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February 7, 2014
2014 SSL R&D Workshop Presentations Posted

Thank you to all who participated in the 11th annual DOE Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop, held January 28-30 in Tampa, Florida. With passion, enthusiasm, and lots of new ideas, 200 attendees explored such topics as creating added value with intelligent lighting and using spectral control to shape the lighting experience. The workshop presentations and materials are now available.

February 5, 2014
Los Angeles Recognized for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

The Energy Department recognized the City of Los Angeles, California, for its leadership in the Department's Better Buildings Challenge €helping the city save on energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

February 5, 2014
State of the Union Highlights Clean Energy Progress

President Obama focused on a variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues in his State of the Union address, highlighting progress toward a "shift to a cleaner energy economy" and spotlighting solar energy and fuel efficiency.

February 4, 2014
Apply: Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2014 (DE-FOA-0001027)
Closed

Total DOE Funding: $14 million
Deadline: April 21, 2014
This funding opportunity intends to advance innovative, energy-efficient technologies, approaches, and design tools for commercial and/or residential buildings. The funding opportunity covers two focus areas, Incubators and Frontiers (Innovations).

February 4, 2014
New Report: Early Lessons Learned in Bringing SSL to Market

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new report that documents early challenges and lessons learned in the development of the SSL market. Entitled "Solid-State Lighting: Early Lessons Learned on the Way to Market," it summarizes ear

January 20, 2014
Article Published on LED Lumen Maintenance and Light Loss Factors

An article has been published in LEUKOS: The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) that may be of interest to the solid-state lighting community. Entitled "Lumen Maintenance and Light Loss Factors: Consequences of Current Design Practices for LEDs," the article was written by Michael Royer of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and discusses complications related to the lamp lumen depreciation (LLD) light loss factor and LEDs.

January 15, 2014
TEST ARTICLE 3: Energy Department Updates Home Energy Scoring Tool

The Energy Department announced on January 9 its first major software update to the Home Energy Scoring Tool, developed by the Department's Building Technologies Office and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The Home Energy Score allows homebuyers to compare homes on an "apples-to-apples" basis and provides recommendations for energy efficiency improvements. In addition, homeowners and homebuyers receive a cost-saving estimate of how these improvements could reduce utility bills and improve a home's score.

January 15, 2014
Three State Capitals to Receive Green Design Assistance from EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on January 9 announced urban planning design assistance to help the capital cities of Michigan, Washington, and Wisconsin develop greener designs, including the use of renewable energy technologies.

January 15, 2014
Seattle Structure Named WAN Sustainable Building of 2013

World Architecture News (WAN) recently named the Bullit Center in Seattle, Washington, as the WAN Sustainable Building of the Year.

January 10, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Updates to the Home Energy Scoring Tool, a Student Design Contest for Hydrogen Infrastructure, 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. View this week's webinars.

January 9, 2014
Energy Department Updates Home Energy Scoring Tool for Advancing Residential Energy Performance

As part of the Energy Department's commitment to helping families across the U.S. save money by saving energy, the Department announced today its first major software update to the Home Energy Scoring Tool, developed by the Department's Building Technologies Office and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

January 9, 2014
DOE Publishes GATEWAY Report on Pedestrian Friendly Outdoor Lighting

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new GATEWAY report entitled Pedestrian Friendly Outdoor Lighting. Recognizing that pedestrian lighting has different criteria for success than street and area lighting, GATEWAY followed t

January 8, 2014
New Year, New Certification Opportunities for Home Energy Workers

As part of the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project, the Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program collaborated with the home performance industry to develop high-quality, nationally-recognized professional certification

January 8, 2014
Report: President's Energy Efficiency Contracting for Federal Buildings a Success

An industry report lauds the successes resulting from the President's challenge to federal agencies to enter into $2 billion worth of performance-based energy efficiency contracts.

January 3, 2014
DOE Publishes Final Rule for Residential Furnace Fan Test Procedure

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a final rule regarding test procedures for residential furnace fans.

January 2, 2014
Trainees practice techniques on miniature model homes at the New River Center for Energy Research & Training in  Christiansburg, Virginia. The Energy Department has developed a new certification program for quality control inspectors, energy auditors, crew leaders, and retrofit installer technicians, as part of the Weatherization Assistance Program's Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project.  | Photo courtesy of Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center
New Year, New Certification Opportunities for Home Energy Workers

The Energy Department has developed a new certification program for quality control inspectors, energy auditors, crew leaders, and retrofit installer technicians, as part of the Weatherization Assistance Program's Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project.

December 30, 2013
DOE Publishes Petition of CSA Group for Classification as a Nationally Recognized Certification Program for Small Electric Motors

The Department of Energy has published a Federal Register notice of petition and request for public comments regarding CSA Group for classification as a nationally recognized certification program for small electric motors.

December 26, 2013
DOE Issues Proposed Coverage Determination for Hearth Products

The Department of Energy has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed determination regarding energy conservation standards for hearth products.

December 26, 2013
DOE Issues Final Rule for Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods and Alternative Rating Methods

The Department of Energy has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule revising its existing regulations governing the use of particular methods as alternatives to testing for commercial heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, water heating, and refrigeration equipment.

December 23, 2013
DOE Withdraws Proposed Rulemaking (Test Procedure) and Proposed Coverage Determination (Energy Conservation Standard) for Set-Top Boxes

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued pre-publication Federal Register notices withdrawing the notice of proposed rulemaking for a test procedure for set-top boxes and the proposed coverage determination for set-top boxes and network equipment.

December 20, 2013
DOE Publishes Report on Accelerated Life Testing of SSL Luminaires

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published the findings of a new study utilizing a highly accelerated life-test method (called the "hammer test") intended to produce failures in SSL luminaires in a reasonable test period, with the goal

December 11, 2013
Net-Zero Energy Retail Store Debuts in Illinois

Walgreens on November 21 opened a net-zero energy retail store in Evanston, Illinois that it anticipates will generate at least as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year.

December 11, 2013
Energy Department Offers $10 Million for Energy-Saving Lighting Technologies

The Energy Department announced nearly $10 million to support research, development, and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies.

December 9, 2013
DOE Publishes Notice of Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document for General Service Lamps Energy Conservation Standards

The Department of Energy has published a Federal Register notice of public meeting and availability of the framework document regarding energy conservation standards for general service lamps.

December 6, 2013
Apply: Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D – 2014 (DE-FOA-0000973)
Closed

Total DOE Funding: $10 million
Deadline: February 24, 2014
This FOA seeks to fund LED and OLED core technology research, product development, and manufacturing research and development.