U.S. Highlights: Wind Capacity Up 40%, Wyoming Wind Farm, $296 Million for Clean Water, Climate Change Set to Harm U.S. Forests
President Obama has designated October as Energy Action month, a time to catalyze U.S. efforts on clean energy and make continued headway on the President’s All-of-the Above energy strategy (pdf). This week’s blog highlights some of the recent success stories in this area, including a 40% rise in U.S. wind capacity during the first three quarters of 2012, achievement of President Obama’s goal to authorize 10,000 MW in new renewable energy projects, and the Department of Energy’s recent Datapalooza event on advancing technologies toward a secure, clean energy future. Additionally, federal agencies awarded $296 million in clean water projects, $30 million in new grants to reduce diesel emissions, $13 million in nuclear energy research, $10 million for Climate Science Research studies, and $214,000 for cleaning up plastics in the ocean environment. Finally, the U.S. Geological Survey released research showing climate change threats to American southwestern forests, and NASA discovered a new black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
In honor of last Friday’s observations of Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in the UK, we thought it was time to highlight the work that the U.S. Department of Defense is doing to go green. As a large consumer within the U.S., the military has the potential to create important new markets for green products and technologies. We found this great, regularly-updated website that spotlights various DoD initiatives. Check out how the Air Force is using wind turbines to power groundwater cleanup systems at a military reservation in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. See a new Humvee prototype vehicle, boasting an array of energy-saving features, allowing it to run on one third of the fuel of its standard tactical vehicle counterparts. And read how one contractor at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas has been using a used vegetable oil blend to run his diesel truck for more than six years and said he is pleased with the results. These are just some of the examples that you can find on the website, which also includes links to various videos of major speeches, and audio podcasts discussing new initiatives and innovations.
This week’s U.S. government highlights include a new video from the White House encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers, an EPA announcement of new awards for clean diesel projects, a NASA scientist receiving the inaugural Climate Communications Prize, and the video from last week’s web chat with DOE Senior Advisor Richard Kauffmann. Read more