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BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 14:25
January 10, 2017BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. The report is the first comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities provided by feedstocks, including wastewater treatment-derived sludge and biosolids, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats and greases, biogas, and carbon dioxide streams.

Contract Awarded for Technical Support at Department of Energy Environmental Management (EM) Sites Across the DOE Complex

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 16:00
January 9, 2017Contract Awarded for Technical Support at Department of Energy Environmental Management (EM) Sites Across the DOE Complex

Cincinnati - The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a Time and Materials, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to SUNSi JV, LLC, of Pocatello, ID.

Report Shows New Transmission Can Help Wind Energy Supply a Third of U.S. Electricity

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:06
January 9, 2017Report Shows New Transmission Can Help Wind Energy Supply a Third of U.S. Electricity

The Energy Department today released a report which confirms that adding even limited electricity transmission can significantly reduce the costs of expanding wind energy to supply 35% of U.S. electricity by 2050. The report, titled Reducing Wind Curtailment through Transmission Expansion in a Wind Vision Future and authored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), affirms the findings of the Energy Department’s 2015 Wind Vision, which showed that a future in which wind provides 20% of U.S. electricity in 2030 and 35% in 2050 is achievable and would provide significant economic, energy security, and health benefits to the nation.

Department of Energy Announces the Notice of Sale of Crude Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:01
January 9, 2017Department of Energy Announces the Notice of Sale of Crude Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy today announced a Notice of Sale of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

U.S. Energy Secretary and Mexico Energy Minister Sign Bilateral Principles to Promote Electricity Reliability of Interconnected Power Systems

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 10:46
January 9, 2017U.S. Energy Secretary and Mexico Energy Minister Sign Bilateral Principles to Promote Electricity Reliability of Interconnected Power Systems

The 11 principles will be the foundation for the U.S. and Mexico to more closely enable a more integrated, reliable and secure electricity system for North America

U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz, New Mexico Delegation Recognize Reopening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 02:00
January 9, 2017U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz, New Mexico Delegation Recognize Reopening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

Reopening marks the end of recovery operations and the resumption of waste emplacement activities at WIPP, the only deep geological repository for transuranic radioactive waste in the United States

Energy Department Partners with Department of Agriculture for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:00
January 6, 2017Energy Department Partners with Department of Agriculture for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

The Energy Department (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) jointly announced $22.7 million today to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR).

Administration Releases Second Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 07:39
January 6, 2017Administration Releases Second Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review

Report includes 70 recommendations to enable the electricity sector to manage the risks and opportunities of the 21st Century through policy change and R&D investments.

Energy Department Veteran Saves Electricity One Light Switch at a Time

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 16:03
January 5, 2017Energy Department Veteran Saves Electricity One Light Switch at a Time

Lighting makes up nearly 10% of the energy costs in our homes. But how many of us actually flip off the light switch when leaving the room? Over the past 16 years, Tien Nguyen, a veteran analyst in the Fuel Cell Technologies Office who just retired, did just that every night before he headed home from work—saving roughly $200,000 and enough electricity to power 150 homes for one year in the process.

U.S. Department of Energy: Cabinet Exit Memo

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 10:14
January 5, 2017U.S. Department of Energy: Cabinet Exit Memo

Today, Secretary Moniz and the U.S. Department of Energy released a Cabinet Exit Memo illustrating the Department's work under the Obama Administration.

The Advanced Manufacturing Office Issues a Draft of its Multi-Year Program Plan for Public Comment

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 16:53
January 4, 2017The Advanced Manufacturing Office Issues a Draft of its Multi-Year Program Plan for Public Comment

The Office of Energy and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) today posted a draft of its Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) for public feedback and comment. This MYPP is intended for use as a guide for AMO, as well as a resource to help communicate its priorities to stakeholders and the public. The document includes an overview of the structure of the AMO office, and a newly defined mission statement and goals.

Energy Department Launches New Manufacturing USA Institute Focused on Recycling and Reusing Materials

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:20
January 4, 2017Energy Department Launches New Manufacturing USA Institute Focused on Recycling and Reusing Materials

Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance will Lead $140 million Institute in Rochester, New York to Improve Competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturing.

Energy Department Transfers Land to City of Oak Ridge as the Community Focuses on Future Economic Development

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:37
December 30, 2016Energy Department Transfers Land to City of Oak Ridge as the Community Focuses on Future Economic Development

As part of the land transfer, the Department will receive space to continue its public education and outreach efforts to preserve the history it shares with the city.

BETO Releases Strategic Plan

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 17:01
December 29, 2016BETO Releases Strategic Plan

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released its new strategic plan, titled Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy. The strategic plan lays out BETO’s mission to accomplish its vision in a dynamic setting that realizes changes in the energy landscape, advances in technology, growing environmental awareness, and public expectations.

Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 10:32
December 29, 2016Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced up to $7 million for eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. Under the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office are collaborating to maximize energy savings and on-road vehicle performance, while dramatically reducing transportation-related petroleum consumption and harmful emissions.

Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 15:11
December 28, 2016Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower

Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower.” These projects, required to share the cost at a minimum of 50%, will develop and execute plans for the manufacturing of advanced or cellulosic biofuels, bioproducts, refinery-compatible intermediates, and/or biopower in a domestic pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery.

"Energizing Policy Evolution for the Grid Revolution" White Paper Now Available

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 11:15
December 28, 2016"Energizing Policy Evolution for the Grid Revolution" White Paper Now Available

The electricity sector is in the midst of unprecedented change, driven by rapidly evolving technology, changing customers demands, and new business opportunities. A new white paper entitled Energizing Policy Evolution for the Grid Revolution examines the landscape of new technologies that may disrupt electric sector markets, operations, and planning over the next 20 to 25 years, and highlights the potential laws, rules, and regulations that may need reexamination in light of these changes. The white paper was sponsored by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and produced by ICF International.

Energy Department Announces $18 Million Investment to Accelerate the Development of Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Use of Other Alternative Fuels

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 19:06
December 22, 2016Energy Department Announces $18 Million Investment to Accelerate the Development of Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Use of Other Alternative Fuels

WASHINGTON – Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced $18 million in support of five projects for research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.

Energy Department Announces Funding to Support Breakthrough Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:43
December 21, 2016Energy Department Announces Funding to Support Breakthrough Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing

EERE announces up to $35 million in available funding to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing that are not significantly represented in EERE’s current portfolio.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Announces Charles Curtis as 2016 Recipient of Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 16:16
December 21, 2016Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Announces Charles Curtis as 2016 Recipient of Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced Charles B. Curtis as the third recipient of the James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.  When the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) were established on October 1, 1977, Schlesinger and Curtis were appointed by President Carter as the first DOE Secretary and FERC Chairman, respectively.  Later, Mr.