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Summary and Presentations from “Estimating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Technologies” Workshop Now Available

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:55
December 8, 2014Summary and Presentations from “Estimating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Technologies” Workshop Now Available

Beginning on September 30, 2014, the Department of Energy hosted a two-day workshop on “Estimating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Technologies” in Washington DC. The purpose of the workshop was to foster discussion about the analytic challenges associated with valuing the diverse impacts of deploying distributed energy technologies. Many valuation studies have been published in recent years, using different methods and assumptions.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Announce Business Development Mission to China

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:30
December 8, 2014U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Announce Business Development Mission to China

– U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced that they will lead a Business Development Mission to China in April 2015, focused on industries supporting Smart Cities and Smart Growth.

Energy Department Announces Funding to Improve Grid Resiliency and Climate Preparedness

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:06
December 5, 2014Energy Department Announces Funding to Improve Grid Resiliency and Climate Preparedness

The Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability announced that it is making up to $3.5 million in funding available for communities to deploy smart grid tools and technologies to advance climate preparedness and resiliency of the electricity delivery infrastructure. This Funding Opportunity supports the goals of other initiatives by the Administration to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by providing funding to local and tribal governments.

Two Tribes Recognized as Climate Action Champions During White House Tribal Nations Conference

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 13:00
December 4, 2014Two Tribes Recognized as Climate Action Champions During White House Tribal Nations Conference

Two Tribes are among the winners of the Climate Action Champions competition, the White House announced on Wednesday, December 3, at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C.

Joseph Hezir Confirmed as Chief Financial Officer

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:21
December 4, 2014Joseph Hezir Confirmed as Chief Financial Officer

Joseph Hezir was confirmed by the Senate on December 4, 2014 as the Department of Energy’s Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Franklin Orr Confirmed as Under Secretary for Science and Energy

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:10
December 4, 2014Dr. Franklin Orr Confirmed as Under Secretary for Science and Energy

Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr was confirmed by the Senate on December 4, 2014 as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the Department of Energy.

Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Develop Advanced Logistics for Bioenergy Feedstocks

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:40
December 4, 2014Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Develop Advanced Logistics for Bioenergy Feedstocks

The Energy Department announced today up to $7 million for two projects aimed at developing and demonstrating ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries.

Energy Department Expands Support of Alaska Native Clean Energy

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:30
December 3, 2014Energy Department Expands Support of Alaska Native Clean Energy

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities across the country enhance their energy security, build a sustainable energy future, and combat climate change, the Department of Energy today announced the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, a competitive technical assistance program that assists Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects

New Online Tool Creates One-Stop Shop for Federal Program Opportunities That Support Tribal Energy Development

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:03
December 3, 2014New Online Tool Creates One-Stop Shop for Federal Program Opportunities That Support Tribal Energy Development

The White House Council on Native American Affairs Energy Subgroup launched a new online tool that provides a centralized repository of federal funding and technical assistance programs that can support energy project development for Tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations.

DOE Announces Webinars on the Buildings of the Future Research Project, O&M Best Practices for Small PV Systems, and More

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 18:31
December 2, 2014DOE Announces Webinars on the Buildings of the Future Research Project, O&M Best Practices for Small PV Systems, 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.

Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Lower Costs, Increase Performance of Solar Energy Systems

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 14:46
December 2, 2014Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Lower Costs, Increase Performance of Solar Energy Systems

Supporting the Administration’s effort to make solar energy more affordable and accessible for all Americans, the Energy Department today announced more than $9 million in funding for breakthrough research and development projects that will advance the reliability and durability of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies.

DOE Issues 81st Lessons Learned Quarterly Report

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 18:17
December 1, 2014DOE Issues 81st Lessons Learned Quarterly Report

This issue features tools to help NEPA practitioners perform NEPA reviews, including discussions of:  what works and doesn't work in the scoping process, MapWarper, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Environmental Questionnaire for funding proposals, and a sustainability rating system.  Also featured are thoughts on NEPA quality, training and schedules from the Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Compliance.  Articles include:

Fuel Cells Market Exceeds $1.3 Billion in Worldwide Sales

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 18:14
December 1, 2014Fuel Cells Market Exceeds $1.3 Billion in Worldwide Sales

The market for fuel cells is growing, exceeding $1.3 billion in worldwide sales during 2013, according to the recently released "Business Case for Fuel Cells" report from the Fuel Cell Technologies Office.

Energy Department Announces $4.4 Million to Advance Hydropower Manufacturing

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 17:09
December 1, 2014Energy Department Announces $4.4 Million to Advance Hydropower Manufacturing

The Energy Department today announced a total of $4.4 million for two projects in Michigan and Pennsylvania to support the use of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques in the development of new “low-head” hydropower technologies.

Webinar December 2: Materials Genome Initiative

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:51
December 1, 2014Webinar December 2: Materials Genome Initiative

The Energy Department will present a live webinar entitled "Materials Genome Initiative" on Tuesday, December 2, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Arun Majumdar named Vice Chair of SEAB

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 12:38
December 1, 2014Arun Majumdar named Vice Chair of SEAB

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced Arun Majumdar, Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor at Stanford University, as the Vice Chair of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB).

2015 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Challenges Students to Develop Innovative Hydrogen Fueling Station Business and Financing Models

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:18
November 25, 20142015 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Challenges Students to Develop Innovative Hydrogen Fueling Station Business and Financing Models

The Hydrogen Education Foundation announced the 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest, which will challenge student teams to develop business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations. Registration for the Contest is open until January 16, 2015.

Department of Energy Cites Stanford University for Worker Safety and Health Violations

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:25
November 21, 2014Department of Energy Cites Stanford University for Worker Safety and Health Violations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Stanford University (Stanford) for four violations of the Department's worker safety and health regulations.

DOE Issues Request for Proposal for Services at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 17:00
November 20, 2014DOE Issues Request for Proposal for Services at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Cincinnati – The Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a proposal for services to complete a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Restoration Plan based on injuries to natural resources from the release of hazardous substances from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Biopower Report Presents Methodology for Assessing the Value of Co-Firing Biomass in Pulverized Coal Plants

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:22
November 20, 2014Biopower Report Presents Methodology for Assessing the Value of Co-Firing Biomass in Pulverized Coal Plants

A joint Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) report presents the results of an evaluation funded by the Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the effects of substituting up to 20% renewable biomass for coal in electricity production. This report is the first publically available assessment of its kind to investigate the impacts of co-firing biomass with coal at concentrations greater than 10% biomass without modification to the pulverized coal plant or its feed system. Findings have expanded the methodology that communities and energy providers can use to evaluate the potential economic and environmental benefits of using biomass in their coal plants.