The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the organic industry continues to show remarkable growth domestically and globally, with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world.
EPA's Performance Report Highlights Early Progress
Statement by John Bozzella, Global Automakers President and CEO:
For the second year in a row, all of our members who sold more than 100,000 units exceeded greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for light-duty vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency's Manufacturer Performance Report for the 2013 model year shows that Global Automakers member companies, as a whole, had greater reductions of GHGs than required--- with margins of compliance ranging from 11 to 27 grams per mile.
The Energy Department announced $10.5 million in available funding to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems through survivability and reliability-related testing of these systems. Such advances will help these devices harness even more sustainable energy from the enormous potential of the nation's oceans and rivers.
Energy Department Announces Project Selections in First Phase of Cutting-Edge Enhanced Geothermal Systems Effort
As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced five projects selected for a total of $2 million for the first part of the multiphase Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) effort. This field laboratory, dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), could unlock access to a domestic, geographically diverse, and carbon-free source of clean energy with the potential to supply power to up to 100 million homes in the United States. The first two phases of FORGE will provide a total of up to $31 million over two years for selected teams.
In support of the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, DOE at the National Hydropower Association Annual Conference, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson announced the release of the 2014 Hydropower Market Report, the first ever report to quantify the current size, scope, and variability of our nation’s hydropower supplies. Hydropower currently provides approximately seven percent of the U.S. electricity supply—enough to power more than 20 million homes, and has experienced significant growth industry-wide. Within the last decade, the industry has supported more than 55,000 direct domestic jobs across the country, and helped offset 200 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions from more than 42 million passenger vehicles. The report also highlights how hydropower can be rapidly integrated with other renewable energy sources into the electric grid—contributing to the Administration’s goal of doubling our nation’s renewable energy supply again by 2020.
The EPA released a new rule that requires states to close Clean Air Act loopholes for industrial facilities such as refineries: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/urbanair/sipstatus/docs/20150522fr.pdf