Energy Figures of the Month

Energy Figures of the Month

DOE funds EV infrastructure planning
As electric vehicles (EVs) become practical as alternatives to gas-guzzling cars, attention is turning to support structures, including convenient and accessible charging stations. The DoE is here to help. According to its website, projects that support community planning for plug-in EVs and charging infrastructure will receive $8.5 million through DoE’s Clean Cities initiative. Funds will facilitate local public-private partnerships that will enhance EV deployment strategies. Recipients (noted on map) range from communities with extensive EV planning experience to those that would like to begin, but haven’t had the resources. The selected one-year projects will help communities address needs such as updating permitting processes, revising codes, training municipal personnel, promoting public awareness, and developing incentives. Source:

Solar market report includes both sun and clouds
Photovoltaics (PVs), which convert sunlight directly to electricity, continue to make up the largest component of solar market growth in the U.S. According to the latest report from the Solar Energy Industries Association, grid-connected PV installations in Q2 2011 grew 69% over Q2 2010 and 17% over Q1 2011 to reach 314 MW. Cumulative grid-connected PV has now reached 2.7 GW in the U.S. and growth is not limited to the West Coast. For the first time, New Jersey’s non-residential market (excluding utility projects) surpassed California’s, making it the largest in the country. In addition, six states installed more than 10 MW each in Q2 2011 compared with just three states in all of 2007. However, it’s not all sunshine: A slowdown in global demand led U.S. module production to fall 11% in Q2 compared with Q1. Weakening global demand also led to a price decline, with wafer and cell prices each dropping 25% and module prices falling 12% on the quarter, according to the report. Source: U.S. Solar Market Insight, 2nd Quarter 2011 from the SEIA and GTM Research

Funding supports energy efficiency training
In September, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced more than $30 million of funding for 24 universities, to go toward teaching undergraduate-and graduate-level engineering students about industrial energy efficiency. Each school will receive up to $300,000 annually for as long as five years to help students gain practical experience in energy management via the DoE’s Industrial Assessment Center program. Through these university-based centers, students will receive training in industrial processes, energy assessment procedures, and energy management principles. Each center is expected to teach at least 10 to 15 students per year, conduct 20 energy assessments, and perform extensive follow-up reporting, tracking, and implementation measures. Source: U.S. Department of Energy

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