Washington, D.C. — Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation proposed the first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The affected vehicles, ranging from large pickup trucks to big rigs, today consume about 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, one-fifth of total transportation oil use in the U.S.
On October 3, 2008, the President signed the Economic Stabilization Act into law, extending many of the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives first enacted in 2005 and creating several new opportunities for taxpayers, including new renewable energy incentives for small on-site wind and geothermal heat pumps among others. The bill pays for the energy efficiency provisions by restricting several oil and gas industry tax breaks, and tightening some provisions on the sale of stocks.
The energy efficiency provisions include:
Welcome to ACEEE's Advanced Technology Showroom. On this page you'll find writeups of some of the exciting energy-efficient and eco-friendly vehicle technologies being implemented on today's passenger cars and trucks, as well as advances in technologies just over the horizon. Content in the Advanced Technology Showroom will periodically change, so feel free to check back and enjoy future writeups.
Stationary Fuel Cell Generation Has Great Potential If Obstacles Can Be Overcome: Technology Still Far From Widespread Commercialization
Washington, D.C. — Fuel cells have been promoted as the next technological leap in the area of power production. In a new report, Stationary Fuel Cells: Future Promise, Current Hype, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presents the benefits and disadvantages of a variety of stationary fuel cell technologies, and discusses the current and future market situation.
Washington, D.C. — Five years ago, when President Clinton first expounded the promise of combined heat and power (CHP) to cut power plant energy waste in half, key market barriers blocked the mainstreaming of CHP. These included utility charges prohibiting grid interconnection, too long tax depreciation schedules, emissions regulations that do not recognize the efficiency benefits of CHP, and an environmental permitting system that is too cumbersome.