2010 Feb.: CA & HI: Solar (California) & Wave (Hawaii) Energy Projects of States : EERE State News Monthly Report

2010 Feb.: CA & HI: Solar (California) & Wave (Hawaii) Energy Projects of States : EERE State News Monthly Report

EERE State News Monthly Report

February 1 – February 28, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) publishes this summary of news stories posted the past month on the EERE State Activities & Partnerships Web site. EERE collects news stories dealing with state involvement in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects from EERE technology program Web sites, the State Energy Program, and EERE Network News.

Delaware State Government Sets Clean Energy Targets, 30% Overall Cut

February 22

Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed an executive order on February 17 setting energy efficiency goals for the state government to achieve overall reduction of 30% energy consumption. The action, which establishes clean energy targets in five key areas, directs all state executive agencies to attain an overall 10% reduction in energy consumption from fiscal year (FY) 2008 totals by the end of FY-2011, increasing to a 30% cut by FY 2015. Markell termed the goals aggressive but achievable.

DOE Awards Nearly $1.4 Billion in Loan Guarantees to BrightSource Energy

February 24

DOE has awarded a conditional loan guarantee for nearly $1.4 billion to BrightSource Energy for three utility-scale concentrated solar power plants in southeastern California. Pending regulatory approval, the Ivanpah Solar Complex will generate about 400 megawatts of energy.

U.S. Utilities Spent $5.3 Billion on Energy Efficiency Programs in 2009

February 24

U.S. utilities increased their spending on energy efficiency programs by 43% in 2009, reaching $5.3 billion, according to a new report from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. Spending increased the most in the Southeast and South Central states, most notably in Kentucky, Maryland, and Tennessee.

Environmental Assessment Issued for 750-Megawatt Solar Two Project

February 24

A project to deploy 42,000 solar dishes in the Southern California desert has passed a key hurdle with the issuance of a draft environmental impact statement. Stirling Energy Systems and Tessera Solar recently deployed a much smaller system, featuring 60 solar dishes, in Arizona.

Ocean Power Technologies Deploys Wave Energy Device off Hawaii Coast

February 17

Ocean Power Technologies has deployed a wave energy device offshore from a Marine Corps base in Hawaii. If this and other ocean energy trials now underway globally succeed, the ocean could yield as much as 200 gigawatts of power by 2025, according to a new report.

SMUD Receives Huge Response to its Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff

February 17

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), a California utility, has experienced an overwhelming response to its feed-in tariff program, which pays for customer-generated renewable energy under a long-term contract.

New Cellulosic Ethanol Facilities Sprout Up in Four States

February 17

Commercial cellulosic ethanol plants are moving ahead in Iowa and Kansas, while demonstration-scale plants are now operating in Pennsylvania and Tennessee. The new facilities will help meet the new federal Renewable Fuel Standard for cellulosic ethanol.

California Seeks to Boost Installations of Solar Water Heaters

February 8

California’s Public Utilities Commission has established a $350 million program providing incentives for the installation of solar water heating systems in homes and business.

Massachusetts Approves Utility Efficiency Plans

February 2

Massachusetts has approved a three-year series of plans for the state’s investor-owned electric and gas utilities to invest $2.2 billion in energy efficiency over the next three years. Total savings to utility customers are estimated at more than $6 billion.

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