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September 25, 2014
One Sky Homes, San Jose, CA, Custom Builder, Grand Award Winner. | California prides itself on energy efficiency, so achieving the designation of first net zero energy new home builder in the state is an honor indeed.
Housing Innovation Awards Recognize Leadership in Residential Efficiency

Today’s housing market is incredibly competitive. Constructing homes that sell and that continue to delight homeowners for years to come is a challenge.

Motivated, leading-edge builders are using innovative energy-saving solutions and strategies to differentiate themselves and their products by building zero energy-ready homes. These high-performance homes are so efficient they can offset most or all annual energy consumption with a simple renewable energy system, like solar.

September 24, 2014
It's National Preparedness Month: Be Prepared with Alternative Fuels

As September is National Preparedness Month, it’s a great time to prepare for the worst situation, even if you’re hoping for the best. In addition to emergency supplies like food and water, every preparedness plan, whether for a government agency or an individual family, should also consider transportation.

September 22, 2014
SunShot Installs Solar Energy System on Local Habitat for Humanity Home

Working with GRID Alternatives, the nation's largest solar non-profit, DOE's SunShot Initiative team enjoyed a day in the sun on a rooftop in Washington, D.C., where we volunteered to install a solar energy system on a Habitat for Humanity home. GRID installed solar electric systems on 10 affordable homes developed by Habitat for Humanity in the Ivy City neighborhood in Northeast D.C.

September 19, 2014
An electric vehicle charging at a Zappos workspace. | Photo credit Ron Carney
U.S. Employers Drive Change with Workplace Charging

This is the final post in a four-post series celebrating National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21, 2014). The Department of Energy supports plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) development and deployment efforts through the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, a 10-year vision to enable the U.S.

September 18, 2014
The graphic above highlights New York Power Authority’s energy efficiency goals. | Courtesy of New York Power Authority
BuildSmart NY Innovators Summit Offers Sneak Peek at Better Buildings Challenge Solutions to Come

As the newest state partner in the Better Buildings Challenge, New York is off to an impressive start. New York is committed to making its entire portfolio of buildings 20% more efficient by 2020.

September 17, 2014
The Future of Manufacturing Takes Shape: 3D Printed Car on Display at Manufacturing Summit

This week in Washington, leaders in science, industry, and manufacturing gathered at the Energy Department’s 2014 American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit, jointly sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness. Also at the Summit was the world's first 3-D printed vehicle chassis, an innovation that resulted from a collaboration between Arizona-based Local Motors, Cincinnati Incorporated, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) with the funding support of The Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

September 17, 2014
A plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging station in Rhode Island. | Photo courtesy of the University of Rhode Island.
ChargePoint is Helping Electrify America’s Transportation

This is part three of a four-post series celebrating National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21, 2014). The Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office supports plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) development and deployment efforts through the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, a 10-year vision to enable the U.S.

September 17, 2014
Wind turbine blades wind their way by train through Denver. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder of NREL.
DOE Study finds U.S. Wind Industry Competitive, Efficient, and Capable on a Global Scale

The Global Wind Network recently completed an Energy Department funded study that took a critical look at U.S. wind industry manufacturers’ ability to compete in the global marketplace and their readiness to supply the next generation of wind turbines. The study found that the U.S. turbine component manufacturers maintained the lowest cost on blades and had the most efficient manufacturing processes on towers, blades, and generators when compared to other major global suppliers.

September 16, 2014
The City of Auburn Hills, Michigan, participated in one of 16 Clean Cities plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) community-readiness projects across the country. | Photo courtesy of City of Auburn Hills.
Communities Plug In To Electric Vehicle Readiness

This is part two of a four-post series celebrating National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21, 2014). As the home of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Auburn Hills, Michigan, was inspired to become a frontrunner for the use of PEVs. The city passed an ordinance to encourage developers to make new buildings "charging ready" and also installed PEV chargers at city buildings.

September 15, 2014
The Denver Metro Clean Cities partnered with the Colorado Renewable Energy Society to host Electric Avenue, a public event showcasing electric vehicles and charging equipment that took place in downtown Denver in May 2012. | Photo by Natalia Swalnick.
States Move Forward on PEV Policy

States across the nation are making efforts to transition gas-powered to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with innovative programs and policies to make it affordable and convenient for citizens to drive PEVs. Two recent examples are Project FEVER (Twin Cities Clean Cities’ alternative fuel community readiness project), led by the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition and Twin Cities Clean Cities’ alternative fuel community readiness project in Minnesota.