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June 20, 2016
FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, brings over $140 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to develop smart sensors for use in advanced manufacturing.

June 10, 2016
Energy Department Invests More than $10 Million in Efficient Lighting Research and Development

New projects designed to save consumers money and reduce energy consumption.

June 6, 2016
DOE Announces $22 Million in Funding to Accelerate the Development of Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Use of Other Sustainable Transportation Technologies

The Energy Department (DOE) announced $22 million to support research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.

June 2, 2016
Energy Secretary Moniz Hosts Gathering of World’s Energy Ministers in San Francisco to Advance Technology Solutions, Accelerate Clean Energy Deployment

21 governments and European Union announce efforts to double clean energy R&D investments over five years to $30 billion per year.

May 27, 2016
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The Ohio State University Defends Title, Wins Second Year of EcoCAR 3 Competition

Energy Department and General Motors crown The Ohio State University this year’s winner of the EcoCAR 3 – Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition.

May 26, 2016
Energy Department Announces Partnership with CoStar Group, Inc. to Expand Visibility of Energy-Efficient Buildings in U.S. Real Estate Marketplace

As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the America's buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative today announced a partnership with CoStar Group, Inc., a provider of data and intelligence solutions to commercial real estate professionals, to expand the visibility of energy-efficient buildings in U.S. property markets and promote the benefits of energy efficiency for building owners and occupants.

May 25, 2016
DOE Announces Webinars on Tribal Business Structures for Financing Projects, the Technologist in Residence Pilot, and More

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.

May 24, 2016
Energy Department Awards Up to $4 Million for Projects to Recover Critical Materials from Geothermal Fluids

The Energy Department today announced four research and development (R&D) projects in California, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming that will receive up to $4 million in total funding to assess the occurrence of rare-earth minerals and other critical materials that may be dissolved in higher-temperature fluids associated with energy extraction.

May 20, 2016
Energy Department Announces Climate Action Champion, City of San Francisco, Embracing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

Today, the Energy Department's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced the city of San Francisco has been selected as the first Climate Action Champion to pursue hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for local transportation, in addition to new analysis projects by Strategic Analysis, Inc.

May 18, 2016
New Study Examines Progress toward SunShot Initiative Goals, Identifies Emerging Solar Energy R&D Opportunities for 2020 and Beyond

Energy Department releases the On the Path to SunShot reports, a series of eight research papers examining the state of the U.S. solar energy industry and the progress made to date toward the SunShot Initiative’s goal to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by 2020.

May 17, 2016
Energy Department Launches Five New Solar Ready Vets Training Locations, Announces $10 Million for National Solar Training Programs

Energy Department announces five additional military bases will join Solar Ready Vets, a solar jobs training program that prepares service members for careers in the solar industry when they leave active duty, and awards $10 million to 10 new projects through its Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) funding program, which was created to help meet the solar industry’s growing demand for well-qualified, highly skilled installers and other industry-related professionals.

May 16, 2016
DOE Announces $10 Million for Innovative Bioenergy Research and Development

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development.

May 12, 2016
Energy and Commerce Departments Announce Lab Partnership Opportunities for U.S. Small Businesses and Manufacturers

As part of the Energy Department's commitment to drive clean energy innovation and boost American industrial competitiveness, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Dr. David Danielson today announced the launch of the Manufacturing Innovation through Energy and Commerce (MITEC) pilot in four states—Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia.

May 11, 2016
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Better Buildings Challenge Partners Exceed $1.3 Billion in Energy Cost Savings, Share Hundreds of Solutions to Help Spur Future Efficiency Efforts

Better Buildings Challenge partners and energy efficiency commitments have tripled, resulting in energy cost savings that now exceed $1.3 billion.

May 9, 2016
Energy Department Invests $14 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency of Nation’s Homes and Buildings

As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced $14 million to dramatically increase the efficiency of our nation’s homes and buildings. These projects will cut energy costs for thousands of American families and businesses, while leading to greater demand for new building products and technologies, many of which can be produced in the U.S.

May 9, 2016
DOE and USDA Award $10 Million to Advance Biofuels, Bioenergy, and Biobased Products

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded up to $10 million in funding, available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI).

May 6, 2016
Energy Department Announces $9.1 Million for Small Businesses Focused on Clean Energy Innovations

In support of National Small Business Week, the Energy Department today announced 61 new projects led by small businesses in 25 states to develop clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These award selections are for $150,000 each, totaling more than $9 million, and will help small businesses with promising ideas that could improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, increase transportation sustainability, and generate electricity from renewable sources.

May 6, 2016
Energy Department Announces Funding for Design and Construction of Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biopower

$90 Million Funding Will Advance Administration Goals to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Improve American Energy Security

May 5, 2016
Energy Department Requests Proposals for New Institute to Boost Efficiency in Manufacturing

$70 Million Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute will join the Administration’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

May 5, 2016
DOE Announces Webinars on Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy and an Opportunity in Innovative Sensors

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.

May 4, 2016
Energy Department Announces New Funding for National Labs to Partner with Industry to Strengthen Clean Energy Manufacturing Competitiveness

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. David Danielson today announced the second round of funding for the Energy Department’s Technologist in Residence (TIR) program. At its core, the new program aims to strengthen lab-industry relationships to support industry needs and leverage the national lab network for strategic, long-term, collaborative R&D.

May 2, 2016
Energy Department Announces $25 Million to Accelerate Integration of Solar Energy into Nation’s Electrical Grid

New Funding Opportunity Announcement will Support Companies Working to Modernize the Grid

April 29, 2016
DOE and the Department of Transportation Announce Collaboration to Support Smart Transportation Systems and Alternative Fuel Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a collaboration to accelerate research, development, demonstration, and deployment of innovative smart transportation systems and alternative fuel technologies.

April 27, 2016
North American Governments Announce Pilot Program to Accelerate Regional Adoption of the Energy Management Standard ISO 50001

Today, energy ministries from Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced that nine companies will join the North American Energy Management Pilot Program to promote implementation of the ISO 50001 international energy management system standard.

April 26, 2016
Energy Department Recognizes Organizations for Leadership in Rooftop Unit Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized six organizations for their leadership in replacing and upgrading rooftop units as part of the Better Buildings Alliance Rooftop Unit Campaign.