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Innovative Breakthrough Demonstrated for Biological Ethanol Production

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:43
June 30, 2015Innovative Breakthrough Demonstrated for Biological Ethanol Production

Microvi Biotechnologies, a leading innovator of biocatalytic processes, together with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has demonstrated a major breakthrough to biological ethanol production. 

Crowdsourcing Initiative Seeks Buildings-Related Problems to Solve

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:00
June 30, 2015Crowdsourcing Initiative Seeks Buildings-Related Problems to Solve

Calling all building technology innovators! The Building Technologies Office is partnering with the successful SunShot Catalyst crowdsourcing initiative to identify and solve problems related to software development, data, and/or automation.

U.S. Organizations Recognized for Cutting Parking Facility Energy Use by 60 Percent

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:57
June 29, 2015U.S. Organizations Recognized for Cutting Parking Facility Energy Use by 60 Percent

As part of the Energy Department’s effort to support U.S. businesses working to save money by saving energy, the Better Buildings Alliance’s Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign recognized 18 organizations for leading the way in efficient outdoor lighting today.

Energy Department Invests $600,000 in University-Industry Partnerships to Enhance Building Efficiency

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:01
June 29, 2015Energy Department Invests $600,000 in University-Industry Partnerships to Enhance Building Efficiency

The Energy Department today announced $600,000 in funding to help American universities to establish stronger partnerships with industry and business in the area of building efficiency, supporting the Obama Administration’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030 and developing the nation’s clean energy workforce.

Now Available: Interim Report on Customer Acceptance, Retention, and Response to Time-Based Rates from the Consumer Behavior Studies

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 17:30
June 26, 2015Now Available: Interim Report on Customer Acceptance, Retention, and Response to Time-Based Rates from the Consumer Behavior Studies

Utility studies of time-based rate programs show significant demand reductions and major enrollment advantages for opt-out versus opt-in recruitment approaches.

DOE completes demolition of K-31 gaseous diffusion building

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 13:31
June 26, 2015DOE completes demolition of K-31 gaseous diffusion building

Demolition of the K‐31 Building at ETTP was completed today, marking the removal of the fourth of five gaseous diffusion buildings at the former uranium enrichment site.

Energy Department Authorizes Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s Expansion Project to Export Liquefied Natural Gas

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 13:01
June 26, 2015Energy Department Authorizes Sabine Pass Liquefaction’s Expansion Project to Export Liquefied Natural Gas

A press release on the final authorization to allow Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC to export liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Upcoming Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) Southeast Regional Summit on July 9 in Atlanta, GA

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 08:19
June 25, 2015Upcoming Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) Southeast Regional Summit on July 9 in Atlanta, GA

On July 9, the U.S. Department of Energy will be holding the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) Southeast Regional Summit at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

BTO Awards Small Business Grants for Lighting, Building-Integrated Heat and Moisture Exchange Technology

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:49
June 24, 2015BTO Awards Small Business Grants for Lighting, Building-Integrated Heat and Moisture Exchange Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science has awarded four Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants targeting advances in solid-state lighting (SSL) and building-integrated heat and moisture exchange technology.

Energy Department Issues Remaining $1.8 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Vogtle Advanced Nuclear Energy Project

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:20
June 24, 2015Energy Department Issues Remaining $1.8 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Vogtle Advanced Nuclear Energy Project

To further support the construction of two advanced nuclear reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, the Department of Energy announced today it will issue $1.8 billion in loan guarantees to three subsidiaries of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power).

DOE Announces Webinars on Tribal Renewable Energy Projects, Renewable Natural Gas for Vehicles, and More

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 18:02
June 23, 2015DOE Announces Webinars on Tribal Renewable Energy Projects, Renewable Natural Gas for Vehicles, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

SBIR/STTR FY15 Phase 2 Release 2 Awards Announced—Includes Projects to Increase Fuel Cell Performance and Durability

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 16:12
June 23, 2015SBIR/STTR FY15 Phase 2 Release 2 Awards Announced—Includes Projects to Increase Fuel Cell Performance and Durability

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the 2015 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase II Release 2 Awards, including projects focused on fuel cell durability, performance, and efficiency with the ultimate goal of lowering costs.

June 24 Webinar Will Discuss How Environmental Laws and Regulations Affect Tribal Energy Projects

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 13:18
June 23, 2015June 24 Webinar Will Discuss How Environmental Laws and Regulations Affect Tribal Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Regulatory Impacts for Renewable Energy Projects on Indian Lands, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time.

New Analysis Center Releases First Report, Evaluates Opportunities in Electric Vehicle Battery Market

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:30
June 23, 2015New Analysis Center Releases First Report, Evaluates Opportunities in Electric Vehicle Battery Market

The Energy Department's Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC) today announced the release of Automotive Lithium-ion Battery Supply Chain and U.S. Competitiveness Considerations, its first research product.

BETO Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Use of Advanced Biofuel Blends in Small Engines

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 16:39
June 22, 2015BETO Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Use of Advanced Biofuel Blends in Small Engines

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the following topics related to the use of advanced biofuel blends in small engines

Request for Information for Marine and Hydrokinetic Environmental Monitoring Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 12:13
June 22, 2015Request for Information for Marine and Hydrokinetic Environmental Monitoring Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities

The Energy Department’s Water Power Program is seeking feedback from the marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders regarding the program’s activities and priorities in MHK environmental monitoring and field testing opportunities.

Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency Report to Congress Released

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 13:00
June 19, 2015Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency Report to Congress Released

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce the release of Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency, prepared as directed by the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (Act).  DOE prepared this report with collaboration from nearly 50 experts, including representatives from industrial associations, combined heat and power (CHP) groups, environmental stewardship organizations, associations of state governmental agencies, and federal governmental agen­cies. 

DOE Awards Contract for Oak Ridge Transuranic Waste Processing Center Services

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 18:00
June 18, 2015DOE Awards Contract for Oak Ridge Transuranic Waste Processing Center Services

Cincinnati – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to North Wind Solutions, LLC for waste processing services at the Oak Ridge Transuranic Waste Processing Center (TWPC) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Seven (7) proposals were received in response to the solicitation.

Department of Energy Announces 18 New Projects to Accelerate Technologies for Efficient Residential Combined Heat and Power Generation and Bioenergy Crop Development

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:31
June 18, 2015Department of Energy Announces 18 New Projects to Accelerate Technologies for Efficient Residential Combined Heat and Power Generation and Bioenergy Crop Development

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $55 million in funding for 18 innovative projects as part of ARPA-E’s two newest programs: GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) and Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA).

U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz’ Statement on Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:30
June 18, 2015U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz’ Statement on Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz issues statement on Pope Francis' call to action on climate change.

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