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March 25, 2016
Energy Department Announces Participation in Clean Line’s Large-Scale Energy Transmission Project

Plains and Eastern Clean Line Record of Decision Advances Grid Modernization and Renewable Energy Goals

March 25, 2016
Secretary Moniz congratulates Jonathan Pershing on March 25, 2016, Pershing's last day at the Energy Department. | Energy Department Photo.
Congratulations to Jonathan Pershing

We congratulate Jonathan for his appointment as Special Envoy for Climate Change at the Department of State.

March 24, 2016
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs News
DOE Releases First Annual National Energy Employment Analysis

Report uses new analytical model to give broad view of America’s energy employment landscape

March 22, 2016
Energy Department Announces Over $9 Million in Funding for 16 Indian and Alaska Native Community Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

Energy Department announced today funding for 24 American Indian and Alaska Native communities to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects.

March 18, 2016
U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz and Chinese Atomic Energy Authority Open New Nuclear Security Training Facility

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, accompanied by senior officials from the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the Department of Defense, and a host of international VIPs, participated with the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA) to commission China’s new nuclear security Center of Excellence (COE).

March 11, 2016
Under Secretary for Science and Energy  Dr. Franklin Orr announces Denver as the host city for the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. | Photo courtesy of Ellen Jaskol
Energy Department Announces Denver as Next Location for Solar Decathlon Competition in 2017

Denver wins bid to host next U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, in which student teams compete to design, build and operate cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered houses.

March 3, 2016
Statement on Launch of the U.S.-Republic of Korea High Level Bilateral Commission Pursuant to the Agreement for Cooperation between the United States and Republic of Korea Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Korea Cho Tae-yul announced the launch of the High Level Bilateral Commission (HLBC).

March 1, 2016
DOE Announces $80 Million in Funding to Increase SuperTruck Efficiency

Funding Opportunity Announcement and three new projects to focus on research, development and demonstration of plug-in electric powertrain technologies.

February 25, 2016
Energy Department Recognizes Orlando Better Buildings Challenge Partners for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Parkway Properties’ One Orlando Centre Demonstrates Innovation, Energy Efficiency Progress

February 24, 2016
U.S. Department of Energy Launches $40 Million Effort to Improve Materials for Clean Energy Solutions

Energy Materials Network will include four initial National Laboratory-led Consortia

February 24, 2016
Mayor Muoio Announces Bigger Energy-Saving Goal and New Efficiency Upgrades

Energy Department Recognizes West Palm Beach’s Green Building Projects

February 19, 2016
Department of Energy Cites Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC and Los Alamos National Security, LLC for Violations Related to Worker Safety and Health and Nuclear Safety

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC (NWP) for violations of DOE worker safety and health and nuclear safety requirements.

February 17, 2016
Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market Partner with the U.S. DOE to Launch Better Buildings Challenge SWAP

Two industry giants “hand over the keys” to each other’s buildings, uncover energy savings

February 12, 2016
Energy Department Makes up to $7 Million Available for Assistance to Indian Tribes; Releases Alaska Solar Prospecting Report

Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the availability of up to $7 million to establish a technical assistance regional energy providers’ network to Indian tribes and Alaska Native communities.

February 9, 2016
President’s 2017 Budget Proposal for DOE Supports Energy Innovation, National Security, Nuclear Management Responsibilities

$5.85 Billion for Clean Energy R&D at DOE Makes Significant Down Payment on Mission Innovation Commitment

February 5, 2016
DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions Issues First Call to Launch New Energy Technologies from National Laboratories to Market

Nearly $20 Million Will Partner Labs with Private Sector for Commercial Deployment

February 4, 2016
A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on India Joining the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC)

“India’s membership in the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC) is a crucial step toward facilitating the growth of safe, civilian nuclear energy in the world’s second most populous country. In addition, India’s membership is a major step towards the global liability regime called for by the IAEA's Nuclear Safety Action Plan to provide prompt compensation in the event of an accident and to establish a legal framework for commercial arrangements. 

January 22, 2016
U.S. Department of Energy and New Mexico Finalize $74M in Settlement Agreements for Nuclear Waste Incidents of 2014

Agreements Include Schedules and Funding Parameters for Corrective Actions and Improvement Projects for New Mexico’s Roads, Water Infrastructure, and Emergency Response

January 21, 2016
A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on New Leadership at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Department of Energy welcomes Dr. Michael Witherell as the new director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

January 21, 2016
Energy Department Announces $58 Million to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies

Secretary Moniz Continues Obama Administration Commitment to American Auto Industry, Releases Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Report on DOE Successes

January 20, 2016
Crowds gather at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 village in October. Today, the Energy Department announced the 16 collegiate teams selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 competition. | Photo by Thomas Kelsey, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Energy Department Announces 16 Collegiate Teams to Compete in Solar Decathlon 2017

Teams will now begin the nearly two-year process of building solar-powered houses that are affordable, innovative and highly energy-efficient.

January 19, 2016
Energy Department Announces $18 Million to Develop Solar Energy Storage Solutions, Boost Grid Resiliency

As part of the Energy Department’s Grid Modernization Initiative announced by Secretary Ernest Moniz last week to improve the resiliency, reliability and security of the nation’s electrical power grid, DOE today announced $18 million in funding for six new projects across the United States.

January 16, 2016
Statement from Secretary Moniz on Implementation Day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Secretary Moniz's statement on Implementation Day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Deal).

January 15, 2016
DOE Announces $11 Million for Seven New Projects to Test New Options for Optimal Efficiency of the U.S. Electric Grid

ARPA-E’s GRID DATA Projects will Develop Innovative Models and Data Repositories to Improve Transmission and Distribution of Electricity on the U.S. Electric Grid

January 15, 2016
Energy Department Announces New Investments in Advanced Nuclear Power Reactors to Help Meet America’s Carbon Emission Reduction Goal

In support of the Administration’s goal to produce more carbon-free energy, today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of two companies, X-energy and Southern Company, to further develop advanced nuclear reactor designs. These awards, with a multi-year cost share of up to $80 million for both companies, will support work to address key technical challenges to the design, construction, and operation of next generation nuclear reactors.