Workers rehabilitating a runner hub at American Electric Power’s Racine Hydro Station. Photo courtesy Voith HydroThrough a suite of Congressional briefings and a new fact sheet, EESI has continued its excellent tradition of bringing Congress the latest information on renewable energy, which provides 10 percent of U.S. electricity and, as of 2009, eight percent of total U.S. energy consumption. Here is a quick look at our recent work:

We also are working with the House and Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses to organize the 14th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Policy Forum for June 16, 2011. Details on this all-day event will be posted here and emailed out to our briefing notice subscribers !

The next generation of wind turbines will require tons of rare earth magnets for their direct drive technology, which dramatically improves efficiency and reliability by generating power at the top of the turbine. Image courtesy Molycorp, from presentation given at EESI’s briefing on March 11, 2011.