This is part two of a four-post series celebrating National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21, 2014). As the home of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Auburn Hills, Michigan, was inspired to become a frontrunner for the use of PEVs. The city passed an ordinance to encourage developers to make new buildings "charging ready" and also installed PEV chargers at city buildings.
States across the nation are making efforts to transition gas-powered to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with innovative programs and policies to make it affordable and convenient for citizens to drive PEVs. Two recent examples are Project FEVER (Twin Cities Clean Cities’ alternative fuel community readiness project), led by the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition and Twin Cities Clean Cities’ alternative fuel community readiness project in Minnesota.
Engineers from the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory identified a new way to launch economically viable hydrogen fueling stations for FCEVs in Honolulu, Hawaii, based on a report titled “Hydrogen Fueling Station in Honolulu, Hawaii.” The report’s findings could also have a broad national impact, accelerating the pace of America's growing clean energy economy.
The Energy Department—in partnership with National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories—established five Regional Test Centers (RTC) across the nation that are making progress in removing barriers to wide-scale deployment of solar power.
Today, the nation's first ever commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery to use corn waste as a feedstock officially opened for business in Emmetsburg, Iowa. POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY is the second of two Energy Department-funded cellulosic ethanol biorefineries to come on line within the past year. Learn more about how the Energy Department is helping the nation reduce its dependence on foreign oil and move the clean energy economy forward.
Small communities in Kansas and Missouri are saving big money and energy through high-impact lighting projects. Over the past three years, more than 5,700 energy-efficient lights were installed in communities with populations of less than 35,000 people, saving a combined $25 million in energy costs and drastically cutting carbon emissions.
Utah is working to ensure the resiliency of its future water and energy systems with funding from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program. In fact, the state developed its own Water Energy in Action educational program –in conjunction with the National Energy Foundation – to educate K-12 students and teachers about the many uses of water.