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September 8, 2011
Energy Department Awards Will Promote Electric Vehicles in 24 States and Train a Workforce for Advanced Vehicle Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced 16 projects supporting activities in 24 states and the District of Columbia to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in communities across the nation, and seven additional projects in seven states to help prepare college students for careers designing and building advanced vehicle technologies. 

 

September 8, 2011
Department of Energy Awards up to $38 Million to Advance Technology and Reduce Cost of Geothermal Energy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced $38 million over three years for projects to accelerate the development of promising geothermal energy technologies and help diversify America’s sources of clean, renewable energy. Thirty-two innovative projects in 14 states will develop and test new ways to locate geothermal resources and improve resource characterization, drilling, and reservoir engineering techniques, which will enable geothermal energy sources to help reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels.

September 8, 2011
Department of Energy Awards $43 Million to Spur Offshore Wind Energy

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced $43 million over the next five years to speed technical innovations, lower costs, and shorten the timeline for deploying offshore wind energy systems. The 41 projects across 20 states will advance wind turbine design tools and hardware, improve information about U.S. offshore wind resources, and accelerate the deployment of offshore wind by reducing market barriers such as supply chain development, transmission and infrastructure. The awards announced today will help the U.S.

September 6, 2011
Departments of Energy and Interior Award Nearly $17 Million for Advanced Hydropower Technologies

U.S. Department Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced nearly $17 million in funding over the next three years for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology. Sixteen projects in 11 states were selected through a competitive grant process for their ability to contribute to the development of innovative technologies that produce hydropower more efficiently, reduce costs and increase sustainable hydropower generation.

August 31, 2011
President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Announces Industry Leaders’ Commitment to Double Engineering Internships in 2012

Commitments will add over 6,000 additional opportunities for hands-on, technical job training for future engineers

August 31, 2011
Department of Energy Announces up to $12 Million in Investments to Support Development and Production of Drop-In Biofuels

In support of the Obama Administration's comprehensive efforts to strengthen U.S. energy security, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced up to $12 million to fund three small-scale projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, and North Carolina that aim to commercialize novel conversion technologies to accelerate the development of advanced, drop-in biofuels and other valuable bio-based chemicals.

August 26, 2011
Department of Energy Joins with Manufacturers, Environmentalists to Announce New Efficiency Standards for Home Refrigerators

Standards to reduce energy use by about 25 percent, save consumers more than $21 billion

August 16, 2011
Energy Department Applauds World’s First Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Station in Orange County

DOE issues the following statement in support of the commissioning of the world’s first tri-generation fuel cell and hydrogen energy station to provide transportation fuel to the public and electric power to an industrial facility, located at the Orange County Sanitation District's wastewater treatment plant in Fountain Valley, California.

August 10, 2011
Department of Energy Releases New ‘Billion-Ton’ Study Highlighting Opportunities for Growth in Bioenergy Resources

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report – 2011 U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industrydetailing U.S. biomass feedstock potential nationwide.   The report examines the nation’s capacity to produce a billion dry tons of biomass resources annually for energy uses without impacting other vital U.S.

August 10, 2011
Department of Energy Awards More Than $175 Million for Advanced Vehicle Research and Development

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $175 million over the next three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies.

August 3, 2011
Department of Energy Announces Philips Lighting North America as Winner of L Prize Competition

Philips Product Delivers on Department's Challenge to Replace Common Light Bulb with Energy-Saving Lighting Alternative

August 2, 2011
Department of Energy to Invest $50 Million to Advance Domestic Solar Manufacturing Market, Achieve SunShot Goal

SUNPATH Program Will Boost American Competitiveness, Lower Cost of Solar Energy

August 1, 2011
Department of Energy Considers New Venue for Solar Decathlon 2013

Competition Trains the Next Generation of Clean Energy Engineers and Designers

July 27, 2011
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON - Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:
  • David Danielson - Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy
  • Dot Harris - Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, Department of Energy
July 19, 2011
Departments of Energy, Defense Partner to Install Fuel Cell Backup Power Units at Eight Military Installations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that as part of an interagency partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to strengthen American energy security and develop new clean energy technologies, DOD will be installing and operating 18 fuel cell backup power systems at eight military installations across the country. The Departments will test how the fuel cells perform in real world operations, identify any technical improvements manufacturers could make to enhance performance, and highlight the benefits of fuel cells for emergency backup power applications.

July 14, 2011
New Energy Star Initiative Recognizes Cutting-Edge Products with Highest Energy Efficiency

"Most Efficient" designation will help shoppers reduce their energy bills, provide incentives for manufacturers to innovate, and protect Americans' public health and environment

July 5, 2011
DOE Announces 6 New Corporate Partners Join the National Clean Fleets Partnership

Companies to work with DOE to significantly reduce gasoline and diesel use in commercial vehicles

June 30, 2011
Obama Administration Announces 14 Initial Partners in the Better Buildings Challenge

Private sector partners, local governments commit more than $500 million and 300 million square feet to improving energy efficiency

June 29, 2011
Department of Energy Announces New Partnerships to Support Manufacturing Job Training

National Training and Education Resource (NTER) Offers Tools to Train Workers

June 23, 2011
Department of Energy Awards More Than $11 Million to Advance Innovative Geothermal Energy Technologies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that eight projects in five states - California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Texas, and Utah - have been selected to receive up to $11.3 million to support the research and development of pioneering geothermal technologies.  The projects selected today will foster innovation in the technologies and methods used to generate geothermal energy, which will help strengthen U.S. energy security and increase America's competitiveness in the global clean energy economy.

June 22, 2011
Department of Energy Projects Win 36 R&D 100 Awards for 2011

Technology Developments Aim to Address Energy, Environment and National Security Issues

June 17, 2011
Virginia Tech Wins EcoCAR Competition

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday evening a team of students from Virginia Tech University learned they received top honors when they were named the overall winners of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge after designing and building an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol).  Virginia Tech competed against 15 other universities to take home the top prize of the three-year competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and General Motors.  This unique competition helps train students and engineers to become the next generation of workers the U.S.