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October 26, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Bioproducts in the Federal Bioeconomy, Tribal Energy Financing Models, 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.

October 22, 2015
Energy Department Recognizes California’s Placer County for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to cut energy waste in the nation's buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today recognized Placer County for its leadership in improving energy efficiency across its 5-million-square-foot portfolio of county-owned buildings and schools by 20 percent in 10 years. Through the department's Better Buildings Challenge, the county's showcase project, the Granlibakken conference center and resort, is expecting a 43 percent reduction in energy use and savings of up to $44,000 each year.

October 19, 2015
Department of Energy Announces Winners of 2015 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently recognized 32 winners across the federal government as recipients of the 2015 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards recognize exceptional efforts made to improve the nation’s energy, water, aviation and vehicle fleet efficiency within the federal government.

October 17, 2015
Energy Department Assistant Secretary Danielson Honors Stevens Institute of Technology as Winner of U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Stevens Institute of Technology wins top honors overall by designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar powered house.

October 16, 2015
Stevens Institute of Technology took first place in both the Architecture and Communications Contests at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. | Photo by Thomas Kelsey, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Stevens Institute of Technology Wins Both Architecture and Communications Contests at U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Stevens Institute of Technology took first place in the Architecture and Communications Contests at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015.

October 15, 2015
Stevens Institute of Technology claimed first place in the Market Appeal Contest at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. | Photo by Thomas Kelsey, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
University of California, Davis, and Mass/Central America Win the Affordability Contest and Stevens Institute of Technology Wins in Market Appeal at U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Collegiate teams demonstrate just how cost-effective, appealing and livable energy-saving houses powered by solar energy can be.

October 13, 2015
Energy Department Recognizes General Mills for Leadership and Innovation at Iowa Plant

As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut climate-changing carbon emissions produced by the nation's buildings and manufacturing plants, today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized General Mills, one of the world’s leading food companies, for its leadership in pursuing energy savings through innovative technologies as demonstrated in its Cedar Rapids, Iowa plant. Through the Energy Department's Better Plants Challenge, General Mills has committed to 20 percent energy savings over 10 years in 25 manufacturing plants across the country.

October 9, 2015
Energy Department Invests More than $20 Million to Advance Fuel Cell Technologies as New Report Shows Unprecedented Growth in Industry

The fuel cell industry continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, with more than $2.2 billion in sales in 2014.

October 8, 2015
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz cuts the ceremonial ribbon to signal the start of U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 in Irvine, California. | Photo by Matt Dozier, U.S. Department of Energy
Secretary of Energy Moniz Cuts Ribbon, Kicks Off Solar Decathlon 2015

Biennial Solar Decathlon competition challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate houses powered by the sun that are affordable, energy efficient, attractive, and easy to live in.

October 8, 2015
Energy Department Awards $6 Million to Universities in Tennessee and Virginia to Advance Master's and Doctoral Training in Power Electronics

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the two universities selected to receive nearly $6 million to establish one or more graduate-level training programs for engineers in power electronics.

October 7, 2015
Energy Department Announces Winners of Housing Innovation Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy presented the 2015 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 industry leaders last night during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's Conference in Denver, Colorado. This distinguished recognition is being provided to 27 winning DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes, where the awards showcase the very best in business excellence required to deliver high-performance homes. 

The following industry professionals were presented with Housing Innovation Awards:

October 6, 2015
Energy Department Announces State Energy Program National Evaluation Results

The Energy Department announced today the results of a major national evaluation during a typical year in the State Energy Program (SEP) operations, as well as during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) period. The results reaffirm the Energy Department's long-standing commitment to drive economic development and reduce carbon emissions at the state level. 

The purpose of the study was to develop independent key outcomes for program year 2008 and the ARRA time period from 2009–2013.

October 1, 2015
Energy Department Unveils 3D-Printed Building; New Initiatives During Industry Day

The Energy Department announced several new and exciting innovations and programs during Industry Day held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee Sept. 23-24. This included unveiling a 3-D printed building with integrated energy storage via bidirectional wireless power transfer to and from a vehicle, revealing the first-round winners of ORNL’s crowdsourcing competition to advance innovative building technology ideas, and announcing a new open innovation program between ORNL and four industry partners.

September 30, 2015
Energy Department Announces Request for Information on the Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition

The Energy Department announced today a Request for Information (RFI) to help shape the design of a newly proposed initiative - a Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition.

September 30, 2015
Manufacturers in U.S. Energy Department’s Better Plants Program Save More Than $2 Billion in Energy Costs; Program Expands to Help America’s Water Systems

Better Buildings, Better Plants Program manufacturers rack up an estimated $2.4 billion in cumulative energy cost savings over the last five years.

September 29, 2015
New Report Shows Domestic Offshore Wind Industry Potential, 21 Projects Planned in U.S. Waters

The Energy Department today released a new report showing strong progress for the U.S. offshore wind market—including the start of construction of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, one of 21 projects totaling 15,650 megawatts (MW) in the planning and development pipeline. Of these 21 U.S. projects, 13 projects totaling nearly 6,000 MW—enough to power 1.8 million homes—are in the more advanced stages of development, while 12 projects with more than 3,300 MW planned have announced a commercial operation date by 2020.

September 17, 2015
Energy Department Awards Nearly $55 Million to Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies in Support of EV Everywhere and SuperTruck

As part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to increase energy productivity, reduce America's reliance on foreign oil and cut harmful emissions the Energy Department today announced an investment of nearly $55 million for 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that will strengthen the U.S. clean energy economy.

September 16, 2015
Energy Department Announces the Results of a National Evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program

The Energy Department announced today the release of a major national evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

September 16, 2015
Energy Department Awards $22 Million to Support Next Generation Electric Machines for Manufacturing

As part of the Administration’s effort to increase energy efficiency and double U.S. energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department is awarding $22 million in funding for five projects aimed at merging wide-bandgap (WBG) technology with advancements for large-scale motors to increase energy efficiency in high-energy consuming industries, products and processes, such as the transportation of fossil fuels and industrial-scale compression systems.

September 16, 2015
Energy Department Announces $70 Million for Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing

Department of Energy is announcing up to $70 million in funding for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing.

September 16, 2015
Energy Department Announces $102 Million to Tackle Solar Challenges, Expand Access to Clean Electricity

Energy Department announces more than $102 million in new projects and available funding to support American leadership in clean energy innovation.

September 15, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Deployment of Clean Energy on Indian Lands, the Distributed Wind Industry, 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. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

September 15, 2015
Energy Department Announces $5 Million for Energy Planning and Innovative Energy Practices in 11 States

The Energy Department today announced $5 million in funding to 11 states to advance innovative approaches for local 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 national energy security.

September 15, 2015
Energy Department Announces Two New Actions to Spur Clean Energy Manufacturing Growth and Innovation

Today, the Energy Department announced new research and development (R&D) efforts as part of the Department's Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI). These two efforts—a national laboratory-industry collaboration pilot and a competitive solicitation to leverage national labs' high-performance computing capabilities—will contribute to CEMI's work to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness. 

September 15, 2015
Energy Department Awards $1.8 Million to Develop Wind Turbine Blades to Access Better Wind Resources and Reduce Costs

The Energy Department today announced the selection of two organizations to develop larger wind turbine blades that can take advantage of better wind resources and can lower costs.