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Department of Energy Cites Fluor B&W Portsmouth, LLC for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Violations

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 17:14
January 30, 2015Department of Energy Cites Fluor B&W Portsmouth, LLC for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Violations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Fluor B&W Portsmouth (FBP) for violations of the DOE’s nuclear safety and radiation protection regulations, and has proposed a $243,750 civil penalty.

Energy Department Announces More Than $59 Million Investment in Solar

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 17:07
January 30, 2015Energy Department Announces More Than $59 Million Investment in Solar

Energy Department Announces More Than $59 Million Investment in Solar

Funding to Drive Solar Technology Innovation, Help Communities Boost Deployment

Energy Department Sells Historic Teapot Dome Oilfield

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:00
January 30, 2015Energy Department Sells Historic Teapot Dome Oilfield

Today, the Energy Department finalized the sale of the historic Teapot Dome Oilfield located 35 miles north of Casper, Wyoming to Stranded Oil Resources Corporation, a subsidiary of Allegheny Capital Corporation.

Energy Department Announces Five Year Renewal of Funding for First Energy Innovation Hub

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:57
January 30, 2015Energy Department Announces Five Year Renewal of Funding for First Energy Innovation Hub

– In support of the President’s call during his State of the Union Address to advance an all-of-the-above energy strategy, the U.S. Department of Energy announced today it would renew funding, subject to congressional appropriations, for the Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), an Energy Innovation Hub established in 2010 to develop advanced computing capabilities that serve as a virtual version of existing, operating nuclear reactors.

St. Gobain Innovation Competition for Start-Ups

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 16:34
January 29, 2015St. Gobain Innovation Competition for Start-Ups

The Saint-Gobain NOVA Innovation Competition rewards start-ups offering the most innovative solutions in the field of habitat, sustainable products, advanced materials, renewable energy sources and high-efficiency building solutions.

DOE Names Oak Ridge Cleanup Manager

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:45
January 29, 2015DOE Names Oak Ridge Cleanup Manager

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the selection of Sue Cange as the manager of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (EM). Previously, Cange served as the acting manager of EM’s Oak Ridge Office since May 2014, and she has served as the deputy manager since March 2011.

New Better Buildings Challenge Partners Commit 70 Million Square Feet, $1.7 Billion

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:40
January 29, 2015New Better Buildings Challenge Partners Commit 70 Million Square Feet, $1.7 Billion

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced today that more than 20 new partners have committed to improving energy efficiency across their respective building portfolios by 20 percent over the next ten years.

Energy Department Announces More Than $59 Million Investment in Solar

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:22
January 29, 2015Energy Department Announces More Than $59 Million Investment in Solar

In support of the Administration’s effort to double renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department announced more than $59 million in funding to support solar energy innovation today.

Energy Department Awards Geothermal Student Scholarships

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:39
January 28, 2015Energy Department Awards Geothermal Student Scholarships

When the University of Rochester’s student team won first place in the 2013 DOE National Geothermal Student Competition, they earned two scholarship awards that were presented to the University of Rochester in 2014.

New Enzyme Speeds Up Biomass-to-Sugar Conversion

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:32
January 28, 2015New Enzyme Speeds Up Biomass-to-Sugar Conversion

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed an enzyme—called CelA—that can convert biomass such as trees, grasses, and agricultural residue to sugars up to 14 times faster and much more cheaply than competing catalysts used in biofuel production.

Energy Department Recognizes City of Roanoke, VA for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:00
January 27, 2015Energy Department Recognizes City of Roanoke, VA for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department today recognized the city of Roanoke, Virginia for its leadership.

Introducing the Attachments Energy Ratings Council

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:42
January 26, 2015Introducing the Attachments Energy Ratings Council

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) has launched the Attachments Energy Ratings Council (AERC).

Advanced Manufacturing Office Update, January 2015

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 15:00
January 26, 2015Advanced Manufacturing Office Update, January 2015

January 2015 Update from the Advanced Manufacturing Office

New Membrane Technology for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Begins Pilot-Scale Test

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:14
January 26, 2015New Membrane Technology for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Begins Pilot-Scale Test

A promising new technology sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for economically capturing 90 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from a coal-burning power plant has begun pilot-scale testing.

New Online Tool Expands Analysis of Biofuels’ Water Impact

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:25
January 23, 2015New Online Tool Expands Analysis of Biofuels’ Water Impact

Last week, Argonne National Laboratory released a new version of the Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources (WATER) online tool. As with the previous two versions, WATER 3.0 quantifies the water footprint of various biofuel pathways, providing details of the water consumption required for the production of biofuels.

Energy Department creates Jobs Strategy Council to Focus on Job Growth in Energy Economy

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:02
January 23, 2015Energy Department creates Jobs Strategy Council to Focus on Job Growth in Energy Economy

Today, Secretary Moniz announced the creation of the Jobs Strategy Council (JSC), an initiative focused on accelerating job growth in American-made clean energy sources while implementing the President’s Climate Action Plan, during a roundtable with the business leaders of Energy Intensive, Trade Exposed industries and their unions, the United Steelworkers, the United Autoworkers, the Machinists, the IUE-CWA, and the AFL-CIO.

EERE Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations FOA

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:09
January 23, 2015EERE Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations FOA

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) posted a Notice of Intent (NOI), on behalf of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), for a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations." The FOA will offer up to $35 million, subject to appropriations, to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and enable early adoption of fuel cell applications.

Energy Secretary Moniz Unveils More Than $55 Million to Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:59
January 22, 2015Energy Secretary Moniz Unveils More Than $55 Million to Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies

Following the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20st in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced more than $55 million to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy.

DOE Announces Webinars on Solar Program Overview, Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan, and More

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:32
January 22, 2015DOE Announces Webinars on Solar Program Overview, Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan, 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.

FEMP Offers New Training Series on Renewable Energy Technologies

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 15:56
January 21, 2015FEMP Offers New Training Series on Renewable Energy Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) presents an updated series of training courses focused on Renewable Energy Technology Applications for federal sites.