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January 7, 2015
Fun learning activities, like the <a href="http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/pdfs/solar_pizza_oven_box.pdf">pizza box solar oven exercise</a> above, are just a few of the resources that can be found using the new <a href="http://energy.gov/education-toolbox/search">Education Toolbox</a> search feature.
Find Energy Education Resources in a Snap with New Search Tool

Web search tool enables educators and the public to access all of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s free educational materials to teach students about clean energy technologies and other related topics.

January 5, 2015
National Renewable Energy Laboratory engineer Greg Martin (from left) works with Solectria engineers Jonathon Smith and Jihua Ma testing Solectria's smart inverter at the Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado.  | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Spurring Solar Installations in Hawaii

As rooftop solar power systems increasingly pop up on homes and businesses across the country, a new challenge is emerging: how to integrate greater amounts of distributed solar generation so more consumers can safely and reliably reap the benefits of this clean, renewable energy source. A SunShot Initiative project is addressing this issue by testing advanced inverters, which are critical to ensuring the power grid effectively responds to changes in electrical load.

December 30, 2014
Year in Review: Top Five EERE Blog Posts of 2014

From solar's record-shattering pace to breakthroughs in biomass, 2014 was a big year for clean energy. On our blog, we highlight Energy Department-supported projects and technologies that are making a major impact on the clean energy economy. As 2014 draws to a close, we take a look back at the five most popular EERE Blog articles from the past year.

December 29, 2014
A fuel cell electric vehicle is refueled with hydrogen at the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado.  The H2 Refuel H-Prize is challenging America’s innovators to develop systems that make it easier and more convenient to fuel hydrogen vehicles. | Photo by  Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
H2 Refuel H-Prize Aims to Make Fueling Hydrogen Powered Vehicles Easier than Ever

The H2 Refuel H-Prize is challenging America’s innovators to develop systems that make it easier and convenient to fuel hydrogen powered vehicles.

December 23, 2014
Interested in a wind energy system at home? Follow these important steps. | Photo courtesy of Joe Guasti, Bergey Windpower Co., Inc..
Saving Energy and Money with Wind: 5 Steps Before You Invest in a New Wind Energy System

Make sure you understand these 5 important steps before investing in a wind energy system for your home.

December 23, 2014
¿Te interesa en un sistema eólico de energía en casa? | Photo courtesy of Joe Guasti, Bergey Windpower Co., Inc..
Ahorra energía y dinero con el viento: 5 pasos antes de invertir en un nuevo sistema eólico

¿Te interesa en un sistema eólico de energía en casa? También puedes leer sobre los siguientes 5 pasos importantes en español.

December 19, 2014
Photovoltaic panels were installed on the Harold Washington Social Security Center in Chicago as part of an Energy Savings Performance Contract.
Federal Energy-Saving Program Keeps Federal Government on Pace to $4 Billion Investment

Driving investments to improve federal building efficiency is a top priority for the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). One of the most cost effective and high-impact ways this is being achieved is through FEMP’s Energy Savings Performance Contract program.

December 18, 2014
Biofuel Facts for the Road: The Energy Department and Your Gasoline Pump

Before you hit the road to visit relatives or friends this holiday season, you’ll probably stop at the gas station to fuel up. The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office invests in research and development to help commercialize biofuels—liquid fuels produced from plant sources—to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, build the economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While you’re at the gas pump, pay attention to a few things. There are several biofuel options already available to you today, and the Energy Department is working to bring other second-generation biofuel options to a pump near you.

December 10, 2014
This map shows wind potential capacity for turbine hub heights at 140 meters.
Mapping the Frontier of New Wind Power Potential

Our National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with the Energy Department’s Wind Program and AWS Truepower, has released new maps that illustrate vast potential for wind energy in the United States.

December 10, 2014
A fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at a fueling station in California. New Energy Department reports signal rapid growth in America’s fuel cell and hydrogen industry as FCEVs are introduced to the market. | Energy Department photo
First Commercially Available Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Hit the Street

Fuel cell electric vehicles are now widely available in the United States. These passenger vehicles have the driving range, ease of refueling, and performance of today’s gasoline-powered cars while emitting nothing but water.