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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.

October 25, 2011
Department of Energy to Invest $60 Million to Develop Innovative Concentrating Solar Power Technologies

Washington, D.C. - As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a $60 million investment over 3 years for applied scientific research to advance cutting-edge Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies. CSP technologies use mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight to produce heat, which can then be used to produce electricity.

October 13, 2011
Department of Energy Recognizes Winners of 2011 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today applauded the winners of the 30th annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards.  These awards recognize the commitment by Federal agencies to invest in efficiency measures that save money for taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a stronger economy for the American people. Over the past 30 years, winners have saved almost $16 billion and an estimated 770 trillion Btu of energy.  This is enough energy to provide all the energy needs of Federal government facilities for two years.

October 4, 2011
Department of Energy Announces First Entry for Market- Driven High-Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioners Challenge

DOE announces that it has received the first official submission by a manufacturer to a voluntary challenge for a new generation of high-efficiency cost-effective air conditioners for commercial buildings.

October 3, 2011
Portland Community College Celebrates Commissioning of Combined Heat and Power Fuel Cell System

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today applauded the commissioning of a combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell system at Portland Community College in Oregon. The CHP fuel cell system will help Portland Community College save on its energy bills and help achieve its energy efficiency and sustainability goals. Students at the College will also learn about the fuel cell technology used in the project as part of a comprehensive alternative energy curriculum offered by the school.

September 27, 2011
Department of Energy Awards $2 Million for National University Clean Energy Business Challenge to Jump Start Young Entrepreneurship

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $2 million over three years for six regional awardees to create and administer a network of student-focused business creation competitions and inspire young entrepreneurs to found innovative, clean energy companies. Announced by DOE’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Dr.

September 22, 2011
University Teams to Showcase Affordable, Energy Efficient Living in U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011

Global Competition Begins at National Mall’s West Potomac Park

September 13, 2011
DOE Awards More Than $30 Million to Help Universities Train the Next Generation of Industrial Energy Efficiency Experts

Secretary Steven Chu announces more than $30 million for 24 universities in 23 states across the country to train undergraduate- and graduate-level engineering students in manufacturing efficiency to help them become the nation's next generation of industrial energy efficiency experts.