US Energy Use

  • Energy Policy and Conservation Act

    Energy Policy and Conservation Act
    President Ford signs the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, extending oil price controls into 1979, mandating automobile fuel economy standards, and authorizing creation of a strategic petroleum reserve.
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  • Nation coal council

    Nation coal council
    The National Coal Council is established to advise both government and industry on ways to improve cooperation in areas of coal research, production, transportation, marketing, and use.
  • Dependace on oil

    Dependace on oil
    President Reagan's Energy Security Report outlines the Nation's increasing dependence on foreign oil.
  • Calls for a national energy plan

    Calls for a national energy plan
    President Bush directs the Department to develop a comprehensive national energy policy plan.
  • Stabilize Greenhouse gases

    Stabilize Greenhouse gases
    President Clinton announces that the United States will stabilize greenhouse gas emissions at 1990 levels by the year 2000.
  • Solar One

    Solar One
    The U.S. Department of Energy, along with an industry consortium, begins operating Solar Two—an upgrade of its Solar One concentrating solar power tower project. Operated until 1999, Solar Two demonstrated how solar energy an be stored efficiently and economically so that power can be produced even when the sun isn’t shining. (This is not the real exact date, all i know is that it was in 1996)
  • wind power facility in the United States

    wind power facility in the United States
    The Department announces plans to build the second largest wind power facility in the United States on part of DOE's Nevada Test Site. The MNS Wind Company will build and operate the wind farm on 664 acres of the test site.
  • New A/C

    New A/C
    The Department proposes a new 12/12 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration (SEER) standard for central air conditioners and heat pumps to increase the energy efficiency of those systems by 20 percent and minimize costs to consumers.
  • Union Pacific

    Union Pacific
    Union Pacific Railroad installs 350 blue-signal rail yard lanterns, which incorporate energy saving light-emitting diode (LED) technology with solar cells (Don't know the date, just the year)
  • Clean Air Interstate Rule

    Clean Air Interstate Rule
    EPA issued the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), a rule that will achieve the largest reduction in air pollution in more than a decade