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November 4, 2014
Sates across the nation celebrated Weatherization Day on October 30 with guided tours and Gubernatorial proclamations. In this photo, A team of weatherization technicians perform a site demonstration in Minnesota on Weatherization Day in 2012. | Photo courtesy of WAPTAC.
States Celebrate National Weatherization Day

States across the country celebrated National Weatherization Day October 30 with formal proclamations from governors and special events to recognize the importance of weatherization and the dedication of local weatherization service providers, state and local agencies, and researchers dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of American homes.

November 4, 2014
SunShot Catalyst team holds a “jamathon” on September 24th with WeWork, an incubator with offices in D.C. providing support services and work space to its small business members. | Photo Courtesy: SunShot Initiative
Creating the Future of Solar Energy, Today

Through the DOE's SunShot Catalyst Prize program, solar innovators formed teams to develop creative business plans with the goal of solving more than 100 issues in the solar sector as identified by the American public. The second round of the competition calls for business innovation pitches, and is open to the public through November 7 at catalyst.energy.gov. Have a great idea for solar innovation? Apply with your video pitch online!

November 3, 2014
Workers prepare to service a turbine. | Photo credit National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
New Wind Career Map Navigates Industry Jobs

In an effort to support the wind industry’s recruitment of skilled workers, the Energy Department has developed a - “Wind Career Map,” a web-based tool that highlights the broad range of careers and required skill sets across the wind power industry. The occupations featured in the Wind Career Map range from technicians who install and maintain wind turbines to educators who will train the next generation of wind engineers and business leaders.

November 3, 2014
The new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's premier lab for testing how clean energy technologies interact on the grid at megawatt utility scale.
NREL’s Grid Integration Lab Nominated for Prestigious Project Management Award

The new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) received a nomination as one of three international finalists for the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project of the Year Award. Although the ESIF project team didn’t take home the top honor this year, we are proud of the accomplishments they made in bringing one of the most innovative new laboratories in the country from the drawing board to fruition.

October 31, 2014
Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Turn Your Halloween Pumpkins Into Power

It might not be long before the 1.1. billion pounds of pumpkins produced annually in the U.S. are as important for our energy security as they are for Halloween.

October 31, 2014
Cornstalks Aren't Just for Scarecrows Anymore

For years, farmers have been using cornstalks to make scarecrows, preventing crows and other predators from destroying their crops. This fall, the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is using cornstalks for a different purpose—bioenergy production.

October 30, 2014
Participants watch a weatherization demonstration in Vermont, including techniques for the proper installation of a blower door. | Photo Courtesy of Capstone Community Action in Vermont
Department of Energy Joins States to Celebrate National Weatherization Day

Since the Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program was created in 1976, low-income Americans in more than 7 million homes have received cost-saving energy efficiency improvements.

October 28, 2014
A team of vehicles experts was present during the crash test for Ford and Magna's Multimaterial Lightweight Vehicle.
Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle Hurdles Into the Future

While crashing a car isn't usually considered a good thing, running through a crash test was a major milestone for Ford and Magna's Multimaterial Lightweight Vehicle. This unique concept car, supported by a project funded by the Energy Department's Vehicle Technologies Office, is 25 percent lighter than the 2013 Ford Fusion, a similar midsized sedan. As reducing a vehicle's weight by 10 percent can increase its fuel economy by 6 to 8 percent, the lightweight materials in this vehicle have the potential to save consumers fuel and money in the future.

October 28, 2014
EERE Leadership Discusses Energy Innovation in Midwest

Dr. David Danielson, our Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, recently sat down with a panel of clean energy experts for an extended interview on WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago to discuss clean energy and innovation in the Midwest.

October 28, 2014
Solar energy benefits homeowners, the job market, and the planet. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Lab
What Can Solar Do for You

Using solar energy at home can help you save money, protect the planet, increase property values, and create jobs.