Project LIBERTY, the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant to use corn waste as a feedstock, announced the start of production today. Once operating at full, commercial-scale, the biorefinery in Emmetsburg, Iowa will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year - enough to avoid approximately 210,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
New Report Highlights Trends in Offshore Wind with 14 Projects Currently In Advanced Stages of Development
The Energy Department today released a new report showing progress for the U.S. offshore wind energy market over the past year, including two projects that have moved into the initial stages of construction, and 14 projects that are in the advanced stages of development– together representing nearly 4,900 megawatts of potential offshore wind energy capacity for the United States.
The Energy Department today released the first National Offshore Wind Energy Grid Interconnection Study that investigated the key economic and technological factors that will influence the integration of offshore wind energy onto the national grid.
The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks information on mid-Technology Readiness Level (TRL) research and development (R&D) needs, market challenges, supply chain challenges, and shared facility needs for clean energy manufacturing. This new Request for Information (RFI) is a follow-on to a recently completed RFI broadly covering advanced manufacturing. AMO would now like to know more about the challenges associated with advanced manufacturing technology which potentially could be overcome by pre-competitive collaboration as part of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
The 2014 Energy Storage Peer Review will be held September 17-19, 2014, in Washington, DC. The event is free but registration is required. The preliminary agenda is available.
The Energy Department today announced a new report showing steady progress for the U.S. offshore wind energy industry over the past year. The report highlights 14 projects in advanced stages of development, together representing nearly 4,900 megawatts (MW) of potential offshore wind energy capacity for the United States.
The 2014 Smart Grid System Report, which is intended to provide an update on the status of smart grid deployment nationwide, technological developments, and barriers that may affect the continued adoption of the technology, is now available for downloading.
FEMP presents its latest e-Training core course, ESPCs: Five Phases to Success. This online class provides an introduction to the fundamentals of an energy savings performance contract.
POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg, Iowa, will celebrate its grand opening September 3, 2014, becoming the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant to use corn waste as a feedstock. Developed through a joint venture between POET LLC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and DSM Royal, a Dutch enzyme manufacturer, the project uses biochemical conversion technologies (yeast and enzymes) to convert cellulosic biomass into transportation fuels.
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz was joined by the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, United States Air Force (Ret), U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver II and Vicky Hartzler, and other local officials today to officially dedicate the new National Security Campus in Kansas City.
FEMP is pleased to announce four new utilities now offering Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) to their Federal customers.
Energy Department Announces $17 Million to Advance Efficient, Environmentally-Friendly Highway Transportation Technologies
The Energy Department announced today $17.6 million for 14 cooperative agreements with small businesses and institutions of higher education to develop and deploy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States. The funding will go towards projects that pursue breakthrough approaches to providing Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.
Aug. 27 Webinar Will Focus on Financing Facility- and Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Projects
The Energy Department's Office of Indian Energy, Tribal Energy Program, and Western Area Power Administration will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Introduction to Facility- and Community-Scale Project Financing, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar will focus on the various forms of financing for smaller renewable energy projects that serve an individual facility or community, and will explore their relative advantages and disadvantages to tribal communities.
DOE Announces Webinars on Tribal Energy Project Financing, Building Re-tuning for Energy Efficiency, 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.
Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Energy Department announced today nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. 83 projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy Department Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA),“Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts.”
On Friday, August 22, 2014 from 1 - 2 p.m. ET, Clean Energy State Alliance will host a webinar to discuss a project to build a solar plus storage microgrid located in Rutland, Vermont. OE is partnering with the State of Vermont Public Service, Green Mountain Power, and Dynapower on a resilience microgrid that will combine 2.5 MW of solar generation with 4MW of energy storage. Webinar speakers include OE's Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager. The event is free but registration is required.
Cincinnati – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today awarded a sole-source cooperative agreement to the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB).
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) invites public comment on its request for information (RFI) regarding landscape design for sustainable bioenergy systems. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from bioenergy stakeholders on landscape design approaches that integrate cellulosic bioenergy feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems while maintaining or enhancing environmental and socio-economic sustainability.
The Department of Energy has issued a Notice of Public Comment in the Federal Register, inviting the public to comment on the draft National Electric Transmission Congestion Study. The draft study is now available for review and downloading at http://www.energy.gov/node/942311. The public comment period will close on October 20, 2014. After reviewing and considering comments on the draft study, the Department will prepare and release a final version of the study.