Department of Energy
A new agreement between home appliance manufacturers and energy efficiency organizations will result in better efficiency standards for refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers and room air conditioners.
There has been some controversy lately about American companies using Recovery Act money to buy wind turbines made in other countries, especially China. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Department of Energy recently released its first study addressing the question of how much wind equipment is imported.
There are a number of competitions for alternative or fuel efficient vehicles, but not many come with the X Prize’s US$10 million purse.
Bhutan, the still somewhat reclusive mountainous nation landlocked between China and India in South Asia, has long been known as a hermetic Buddhist kingdom whose citizens have a reputation for being among the happiest in the world.