The U.S. is putting up $1.5 million to export American energy-efficiency technology to China, Russia, Ukraine, and a number of Latin American countries. U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson announced the grant yesterday at an Earth Day news conference in New York, also noting that the Clinton administration later this year would launch a five-year plan to boost wind energy, which has increased 500% in the last 10 years. Global wind-power capacity is expected to continue its rapid growth, a Danish wind energy consultancy forecast yesterday, growing 300% over the coming five years.