who do want to get it directly, please do.  It is good information.

                       

                      Visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/subscribe.cfm

                       

                      Mike Ewert

                      HREG president

                      -----Original Message-----
                      From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim & Janet
                      Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2005 4:41 PM
                      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject: Re: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News -- 11/23/05

                       

                      I asked to be removed from receiving this newsletter a year or so ago. The reply I got back was that everyone on the HREG list gets it at once and my specific name could not be removed. I would have to un-subscribe from HREG.

                      Since anyone can go to the www site http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm and subscribe to EERE News on their own, perhaps the group could be dropped from automatically getting it (apparently several of us twice) and those who want to continue to receive it can easily do so.

                      Jim Duncan

                      ----- Original Message -----

                      From: blpasemann

                      Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2005 11:19 AM

                      Subject: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News -- 11/23/05

                       

                      I only get this here also and thanx for posting it.


                      --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, Monica Marsicek <mmarsicek@i...> wrote:
                      >
                      > Please don¹t forward this to everyone, I already get it.  Thanks!
                      >
                      > Monica
                      >
                      >
                      > On 11/23/05 12:53 PM, "EERE Network News   (by way of Tom Gray
                      > <tomgray@i...>)" <tomgray@i...> wrote:
                      >
                      > >
                      > > []
                      > >
                      > > []
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > 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:
                      > >
                      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm>www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > November 23, 2005
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > News and Events
                      > >
                      > >     * DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
                      > >     * DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
                      > >     * Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
                      > >     * Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
                      > >     * Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
                      > >     * New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > Site News
                      > >
                      > >     * DOE Launches "EERE Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > Energy Connections
                      > >
                      > >     * EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
                      > > []
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > News and Events
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
                      > >
                      > > DOE announced last week that it will set schedules for all appliance
                      > > rulemaking activities no later than January 31st, 2006. DOE held a
                      public
                      > > meeting on November 15th to invite comments on standards
                      scheduling issues,
                      > > and will develop its schedule after considering those comments. As
                      required
                      > > by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), DOE's plan and
                      rulemaking
                      > > schedules will be reported to Congress by February 8th, 2006. See the
                      > >
                      <http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do?PUBLIC_ID=19189&BT_CODE=PR_PRESSRELEA
                      > > SES&TT_CODE=PRESSRELEASE>DOE
                      > > press release.
                      > >
                      > > On October 18th, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance
                      > > standards prescribed by EPACT 2005. Currently, DOE is working on
                      another
                      > > "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures
                      specified
                      > > by EPACT 2005. DOE is also continuing progress on previous
                      high-priority
                      > > rulemakings, including new standards for distribution transformers,
                      > > residential furnaces, and boilers. The rulemakings are managed by the
                      > >
                      <http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/>Appliances and
                      > > Commercial Equipment Standards Program, part of the DOE Office of
                      Energy
                      > > Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
                      > >
                      > > DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) have compiled Web-based
                      > > information on how consumers can reduce their federal income taxes
                      in 2006
                      > > and 2007 by making their homes more energy efficient and purchasing
                      > > fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005,
                      consumers can
                      > > save up to $500 in taxes in 2006 and 2007 by installing certain
                      > > energy-efficiency upgrades to existing homes. In addition,
                      consumers and
                      > > businesses can save up to $3,400 on taxes by buying energy-efficient
                      > > hybrid-electric or diesel vehicles. Although the Internal Revenue
                      Service
                      > > (IRS) has not yet issued specific guidance for consumers on how to
                      claim
                      > > the income tax credits, the ASE Web pages offer the latest information
                      > > based on the new energy law. The Web pages will be updated on a
                      continuing
                      > > basis as the IRS makes new details available. See the
                      > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2670>ASE press release and
                      > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2654>Web page.
                      > >
                      > > DOE and ASE are also part of the Tax Incentives Assistance Project
                      (TIAP),
                      > > which has launched a separate Web site to give consumers and
                      businesses
                      > > additional information about tax incentives for energy efficiency
                      products
                      > > and technologies. TIAP is sponsored by a coalition of public interest
                      > > nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the
                      > > energy efficiency field. See the
                      > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2686>ASE press release and the
                      > > <http://www.energytaxincentives.org/>TIAP Web site.
                      > >
                      > > States may also offer tax incentives and funds for energy efficiency
                      > > improvements, which can usually be combined with federal tax
                      credits to
                      > > yield significant savings. ASE's new State Energy Efficiency Index
                      can help
                      > > consumers and businesses find out about the energy efficiency
                      policies in
                      > > their state. In addition to tax credits and funds, the site lists
                      appliance
                      > > standards, building codes, transportation initiatives, other relevant
                      > > legislation, and cap and trade programs for air emissions. See the
                      ASE's
                      > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2356>State Energy
                      Efficiency Index.
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
                      > >
                      > > []
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > Photo of an industrial scene with an SUV chassis being carried
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > Workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant are building the new Mercury
                      > > Mariner Hybrid at normal production speed.
                      > > Credit: Ford Motor Company
                      > >
                      > > Ford Motor Company announced last week that it has started full-scale
                      > > production of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid at its Kansas City
                      Assembly Plant
                      > > in Missouri . Initial production started in October, and the
                      vehicles are
                      > > starting to arrive in dealer showrooms, according to Ford. The
                      Kansas City
                      > > plant now produces two hybrid vehicles: the Ford Escape Hybrid and the
                      > > Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The plant accommodates the installation of the
                      > > hybrid components­including a temperature management unit,
                      electric battery
                      > > pack, in-dash electrical outlet, regenerative braking system,
                      power cables,
                      > > electronic power assist steering, DC-to-DC converter, Atkinson-cycle
                      > > engine, and an electronically controlled continuously variable
                      > > transmission­at normal production line speed. See the
                      > > <http://media.ford.com/newsroom/feature_display.cfm?release=22021>Ford
                      > > press release.
                      > >
                      > > According to the
                      <http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/marinerhybrid/>Mercury
                      > > Mariner Hybrid Web site, Ford is offering the 2006 model at a
                      > > manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,840, about
                      $4,200 more
                      > > than a four-wheel-drive Mercury Mariner with similar options. The
                      hybrid
                      > > version achieves 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard
                      version
                      > > in city driving­33 miles per gallon (mpg) versus 22 mpg­and 11.5
                      percent
                      > > better fuel economy in highway driving (29 mpg vs. 26 mpg). That's
                      a 30
                      > > percent improvement overall, based on combined city and highway fuel
                      > > economies (31.1 mpg vs. 23.6 mpg).
                      > >
                      > > The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in early November
                      that Ford's
                      > > two hybrid vehicles are eligible for a federal tax deduction of up to
                      > > $2,000. The deduction also applies to hybrids manufactured by Lexus,
                      > > Toyota , and Honda. See the
                      > > <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=150594,00.html>IRS
                      press release
                      > > and <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=104549,00.html>list of
                      > > eligible vehicles.
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
                      > >
                      > > Only eight months after breaking ground, Ormat Nevada Inc. has
                      commissioned
                      > > a new 20-megawatt geothermal power plant in Nevada . According to
                      Ormat, the
                      > > plant is the first geothermal facility built in the state under
                      Nevada's
                      > > renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation, which set minimum
                      > > requirements for the generation of electricity from renewable energy
                      > > sources. See the <http://www.ormat.com/news_091.htm>Ormat press
                      release.
                      > >
                      > > Another company working to develop Nevada 's geothermal sources is
                      Nevada
                      > > Geothermal Power, Inc. The company has been drilling geothermal
                      wells at
                      > > its site in Pumpernickel Valley , about 30 miles east of Winnemucca in
                      > > north-central Nevada . As of last week, the company had completed
                      four wells
                      > > with partial funding from DOE. Although the hottest well produced
                      > > temperatures of only 178 degrees Fahrenheit, the company plans to
                      extend
                      > > that well deeper into the geothermal resource next year. The
                      company is
                      > > also negotiating with Nevada utilities on a power contract for its
                      proposed
                      > > 30-megawatt Blue Mountain Geothermal Project, to be located west of
                      > > Winnemucca. The company is seeking permits to drill seven
                      production wells
                      > > at the site. See the
                      > >
                      <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=121257&_Type=News&_Title=
                      > >
                      Blue-Mountain-Power-Proposal-Selected-as-Tier-1-to-be-Evaluated-by-Sierra-P...
                      > > >November
                      > > 2nd and
                      > >
                      <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=122263&_Type=News&_Title=
                      > >
                      Completes-Phase-I-Drill-Program-at-Pumpernickel-Geothermal-Project>November
                      > > 15th press releases from Nevada Geothermal Power.
                      > >
                      > > Renewable energy goals are also driving a new $200 million project
                      to boost
                      > > power transmission from California 's Imperial Valley to Los
                      Angeles. The
                      > > "Green Path Project" will upgrade existing transmission lines and
                      create
                      > > new interconnection points, allowing greater access to geothermal
                      energy
                      > > and other renewable energy sources. According to the Los Angeles
                      Department
                      > > of Water and Power (LADWP), the project will benefit residents and
                      > > businesses in Los Angeles , Imperial, San Diego , and Riverside
                      Counties. See
                      > > the <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp007429.jsp>LADWP press
                      release.
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
                      > >
                      > > []
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > Photo of water streaming from a wide, low hydropower dam. A fis
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > The new federal rules for licensing hydropower plants offer new
                      channels to
                      > > resolve disputes.
                      > > Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                      > >
                      > > The departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture
                      announced last
                      > > week new Interim Final Rules for licensing hydropower projects while
                      > > protecting threatened and endangered fish species, water quality, and
                      > > federal and tribal resources. The rules are mandated by the Energy
                      Policy
                      > > Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and mark the first time that the three
                      departments
                      > > have established joint procedures for dispute resolution regarding
                      > > hydropower licensing. The new licensing process remains open to
                      license
                      > > applicants and other parties, including tribes, states, other
                      governmental
                      > > units, and nongovernmental organizations, such as environmental
                      groups.
                      > >
                      > > The rules enable hydropower license applicants and other parties
                      to request
                      > > trial-type hearings on disputed issues of material fact, such as
                      whether
                      > > fish were historically present in a river, during which the
                      parties will be
                      > > able to present evidence and question witnesses. The rules also allow
                      > > applicants and other parties to submit alternative conditions or
                      > > prescriptions for consideration by the respective federal departments,
                      > > which will accept them unless the federal department makes specific
                      > > findings as to why they cannot. For instance, a utility applicant
                      might
                      > > propose ways to lower its costs while still protecting critical
                      resources.
                      > >
                      > > As mandated by EPACT 2005, the new rules are now in effect and
                      apply to all
                      > > current and future license proceedings. They were published in the
                      Federal
                      > > Register on November 17th, and the public will have 60 days to
                      review and
                      > > submit comments, which could result in revised Final Rules. See the
                      > > <http://www.doi.gov/news/05_News_Releases/051116.htm>press release
                      from the
                      > > U.S. Department of Interior and see the
                      > >
                      <http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2005/November/Day-17/i22677.htm>publis
                      > > hed
                      > > rules on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site.
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
                      > >
                      > > Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) announced last week that it has
                      > > deployed its 40-kilowatt PowerBuoy wave energy converters off the
                      coasts of
                      > > both Hawaii and New Jersey . The Hawaii project is located
                      approximately 0.6
                      > > miles off the coast of Oahu , where the ocean depth is about 100 feet.
                      > > Installed under contract with the U.S. Navy, the device will be
                      monitored
                      > > in support of a proposed wave energy station. The New Jersey
                      project was
                      > > installed under a contract with the New Jersey Board of Public
                      Utilities,
                      > > in support of a proposed megawatt-scale wave energy plant. The
                      PowerBuoy
                      > > technology employs the bobbing motion of a buoy to drive an electrical
                      > > generator. See the OPT press release
                      > > (<http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/pdf/nov_3_05_power.pdf>PDF
                      95 KB)
                      > > and <http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/technology/>Web site.
                      > > <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
                      Adobe Reader.
                      > >
                      > > A company in Australia is also claiming success with its wave energy
                      > > device. Energetech announced in early November that a sea trial of its
                      > > device produced 20 percent more power than expected. Energetech uses a
                      > > "floating water column," a floating device with an enclosed air
                      space. When
                      > > waves pass the device, the rising and falling water level drives
                      air out
                      > > and then back into the airspace, driving a turbine to produce
                      power. See
                      > > the Energetech press release
                      > >
                      (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Mediaupdate_Nov2005.pdf>PDF 61
                      > > KB), report
                      > >
                      (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Results_PK_Wave_Energy_Trial.pdf>PD
                      > > F
                      > > 107 KB), and <http://www.energetech.com.au/content/tech.html>Web site.
                      > > []
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > Site News
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>DOE Launches "EERE
                      > > Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
                      > >
                      > > The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has
                      > > launched a new free e-bulletin, the "EERE Progress Alerts," to
                      announce new
                      > > and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. EERE
                      Progress
                      > > Alerts will be sent via email and posted online as new
                      developments occur.
                      > > A recent bulletin, for instance, discusses DOE's use of renewable
                      energy
                      > > for 3 percent of its electricity needs, meeting DOE's goal, which was
                      > > higher than the 2.5 percent requirement set by executive order in
                      1999.
                      > > Another bulletin discusses a framework for offshore wind energy
                      development
                      > > that was recently developed with EERE's assistance. See the
                      > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>EERE Progress
                      Alerts Web
                      > > page.
                      > >
                      > > To accommodate current subscribers to this newsletter, EERE has also
                      > > launched a new "Change My Subscription" page, which allows current
                      > > subscribers to easily add a subscription to the EERE Progress Alerts,
                      > > update their email address, or unsubscribe. See the new
                      > > "<http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/change_subscription.cfm>Change My
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                      > >
                      > >
                      > > Energy Connections
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
                      > >
                      > > Businesses and consumers looking to save energy this winter should
                      heed the
                      > > energy-saving advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                      (EPA)
                      > > and the Consumers Energy Council of America (CECA). The EPA
                      recommends that
                      > > businesses measure their energy use and set a goal; inspect heating
                      > > equipment now and perform monthly maintenance; turn off heating
                      and cooling
                      > > equipment when not needed; get the building occupants involved in
                      saving
                      > > energy; and install improved lighting systems. See the
                      > >
                      <http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d9bf8d9315e942578525701c005e573c/593
                      > > f0e063cf574ff852570b9006b9a3b!OpenDocument>EPA
                      > > press release and additional information on the
                      > > <http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_winter>Energy
                      Star Web
                      > > site.
                      > >
                      > > CECA aimed its advice at consumers, and noted that several
                      low-cost items,
                      > > like a programmable thermostat or attic insulation, yield high
                      returns.
                      > > Upgrading a furnace or boiler that's more than 15 years old is
                      also a good
                      > > idea, says CECA, but upgrading newer furnaces would not be an
                      economical
                      > > investment. CECA also recommends against switching heating fuels,
                      but its
                      > > report only examined switching from oil heat to natural gas heat.
                      Other
                      > > options, such as a wood- or pellet-fired stove, may be a good
                      investment.
                      > > See the CECA press release
                      > >
                      (<http://www.cecarf.org/PressReleases/CECA%20heating%20study%20press%20release
                      > > %2011-1-05.pdf>PDF
                      > > 108 KB) and report
                      > >
                      (<http://www.cecarf.org/Publications/MiscPub/Smart%20Choices%20Heating%20Analy
                      > > sis.pdf>PDF
                      > > 622 KB).
                      <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
                      > > Adobe Reader.
                      > >
                      > > Need to learn more about energy-saving options for your home or
                      business?
                      > > Check out the <http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/>Consumer's
                      Guide to
                      > > Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on the Web site of DOE's
                      Office of
                      > > Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
                      > >
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                    • LaVerne Williams
                      Well said Robert. I concur with everything you said. Thanks for saying it….and thanks to Mike Ewert for all the work I know he is doing behind the scenes.
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                        Well said Robert.  I concur with everything you said.  Thanks for saying it….and thanks to Mike Ewert for all the work I know he is doing behind the scenes.

                         

                        LaVerne

                         


                        From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto: hreg@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Robert Johnston
                        Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2005 10:26 AM
                        To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                        Subject: RE: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News -- PEACE!

                         

                        I wasn’t going to give this tempest in a teapot the time it takes to comment, but after this latest exchange I just want to remind everyone that Mike Ewert has done a great job as our president and promoter of renewable energy.  I feel that he deserves to be given the flexibility to make a decision on something this trivial without being called on the carpet for it.  Obviously, some members don’t want to be on the list, and some do, so Mike couldn’t please everyone.  I’m guessing he made his decision using the same logic I do when setting a thermostat—better too cold than too hot, as folks can always put on a sweater but there is a limit to what one can take off (modestly or not!).  So he opted to make the list an “opt in” for members rather than have everyone receive it without an opt-out option. 

                         

                        I think this is not worth getting excited about, and certainly not worth attacking each other and calling each other names.  HREG is having an impact.  Mike and others worked hard for the successful renewable energy home tour in Houston .  Attacking each other isn’t going to help us achieve our goals of learning from each other about renewable energy, and promoting that in our community.  We’ve also enjoyed the support of our professional members, vendors, etc.; I doubt they will take us seriously if we don’t treat each other with professionalism and respect. 

                         

                        While I personally was happy to receive the EERE News via the HREG mailing list, I can understand how some would see this as spam.  For what it is worth, I clicked the link Mike sent and subscribed.  It took me about 20 seconds, or far less time that it took to write this note.  I suggest that everyone who wants to subscribe click the link Mike sent and then let’s drop this subject.

                         

                        Peace,

                         

                        Robert Johnston

                         

                         


                        From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto: hreg@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Clifford Cheadle
                        Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2005 8:47 AM
                        To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                        Subject: RE: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News -- 11/23/05

                         

                        This is ridiculous.  One person didn't want to hit delete so now everyone has to go get on another list.  What a great energy saver.

                         

                        Good bye.  I went to the rounduo and thought that this type group had it's act together, I guess not.

                        Michael Ewert <mewert@...> wrote:

                        Jim,

                         

                        I agree with your assessment and I will ask Tom Gray to remove HREG from the mailing list.  For those of you who do want to get it directly, please do.  It is good information.

                         

                        Visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/subscribe.cfm

                         

                        Mike Ewert

                        HREG president

                        -----Original Message-----
                        From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto: hreg@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Jim & Janet
                        Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2005 4:41 PM
                        To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                        Subject: Re: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News -- 11/23/05

                         

                        I asked to be removed from receiving this newsletter a year or so ago. The reply I got back was that everyone on the HREG list gets it at once and my specific name could not be removed. I would have to un-subscribe from HREG.

                        Since anyone can go to the www site http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm and subscribe to EERE News on their own, perhaps the group could be dropped from automatically getting it (apparently several of us twice) and those who want to continue to receive it can easily do so.

                        Jim Duncan

                        ----- Original Message -----

                        From: blpasemann

                        Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2005 11:19 AM

                        Subject: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News -- 11/23/05

                         

                        I only get this here also and thanx for posting it.


                        --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, Monica Marsicek <mmarsicek@i...> wrote:
                        >
                        > Please don¹t forward this to everyone, I already get it.  Thanks!
                        >
                        > Monica
                        >
                        >
                        > On 11/23/05 12:53 PM, "EERE Network News   (by way of Tom Gray
                        > <tomgray@i...>)" <tomgray@i...> wrote:
                        >
                        > >
                        > > []
                        > >
                        > > []
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > 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:
                        > >
                        <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm>www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > November 23, 2005
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > News and Events
                        > >
                        > >     * DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
                        > >     * DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
                        > >     * Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
                        > >     * Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
                        > >     * Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
                        > >     * New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Site News
                        > >
                        > >     * DOE Launches "EERE Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Energy Connections
                        > >
                        > >     * EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
                        > > []
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > News and Events
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
                        > >
                        > > DOE announced last week that it will set schedules for all appliance
                        > > rulemaking activities no later than January 31st, 2006. DOE held a
                        public
                        > > meeting on November 15th to invite comments on standards
                        scheduling issues,
                        > > and will develop its schedule after considering those comments. As
                        required
                        > > by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), DOE's plan and
                        rulemaking
                        > > schedules will be reported to Congress by February 8th, 2006. See the
                        > >
                        <http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do?PUBLIC_ID=19189&BT_CODE=PR_PRESSRELEA
                        > > SES&TT_CODE=PRESSRELEASE>DOE
                        > > press release.
                        > >
                        > > On October 18th, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance
                        > > standards prescribed by EPACT 2005. Currently, DOE is working on
                        another
                        > > "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures
                        specified
                        > > by EPACT 2005. DOE is also continuing progress on previous
                        high-priority
                        > > rulemakings, including new standards for distribution transformers,
                        > > residential furnaces, and boilers. The rulemakings are managed by the
                        > >
                        <http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/>Appliances and
                        > > Commercial Equipment Standards Program, part of the DOE Office of
                        Energy
                        > > Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
                        > >
                        > > DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) have compiled Web-based
                        > > information on how consumers can reduce their federal income taxes
                        in 2006
                        > > and 2007 by making their homes more energy efficient and purchasing
                        > > fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005,
                        consumers can
                        > > save up to $500 in taxes in 2006 and 2007 by installing certain
                        > > energy-efficiency upgrades to existing homes. In addition,
                        consumers and
                        > > businesses can save up to $3,400 on taxes by buying energy-efficient
                        > > hybrid-electric or diesel vehicles. Although the Internal Revenue
                        Service
                        > > (IRS) has not yet issued specific guidance for consumers on how to
                        claim
                        > > the income tax credits, the ASE Web pages offer the latest information
                        > > based on the new energy law. The Web pages will be updated on a
                        continuing
                        > > basis as the IRS makes new details available. See the
                        > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2670>ASE press release and
                        > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2654>Web page.
                        > >
                        > > DOE and ASE are also part of the Tax Incentives Assistance Project
                        (TIAP),
                        > > which has launched a separate Web site to give consumers and
                        businesses
                        > > additional information about tax incentives for energy efficiency
                        products
                        > > and technologies. TIAP is sponsored by a coalition of public interest
                        > > nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the
                        > > energy efficiency field. See the
                        > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2686>ASE press release and the
                        > > <http://www.energytaxincentives.org/>TIAP Web site.
                        > >
                        > > States may also offer tax incentives and funds for energy efficiency
                        > > improvements, which can usually be combined with federal tax
                        credits to
                        > > yield significant savings. ASE's new State Energy Efficiency Index
                        can help
                        > > consumers and businesses find out about the energy efficiency
                        policies in
                        > > their state. In addition to tax credits and funds, the site lists
                        appliance
                        > > standards, building codes, transportation initiatives, other relevant
                        > > legislation, and cap and trade programs for air emissions. See the
                        ASE's
                        > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2356>State Energy
                        Efficiency Index.
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
                        > >
                        > > []
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Photo of an industrial scene with an SUV chassis being carried
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant are building the new Mercury
                        > > Mariner Hybrid at normal production speed.
                        > > Credit: Ford Motor Company
                        > >
                        > > Ford Motor Company announced last week that it has started full-scale
                        > > production of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid at its Kansas City
                        Assembly Plant
                        > > in Missouri . Initial production started in October, and the
                        vehicles are
                        > > starting to arrive in dealer showrooms, according to Ford. The
                        Kansas City
                        > > plant now produces two hybrid vehicles: the Ford Escape Hybrid and the
                        > > Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The plant accommodates the installation of the
                        > > hybrid components­including a temperature management unit,
                        electric battery
                        > > pack, in-dash electrical outlet, regenerative braking system,
                        power cables,
                        > > electronic power assist steering, DC-to-DC converter, Atkinson-cycle
                        > > engine, and an electronically controlled continuously variable
                        > > transmission­at normal production line speed. See the
                        > > <http://media.ford.com/newsroom/feature_display.cfm?release=22021>Ford
                        > > press release.
                        > >
                        > > According to the
                        <http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/marinerhybrid/>Mercury
                        > > Mariner Hybrid Web site, Ford is offering the 2006 model at a
                        > > manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,840, about
                        $4,200 more
                        > > than a four-wheel-drive Mercury Mariner with similar options. The
                        hybrid
                        > > version achieves 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard
                        version
                        > > in city driving­33 miles per gallon (mpg) versus 22 mpg­and 11.5
                        percent
                        > > better fuel economy in highway driving (29 mpg vs. 26 mpg). That's
                        a 30
                        > > percent improvement overall, based on combined city and highway fuel
                        > > economies (31.1 mpg vs. 23.6 mpg).
                        > >
                        > > The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in early November
                        that Ford's
                        > > two hybrid vehicles are eligible for a federal tax deduction of up to
                        > > $2,000. The deduction also applies to hybrids manufactured by Lexus,
                        > > Toyota , and Honda. See the
                        > > <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=150594,00.html>IRS
                        press release
                        > > and <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=104549,00.html>list of
                        > > eligible vehicles.
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
                        > >
                        > > Only eight months after breaking ground, Ormat Nevada Inc. has
                        commissioned
                        > > a new 20-megawatt geothermal power plant in Nevada . According to
                        Ormat, the
                        > > plant is the first geothermal facility built in the state under
                        Nevada's
                        > > renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation, which set minimum
                        > > requirements for the generation of electricity from renewable energy
                        > > sources. See the <http://www.ormat.com/news_091.htm>Ormat press
                        release.
                        > >
                        > > Another company working to develop Nevada 's geothermal sources is
                        Nevada
                        > > Geothermal Power, Inc. The company has been drilling geothermal
                        wells at
                        > > its site in Pumpernickel Valley , about 30 miles east of Winnemucca in
                        > > north-central Nevada . As of last week, the company had completed
                        four wells
                        > > with partial funding from DOE. Although the hottest well produced
                        > > temperatures of only 178 degrees Fahrenheit, the company plans to
                        extend
                        > > that well deeper into the geothermal resource next year. The
                        company is
                        > > also negotiating with Nevada utilities on a power contract for its
                        proposed
                        > > 30-megawatt Blue Mountain Geothermal Project, to be located west of
                        > > Winnemucca. The company is seeking permits to drill seven
                        production wells
                        > > at the site. See the
                        > >
                        <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=121257&_Type=News&_Title=
                        > >
                        Blue-Mountain-Power-Proposal-Selected-as-Tier-1-to-be-Evaluated-by-Sierra-P...
                        > > >November
                        > > 2nd and
                        > >
                        <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=122263&_Type=News&_Title=
                        > >
                        Completes-Phase-I-Drill-Program-at-Pumpernickel-Geothermal-Project>November
                        > > 15th press releases from Nevada Geothermal Power.
                        > >
                        > > Renewable energy goals are also driving a new $200 million project
                        to boost
                        > > power transmission from California 's Imperial Valley to Los
                        Angeles. The
                        > > "Green Path Project" will upgrade existing transmission lines and
                        create
                        > > new interconnection points, allowing greater access to geothermal
                        energy
                        > > and other renewable energy sources. According to the Los Angeles
                        Department
                        > > of Water and Power (LADWP), the project will benefit residents and
                        > > businesses in Los Angeles , Imperial, San Diego , and Riverside
                        Counties. See
                        > > the <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp007429.jsp>LADWP press
                        release.
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
                        > >
                        > > []
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Photo of water streaming from a wide, low hydropower dam. A fis
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > The new federal rules for licensing hydropower plants offer new
                        channels to
                        > > resolve disputes.
                        > > Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                        > >
                        > > The departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture
                        announced last
                        > > week new Interim Final Rules for licensing hydropower projects while
                        > > protecting threatened and endangered fish species, water quality, and
                        > > federal and tribal resources. The rules are mandated by the Energy
                        Policy
                        > > Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and mark the first time that the three
                        departments
                        > > have established joint procedures for dispute resolution regarding
                        > > hydropower licensing. The new licensing process remains open to
                        license
                        > > applicants and other parties, including tribes, states, other
                        governmental
                        > > units, and nongovernmental organizations, such as environmental
                        groups.
                        > >
                        > > The rules enable hydropower license applicants and other parties
                        to request
                        > > trial-type hearings on disputed issues of material fact, such as
                        whether
                        > > fish were historically present in a river, during which the
                        parties will be
                        > > able to present evidence and question witnesses. The rules also allow
                        > > applicants and other parties to submit alternative conditions or
                        > > prescriptions for consideration by the respective federal departments,
                        > > which will accept them unless the federal department makes specific
                        > > findings as to why they cannot. For instance, a utility applicant
                        might
                        > > propose ways to lower its costs while still protecting critical
                        resources.
                        > >
                        > > As mandated by EPACT 2005, the new rules are now in effect and
                        apply to all
                        > > current and future license proceedings. They were published in the
                        Federal
                        > > Register on November 17th, and the public will have 60 days to
                        review and
                        > > submit comments, which could result in revised Final Rules. See the
                        > > <http://www.doi.gov/news/05_News_Releases/051116.htm>press release
                        from the
                        > > U.S. Department of Interior and see the
                        > >
                        <http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2005/November/Day-17/i22677.htm>publis
                        > > hed
                        > > rules on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site.
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
                        > >
                        > > Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) announced last week that it has
                        > > deployed its 40-kilowatt PowerBuoy wave energy converters off the
                        coasts of
                        > > both Hawaii and New Jersey . The Hawaii project is located
                        approximately 0.6
                        > > miles off the coast of Oahu , where the ocean depth is about 100 feet.
                        > > Installed under contract with the U.S. Navy, the device will be
                        monitored
                        > > in support of a proposed wave energy station. The New Jersey
                        project was
                        > > installed under a contract with the New Jersey Board of Public
                        Utilities,
                        > > in support of a proposed megawatt-scale wave energy plant. The
                        PowerBuoy
                        > > technology employs the bobbing motion of a buoy to drive an electrical
                        > > generator. See the OPT press release
                        > > (<http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/pdf/nov_3_05_power.pdf>PDF
                        95 KB)
                        > > and <http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/technology/>Web site.
                        > > <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
                        Adobe Reader.
                        > >
                        > > A company in Australia is also claiming success with its wave energy
                        > > device. Energetech announced in early November that a sea trial of its
                        > > device produced 20 percent more power than expected. Energetech uses a
                        > > "floating water column," a floating device with an enclosed air
                        space. When
                        > > waves pass the device, the rising and falling water level drives
                        air out
                        > > and then back into the airspace, driving a turbine to produce
                        power. See
                        > > the Energetech press release
                        > >
                        (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Mediaupdate_Nov2005.pdf>PDF 61
                        > > KB), report
                        > >
                        (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Results_PK_Wave_Energy_Trial.pdf>PD
                        > > F
                        > > 107 KB), and <http://www.energetech.com.au/content/tech.html>Web site.
                        > > []
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Site News
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>DOE Launches "EERE
                        > > Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
                        > >
                        > > The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has
                        > > launched a new free e-bulletin, the "EERE Progress Alerts," to
                        announce new
                        > > and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. EERE
                        Progress
                        > > Alerts will be sent via email and posted online as new
                        developments occur.
                        > > A recent bulletin, for instance, discusses DOE's use of renewable
                        energy
                        > > for 3 percent of its electricity needs, meeting DOE's goal, which was
                        > > higher than the 2.5 percent requirement set by executive order in
                        1999.
                        > > Another bulletin discusses a framework for offshore wind energy
                        development
                        > > that was recently developed with EERE's assistance. See the
                        > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>EERE Progress
                        Alerts Web
                        > > page.
                        > >
                        > > To accommodate current subscribers to this newsletter, EERE has also
                        > > launched a new "Change My Subscription" page, which allows current
                        > > subscribers to easily add a subscription to the EERE Progress Alerts,
                        > > update their email address, or unsubscribe. See the new
                        > > "<http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/change_subscription.cfm>Change My
                        > > Subscription" Web page.
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Energy Connections
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
                        > >
                        > > Businesses and consumers looking to save energy this winter should
                        heed the
                        > > energy-saving advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                        (EPA)
                        > > and the Consumers Energy Council of America (CECA). The EPA
                        recommends that
                        > > businesses measure their energy use and set a goal; inspect heating
                        > > equipment now and perform monthly maintenance; turn off heating
                        and cooling
                        > > equipment when not needed; get the building occupants involved in
                        saving
                        > > energy; and install improved lighting systems. See the
                        > >
                        <http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d9bf8d9315e942578525701c005e573c/593
                        > > f0e063cf574ff852570b9006b9a3b!OpenDocument>EPA
                        > > press release and additional information on the
                        > > <http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_winter>Energy
                        Star Web
                        > > site.
                        > >
                        > > CECA aimed its advice at consumers, and noted that several
                        low-cost items,
                        > > like a programmable thermostat or attic insulation, yield high
                        returns.
                        > > Upgrading a furnace or boiler that's more than 15 years old is
                        also a good
                        > > idea, says CECA, but upgrading newer furnaces would not be an
                        economical
                        > > investment. CECA also recommends against switching heating fuels,
                        but its
                        > > report only examined switching from oil heat to natural gas heat.
                        Other
                        > > options, such as a wood- or pellet-fired stove, may be a good
                        investment.
                        > > See the CECA press release
                        > >
                        (<http://www.cecarf.org/PressReleases/CECA%20heating%20study%20press%20release

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                      • JOHN GARDNER
                        Mike, Thanks for sending the link to EERE. I have now subscribed as I think this is one of the best news resources we have. Thanks again, John Gardner Michael
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                          Mike,
                          Thanks for sending the link to EERE. I have now subscribed as I think this is one of the best news resources we have.
                          Thanks again,
                          John Gardner

                          Michael Ewert <mewert@...> wrote:

                          Jim,

                           

                          I agree with your assessment and I will ask Tom Gray to remove HREG from the mailing list.  For those of you who do want to get it directly, please do.  It is good information.

                           

                          Visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/subscribe.cfm

                           

                          Mike Ewert

                          HREG president

                          -----Original Message-----
                          From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim & Janet
                          Sent:
                          Saturday, November 26, 2005 4:41 PM
                          To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                          Subject: Re: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News --
                          11/23/05

                           

                          I asked to be removed from receiving this newsletter a year or so ago. The reply I got back was that everyone on the HREG list gets it at once and my specific name could not be removed. I would have to un-subscribe from HREG.

                          Since anyone can go to the www site http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm and subscribe to EERE News on their own, perhaps the group could be dropped from automatically getting it (apparently several of us twice) and those who want to continue to receive it can easily do so.

                          Jim Duncan

                          ----- Original Message -----

                          From: blpasemann

                          Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2005 11:19 AM

                          Subject: [hreg] Re: EERE Network News -- 11/23/05

                           

                          I only get this here also and thanx for posting it.


                          --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, Monica Marsicek <mmarsicek@i...> wrote:
                          >
                          > Please don¹t forward this to everyone, I already get it.  Thanks!
                          >
                          > Monica
                          >
                          >
                          > On 11/23/05 12:53 PM, "EERE Network News   (by way of Tom Gray
                          > <tomgray@i...>)" <tomgray@i...> wrote:
                          >
                          > >
                          > > []
                          > >
                          > > []
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > 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:
                          > >
                          <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm>www.eere.energy.gov/news/enn.cfm
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > November 23, 2005
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > News and Events
                          > >
                          > >     * DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
                          > >     * DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
                          > >     * Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
                          > >     * Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
                          > >     * Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
                          > >     * New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > Site News
                          > >
                          > >     * DOE Launches "EERE Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > Energy Connections
                          > >
                          > >     * EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
                          > > []
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > News and Events
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006
                          > >
                          > > DOE announced last week that it will set schedules for all appliance
                          > > rulemaking activities no later than January 31st, 2006. DOE held a
                          public
                          > > meeting on November 15th to invite comments on standards
                          scheduling issues,
                          > > and will develop its schedule after considering those comments. As
                          required
                          > > by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), DOE's plan and
                          rulemaking
                          > > schedules will be reported to Congress by February 8th, 2006. See the
                          > >
                          <http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do?PUBLIC_ID=19189&BT_CODE=PR_PRESSRELEA
                          > > SES&TT_CODE=PRESSRELEASE>DOE
                          > > press release.
                          > >
                          > > On October 18th, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance
                          > > standards prescribed by EPACT 2005. Currently, DOE is working on
                          another
                          > > "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures
                          specified
                          > > by EPACT 2005. DOE is also continuing progress on previous
                          high-priority
                          > > rulemakings, including new standards for distribution transformers,
                          > > residential furnaces, and boilers. The rulemakings are managed by the
                          > >
                          <http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/>Appliances and
                          > > Commercial Equipment Standards Program, part of the DOE Office of
                          Energy
                          > > Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > DOE, ASE Provide Information on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
                          > >
                          > > DOE and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) have compiled Web-based
                          > > information on how consumers can reduce their federal income taxes
                          in 2006
                          > > and 2007 by making their homes more energy efficient and purchasing
                          > > fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005,
                          consumers can
                          > > save up to $500 in taxes in 2006 and 2007 by installing certain
                          > > energy-efficiency upgrades to existing homes. In addition,
                          consumers and
                          > > businesses can save up to $3,400 on taxes by buying energy-efficient
                          > > hybrid-electric or diesel vehicles. Although the Internal Revenue
                          Service
                          > > (IRS) has not yet issued specific guidance for consumers on how to
                          claim
                          > > the income tax credits, the ASE Web pages offer the latest information
                          > > based on the new energy law. The Web pages will be updated on a
                          continuing
                          > > basis as the IRS makes new details available. See the
                          > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2670>ASE press release and
                          > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2654>Web page.
                          > >
                          > > DOE and ASE are also part of the Tax Incentives Assistance Project
                          (TIAP),
                          > > which has launched a separate Web site to give consumers and
                          businesses
                          > > additional information about tax incentives for energy efficiency
                          products
                          > > and technologies. TIAP is sponsored by a coalition of public interest
                          > > nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the
                          > > energy efficiency field. See the
                          > > <http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2686>ASE press release and the
                          > > <http://www.energytaxincentives.org/>TIAP Web site.
                          > >
                          > > States may also offer tax incentives and funds for energy efficiency
                          > > improvements, which can usually be combined with federal tax
                          credits to
                          > > yield significant savings. ASE's new State Energy Efficiency Index
                          can help
                          > > consumers and businesses find out about the energy efficiency
                          policies in
                          > > their state. In addition to tax credits and funds, the site lists
                          appliance
                          > > standards, building codes, transportation initiatives, other relevant
                          > > legislation, and cap and trade programs for air emissions. See the
                          ASE's
                          > > <http://www.ase.org/content/article/detail/2356>State Energy
                          Efficiency Index.
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > Ford Begins Full-Scale Production of Mercury Mariner Hybrid
                          > >
                          > > []
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > Photo of an industrial scene with an SUV chassis being carried
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > Workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant are building the new Mercury
                          > > Mariner Hybrid at normal production speed.
                          > > Credit: Ford Motor Company
                          > >
                          > > Ford Motor Company announced last week that it has started full-scale
                          > > production of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid at its Kansas City
                          Assembly Plant
                          > > in Missouri. Initial production started in October, and the
                          vehicles are
                          > > starting to arrive in dealer showrooms, according to Ford. The
                          Kansas City
                          > > plant now produces two hybrid vehicles: the Ford Escape Hybrid and the
                          > > Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The plant accommodates the installation of the
                          > > hybrid components­including a temperature management unit,
                          electric battery
                          > > pack, in-dash electrical outlet, regenerative braking system,
                          power cables,
                          > > electronic power assist steering, DC-to-DC converter, Atkinson-cycle
                          > > engine, and an electronically controlled continuously variable
                          > > transmission­at normal production line speed. See the
                          > > <http://media.ford.com/newsroom/feature_display.cfm?release=22021>Ford
                          > > press release.
                          > >
                          > > According to the
                          <http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/marinerhybrid/>Mercury
                          > > Mariner Hybrid Web site, Ford is offering the 2006 model at a
                          > > manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,840, about
                          $4,200 more
                          > > than a four-wheel-drive Mercury Mariner with similar options. The
                          hybrid
                          > > version achieves 50 percent better fuel economy than the standard
                          version
                          > > in city driving­33 miles per gallon (mpg) versus 22 mpg­and 11.5
                          percent
                          > > better fuel economy in highway driving (29 mpg vs. 26 mpg). That's
                          a 30
                          > > percent improvement overall, based on combined city and highway fuel
                          > > economies (31.1 mpg vs. 23.6 mpg).
                          > >
                          > > The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in early November
                          that Ford's
                          > > two hybrid vehicles are eligible for a federal tax deduction of up to
                          > > $2,000. The deduction also applies to hybrids manufactured by Lexus,
                          > > Toyota, and Honda. See the
                          > > <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=150594,00.html>IRS
                          press release
                          > > and <http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=104549,00.html>list of
                          > > eligible vehicles.
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > Ormat Commissions 20-Megawatt Geothermal Power Plant in Nevada
                          > >
                          > > Only eight months after breaking ground, Ormat Nevada Inc. has
                          commissioned
                          > > a new 20-megawatt geothermal power plant in Nevada. According to
                          Ormat, the
                          > > plant is the first geothermal facility built in the state under
                          Nevada's
                          > > renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation, which set minimum
                          > > requirements for the generation of electricity from renewable energy
                          > > sources. See the <http://www.ormat.com/news_091.htm>Ormat press
                          release.
                          > >
                          > > Another company working to develop Nevada's geothermal sources is
                          Nevada
                          > > Geothermal Power, Inc. The company has been drilling geothermal
                          wells at
                          > > its site in Pumpernickel Valley, about 30 miles east of Winnemucca in
                          > > north-central Nevada. As of last week, the company had completed
                          four wells
                          > > with partial funding from DOE. Although the hottest well produced
                          > > temperatures of only 178 degrees Fahrenheit, the company plans to
                          extend
                          > > that well deeper into the geothermal resource next year. The
                          company is
                          > > also negotiating with Nevada utilities on a power contract for its
                          proposed
                          > > 30-megawatt Blue Mountain Geothermal Project, to be located west of
                          > > Winnemucca. The company is seeking permits to drill seven
                          production wells
                          > > at the site. See the
                          > >
                          <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=121257&_Type=News&_Title=
                          > >
                          Blue-Mountain-Power-Proposal-Selected-as-Tier-1-to-be-Evaluated-by-Sierra-P...
                          > > >November
                          > > 2nd and
                          > >
                          <http://www.nevadageothermal.com/s/News.asp?ReportID=122263&_Type=News&_Title=
                          > >
                          Completes-Phase-I-Drill-Program-at-Pumpernickel-Geothermal-Project>November
                          > > 15th press releases from Nevada Geothermal Power.
                          > >
                          > > Renewable energy goals are also driving a new $200 million project
                          to boost
                          > > power transmission from California's Imperial Valley to Los
                          Angeles. The
                          > > "Green Path Project" will upgrade existing transmission lines and
                          create
                          > > new interconnection points, allowing greater access to geothermal
                          energy
                          > > and other renewable energy sources. According to the Los Angeles
                          Department
                          > > of Water and Power (LADWP), the project will benefit residents and
                          > > businesses in Los Angeles, Imperial, San Diego, and Riverside
                          Counties. See
                          > > the <http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp007429.jsp>LADWP press
                          release.
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > Federal Agencies Publish New Hydropower Licensing Rules
                          > >
                          > > []
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > Photo of water streaming from a wide, low hydropower dam. A fis
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > The new federal rules for licensing hydropower plants offer new
                          channels to
                          > > resolve disputes.
                          > > Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                          > >
                          > > The departments of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture
                          announced last
                          > > week new Interim Final Rules for licensing hydropower projects while
                          > > protecting threatened and endangered fish species, water quality, and
                          > > federal and tribal resources. The rules are mandated by the Energy
                          Policy
                          > > Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and mark the first time that the three
                          departments
                          > > have established joint procedures for dispute resolution regarding
                          > > hydropower licensing. The new licensing process remains open to
                          license
                          > > applicants and other parties, including tribes, states, other
                          governmental
                          > > units, and nongovernmental organizations, such as environmental
                          groups.
                          > >
                          > > The rules enable hydropower license applicants and other parties
                          to request
                          > > trial-type hearings on disputed issues of material fact, such as
                          whether
                          > > fish were historically present in a river, during which the
                          parties will be
                          > > able to present evidence and question witnesses. The rules also allow
                          > > applicants and other parties to submit alternative conditions or
                          > > prescriptions for consideration by the respective federal departments,
                          > > which will accept them unless the federal department makes specific
                          > > findings as to why they cannot. For instance, a utility applicant
                          might
                          > > propose ways to lower its costs while still protecting critical
                          resources.
                          > >
                          > > As mandated by EPACT 2005, the new rules are now in effect and
                          apply to all
                          > > current and future license proceedings. They were published in the
                          Federal
                          > > Register on November 17th, and the public will have 60 days to
                          review and
                          > > submit comments, which could result in revised Final Rules. See the
                          > > <http://www.doi.gov/news/05_News_Releases/051116.htm>press release
                          from the
                          > > U.S. Department of Interior and see the
                          > >
                          <http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2005/November/Day-17/i22677.htm>publis
                          > > hed
                          > > rules on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site.
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > New Wave Energy Prototypes Deployed in Hawaii and New Jersey
                          > >
                          > > Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) announced last week that it has
                          > > deployed its 40-kilowatt PowerBuoy wave energy converters off the
                          coasts of
                          > > both Hawaii and New Jersey. The Hawaii project is located
                          approximately 0.6
                          > > miles off the coast of Oahu, where the ocean depth is about 100 feet.
                          > > Installed under contract with the U.S. Navy, the device will be
                          monitored
                          > > in support of a proposed wave energy station. The New Jersey
                          project was
                          > > installed under a contract with the New Jersey Board of Public
                          Utilities,
                          > > in support of a proposed megawatt-scale wave energy plant. The
                          PowerBuoy
                          > > technology employs the bobbing motion of a buoy to drive an electrical
                          > > generator. See the OPT press release
                          > > (<http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/pdf/nov_3_05_power.pdf>PDF
                          95 KB)
                          > > and <http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com/technology/>Web site.
                          > > <http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html>Download
                          Adobe Reader.
                          > >
                          > > A company in Australia is also claiming success with its wave energy
                          > > device. Energetech announced in early November that a sea trial of its
                          > > device produced 20 percent more power than expected. Energetech uses a
                          > > "floating water column," a floating device with an enclosed air
                          space. When
                          > > waves pass the device, the rising and falling water level drives
                          air out
                          > > and then back into the airspace, driving a turbine to produce
                          power. See
                          > > the Energetech press release
                          > >
                          (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Mediaupdate_Nov2005.pdf>PDF 61
                          > > KB), report
                          > >
                          (<http://www.energetech.com.au/attachments/Results_PK_Wave_Energy_Trial.pdf>PD
                          > > F
                          > > 107 KB), and <http://www.energetech.com.au/content/tech.html>Web site.
                          > > []
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > Site News
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>DOE Launches "EERE
                          > > Progress Alerts," a New E-Bulletin
                          > >
                          > > The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has
                          > > launched a new free e-bulletin, the "EERE Progress Alerts," to
                          announce new
                          > > and significant developments in EERE's programs and research. EERE
                          Progress
                          > > Alerts will be sent via email and posted online as new
                          developments occur.
                          > > A recent bulletin, for instance, discusses DOE's use of renewable
                          energy
                          > > for 3 percent of its electricity needs, meeting DOE's goal, which was
                          > > higher than the 2.5 percent requirement set by executive order in
                          1999.
                          > > Another bulletin discusses a framework for offshore wind energy
                          development
                          > > that was recently developed with EERE's assistance. See the
                          > > <http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts/>EERE Progress
                          Alerts Web
                          > > page.
                          > >
                          > > To accommodate current subscribers to this newsletter, EERE has also
                          > > launched a new "Change My Subscription" page, which allows current
                          > > subscribers to easily add a subscription to the EERE Progress Alerts,
                          > > update their email address, or unsubscribe. See the new
                          > > "<http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/change_subscription.cfm>Change My
                          > > Subscription" Web page.
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > Energy Connections
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice
                          > >
                          > > Businesses and consumers looking to save energy this winter should
                          heed the
                          > > energy-saving advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                          (EPA)
                          > > and the Consumers Energy Council of America (CECA). The EPA
                          recommends that
                          > > businesses measure their energy use and set a goal; inspect heating
                          > > equipment now and perform monthly maintenance; turn off heating
                          and cooling
                          > > equipment when not needed; get the building occupants involved in
                          saving
                          > > energy; and install improved lighting systems. See the
                          > >
                          <http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d9bf8d9315e942578525701c005e573c/593
                          > > f0e063cf574ff852570b9006b9a3b!OpenDocument>EPA
                          > > press release and additional information on the
                          > > <http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_winter>Energy
                          Star Web
                          > > site.
                          > >
                          > > CECA aimed its advice at consumers, and noted that several
                          low-cost items,
                          > > like a programmable thermostat or attic insulation, yield high
                          returns.
                          > > Upgrading a furnace or boiler that's more than 15 years old is
                          also a good
                          > > idea, says CECA, but upgrading newer furnaces would not be an
                          economical
                          > > investment. CECA also recommends against switching heating fuels,
                          but its
                          > > report only examined switching from oil heat to natural gas heat.
                          Other
                          > > options, such as a wood- or pellet-fired stove, may be a good
                          investment.
                          > > See the CECA press release
                          > >
                          (<http://www.cecarf.org/PressReleases/CECA%20heating%20study%20press%20release
                          > > %2011-1-05.pdf>PDF
                          > > 108 KB) and report
                          > >
                          (<http://www.cecarf.org/Publications/MiscPub/Smart%20Choices%20Heating%20Analy
                          > > sis.pdf>PDF
                          > > 622 KB).
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                        • Nan Hildreth
                          New website by program to explain the federal renewable & insulation tax credit. www.energytaxincentives.org EERE says program is by Alliance to Save Energy: a
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                            New website by program to explain the federal renewable & insulation
                            tax credit.
                            www.energytaxincentives.org

                            EERE says program is by Alliance to Save Energy: a coalition of ASE,
                            NRDC, DOE, etc.


                            At 12:53 PM 11/23/2005, EERE Network News wrote:
                            ><snip>
                            >DOE and ASE are also part of the Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP),
                            >which has launched a separate Web site to give consumers and businesses
                            >additional information about tax incentives for energy efficiency products
                            >and technologies. TIAP is sponsored by a coalition of public interest
                            >nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the
                            >energy efficiency field. See the
                            ><http://www.ase.org/content/news/detail/2686>ASE press release and the
                            ><http://www.energytaxincentives.org/>TIAP Web site.
                            <snip>


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