Free webinar

Growing Your Business by Boosting Sales in a Surging IAQ Market
Nov. 6, 1 p.m. EST – Improve your sales and increase your close rate – Click here for details

HVAC Breaking News

Oct. 25, 2006: Four States Award $61 Million for Clean Energy Projects

October 25, 2006
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
SACRAMENTO, Calif., LANSING, Mich., HARRISBURG, Pa., and ALBANY, N.Y. - Four states have awarded nearly $61 million over the past month and a half to support clean energy projects. The states include California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York, and the funds are supporting a wide range of energy technologies. On the West Coast, for instance, the California Energy Commission (CEC) loaned $2.2 million to the city of San Diego to make energy efficiency improvements to a variety of municipal buildings and to install five 30-kilowatt solar power systems. The CEC also awarded 10 research grants for nearly $950,000 to advance wind turbines, solar cells, landfill gas systems, building cooling devices, and energy storage systems.

Michigan is known for auto manufacturing, so it is no surprise that when its 21st Century Jobs Fund awarded more than $25 million to clean energy technologies, many of the projects were related to vehicles. The fund is helping to develop technologies for biodiesel production, fuel cells, lithium batteries, ethanol-fueled engines, advanced materials for vehicles, and advanced manufacturing technologies. In addition, about $3 million of the funds will go toward a statewide support network for alternative energy technologies.

Although Pennsylvania is a major steel producer, it has awarded nearly $11.8 million to a variety of clean energy projects, including the award of about $276,000 to 51 small businesses to upgrade their energy efficiency, install solar power systems, or install heat or power units in long-haul trucks. In addition, two state programs awarded a total of $11.5 million to 43 projects involving industrial energy efficiency, energy efficient homes, geothermal heat pumps, solar energy, fuel cells, wind power, biofuels, biomass energy, and even a high-efficiency locomotive.

Perhaps the most unique effort is a $21 million demonstration project in western New York to convert hydropower into hydrogen. The project will draw 700 kilowatts of power from the Niagara Power Project, using electrolyzers to break down water into its elemental components, hydrogen and oxygen. When completed in 2007, the project will feature two hydrogen generating stations producing up to 120 kilograms per day of hydrogen. The facility will also include hydrogen storage and fueling facilities. The project is based on an engineering feasibility study performed by the New York Power Authority and the Electric Power Research Institute.

Publication date: 10/23/2006

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 SMACNA Annual Convention

Views from the 2014 SMACNA Annual Convention in San Antonio.


NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

More Podcasts


NEWS 10-27-14 cover

2014 October 27

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


DOE has denied AHRI’s petition for reconsideration of walk-in standards. Is it getting harder to reach consensus on efficiency standards?
View Results Poll Archive


2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con