U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Commercialization Team provides opportunities for individuals and industry to get involved with DOE and its partner laboratories. These opportunities foster the expansion of DOE's mission to benefit the public through increased national energy security, improved environmental stewardship and enhanced economic prosperity. The opportunities below promote DOE's mission through communication between government and industry, involvement of business minds, and development and deployment of lab technologies.
Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative
90% of Hawaii's total energy is supplied by oil—and 99% of that oil comes from outside the United States. To confront this issue, EERE launched the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) on January 28, 2008. HCEI's goal is to put Hawaii on a path to supply 70% of its energy needs with clean energy by 2030, reducing their overall consumption of crude oil by up to 72%.
See the EERE press release, DOE page, and the full text of the MOU.
DOE's Role in the Initiative
The approach to HCEI is based on three areas of effort:
Working groups: Small, collaborative teams focus on long-term, intelligent solutions that integrate DOE's technical and policy expertise with Hawaii-based knowledge and project resources around energy generation, energy delivery, transportation and end-use efficiency.
Partnership projects: Projects focus on a number of strategic technology opportunities that test the working groups' concepts and combine DOE's and Hawaii's resources.
Transformation economics: The economics focus on taking concepts and completed projects and introducing them to the market. This creates investment incentives for energy suppliers and consumers, accelerates new investments for rapid asset turnover, and improves energy service delivery and security.
Within the Hawaii-DOE partnership, the DOE has integrated the program for funding priorities in FY08 and beyond. DOE provides intelligent manpower and R&D expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy, electricity delivery and system-level integration, and third-party objectivity to facilitate collaboration between the public and private sector.
For a more detailed overview of these efforts, see the HCEI website or the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative project page at the EERE Project Management Center.
Section 48C Program
The Section 48C program will provide a 30% tax credit for investments in 183 manufacturing facilities for clean energy products across 43 states.
Appliance Rebate Program
Under the Appliance Rebate Program, eligible consumers can receive rebates to purchase new energy-efficient appliances when they replace used appliances.
Community Renewable Energy Deployment
DOE selected five Community Renewable Energy Deployment (CommRE) projects to receive funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The projects will help communities implement long-term renewable energy technologies, create jobs, and provide examples for replication in other local governments, campuses, or small utilities.
EERE commissioned a study by global design consultancy IDEO to use their design expertise to develop ways to increase adoption of residential energy efficiency. IDEO recommended a shift in focus from a more technical approach to a more personally driven approach.