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Energy Department Expands Support of Alaska Native Clean Energy

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:30
December 3, 2014Energy Department Expands Support of Alaska Native Clean Energy

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities across the country enhance their energy security, build a sustainable energy future, and combat climate change, the Department of Energy today announced the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, a competitive technical assistance program that assists Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects

New Online Tool Creates One-Stop Shop for Federal Program Opportunities That Support Tribal Energy Development

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:03
December 3, 2014New Online Tool Creates One-Stop Shop for Federal Program Opportunities That Support Tribal Energy Development

The White House Council on Native American Affairs Energy Subgroup launched a new online tool that provides a centralized repository of federal funding and technical assistance programs that can support energy project development for Tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations.

DOE Announces Webinars on the Buildings of the Future Research Project, O&M Best Practices for Small PV Systems, and More

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 18:31
December 2, 2014DOE Announces Webinars on the Buildings of the Future Research Project, O&M Best Practices for Small PV Systems, 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.

Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Lower Costs, Increase Performance of Solar Energy Systems

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 14:46
December 2, 2014Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Lower Costs, Increase Performance of Solar Energy Systems

Supporting the Administration’s effort to make solar energy more affordable and accessible for all Americans, the Energy Department today announced more than $9 million in funding for breakthrough research and development projects that will advance the reliability and durability of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies.

DOE Issues 81st Lessons Learned Quarterly Report

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 18:17
December 1, 2014DOE Issues 81st Lessons Learned Quarterly Report

This issue features tools to help NEPA practitioners perform NEPA reviews, including discussions of:  what works and doesn't work in the scoping process, MapWarper, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Environmental Questionnaire for funding proposals, and a sustainability rating system.  Also featured are thoughts on NEPA quality, training and schedules from the Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Compliance.  Articles include:

Fuel Cells Market Exceeds $1.3 Billion in Worldwide Sales

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 18:14
December 1, 2014Fuel Cells Market Exceeds $1.3 Billion in Worldwide Sales

The market for fuel cells is growing, exceeding $1.3 billion in worldwide sales during 2013, according to the recently released "Business Case for Fuel Cells" report from the Fuel Cell Technologies Office.

Energy Department Announces $4.4 Million to Advance Hydropower Manufacturing

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 17:09
December 1, 2014Energy Department Announces $4.4 Million to Advance Hydropower Manufacturing

The Energy Department today announced a total of $4.4 million for two projects in Michigan and Pennsylvania to support the use of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques in the development of new “low-head” hydropower technologies.

Webinar December 2: Materials Genome Initiative

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:51
December 1, 2014Webinar December 2: Materials Genome Initiative

The Energy Department will present a live webinar entitled "Materials Genome Initiative" on Tuesday, December 2, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Arun Majumdar named Vice Chair of SEAB

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 12:38
December 1, 2014Arun Majumdar named Vice Chair of SEAB

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced Arun Majumdar, Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor at Stanford University, as the Vice Chair of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB).

2015 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Challenges Students to Develop Innovative Hydrogen Fueling Station Business and Financing Models

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:18
November 25, 20142015 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Challenges Students to Develop Innovative Hydrogen Fueling Station Business and Financing Models

The Hydrogen Education Foundation announced the 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest, which will challenge student teams to develop business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations. Registration for the Contest is open until January 16, 2015.

Department of Energy Cites Stanford University for Worker Safety and Health Violations

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:25
November 21, 2014Department of Energy Cites Stanford University for Worker Safety and Health Violations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Stanford University (Stanford) for four violations of the Department's worker safety and health regulations.

DOE Issues Request for Proposal for Services at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 17:00
November 20, 2014DOE Issues Request for Proposal for Services at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Cincinnati – The Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a proposal for services to complete a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Restoration Plan based on injuries to natural resources from the release of hazardous substances from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Biopower Report Presents Methodology for Assessing the Value of Co-Firing Biomass in Pulverized Coal Plants

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:22
November 20, 2014Biopower Report Presents Methodology for Assessing the Value of Co-Firing Biomass in Pulverized Coal Plants

A joint Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) report presents the results of an evaluation funded by the Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the effects of substituting up to 20% renewable biomass for coal in electricity production. This report is the first publically available assessment of its kind to investigate the impacts of co-firing biomass with coal at concentrations greater than 10% biomass without modification to the pulverized coal plant or its feed system. Findings have expanded the methodology that communities and energy providers can use to evaluate the potential economic and environmental benefits of using biomass in their coal plants.

Lab Discovery: Water Leads to Chemical that “Gunks Up” Biofuels Production

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:16
November 20, 2014Lab Discovery: Water Leads to Chemical that “Gunks Up” Biofuels Production Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have determined that water—a prevalent component of biofuel conversion processes—turns the pyrolysis oil component, phenol, into a highly reactive molecular structure that polymerizes, or “gunks up” the conversion process, thereby slowing down  key chemical reactions.   

BETO Announces Updated Multi-Year Program Plan: November 2014 Update

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:08
November 20, 2014BETO Announces Updated Multi-Year Program Plan: November 2014 Update

This MYPP sets forth the goals and structure of the Bioenergy Technologies Office. It identifies the research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities the Office will focus on over the next five years and outlines why these activities are important to meeting the energy and sustainability challenges facing the nation. The latest version includes updates to the terrestrial feedstocks and supply logistics, algal feedstock, and thermochemical conversion research and development sections.

SGIG Report Now Available: Experiences from the Consumer Behavior Studies on Engaging Customers

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:53
November 20, 2014SGIG Report Now Available: Experiences from the Consumer Behavior Studies on Engaging Customers

This report presents the lessons learned from utilities' consumer engagement efforts as part of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. These lessons offer practical steps that can reduce risks and increase efficiencies, thereby lowering project costs and increasing the chances of successful outcomes.

December 11 Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:12
November 20, 2014December 11 Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 1 - 4 p.m. ET, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties.

DOE Announces Webinars on Economic Impacts of Offshore Wind, Overview of Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program, and More

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:34
November 19, 2014DOE Announces Webinars on Economic Impacts of Offshore Wind, Overview of Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program, 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.

FEMP Launches New Training Search Tool

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:58
November 18, 2014FEMP Launches New Training Search Tool

FEMP recently launched the FEMP Training Search, a Web tool that lists free training opportunities to help agencies meet Federal energy, water, and sustainability laws and requirements.

Energy Department Announces New Minorities in Energy Industry Partner Network

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:35
November 18, 2014Energy Department Announces New Minorities in Energy Industry Partner Network

WASHINGTON – At a forum marking the first anniversary of its Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE), the Energy Department today announced the launch of its new Industry Partners Network.