Chevy Volt Wins Green Car of the Year
Electric cars have been rampaging through markets so it comes as no surprise that the Chevrolet Volt won both the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award as well as the prestigious Green Car of the Year Award presented by Green Car Journal. The Volt is the first electric car to win the latter award. The volt won over other contenders such as the Ford Fiesta, the Nissan LEAF, and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The Volt can drive on electricity for up to 50 miles on a single charge and then use its gasoline engine to drive for an additional 300 miles. “This has been a long time coming,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. “The electric vehicles that were test-marketed in the 1990s tantalized us, but were without a solid business case. What a difference a decade makes.”
The DOE Gives $19 Million to Smart Grid Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy has appropriated $19 million towards investments in five new alternative energy projects aimed to improve the nation’s electric grid. The five projects will make the electric grid more efficient and resilient to provide cleaner, cheaper energy to Americans. Improved smart grids can enable two-way communications and remote control and automation for the grids. Smart grid innovations can reduce energy costs by informing consumers about more efficient energy use methods. The DOE is working with universities, laboratories, and business to research and develop the grid projects.
First Wind Expands Milford Project
First Wind’s Milford project is going to add an additional 68 wind turbines in the second phase of the endeavor. The expansion will include 1.5-MW turbines developed by General Electric. The entire project includes 102-MW of wind power in the state of Utah. The construction will bring revenue and employment to the surrounding area much like the Milford I project which supported over 300 jobs and generated 204-MW of energy.
New LED Bulb on Shelves at Lowe’s
Lowe’s and OSRAM SYLVANIA will introduce a new 12-watt LED bulb that promises to be the brightest replacement for the evergreen 60-watt incandescent. The SYLVANIA Ultra A-Line bulb not only uses 80 percent less energy than the popular incandescent, but it lasts up to 25 times longer and uses only 12 watts to provide 810 lumens of light. The bulb is part of a new line of energy efficient bulbs designed for household use. The bulb will be available online this month and in stores by 2011. A survey distributed by the SYLVANIA company found that 9 in 10 Americans value energy efficiency when making a bulb purchase and 74 percent of households have at least one energy-saving bulb.
UK Museum Benefits from Solar Panels
The National Trust’s carriage museum in the UK is going to be able to generate its own income with the new installation of photo-voltaic cells on the old building. The solar cells will be able to generate 6.3 megawatt hours of energy annually, saving the museum money while creating 2,270 pounds Sterling of extra income. The project was funded by sales of National Trust Green Energy, which raises money to support carbon energy savings projects. The museum houses carriages driven by royalty among its many holdings and officials say the installation of solar panels will protect the historic collection by reducing the amount of ultraviolet light that seeps into the building.
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