Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | May 11, 2010

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says US DOE is asking for information on rare earth metals needed for clean energy technologies.

US DOE issued a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting information on rare earth metals and other materials used in the energy sector. DOE is focusing on rare earth metals (e.g., lanthanum, cerium and neodymium) and several other metals including lithium and cobalt, but respondents are welcome to identify other materials of interest.

These materials are important to the development and deployment of a variety of clean energy technologies, such as wind turbines, hybrid vehicles, solar panels and energy efficient light bulbs.

In a March 17 speech, Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy & International Affairs David Sandalow announced that DOE is developing its first-ever strategic plan concerning rare earth metals and other materials in energy components, products and processes. 

The responses to the RFI will help inform DOE’s understanding of supply and demand for these materials, opportunities for developing substitutes and the potential for using these materials more efficiently.  Responses are due no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on June 7, 2010, and should be submitted electronically to materialstrategy@hq.doe.gov.

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