Energy Efficiency, On Site Renewables, Strategic Development

US president’s budget cuts DE funding

The total FY 2008 request for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy (DOE) is US$1.236 billion, compared to a funding level for FY 2007 for EERE of $1.473 billion. The request therefore represents a 16% cut from 2007 levels, says the ACEEE. Specifically, the request cuts about $46 million from distributed energy systems in the Office of Electricity budget.

The first step has been taken towards a hybrid wind-diesel project that will supply the south Caribbean island of Bonaire with 10 MW of electricity from wind and 13 MW from diesel. EcoPower Bonaire BV, a consortium of Econcern, Enercon and MAN, has signed a contract with the Water and Energy Company of Bonaire to build a new wind turbine.