US Government provides efficiency fund for rural businesses

The US Government is calling on small businesses in rural areas and agricultural producers to seek help for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing funding through its Rural Energy for America Programme (REAP) which aims to help businesses in rural economies cut energy usage and costs. […]

Obama vows military energy independence

US President Barack Obama’s administration said they were committed to get energy independence for the nation’s military last week. During a tour of the USS Monterey (pictured), a missile cruiser, US Agriculture Secretary who works towards implementing the President’s plans, said advanced biofuels would be vital in reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. Mr Tom […]

US plans rural homes efficiency rule

The United States has put forward plans for a scheme to boost energy efficiency in rural homes and businesses throughout America with the help of federal loans. US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new energy efficiency effort, which will offer federal loans to rural electric cooperatives to re-lend to their customers who want to make […]

US Navy orders 450,000 gallons of biofuel

The US Navy has ordered 450,000 gallons of biofuel in a $12 million contract with Dynamic Fuels. It is the largest ever US government purchase of biofuel. The Navy bought a blend of biofuel made from algae-based biofuel and cooking oil. This will be used in a 50-50 mix with petroleum-based diesel and aviation fuel […]

Obama promises $12.2m for biofuel research

The US Departments of Energy and Agriculture have pledged 10 grants totaling $12.2 million into researching biofuel crops which the Obama administration hopes will reduce American dependency on oil imports. The Departments have said the investments are part of a broader effort to develop domestic renewable energy and advance biofuels. Researchers want to improve crop […]