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White House Expected to Propose Slashing Funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

White House Expected to Propose Slashing Funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The White House plans to propose cutting energy efficiency and renewable energy programs at the Department of Energy by 72%, pitting fossil fuels against wind and solar. Businesses are expected to weigh in.

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GE, Alstom Power, 6 Others Receive DOE Carbon Capture Funding

General Electric, Alstom Power and FuelCell Energy are among the eight projects selected to receive Department of Energy funding to construct small- and large-scale pilots for reducing the cost of carbon capture and compression. The DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory selected the eight projects to receive funding as part of … Read more »

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Green Fleet Roundup: Joule, Mercedes-Benz, Boeing, Toyota, Mazda, Penske

Joule’s ethanol fuel has been confirmed by third-party tests to meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D4806 and the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) EN 15376. Joule will use the results to obtain the government approvals needed for commercialization of its ethanol fuel. The tests were initiated … Read more »

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Ford, DowAksa to Develop Carbon Fiber for Automotive Lightweighting

Ford and DowAksa have signed a joint development agreement to develop cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material expected to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability. The agreement, between Ford Motor Company, Ford Global Technologies and … Read more »

Natural Gas Exports Less Clean Than You May Think

Natural Gas Exports Less Clean Than You May Think

Natural gas is often trumpeted as a clean fuel that can cut global emissions by exporting it and subsequently crowding out coal use in Asia and Europe. But a report from the Department of Energy finds that doing so may be just as, if not more, carbon intensive as if … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Mandatory CSR, Oil Spill Fines, Flood Report

India is mandating that companies with an annual turnover of INR 10 billion ($164 million) or more, or a net worth of INR 5 billion and more, or a net profit of INR 0.05 billion or more during any financial year, set aside two percent of their net profits for socially beneficial activities in … Read more »

SuperTruck on Display

The Energy Department is displaying an 18-wheeler truck that is meant to exceed baseline energy use by 50 percent by 2015. The SuperTruck on display, developed by heavy-duty manufacturers Cummins and Peterbilt, has exceeded this goal. Since 2010, the truck has demonstrated a 20 percent increase in engine efficiency and … Read more »

DoE Funding Leads to New Hexagon Lincoln Hydrogen Trailer

As the demand for hydrogen-powered vehicles increases, Nebraska-based Hexagon Lincoln, a company that  creates carbon fiber composite fuel tanks used to transport hydrogen, has developed a new trailer with financial support from the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Hexagon’s new trailers (pictured) use high-strength composite vessels that haul more … Read more »

Carbon Capture ‘Would Send Electricity Prices Soaring’

Carbon Capture ‘Would Send Electricity Prices Soaring’

Wholesale electricity prices would soar from 70 percent and 80 percent with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) at coal-fired power plants, according to the Energy Department. According to Bloomberg News, Julio Friedmann, deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the Energy Department, told the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Compliance Results, Coal Ash, Microgird Research

The EPA released its annual enforcement and compliance results demonstrating a focus on violations that have the most impact on public health. Highlights for fiscal year 2013 include $4.5 billion in combined fines, restitution and court-ordered environmental projects, more than $1.1 billion in civil penalties. North Carolina’s environmental agency says it … Read more »

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