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New Studies Aid in Optimizing Water Use in Geothermal Applications

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:31
July 31, 2014New Studies Aid in Optimizing Water Use in Geothermal Applications

Three key reports from the Energy Department address water impacts in geothermal energy production. Two recently issued studies, produced by Argonne National Laboratory for the Department's Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), highlight methods for economizing water use in geothermal applications. These reports complement a Department-wide report released in June that assesses water usage in multiple energy applications, including geothermal.

Energy Department Conditionally Authorizes Oregon LNG to Export Liquefied Natural Gas

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:10
July 31, 2014Energy Department Conditionally Authorizes Oregon LNG to Export Liquefied Natural Gas

Terminal in Warrenton, Oregon Authorized to Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries

Wendy Cain named portfolio federal project director for ETTP cleanup

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:00
July 31, 2014Wendy Cain named portfolio federal project director for ETTP cleanup

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management has named Wendy Cain as its new portfolio federal project director for cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park.

DOE Announces Webinars on Geothermal FORGE Initiative, National Energy Literacy Virtual Town Hall, and More

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:52
July 31, 2014DOE Announces Webinars on Geothermal FORGE Initiative, National Energy Literacy Virtual Town Hall, 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.

Contract Awarded to Small Business for Support Services

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:00
July 30, 2014Contract Awarded to Small Business for Support Services

Cincinnati - The Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a contract to Boston Government Services, LLC; of Lenoir City, Tennessee, a small-disadvantaged business under the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program for support services.

DOE to Launch Collaborative Effort with Industry to Improve Natural Gas Systems

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:10
July 30, 2014DOE to Launch Collaborative Effort with Industry to Improve Natural Gas Systems

DOE announced a series of actions, partnerships, and stakeholder commitments to help modernize the nation’s natural gas transmission and distribution systems and reduce methane emissions. As part of these DOE actions, AMO will lead a collaborative effort with industry to evaluate and scope high-impact manufacturing R&D to improve natural gas systems efficiency and leak reduction. The goal of this effort is to establish an advanced manufacturing initiative.

DOE Moab Project Safely Removes 7 Million Tons of Mill Tailings

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:00
July 30, 2014DOE Moab Project Safely Removes 7 Million Tons of Mill Tailings

(Grand Junction, CO) ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has safely moved another million tons of uranium mill tailings from the Moab site in Utah under the Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project.

Energy Department Announces $11 Million to Advance Renewable Carbon Fiber Production from Biomass

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:54
July 30, 2014Energy Department Announces $11 Million to Advance Renewable Carbon Fiber Production from Biomass

The Energy Department announced today up to $11.3 million for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass.

Department of Energy Announces Steps to Help Modernize Natural Gas Infrastructure

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 15:58
July 29, 2014Department of Energy Announces Steps to Help Modernize Natural Gas Infrastructure

Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan, today the White House and the Department of Energy hosted the fifth in a series of meetings on reducing methane emissions from natural gas systems.

Factsheet: An Initiative to Help Modernize Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:55
July 29, 2014Factsheet: An Initiative to Help Modernize Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure

Today, the White House and the Department of Energy are hosting a Capstone Methane Stakeholder Roundtable. In addition, DOE is announcing a series of actions, partnerships, and stakeholder commitments to help modernize the nation’s natural gas transmission and distribution systems and reduce methane emissions.

Geothermal Energy Association Recognizes the National Geothermal Data System

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 08:20
July 29, 2014Geothermal Energy Association Recognizes the National Geothermal Data System

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) announced today the winners of their 2014 GEA Honors, which recognizes companies, projects, and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the geothermal industry. The winners were selected in categories including Technological Advancement, Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship. Now in its fourth year, GEA also provides special recognition of companies and individuals who have made notable advances and achievements for geothermal energy.

RFI Seeks Feedback on Third-party Maintenance Strategy for AMO's Software Tools

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:19
July 28, 2014RFI Seeks Feedback on Third-party Maintenance Strategy for AMO's Software Tools

The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) would like to understand the market opportunities for enhancing and expanding certain industrial system software tools and related assets (including training curriculum and written technical resources). Currently, these tools and resources are primarily maintained by AMO. A Request for Information (RFI) seeks information to assist with the transition of these resources to be primarily or solely managed by a third party (or parties). Market strategies are needed to expand the dissemination, uptake, use, and energy savings outcomes of the tools.

Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:08
July 24, 2014Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

The Energy Department today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

Energy Department Announces Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Awards

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:23
July 24, 2014Energy Department Announces Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Awards

The Energy Department and the Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory today announced funding for projects led by Pika Energy, Northern Power Systems, Endurance Wind Power, and Urban Green Energy that will help drive down the cost of small and medium-sized wind energy systems.

Superior Energy Performance Program Touted in the News

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:34
July 24, 2014Superior Energy Performance Program Touted in the News

​Benefits of the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program were highlighted in ClimateWire, July 23, 2014. The article recounts how SEP led one Nissan plant to invest in operational changes that are now saving 264,000 gigajoules annually—and how a General Dynamics plant saved $536,000 in the first year.

BETO Announces Updated Multi-Year Program Plan

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:14
July 23, 2014BETO Announces Updated Multi-Year Program Plan

The Bioenergy Technologies Office is pleased to announce the release of its newly updated Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP).

BETO-Funded Invention Wins R&D 100 Award

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:39
July 23, 2014BETO-Funded Invention Wins R&D 100 Award

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers won an R&D Magazine R&D 100 award this month for their Bioenergy Technologies Office-funded invention of a new class of membranes that could help reduce the price of bio-ethanol, ethanol-gasoline blend fuels, and drop-in fuels from bio-oil processing.

Madelyn Creedon Confirmed as Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:05
July 23, 2014Madelyn Creedon Confirmed as Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration

WASHINGTON – Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Energy Department Selects Deactivation Contractor for Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:48
July 22, 2014Energy Department Selects Deactivation Contractor for Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a Task Order under the Nationwide Environmental Management ID/IQ Unrestricted Contract to Fluor Federal Services, Inc. for deactivation activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) in Paducah, Kentucky, which is currently leased to the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC).