Marking another milestone in the Administration’s support of clean energy technologies that will diversify our energy portfolio and help transition the U.S. toward a low-carbon future, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will deliver remarks at the grand opening of Abengoa’s second-generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas as part of Energy Action Month. Once operating at full commercial-scale, the biorefinery will produce up to 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year – enough to avoid 132,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and equivalent to taking 28,000 vehicles off the road. The cellulosic ethanol produced at the Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas (ABBK) facility, located about 90 miles southwest of Dodge City, Kansas, will be sold into the ethanol commodity market and used to fuel light duty vehicles.
Funding Includes $110 million for Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Improvements
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $1.4 billion in USDA loan guarantees to improve the delivery of electric power to rural communities in 21 states.
The Energy Department announced up to $14 million to support landscape design approaches that maintain or enhance the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of cellulosic bioenergy through the improvement of feedstock production, logistics systems, and technology development. This supports the Department’s efforts to promote the commercialization of environmentally sustainable advanced bioenergy that reduces petroleum consumption and carbon emissions, as well as enhances national security.
As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department announced $10 million to support research, development and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies across the country. This funding will accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products with the potential to reduce lighting energy use for American families and businesses by one half and enhance U.S. global competitiveness.
Statement by John Bozzella, Global Automakers President and CEO
Our members' efforts to reduce their environmental footprint each year by advancing fuel efficiency, reducing greenhouse gases (GHG), and accelerating the introduction of advanced fuel technologies are working. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends report shows that our industry has improved fuel economy performance by 25 percent since 2004.
U.S. Public Transit Agencies Adopting New Clean Diesel Technology At Faster Rate Than National Average
Advancements in new clean diesel technology that has resulted in a transit buses with near zero emissions is being adopted by U.S. transit officials at a faster pace than other large vehicle sectors, according to Ezra Finkin, the Director of Policy for the Diesel Technology Forum.