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December 2007

December 7, 2007

Southwestern Energy Service Providers Work Together to Get Large-Scale Solar Project Built

A multi-state consortium of southwestern energy service providers is issusing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a utility-scale concentrating solar power plant. The plant would be owned by a third party, with consortium members each signing long-term purchase power agreements. The plant, with size, design, and location to be determined by the RFP submissions, is expected to produce 250 megawatts and be located in either Arizona or Nevada.

December 4, 2007

Energy Lab Sets Aggressive Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent from 2005 to 2009. The new goal is part of NREL's participation in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Leaders program.

December 1, 2007

Major Construction Begins on NREL's Main Campus

NREL is in the process of designing and building key facilities to meet the nation's crucial research objectives for clean and sustainable energy technologies. A $101 million increase to NREL's budget makes it possible for NREL to move forward with the construction of new facilities.

November 2007

November 29, 2007

Assistant Secretary Announces New Solar Initiative

Alexander Karsner, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, today announced a new solar energy initiative designed to speed adoption of low-cost concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies into the marketplace.

November 27, 2007

NREL Sponsors Energy Analysis Forum on Carbon Policy Design

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) held its fifth Energy Analysis Forum, "Analytic Insights into Carbon Policy Design and the Implications for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy," in Golden, Colorado, on November 27-28.

November 20, 2007

FERC Approves Requests for Transmission Investment Incentives

In a move expected to enhance grid reliability, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on November 15 approved several requests for transmission investment incentives for new grid construction.

November 8, 2007

Wakonda Technologies is the Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year

A small company commercializing a novel solar energy technology has been named the Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year at the 20th Industry Growth Forum sponsored by NREL.

November 5, 2007

PG&E and Ausra Announce 177 Megawatt Solar Thermal Power Agreement

Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced Nov. 5, 2007, that it has entered into a 177 megawatt solar thermal power purchasing agreement with Austra Inc. The project, to be located in central California, is being developed by Ausra and is expected to begin generating power in 2010.

November 1, 2007

Deadline for Utility-Scale Wind Turbine and Ocean Energy Technologies R&D Proposals Extended

The U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program extended its deadline for proposals from potential partners in research and development of utility-scale wind turbine and ocean energy technologies. The new deadline for submitting proposals is November 26, 2007.

November 1, 2007

Successful 2007 Decathlon Ends, Looks Forward to 2009

The National Mall in Washington, D.C., buzzing with hundreds of thousands of people who visited the Solar Village during the Solar Decathlon 2007 two weeks ago, has now settled and quieted.

November 1, 2007

Deadline for R&D Partnerships for Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Testing Extended

The U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program extended the deadline for proposals for partnerships to test utility-scale wind turbines through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). The new deadline for submitting proposals is November 26, 2007.

November 1, 2007

NREL's 20th Industry Growth Forum Finances a Path to a Clean Energy Future

"When people look back at the 21st Century's greatest inventions, renewable energy technologies will be on that list," said John Denniston, a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, at NREL's 20th Industry Growth Forum. The Forum brought together start-up companies and investors to transfer clean energy technologies into the marketplace.

October 2007

October 31, 2007

Chevron and NREL to Collaborate on Research to Produce Transportation Fuels using Algae

Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and NREL announced today that they have entered into a collaborative research and development agreement to study and advance technology to produce liquid transportation fuels using algae.

October 31, 2007

Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power

This report is a summary of case studies addressing concerns about the impact of wind power's variability and uncertainty on power system reliability and costs.

October 30, 2007

Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab to Dramatically Increase Use of Clean, Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a highly efficient and “green” Research Support Facility, and announced two major renewable power projects at the Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

October 25, 2007

Web Sites Show Petroleum Reduction Options

Handy new tools on the U.S. Department of Energy's redesigned Web sites for the Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center and the Clean Cities Program allow fleet managers and communities to make informed choices among strategies for reducing petroleum use.

October 16, 2007

Increasing Renewable Resources

Markets supported by Independent System Operators (ISOs) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) have proven to be fertile ground for the development of renewable resources. This report explains how ISOs and RTOs are helping meet public policy objectives.

October 1, 2007

2007 Solar Decathlon Takes the Spotlight in D.C.

The time has come for college and university students from around the world to gather once again at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to show off their innovative, creative, and environmentally friendly solar homes at the Solar Decathlon. This is the third Solar Decathlon, with the first and second such events held in 2002 and 2005.

September 2007

September 28, 2007

Clean Cities Program saves 375 million gallons of gas in 2006

Clean Cities coalitions around the nation displaced the equivalent of 375 million gallons of gasoline in 2006, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

September 25, 2007

R&D Partnership Opportunity for Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Testing

The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program released its first call for proposals from developers, owners, operators, and manufacturers interested in forming partnerships through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to test utility-scale wind turbines.

September 21, 2007

R&D Partnership Opportunities for Utility-Scale Wind Turbine and Ocean Energy Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program released its first call for proposals from companies or organizations interested in a research, testing, or product development partnership.

September 14, 2007

NREL Receives Presidential Award for Federal Energy Management

SEAAC staff members Nancy Carlisle and Otto Van Geet have been selected to receive one of the 2007 Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management.

September 1, 2007

NREL, LBNL Sponsor Workshop on Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

NREL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) cosponsored a "Workshop on Renewable Energy Certificate Markets and Challenges." The workshop promoted an exchange of experiences and lessons learned on renewable energy certificates or credits (RECs).

August 2007

August 23, 2007

Energy Lab to Evaluate Performance of UPS Hybrid-Electric Vans

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is collecting and analyzing maintenance, fuel economy and other vehicle performance data from 50 UPS hybrid diesel step delivery vans powered by an Eaton Corp. electric hybrid propulsion system.

August 20, 2007

David Hurlbut Appointed to State RE Mapping Task Force

David Hurlbut, senior analyst with NREL's SEAAC, was recently appointed to Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's Renewable Resource Generation Development Area Task Force.

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