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March 8, 2012
Energy Department Announces Next Phase of L Prize® Competition to Create Innovative Energy-Saving Lighting Products

As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to driving innovation in U.S. manufacturing and helping American businesses and consumers save money by saving energy, the Department today launched the next phase of the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition.

March 7, 2012
President Obama Launches EV-Everywhere Challenge as Part of Energy Department’s Clean Energy Grand Challenges

Goal to develop electric vehicles more affordable and convenient than gas-powered vehicles for the average American family within a decade

March 5, 2012
Secretary Chu Announces Winners of Student Competition to Promote Energy-Efficient Buildings

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the winners of a competition that challenges collegiate students to develop and present real-world solutions to boost the energy efficiency of buildings across the country.

March 5, 2012
Secretary Chu Announces Best Buy, Johnson Controls, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Veolia to Join National Clean Fleets Partnership

Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that four new corporate partners – Best Buy, Johnson Controls, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Veolia – are joining the Energy Department’s National Clean Fleets Partnership, a broad public-private partnership that assists the nation’s largest fleet operators in reducing the amount of gasoline and diesel they use nationwide.

March 1, 2012
Energy Department Announces $180 Million for Ambitious New Initiative to Deploy U.S. Offshore Wind Projects

As part of President Obama’s all-out, all-of-the-above approach to developing every domestic energy resource, Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the start of an ambitious initiative to capture the potential of wind energy off American coasts.

February 23, 2012
President Obama Announces Funding for Breakthroughs in Natural Gas and Biofuels as Alternative Fuels for Vehicles

$30 Million Will Fund Breakthrough Natural Gas Vehicles Technologies, $14 Million to Support Development of Transportation Fuels from Algae

February 23, 2012
President Obama Highlights Energy Department Efficiency Training Centers That Save U.S. Manufacturers $5.6 Billion

University Students Provide Energy Efficiency Assessments to Businesses and Manufacturing Plants

February 16, 2012
Tribal Clean Energy Projects Awarded $6.5 Million from U.S. Energy Department

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to strengthening partnerships with Tribal Nations and supporting tribal energy development, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that 19 clean energy projects to receive more than $6.5 million.

February 16, 2012
Energy Department and Department of Commerce Announce $1.3 Million for Clean Energy Workforce

As part of the President’s blueprint for an American economy built to last, the Energy Department and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program have announced up to $1.3 million for training programs.

February 10, 2012
Nebraska Biofuel Enzyme Plant Hosts Tour with Senior DOE Official

Energy Department Senior Advisor Peter Gage Highlights President Obama’s Blueprint for an American Economy Built to Last

February 9, 2012
Missouri Lithium-Ion Battery Company Hosts Tour With U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Poneman

Poneman Highlights U.S. Energy Innovations, Obama’s Blueprint for an American Economy Built to Last

February 8, 2012
Energy Department Announces Over $12 Million to Spur Solar Energy Innovation

As part of the Obama Administration’s blueprint for an American economy built to last, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced over $12 million to speed solar energy innovation from the lab to the marketplace through the Energy Department’s SunShot Incubator program.

January 30, 2012
Salazar, Chu Flip Switch on 65% Energy Savings

Energy-Efficient LED Lights Illuminated in Ceremony on National Mall

January 27, 2012
Energy Department, Volvo Partnership Builds More Efficient Trucks and Manufacturing Plants

Acting Under Secretary of Energy Arun Majumdar joined with North Carolina Congressman Howard Coble (NC-6) to tour the Volvo Group’s truck headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, and highlight the blueprint for an America built to last laid out by President Obama in his State of the Union address.

January 26, 2012
City of Houston Joins Better Buildings Challenge, Partners with Energy Department to Reduce Energy Waste and Boost Efficiency

Washington, D.C. — Building on President Obama’s call in the State of the Union address earlier this week for a new era for American energy, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu joined with Houston Mayor Annise Parker today to announce that Houston, Texas is joining the Better Buildings Challenge.  Houston is the latest community to join the Challenge, a public-private partnership that seeks to improve energy efficiency 20 percent by 2020 in commercial, government, and school buildings across the country.

January 26, 2012
Energy Department Announces Student Teams, New Location for Solar Decathlon 2013

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and unveiled the competition’s location, the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

December 15, 2011
Energy Department Announces Major Recovery Act Milestone: 600,000 Homes Weatherized Three Months Ahead of Schedule

Achievement Includes Weatherization of More Than 125,000 Multi-Family Homes

December 12, 2011
Energy Department Awards More Than $7 Million for Innovative Hydrogen Storage Technologies in Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced more than $7 million to fund four projects in California, Washington, and Oregon to advance hydrogen storage technologies to be used in fuel cell electric vehicles. The 3-year projects will help lower the costs and increase the performance of hydrogen storage systems by developing innovative materials and advanced tanks for efficient and safe transportation. These investments are a part of the Department's commitment to U.S.

December 1, 2011
DOE Awards $12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the Rooftop Solar Challenge

Regional Teams Will Reduce Barriers, Serve As Models for Other Communities

November 17, 2011
Energy Department Highlights Commissioning of Innovative Fuel Cell System at U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground

The U.S. Department of Energy today recognized the commissioning of an innovative fuel cell system at the United States Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, which will supply the facility with emergency backup power. The four-stack system is one of the first of 18 fuel cells to be installed and operated at military bases across the country under an interagency partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DOD).

November 16, 2011
DOE and EPA Release 2012 Annual Fuel Economy Guide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are releasing the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information that can help them choose a more efficient new vehicle that saves them money and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.  While fuel efficient vehicles come in a variety of fuel types, classes, and sizes, many new advanced technology vehicles debut on this year’s annual list of top fuel economy performers.

November 16, 2011
Energy Department Recognizes Nation’s Top Green Power Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today recognized four leading organizations for expanding the market for electricity produced from renewable energy sources during the 11th annual Green Power Leadership Awards in San Francisco, Calif. These organizations’ innovative “green power” programs provide consumers with the opportunity to purchase clean energy from environmentally-preferred sources, such as wind and solar energy. 

November 15, 2011
Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Reduce Non-Hardware Costs of Solar Energy Systems

Washington, D.C. – As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced up to $7 million to reduce the non-hardware costs of residential and commercial solar energy installations. Made available through the SunShot Incubator Program, this funding will support the development of tools and approaches that reduce non-hardware, or “soft” costs, such as installation, permitting, interconnection, and inspection. These expenses can amount to up to half of the cost of residential systems.

November 3, 2011
Department of Energy Recognizes Winners of 2011 DOE Sustainability Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the winners of the 2011 Department of Energy (DOE) Sustainability Awards.

November 1, 2011
Secretary Chu Congratulates the National Renewable Energy Lab on 2011 GreenGov Presidential Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today congratulated the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) on winning the 2011 GreenGov Presidential Award for Green Innovation. NREL’s Green Data Center was recognized for its innovative design that minimizes its energy footprint and reduces costs, without compromising service quality.