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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).

DOE Announces Webinars on New Energy Savings Performance Contracting Resources, Better Buildings Challenge, and More

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:58
July 22, 2014DOE Announces Webinars on New Energy Savings Performance Contracting Resources, Better Buildings Challenge, 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.

SBIR/STTR Phase I Technical Topics for FY15 Announced – Webinar July 22 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:50
July 22, 2014SBIR/STTR Phase I Technical Topics for FY15 Announced – Webinar July 22 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

The Fiscal Year 2015 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 1 technical topics include non-platinum catalysts for fuel cells and detection of contaminants in hydrogen.

Construction Begins on DOE-Sponsored Carbon-Capture Project at Kentucky Power Plant

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:21
July 21, 2014Construction Begins on DOE-Sponsored Carbon-Capture Project at Kentucky Power Plant

Today, construction began on an innovative $19.5 million carbon-capture pilot, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The 2 megawatt thermal system will be the first megawatt-scale carbon-capture pilot unit in the Commonwealth.

EPA Launches 2014 National Building Competition

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:59
July 18, 2014EPA Launches 2014 National Building Competition

Let the battle begin! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in mid-July launched the 2014 National Building Competition.

Energy Department Announces Up to $31 Million for Initial Phases of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:25
July 17, 2014Energy Department Announces Up to $31 Million for Initial Phases of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). EGS are engineered reservoirs, created beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are safely created and their size and connectivity increased. These enhanced pathways allow fluid to circulate throughout the hot rock and carry heat to the surface to generate electricity. In the long term, EGS may enable domestic access to a geographically diverse baseload, and carbon-free energy resource on the order of 100 gigawatts, or enough to power about 100 million homes.

Departments of Energy and Agriculture Announce Bioenergy Projects in 10 States

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:21
July 17, 2014Departments of Energy and Agriculture Announce Bioenergy Projects in 10 States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the selection of 10 projects that will receive funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and bio-based products. The investment is part of the Obama Administration’s broader effort to diversify the nation’s energy portfolio and accelerate development of new clean energy technologies designed to decrease dependence on foreign oil, providing a more secure future for America’s energy needs and enhancing rural economies.

Vehicle Technologies Office’s Research Recognized by R&D 100 Awards

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:12
July 17, 2014Vehicle Technologies Office’s Research Recognized by R&D 100 Awards

The 2014 R&D 100 Awards recognized four projects supported by the Vehicle Technologies Office for their technical significance, innovation, and usefulness.

Energy Department Awards $3.5 Million to Develop Cost-Competitive Algal Biofuels

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:52
July 17, 2014Energy Department Awards $3.5 Million to Develop Cost-Competitive Algal Biofuels

The Energy Department announced today $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels. This research project supports the Department’s goal of producing 2,500 gallons of algal biofuel feedstock per acre per year by 2018, an important milestone toward reducing the cost of algal biofuels to cost-competitive levels of 5,000 gallons per acre per year by 2022.

Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million to Expand Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:22
July 17, 2014Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million to Expand Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands

The Energy Department today announced up to $7 million to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects in tribal communities, reducing reliance on fossil fuel, and promoting economic development.

2014 Smart Grid R&D Peer Review Presentations Now Available

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:12
July 16, 20142014 Smart Grid R&D Peer Review Presentations Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability held a peer review of the Smart Grid R&D Program on June 11-12, 2014 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. The meeting was held to conduct an external review of technical R&D projects funded by the Smart Grid R&D Program; the review results will be used to help guide the projects in meeting clearly defined criteria, as well as to help support program planning and portfolio management.