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DOE Issues 89th Lessons Learned Quarterly Report

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 13:47
December 2, 2016DOE Issues 89th Lessons Learned Quarterly Report

The 89th Lessons Learned Quarterly Report highlights “Making NEPA Connections,” the October 2016 meeting of DOE’s NEPA Compliance Officers (NCOs), including presentations by Ted Boling, Associate Director for NEPA, Council on Environmental Quality, and Rob Tomiak, Director, Office of Federal Activities, Environmental Protection Agency. This issue also includes articles on EPA’s “EJ 2020” Action Agenda, implementing CEQ’s NEPA guidance on considering greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, and DOE guidance on EIS and EA distribution.

DOE Awards Contract for the Environmental Management Headquarters Information Technology Services Procurement

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 22:00
December 1, 2016DOE Awards Contract for the Environmental Management Headquarters Information Technology Services Procurement

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to e-Management Consultants, Inc. for the Environmental Management Headquarters Information Technology Services Procurement. The contract includes Firm Fixed-Price (FFP), Non-Fee Bearing Cost-Reimbursable (CR), and Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs).

DOE Releases Draft Request for Proposal for Moab UMTRA Technical Assistance Contract (TAC) Procurement

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 17:00
December 1, 2016DOE Releases Draft Request for Proposal for Moab UMTRA Technical Assistance Contract (TAC) Procurement

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued a Draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for Moab UMTRA Technical Assistance Contract (TAC).

SunShot to Host Webinar on 2030 Goals

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 13:38
December 1, 2016SunShot to Host Webinar on 2030 Goals

On December 6, 2016, the SunShot Initiative will host a webinar to discuss the new 2030 goals that were announced last month, which set a target to halve the cost of solar from 2020 to 2030 to achieve a levelized cost of electricity of just $0.03 per kilowatt hour from utility-scale solar. Please join us as we discuss the importance of moving solar energy into the next decade and the role SunShot plans to play.

BETO Announces Notice of Intent for the Development of Algae-Based Biofuels

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 04:55
December 1, 2016BETO Announces Notice of Intent for the Development of Algae-Based Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy‘s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for up to $8 million, subject to appropriations. The FOA, entitled Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits (PEAK), will support innovative technologies and approaches to help advance bioenergy and bioproducts from algae.

DOE Fuel Cell Bus Analysis Finds Fuel Economy to be 1.4 Times Higher than Diesel

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 18:51
November 30, 2016DOE Fuel Cell Bus Analysis Finds Fuel Economy to be 1.4 Times Higher than Diesel

Announced on November 30 by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar at the Zero Emissions Bus Workshop in London, FCTO has released a new report showing that the average fuel economy of fuel cell electric buses from three fleets is ~6 miles per diesel gallon equivalent or DGE, 1.4 times higher than conventional diesel buses (~4.2 miles per DGE) from one fleet and up to 1.9 times higher than compressed natural gas buses (~3.3 miles per DGE) in another fleet.

BETO Launches Multi-Lab Consortium to Advance Separations Technology

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 14:02
November 30, 2016BETO Launches Multi-Lab Consortium to Advance Separations Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the establishment of the Bioenergy Separations Consortium (BioESep)—a consortium of eight DOE national laboratories leading coordinated research to move cost-effective, high-performing separations technologies to market. Separations processes can involve physical processes, like separating solids from liquids, or chemical processes, like purifying mixtures of molecules. To convert biomass to biofuels, many challenging separations are required, such as removing water from algae or taking contaminants out of sugar streams, before microbes or catalysts can further process them to fuels or products.

Navy Vs. Air Force – the latest Better Buildings SWAP highlights federal leadership

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:37
November 30, 2016Navy Vs. Air Force – the latest Better Buildings SWAP highlights federal leadership

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today launched season two of “Better Buildings Challenge SWAP,” featuring the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy. Both military operations swap energy teams to improve the energy efficiency of each one’s campus. Watch the episodes.

Energy Department Announces More Than $44 Million for CO2 Storage Projects

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:45
November 30, 2016Energy Department Announces More Than $44 Million for CO2 Storage Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) today announced that 16 carbon storage projects have been selected to receive more than $44 million for cost-shared research and development.

2016 Technology Development Workshop Presentations Posted

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 15:43
November 29, 20162016 Technology Development Workshop Presentations Posted

Over 180 attendees and speakers met in Denver November 16–17 to address what needs to be done to leverage the full potential of SSL and tap even deeper energy savings.

Energy Department Announces Nearly $25 Million to Enable Innovative Electrical Motors Used in Manufacturing

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 11:00
November 28, 2016Energy Department Announces Nearly $25 Million to Enable Innovative Electrical Motors Used in Manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors through applied research and development.

NOTICE OF INTENT to Issue a Funding Opportunity for Industrial Assesment Centers Technical Field Manager

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 17:49
November 25, 2016NOTICE OF INTENT to Issue a Funding Opportunity for Industrial Assesment Centers Technical Field Manager

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001679
Funding Amount: $5,000,000, subject to appropriations

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Industrial Assessment Centers Technical Field Manager.”

This FOA supports EERE AMO technical assistance activities.

Secretary of Defense Carter Presents the DoD Distinguished Public Service Award to Secretary of Energy Moniz

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 13:08
November 23, 2016Secretary of Defense Carter Presents the DoD Distinguished Public Service Award to Secretary of Energy Moniz

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter honored Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz with the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, the department’s highest civilian honor.

Department of Energy Cites UChicago Argonne, LLC for Worker Safety and Health Program Violations

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 16:30
November 22, 2016Department of Energy Cites UChicago Argonne, LLC for Worker Safety and Health Program Violations

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issues a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to UChicago Argonne, LLC (UChicago Argonne) for violations of worker safety and health requirements.

FEMP Issues AFFECT 2017 Funding Opportunity Announcement

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 15:56
November 22, 2016FEMP Issues AFFECT 2017 Funding Opportunity Announcement

On November 22, 2016, FEMP issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) on the EERE Exchange titled Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017.

Additional ISO 50001/SEP Trainers Now Available

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 15:02
November 22, 2016Additional ISO 50001/SEP Trainers Now Available

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce the expansion of the ISO 50001/Superior Energy Performance® (SEP) training network. Multiple trainers are now available to provide in-house training for organizations. The instructors are not only Certified Practitioners in Energy Management Systems (CP EnMS) but also experts in ISO 50001 and SEP methodology.

Nov. 30 Webinar to Highlight Tribal Energy and Economic Success Studies

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 14:07
November 22, 2016Nov. 30 Webinar to Highlight Tribal Energy and Economic Success Studies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, is hosting a free webinar entitled "Energy and Economic Success Studies" on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

New Report Shows Potential Growth of Distributed Wind Energy for On-Site Power

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 18:03
November 21, 2016New Report Shows Potential Growth of Distributed Wind Energy for On-Site Power

The Energy Department today released a first-of-its-kind assessment of the potential future growth of distributed wind energy in the United States through 2050. Distributed wind differs from utility-scale wind in that it is installed at or near the point of end-use to meet on-site demand, such as at a farm, industrial or manufacturing facility, or rural home. The report titled Assessing the Future of Distributed Wind: Opportunities for Behind-the-Meter Projects quantifies the size of the resource as well as the economic and market potential for locally-produced, clean distributed wind energy at homes and businesses nationwide.

SunShot Launches New Prize Competition

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 11:11
November 21, 2016SunShot Launches New Prize Competition

The SunShot Initiative announces the launch a new prize competition that aims to expand solar access to all Americans, especially to communities that have been left out of the solar boom. The Solar in Your Community Challenge, informed by our work with the National Community Solar Partnership, aims to spur the development of new and innovative financial and business models that serve non-rooftop solar users and low- and moderate-income communities.

Energy Department Announces $30 Million Investment for Innovation in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:00
November 18, 2016Energy Department Announces $30 Million Investment for Innovation in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced approximately $30 million in available funding, subject to appropriations, for research and development of low-cost hydrogen production, onboard hydrogen storage, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells to advance the widespread commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles.