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Energy Department Offers Conditional Commitment to Alcoa to Support Manufacturing of Aluminum for Automotive Sector

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:46
March 26, 2015Energy Department Offers Conditional Commitment to Alcoa to Support Manufacturing of Aluminum for Automotive Sector

As part of the Administration’s effort to support advanced vehicles that are more affordable for Americans to drive, strengthen U.S. leadership in manufacturing advanced vehicle technologies, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased fuel efficiency, the Department of Energy announced a conditional commitment for a $259 million loan to Alcoa Inc. today.

DOE Announces Webinars on Next Generation Electric Machines, Zero Energy Buildings, and More

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:44
March 26, 2015DOE Announces Webinars on Next Generation Electric Machines, Zero Energy Buildings, 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.

Attend a Webinar on AMO's Next Generation Electric Machines Funding Opportunity

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 15:09
March 24, 2015Attend a Webinar on AMO's Next Generation Electric Machines Funding Opportunity

An Informational Webinar on the the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Next Generation Electric Machines: Megawatt Class Motors to give applicants an overview of standard procedures regarding the EERE Office and FOA process will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT.

DOE Issues ESPC IDIQ Solicitation: Deadline for Response April 29, 2015

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:34
March 24, 2015DOE Issues ESPC IDIQ Solicitation: Deadline for Response April 29, 2015

DOE today released a request for proposals (RFP) solicitation for the implementation of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) at U.S. federal government sites worldwide.

SBIR/STTR FY15 Phase 2 Awards Announced—Includes Hydrogen Production and FCEV Systems

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:37
March 23, 2015SBIR/STTR FY15 Phase 2 Awards Announced—Includes Hydrogen Production and FCEV Systems

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the 2015 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase 2 Release 1 Awards, including three Office of Science projects focusing on hydrogen production from electrolysis and hydrogen systems supporting fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Innovative, Lower Cost Sensors and Controls Yield Better Energy Efficiency

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:05
March 23, 2015Innovative, Lower Cost Sensors and Controls Yield Better Energy Efficiency

ORNL’s new wireless sensor prototype could reduce costs to $1-10 per node by leveraging advanced manufacturing techniques such as additive roll-to-roll manufacturing.

Schneider Electric Boasts Ten Facilities Certified to Superior Energy Performance in North America

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:44
March 23, 2015Schneider Electric Boasts Ten Facilities Certified to Superior Energy Performance in North America

Schneider Electric has doubled the number of sites earning SEP certification since announcing their first five SEP-certified facilities in October 2014. The company’s most recent SEP certifications include two Platinum level facilities in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and Clovis, California, which improved their energy performance by more than 15% over three years. Facilities in Peru, Indiana and Columbia, South Carolina earned Gold level certification, while the Rojo Gomez, Mexico location earned Silver level certification.

Conference Proceedings Available - The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:55
March 23, 2015Conference Proceedings Available - The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond

In October 2014, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) held a conference to assess progress, impacts, benefits, and lessons learned from utility smart grid projects and to exchange information about future challenges and opportunities. The summary of conference proceedings, The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond, is now available for download. This report summarizes the information presented during the conference and the key points raised during the group discussions that followed the presentation sessions

Energy Department Recognizes Cleveland Partners for Leadership in Saving Energy

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:47
March 23, 2015Energy Department Recognizes Cleveland Partners for Leadership in Saving Energy

As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department is recognizing its Cleveland area partners for their leadership in saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions today.

April 7 Webinar on OE’s Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure Initiative FOA

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:25
March 23, 2015April 7 Webinar on OE’s Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure Initiative FOA

On April 7, Dan Ton, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dr. Imre Gyuk, Manager of the Energy Storage Program, and Dr. Carol Hawk, Manger of the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems Program, will be featured speakers during a webinar on OE’s Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure Initiative (REDI) Funding Opportunity Announcement. The Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure Initiative FOA is focused on local and tribal governments that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster over the past 30 years. The awards will help communities deploy smart grid tools and technologies that will help decision makers and resource managers improve recovery of electricity delivery services in their communities.

SGDP Report Now Available: Interoperability of Demand Response Resources Demonstration in NY (February 2015)

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 16:42
March 20, 2015SGDP Report Now Available: Interoperability of Demand Response Resources Demonstration in NY (February 2015)

The Interoperability of Demand Response Resources Demonstration in NY was awarded to Con Edison in 2009 as part of DOE's Smart Grid Demonstration Project (SGDP) grants funded by the Recovery Act. The objective of the project was to develop and demonstrate methodologies to enhance the ability of customer sited demand response resources, both conventional and renewable, to integrate more effectively with electric delivery companies

DOE Extends Paducah Infrastructure Support Services Contract

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 15:30
March 20, 2015DOE Extends Paducah Infrastructure Support Services Contract

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that it is extending its contract for Infrastructure Support Services at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant for a period of three months. The contract period for the current contractor, Swift & Staley, Inc. (SSI), had been scheduled to expire on March 30, 2015.

Now Available: Lakeland Electric SGIG Consumer Behavior Study Interim Evaluation Report (February 2015)

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:17
March 20, 2015Now Available: Lakeland Electric SGIG Consumer Behavior Study Interim Evaluation Report (February 2015)

An interim evaluation report summarizing results from the first year of Lakeland Electric’s two-year 3-Period Time of Use (TOU) program called “Shift-to-Save” (STS) is now available. The study is part of a full system-wide deployment of advanced metering infrastructure funded in part by a grant from the Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Program.

Webinar March 26: Energy Storage for a Greener and More Resilient Grid

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 16:22
March 19, 2015Webinar March 26: Energy Storage for a Greener and More Resilient Grid

The increasing penetration of variable renewable generation storage is now becoming one of the hottest topics in the utility industry. Research on materials and devices has increased cost-effectiveness, cycle life, and safety. The presentation by OE’s Dr. Imre Gyuk will discuss multi-megawatt applications of a variety of energy storage technologies, including major storage facilities recently constructed in Texas, California, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico.

Regional Tribal Renewable Energy Workshops Announced

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:46
March 19, 2015Regional Tribal Renewable Energy Workshops Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is offering a series of interactive workshops that will walk participants through the process for developing commercial- and community -scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands.

White House Announces New Executive Order To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Federal Government

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:45
March 19, 2015White House Announces New Executive Order To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Federal Government

The White House today announced that President Obama will issue a new executive order that will cut the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 40% over the next decade (from 2008 levels) and increase the share of electricity the federal government consumes from renewable sources to 30%.

Webinar March 24: National Hydrogen Safety Training Resource for Emergency Responders

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:58
March 19, 2015Webinar March 24: National Hydrogen Safety Training Resource for Emergency Responders

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar titled "National Hydrogen Safety Training Resource for Emergency Responders" on Tuesday, March 24, from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This webinar will describe a new, free, online national hydrogen safety training resource for emergency responders.

Energy Department Announces $20 Million to Develop Advanced Components for Next Generation Electric Machines

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:21
March 19, 2015Energy Department Announces $20 Million to Develop Advanced Components for Next Generation Electric Machines

The Energy Department today announced up to $20 million in available funding to spur the development of high speed industrial motors and drives, using high power-density designs and integrated power electronics to increase efficiency. The industrial sector consumes over a quarter of the electricity produced in the United States and is projected to increase its use by approximately 30% by 2040.