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November 20, 2014
Tracking impact of EERE’s investments in wind, solar and other programs is essential to achieve maximum return for taxpayer investment. | Photos courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Takes Important Steps to Ensure Maximum Impact of Technology Program Investments

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is at the center of creating the clean energy economy today, developing and delivering market-driven solutions for energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing; sustainable transportation; and renewable electricity generation. Such a large and critical goal requires EERE to leverage a number of management techniques and tools to ensure taxpayer-funded investments are directed to achieve the intended high value impact. One such tool is to perform “retrospective impact analysis,” effectively looking backwards over time and assessing how EERE has accelerated development and commercialization of technologies and produced a return on public investment that contributes to the nation’s economic growth.

November 20, 2014
Sunrise at Pilgrim Hot Springs outside of Nome, Alaska. | Photo courtesy of CPike,  Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP).
Pilgrim's Progress: An Update on Geothermal Potential in Alaska

A resource in central Alaska is showing promise for geothermal development—the renewable energy that draws on Earth’s natural heat for electricity and other uses. The myriad benefits of this clean, domestic power source make geothermal exploration an attractive proposition for this state, where off-grid demand means that Alaskans often use expensive, polluting diesel power.

November 18, 2014
Survey Says: Workplace Charging is Growing in Popularity and Impact

To boost their programs and share their best practices with others, leading employers from across the country partner with the U.S. Department of Energy through the EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge. The Challenge aims to achieve a dramatic increase in the number of employers offering workplace charging by 2018. As the Challenge approaches its second anniversary, Challenge partners and ambassadors convened at a Summit in Alexandria, Virginia, to celebrate progress and share new resources for expanding their workplace charging programs.

November 18, 2014
Winners Announced in the Open Data by Design Contest

A little over a year ago, Secretary Moniz announced the launch of the American Energy Data Challenge.  The Challenge would consist of a series of four contests, combining open data and energy innovation, and drawing on the creativity of the American public in multiple ways.  Our goals were simple: to increase the value of the vast public data sets held in trust by the Department of Energy, and to put new tools into the hands of individuals, homes, and businesses fueled by public and private energy data. 

November 17, 2014
The headquarters and data center at Home Depot. | Photo courtesy of the Home Depot.
10 Facts to Know About Data Centers

Data centers come in all shapes and sizes. Many are embedded within multi-use buildings. Some are small enough to be tucked away in closets, while others take up an entire floor of a building. Numerous data centers are even large enough to fill up an entire building. No matter the sizes, data centers are increasingly important to our nation’s energy and information infrastructure. Here are 10 things you need to know about data centers and their energy usage.

November 14, 2014
Guía Ahorre Energía: Consejos sobre el ahorro de dinero y energía en el hogar

Siguiendo sólo algunos de los sencillos consejos de aquí en la sección guía Ahorre Energía de nuestra página web, tú puedes crear un hogar más cómodo y más fácil de calentar y enfriar—mientras que ahorras dinero.

November 14, 2014
On the roof of the Cummins plant, tour participants take a peek at a new 2 MW solar panel installation. From left to right: Dennis Phillips, the Jamestown Post Journal, Maria Vargas, DOE, Andre de Fontaine, DOE, Mike Abbate, Cummins.| Photo courtesy of Cummins Inc.
Revving up Energy Efficiency at the Cummins Plant in Jamestown, NY

Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partner, Cummins Inc., is recognized for achieving 33% energy savings as a result of infrastructure upgrades and a new 2 MW solar rooftop

November 13, 2014
FEMP/DOT team members accepting award at the GreenGov Presidential Award Ceremony. | Photo credit U.S. ACE.
DOE Federal Efficiency Program Wins GreenGov Dream Team Award

The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s GreenGov Presidential Awards honor federal, civilian, and military personnel as well as agency teams, facilities, and programs who take innovative steps to reduce energy use and carbon pollution, curb waste, and save taxpayer money in federal agency operations. Late last month, the Department Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) was announced as the GreenGov Presidential Green Dream Team Award winner for work done in partnership with the Department of Transportation (DOT).

November 10, 2014
The EERE-funded Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System converts natural gas and sunlight into a more energy-rich fuel called syngas, which power plants can burn to make electricity.
Six EERE-funded projects recognized with R&D 100 Awards

Widely recognized as the “Oscars of Invention,” the 52nd R&D 100 Awards ceremony took place last week. These awards identify and honor major technological breakthroughs each year. The categories cover industry, academia, and government research. This year, EERE-funded projects won six awards across four of our technology areas: Bioenergy, Fuel Cells/Solar, and Vehicles.

November 7, 2014
Veterans take a training at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. | Photo credit: ORAU.
Leveraging Veteran Talent: The Opportunity for the Clean Energy Industry

As clean energy industries scale and grow, companies are uniquely positioned to recruit and harness the technical skills and intangible traits of transitioning service members and veterans.