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April 13, 2015
New EERE Project Calls for Energy Data Best Practices from Communities

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) for the Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities LEAP) initiative. This information will be used to help cities integrate analysis and data into their strategic decision-making.

April 13, 2015
The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office engages with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on many projects, including guidance on the proper removal of corn stover (non-edible corn husks, stalks, and leaves) from the field when it is used for cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuel production. A corn stover bale is pictured here.
Smart Federal Partnerships Build Our Biofuels Future

I was honored to speak at the Agricultural Outlook Forum this spring, hosted by our friends at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This year’s theme was “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century.” The smart solution when it comes to establishing a bioeconomy—renewable, biomass resources as a solid part of our nation’s energy mix—is working together.

April 10, 2015
Toyota Mirai FCEV (top left), Hyundai Tucson FCEV (top right), and Honda’s concept of its FCEV (bottom)—all showcased during the 2015 Washington Auto Show. | Photos by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department
EERE Energy Impacts: You Can Now Drive a Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are now commercially available, so car buyers have the option to drive these vehicles that run on hydrogen gas rather than gasoline and emit only water from the tailpipe. FCEVs have the potential to significantly reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and lower harmful emissions that contribute to climate change—just one of EERE’s Energy Impacts.

April 9, 2015
Five Questions for an Expert: Paul Scheihing on Industrial Energy Management

Paul Scheihing is a technology manager within the Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and a recognized expert in industrial energy management discusses the importance of his work.

April 6, 2015
Last Friday at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, President Obama announced the expansion of the Solar Ready Vets program, a joint effort between the Department of Energy and Department of Defense to train active military personnel for careers in the solar energy industry. | White House photo.
Solar Ready Vets: Preparing Our Veterans to Join the Growing Solar Workforce

The Solar Ready Vets program is providing our nation's veterans with the skills and training they need for jobs in America's growing solar energy industry. The program is expanding to 10 military bases across the country.

April 3, 2015
Renewable energy technologies, such as the 5 MW Estate Donor Solar Project located on St. Thomas, have helped the U.S. Virgin Islands reduce its fossil fuel use by 20% over the last five years. | Photo by Jennifer DeCesaro
U.S. Virgin Islands Ramping Up Clean Energy Efforts with an Eye Toward a Sustainable Future

Five years ago, the U.S. Virgin Islands was almost 100% dependent on imported oil for electricity, water desalinization, and transportation, resulting in electricity costs that were nearly four times the U.S. national average. Now, with help from a partnership with the United States that has opened the door to renewable and energy efficient technologies, the Virgin Islands has cut its fossil fuel use by 20%, resulting in lower electricity costs for consumers, and a significant reduction in pollution.

April 2, 2015
Students at St. Agnus Catholic School in Arlington, Va., measure weatherstripping to place around doors and windows
Building Our Energy Future: Teaching Students the Significance of Energy Efficiency

Students at Saint Agnes Catholic School in Arlington, Va., recently welcomed an expert from the Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to learn how to improve a home’s energy efficiency.

April 1, 2015
U.S.-India Collaboration Expands Indian Market for U.S. Technologies, Improves Grid Reliability

The Energy Department and several corporate partners are working with the nation of India to improve its electrical grid's efficiency and reliability through Demand Response management technologies.

March 31, 2015
Preparing the Next Generation of Bioenergy Leaders

Engaging and supporting the next generation of renewable energy researchers and innovators is one of the important roles the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) plays in advancing bioenergy and biofuels. BETO provides numerous resources from biomass basics to information about lesson plans and tools for educators. Our materials are suitable for K–12 students, undergraduates and graduates, scientists and engineers, high school teachers and college professors, and anyone interested in learning about the future of energy.

March 31, 2015
New Interactive Map Shows Big Potential for America’s Wind Energy Future

New map shows projected growth of the wind industry over the next 35 years.