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October 25, 2016
Energy Department Recognizes University of California, Berkeley For Leadership in Campus-Wide Energy Innovations

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s university buildings and facilities, today the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge program recognized University of California, Berkeley for its leadership in energy efficiency. The University achieved 65 percent energy savings at its Jacobs Hall facility, the College of Engineering’s interdisciplinary hub where students and teachers from across the university work at the intersection of design and technology.

October 24, 2016
Energy Department Launches $10 Million Effort to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials

The Energy Department (DOE) recently announced $10 million, subject to appropriations, to support the launch of the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (HydroGEN). This consortium will utilize the expertise and capabilities of the national laboratories to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources.  

October 20, 2016
Energy Department Invests $21 Million in 17 Projects to Speed Solar Adoption, Maximize Solar Benefits for States

The Energy Department today announced $21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects to help reduce the "soft costs" commonly found with solar energy, such as installation, permitting, and connecting to the grid.

October 13, 2016
Energy Department Announces New Projects between U.S. and China to Cut Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced nine new energy performance contracting pilot projects that bring together U.S. and Chinese companies to boost the energy efficiency of buildings in China and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

October 5, 2016
DOE Announces $30 Million Investment in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells as Industry Continues Unprecedented Growth Rates

In commemoration  of National Hydrogen Day, aptly chosen for the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008), the Energy Department (DOE) released a new report today showing continued momentum and growth in the fuel cell industry. The 2015 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report shows that hydrogen and fuel cells continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, with more than 60,000 fuel cells, totaling roughly 300 megawatts (MW), shipped worldwide in 2015. The number of MW shipped grew by more than 65% compared to 2014.

October 4, 2016
Better Buildings Launches Smart Energy Analytics Campaign to Help Commercial Buildings Achieve Greater Energy Efficiency

As part of Smart Cities Week, the White House recently announced a new Energy Department-led Smart Energy Analytics Campaign to encourage the use of cost-effective, energy-saving building analytics platforms – also known as energy management information systems technologies (EMIS) – in commercial buildings nationwide, and refine best practices.

September 30, 2016
DOE Announces Manufacturing Training for Cleantech Entrepreneurs

On Thursday, September 29, the Energy Department announced the new Build4Scale Manufacturing Training for Cleantech Entrepreneurs at the 2016 MForesight National Summit in Washington, D.C.

September 28, 2016
Energy Department Announces 34 Winners of the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today recognized 34 of the nation's leading builders at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas.

September 28, 2016
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Secretary Moniz Releases Report Showing the Cost Reductions and Rapid Deployment of Clean Energy Technologies

Report details the economic and environmental benefits our nation is already starting to realize thanks to the increased deployment.

September 27, 2016
Better Buildings Initiative Expanding to Increase Efficiency of U.S. Laboratories

As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the nation's buildings and facilities, today the U.S. Department of Energy is launching the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator to advance energy efficiency in laboratory buildings owned and operated by universities, corporations, national laboratories, hospitals, and federal agencies.

September 27, 2016
Department of Energy Invests $1.2 Million to Advance National Lab Partnerships with Manufacturing Leaders

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the initial selections for the second cohort of the Technologist in Residence (TIR) Program.

September 26, 2016
Energy Department Launches Better Communities Alliance to Ignite Clean Energy Action in Cities and Counties Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Energy is launching the Better Communities Alliance (BCA), a new collaborative effort among 60 local governments, philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, and leading private companies to accelerate local clean energy progress across the country. The BCA was announced today by the White House during Smart Cities Week.

September 23, 2016
Energy Department’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program Has Saved $3 Billion in Energy Costs

30 New Partners in 2016 Raises Program’s Footprint to 11% of U.S. Manufacturers

September 15, 2016
Energy Department Launches Up to $30 Million Effort to Improve Solar Module Materials

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a new Energy Materials Network (EMN) consortium, the Durable Module Materials (DuraMat) National Lab Consortium led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

September 14, 2016
Energy Department Announces Up to $107 Million for Innovative Projects and New Funding to Advance Solar Technologies

Today the Energy Department announced up to $107 million in new projects and planned funding in order to support America's continued leadership in clean energy innovation through solar technology.

September 9, 2016
Energy Secretary Moniz and Interior Secretary Jewell Announce New National Offshore Wind Strategy to Drive Deployment

Joint Strategy Follows Completion of America’s First Offshore Wind Farm, Showing Progress in American Offshore Wind Industry

August 31, 2016
Energy Department Recognizes The Wendy’s Company, and its Franchisee Wendco Group, For Leadership in Energy Performance

Restaurant achieved a 37 percent total energy reduction or more than 50 percent energy savings per sales transaction, and nearly $8,000 in savings annually.

August 31, 2016
Energy Department Announces $29 Million Investment in Enhanced Geothermal Systems Efforts

FORGE Funding Will Accelerate Development of Clean Energy from Geothermal Sources

August 30, 2016
Energy Department Announces $3.8 Million for Industry Access to World-Class Supercomputers

The Energy Department today announced $3.8 million for 13 projects to use high performance computing resources at the Department's national laboratories to improve manufacturing.

August 30, 2016
Energy Department Awards More Than $20 Million for Wave and Tidal Energy Projects

The Energy Department today announced 10 organizations selected to receive more than $20 million in funding for new research, development, and demonstration projects that advance and monitor marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems, which generate electricity from ocean waves and tidal currents.

August 24, 2016
Energy Department Announces Dates and New Contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado

Student design competition, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive, will take place October 5 – 15, 2017, in Denver.

August 22, 2016
Energy Department Driving Clean Energy Development and Sustainable Solutions in 16 States

The Energy Department today awarded $5 million to 16 states to advance innovative approaches for clean energy development that will reduce energy bills for American families and businesses, protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions, and increase our nation's energy security and resiliency.

August 18, 2016
Energy Department Awards 43 new Business-Laboratory Collaborations under Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department's national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.

August 18, 2016
DOE Announces Webinars on Technology Innovation and International Hydrogen Infrastructure

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.  Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required.

August 17, 2016
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Energy Department Reports Show Strong Growth of U.S. Wind Power

Continued low wind energy prices highlighted in annual state-of-the-industry market reports