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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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).
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.