Ecology, Energy, Economy

$529 Million Loan to Fisker Automotive for PHEV

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the closing of a $528.7 million loan with Fisker Automotive for the development and production of two lines of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). The loan will support the Karma, a full-size, four-door sports sedan, and a line of family oriented models being developed under the company’s Project [...]

Project BudBurst

“Project Budburst citizen scientists find that plants are blooming unusually early.”
Students, gardeners, retirees and other volunteers across the nation who are taking part in a nationwide initiative–Project BudBurst–are finding hints that certain plants are blooming unusually early, perhaps as a result of climate change.
The citizen scientists are recording the timing of flowers and foliage, amassing [...]

Green Computing And Data Centers

It’s a daunting challenge erecting the largest net-zero-energy office building in the world.
It’s especially daunting when that building will be full of people computing, teleconferencing, and generating teraflops of information about renewable energy.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory aims to generate as much energy as it uses in the new 222,000-square-foot U.S. Department of Energy Research [...]

Boost Fuel Economy Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly established new federal rules on April 1 that set the first-ever national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the United States. The rules, which will significantly increase the fuel economy of the [...]

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