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August 28, 2014
A worker installs energy efficient lights as part of the Smart Lights for Smart Cities program. | Photo courtesy of Mid-America Regional Council.
Small Towns Achieve Big Savings with Lighting Upgrades

Small communities in Kansas and Missouri are saving big money and energy through high-impact lighting projects. Over the past three years, more than 5,700 energy-efficient lights were installed in communities with populations of less than 35,000 people, saving a combined $25 million in energy costs and drastically cutting carbon emissions.

August 27, 2014
 Students in the Nebo School District pose with the winning posters from a competition held by the Utah State Energy Program. |Photo courtesy of the National Energy Foundation
Utah School Children “Help Utah Out, Turn off the Spout!”

Utah is working to ensure the resiliency of its future water and energy systems with funding from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program. In fact, the state developed its own Water Energy in Action educational program –in conjunction with the National Energy Foundation – to educate K-12 students and teachers about the many uses of water.

August 26, 2014
State and Local Energy Planners: New Tool Helps Shape Your Sustainability Strategy

Energy Department and National Renewable Energy Laboratory develop the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) tool, a new website capable of analyzing and sorting data in real-time to quickly assess regional energy system, demand and resources.

August 18, 2014
Distributed Wind Market Report: Small Turbines Lead to Big Growth in Exports

Read more about how wind technology was deployed in distributed applications throughout the United States and abroad.

August 18, 2014
Turbines at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado. The 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report includes a new chapter that focuses on trends in wind turbine nameplate capacity, hub height, rotor diameter, class, and specific power. | Photo by Ben Chicoski
Wind Turbine Scaling Enables Projects to Reach New Heights

Learn how wind turbines are soaring to new heights.

August 18, 2014
Bigger and Stronger: Wind turbines are soaring to record sizes. The average rotor diameter of turbines installed in 2013 grew to 97 meters -- up 103 percent since 1998. | Photo courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power

Get the details on a few of the lesser known wind energy facts.

August 18, 2014
Small-Scale Distributed Wind: Northern Power Systems 100 kW turbine at the top of Burke Mountain in East Burke, Vermont. | Photo courtesy of Northern Power Systems.
Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power

Test your energy knowledge by learning interesting facts about distributed wind.

August 14, 2014
Inspiration from Environmental Educators and Youth at the White House

I had the distinct honor of being present at the White House for the announcement of the winners of the annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and President’s Environmental Youth Award. These awards recognize outstanding student leaders in environmental stewardship and K-12 teachers employing innovative approaches to environmental education in their schools

August 12, 2014
Catherine Woteki (from left), Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture; David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Steve Csonka, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative; Jim Hileman, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Environment, Federal Aviation Agency; stand together at Biomass 2014 in Washington, D.C., where the Energy Department announced it is joining Farm to Fly 2.0. | Energy Department photo
Farm to Fly 2.0: Energy Department Joins Initiative to Bring Biofuels to the Skies

The United States airline industry uses 23 billion gallons of fuels on passenger and cargo airlines annually, and globally, the international airline industry was the source of 777 million tons of carbon emissions in 2013.

August 6, 2014
A UPS delivery truck is refueled with compressed natural gas. UPS plans to deploy 1,000 liquefied natural gas vehicles. | Photo by Pat Corkery, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Special Delivery for Sustainability: Clean Cities Supports UPS in Expanding Natural Gas Operations

With support from the Energy Department's Clean Cities program, United Parcel Service plans to deploy 1,000 liquefied natural gas trucks, making it the biggest private fleet of its kind in the United States.