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June 2, 2014
EPA's Clean Power Plan to Fight Climate Change and Build the Clean Energy Economy

A new plan proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency will cut carbon pollution from existing power plants 30 percent by the year 2030, helping to leave a safer, cleaner planet behind for future generations.

May 30, 2014
The Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor (BGRR) was the first reactor built in the U.S. for peacetime atomic research following World War II. Over 18 years, an estimated 25,000 scientific experiments were carried out using the neutrons produced in the facility's 700-ton graphite core. In addition to advancing the understanding of atomic nuclei and the structures of solid materials, the BGRR helped produce groundbreaking medical isotopes that are particularly useful in diagnosing and treating cancer and other diseases. In this 1957 photo, a researcher works on the south face of the BGRR. | Photo courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: The Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor

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May 29, 2014
A tanker carries liquified natural gas (LNG) off the coast of Homer, Alaska. | Photo courtesy of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
A Proposed Change to the Energy Department's LNG Export Decision-Making Procedures

To reflect changing market dynamics, the Department of Energy is proposing a change in the way it reviews applications to export liquified natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries.

May 28, 2014
Slideshow from the White House Energy Datapalooza

Go behind the scenes of the Energy Datapalooza to see how entrepreneurs and government are working together to empower consumers and save energy.

May 28, 2014
Applications powered by open energy data were on display at a previous Energy Datapalooza in June 2012. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
Harnessing the Power of Data, Technology and Innovation for a Clean Energy Economy

Advances in technology are making it easier for American consumers and businesses to better understand how they are using and saving energy.

May 23, 2014
This EnerVault flow battery stores power from the solar panels and releases it as needed. | Photo courtesy of EnerVault.
Smoothing the Flow of Renewable Solar Energy in California’s Central Valley

How flow batteries can support renewables and resiliency on the grid.

May 22, 2014
How the National Labs Help Us Understand the Inner Workings of Power Plants

Learn more about research at the National Energy Technology Lab that's helping us understand more about what happens inside power plants.

May 21, 2014
Secretary Moniz's First Year

Check out our new interactive timeline to recap top moments from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's first year in office.

May 20, 2014
Sandia National Laboratories are home to the state-of-the-art Centrifuge Test Complex, with both indoor and outdoor centrifuges designed to simulate environments and situations with high inertial forces, like atmospheric reentry and jet aircraft acceleration. This photo shows the 29-foot-radius indoor centrifuge that's housed in an underground, temperature-controlled environment. The centrifuge can accelerate a maximum payload of 16,000 pounds to 100 Gs, or lighter loads to 300 Gs, allowing researchers to develop satellite and rocket components, geotechnical loads and sensing devices, to name a few. Pictured here, Glenn Yarborough inspects the centrifuge arm while Orlando Abeyta (left) and Ed Romero (right) work above.
 
Photo by Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories.
Photo of the Week: Sandia's Centrifuge Test Complex

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May 15, 2014
All day today, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is taking over our Instagram account! Jeff Neaton, director of the Molecular Foundry at LBNL, will be posting photos to share what's happening over at Berkeley Lab. So far, he's posted some pretty amazing <a href="http://instagram.com/p/oBYVk0LTTF/" target="_blank">views of the San Francisco Bay</a>, <a href="http://instagram.com/p/oBnBjMLTYw/" target="_blank">wildlife</a> around the lab and even a <a href="http://instagram.com/p/oBsBSBLTQP/" target="_blank">selfie</a> with the attendees of a seminar he's participating in today. <a href="http://instagram.com/energy" target="_blank">Follow Jeff's day on @Energy here</a>, and while you're at it, check out <a href="http://instagram.com/berkeleylab" target="_blank">@BerkeleyLab's Instagram</a>, too. | Photo courtesy of Jeff Neaton, Berkeley Lab.
Photo of the Week: LBNL Takes Over @Energy's Instagram!

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