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A Statement from Under Secretary for Science and Energy Franklin Orr on New Leadership at PNNL

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:51
March 11, 2015A Statement from Under Secretary for Science and Energy Franklin Orr on New Leadership at PNNL

Dr. Franklin Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy welcomes Dr. Steven Ashby as the new Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Valuable Chemical Produced from Renewables Instead of Petroleum

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:04
March 11, 2015Valuable Chemical Produced from Renewables Instead of Petroleum

Researchers at Lygos, Inc., an industrial biotechnology company, achieved a critical breakthrough in the cleaner production of malonic acid, a valuable chemical used to manufacture many products, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, and specialty materials. More than a decade ago, a report prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy identified malonic acid as one of the top 30 value-added chemicals to be produced from biomass-derived sugar.

FEMP 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 17:34
March 9, 2015FEMP 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement

On March 6, 2015, FEMP issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) on the EERE Exchange titled Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT), Fiscal Year 2015.

Fossil Energy Announces New DAS for Clean Coal and Carbon Management

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 14:28
March 9, 2015Fossil Energy Announces New DAS for Clean Coal and Carbon Management

The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy today announced the appointment of David Mohler as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal and Carbon Management.

Energy Department and National Institute of Building Sciences Release Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 13:37
March 9, 2015Energy Department and National Institute of Building Sciences Release Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

As a part of the Obama Administration’s effort to support greater energy efficiency through the Better Buildings Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute) today announced new Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines.

Energy Department Announces $6 Million to Accelerate Alternative Fuel Vehicle Market Growth

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:20
March 9, 2015Energy Department Announces $6 Million to Accelerate Alternative Fuel Vehicle Market Growth

The Energy Department announced today $6 million for 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles, supporting training, and integrating alternative fuels into emergency planning.

DOE Announces Rescheduled Webinar on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s FY2016 Budget Request, and More

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:52
March 5, 2015DOE Announces Rescheduled Webinar on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s FY2016 Budget Request, 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.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMP Partner to Drive Down Federal Energy Costs

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 17:47
March 4, 2015U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMP Partner to Drive Down Federal Energy Costs

The USACE and FEMP developed a partnership to help drive down the federal government's energy costs through the government-wide adoption of performance contracting processes.

U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Issues Solicitation to Address the Energy-Water Nexus

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 17:31
March 4, 2015U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Issues Solicitation to Address the Energy-Water Nexus

Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a $12.5 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for a new technical track under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) that addresses water-related aspects of energy production and use. The solicitation calls for the formation of a U.S-based consortium to work with Chinese counterparts to bolster collaborative efforts to help ensure energy, water, and environmental security and combat climate change. The consortium will be funded with $12.5 million DOE support and $12.5 million recipient cost share for a total of $25 million over the 5 year period of performance.

Energy Department's Race to 7-Day Solar Prize Competition to Speed Solar Deployment

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:48
March 4, 2015Energy Department's Race to 7-Day Solar Prize Competition to Speed Solar Deployment

The Energy Department today announced final rules for a prize competition to make it faster, cheaper, and easier for Americans to install solar energy systems and spur solar deployment nationwide.

Webinar March 10: 2nd International Hydrogen Infrastructure Challenges Webinar

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:18
March 4, 2015Webinar March 10: 2nd International Hydrogen Infrastructure Challenges Webinar

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar on Tuesday, March 10, from 8 to 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, that will summarize the 2nd international information exchange on the hydrogen refueling infrastructure challenges and potential solutions to support the successful global commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

Virginia Tech Selected to Continue Development of Innovative Building Automation System

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:00
March 4, 2015Virginia Tech Selected to Continue Development of Innovative Building Automation System

The Energy Department has awarded the Virginia Polytechnic and State University Advanced Research Institute nearly $2 million to continue research and development of its Building Energy Management Open Source Software (BEMOSS) for small and medium-sized commercial buildings.

New White House Report Highlights Investments in the Future of Indian Country

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:33
March 4, 2015New White House Report Highlights Investments in the Future of Indian Country

On February 27, the White House released its 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference Progress Report, Investing in the Future of Tribal Nations. The report gives substance to the President’s stated commitment to strengthening nation-to-nation relationships with Indian Tribes by documenting the progress the Administration has made in Indian Country over the past year.

Energy Department Announces $35 Million to Advance Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:30
March 3, 2015Energy Department Announces $35 Million to Advance Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies

The Energy Department today announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and enable early adoption of fuel cell applications, such as light duty fuel cell electric vehicles.

Department of Agriculture and Energy Department Announce Up to $8.7 Million through the Interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:00
March 3, 2015Department of Agriculture and Energy Department Announce Up to $8.7 Million through the Interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative

The U.S. Department Agriculture in collaboration with the Energy Department announced that up to $8.7 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products.

DOE Issues RFP for Waste Treatment Services

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:00
March 3, 2015DOE Issues RFP for Waste Treatment Services

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Low-Level Waste (LLW) and Mixed-Low Level Waste (MLLW) treatment services that may result in the issuance of one or more Basic Ordering Agreements (BOAs).

DOE Issues 82nd Lessons Learned Quarterly Report

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:08
March 3, 2015DOE Issues 82nd Lessons Learned Quarterly Report

The 82nd Lessons Learned Quarterly Report (LLQR) features recently issued Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) revised draft guidance on considering greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in NEPA reviews, and a new Executive Order that establishes a federal flood risk management standard to respond to climate change.

For more LLQR, click here.

Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Unveils New Crowdsourcing Website for Building Technologies

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:30
March 2, 2015Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Unveils New Crowdsourcing Website for Building Technologies

As part of the Energy Department's efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the nation's homes and buildings, lower energy costs, and enhance U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing, the Energy Department today launched the new Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website. Administered by the Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the new site will help technology innovators collect, share and evaluate input from customers and other stakeholders about next-generation building technologies.

FEMP Presents Latest Training Course on Advanced Energy Savings Performance Contracting

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:52
March 2, 2015FEMP Presents Latest Training Course on Advanced Energy Savings Performance Contracting

In this course, FEMP Technical Lead Kurmit Rockwell offers in-depth instruction on energy savings performance contracting (ESPC), including primary concepts, timelines, authorizing legislation, and stakeholder roles and responsibilities, and discusses key documents and processes related to the five phases of the ESPC development process.

DOE Offers Relief to Importers Affected by West Coast Port Closures

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 18:28
February 27, 2015DOE Offers Relief to Importers Affected by West Coast Port Closures

Closures at 29 West Coast marine ports in February 2015 due to a labor dispute have resulted in significant delays for certain goods entering the United States through those ports. DOE issued an enforcement policy not to seek civil penalties for violations of the energy and water conservation standards resulting from those delays under certain circumstances.