This morning Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, announced that he will not seek re-election to another term. First elected to the Senate in 1986, Senator Reid has been a fierce protector of the environment and public health. He has effectively championed and defended clean air, clean water, wildlife and wilderness. He is a leader in the most important fight of our time to address climate change, most crucially by getting off coal and embracing clean energy.
Exemption request meets conservation goals while removing rules that prevented the harvesting of healthy stocks
NOAA has approved a sector exemption request from the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund (GFCPF), which will utilize the sector system to preserve 30 metric tons of cod in exchange for relaxing some of the Gulf of Maine cod Interim Management Measures enacted in November 2014. The compromise meets the agency's cod conservation goals while providing regional fishermen and ancillary businesses with the opportunity to catch and sell abundant and under-harvested groundfish species.
The Energy Department announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and enable early adoption of fuel cell applications, such as light duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). This funding opportunity will accelerate American innovation in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by supporting research and development advancements in demonstration and deployments of early fuel cell markets.
Department of Energy, Department of the Interior and Army Corps of Engineers Renew Five-Year Partnership to Advance Hydropower
The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of the Army for Civil Works announced that the three agencies have extended their partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years. The renewal agreement signed commits the agencies to a specific, ambitious agenda for hydropower, building upon their Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower (MOU) signed on March 24, 2010.
Energy Department Announces $20 Million to Develop Advanced Components for Next Generation Electric Machines
The Energy Department announced up to $20 million in available funding to spur the development of high speed industrial motors and drives, using high power-density designs and integrated power electronics to increase efficiency. The industrial sector consumes over a quarter of the electricity produced in the United States and is projected to increase its use by approximately 30% by 2040. Replacing less efficient systems that have fixed-speed motors and gearboxes with variable-speed direct-drive motor systems and incorporating recent power electronics advances, such as wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, could help industry save on energy costs and improve their competitiveness. WBG components—which control or convert electrical energy into usable power—can operate at higher temperatures, voltages, and frequencies, and are more durable and reliable than silicon-based counterparts. In fact, widely deploying these WBG system electronics could save 2% to 4% in industry's electricity consumption and billions of dollars.
President Obama issued an Executive Order to significantly cut carbon pollution from the government sector. The order directs federal agencies to increase the use of renewable energy sources to 25% of its portfolio by 2025. Several major companies that supply the federal government are also making voluntary commitments to reduce carbon pollution.