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July 3, 2014
During his trip to Austin, Texas, on February 6, 2014, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz toured the Pecan Street Research Institute's Pike Powers Lab, a UT-Austin-affiliated facility with specialized capabilities for developing, testing and validating a wide range of smart grid, distributed energy and consumer electronics hardware and software. Pictured left to right: Pecan Street data group director Grant Fisher; Secretary Moniz; Pecan Street Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Russo; Pecan Street Chief Technology Officer Bert Haskell; and Scott Hinson, Director of the Pike Powers Laboratory and Center for Commercialization. | Photo by Marsha Miller, University of Texas at Austin.
Smart Grid Project Saves Money and Energy in Texas

Learn how a Recovery Act-funded project is helping consumers in Austin, Texas, save energy and money with a new smart grid system.

June 30, 2014
Top 500 List Recognizes Fastest Supercomputers

Learn about the fastest supercomputers in the world, including some at the Energy Department's National Labs.

June 25, 2014
A hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean, as seen from space by a satellite. Storms like these are projected to become more frequent as the effects of climate change worsen. | Energy Department file photo.
Our Climate Action Progress: One-Year Report

Learn about key progress made in the year since President Obama announced his plan to fight carbon pollution and prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change.

June 24, 2014
Jonathan Wiley and Eric Kuntzelman rappel more than 300 feet off the ground from a 3-megawatt wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) near Boulder, CO. The Energy Department has made significant investments in wind testing facilities like the NWTC. By supporting the testing and validation of newly developed technologies, we are working to reduce costs for manufacturers, speed deployment of next generation technologies and promote the growth of American companies. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder.
Building a Stronger Foundation for Philanthropic Energy Investments

A series of energy finance roundtables are helping the Energy Department learn more about common barriers to clean energy investment -- and formulate solutions that advance market transformation.

June 19, 2014
3D Printing in 30 Seconds
How 3D Printers Work

As part of our How Energy Works series, learn everything you need to know about 3D printers, from how they work to the different types of systems to the future of the technology.

June 18, 2014
Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
How Particle Accelerators Work

As part of our How Energy Works series, this blog explains how particle accelerators work.

June 18, 2014
Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Ensuring the Resiliency of Our Future Water and Energy Systems

A new report explores the interdependencies between our water and energy systems, framing the challenges and opportunities ahead for the Energy Department and our partners.

June 17, 2014
Microgrid equipment at the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado. | Photo courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Lab.
How Microgrids Work

As part of our How Energy Works series, this blog explains how microgrids work.

June 16, 2014
What How Energy Works topic should we cover next? <a href="/node/919166">Vote now</a> using our interactive voting tool. | Graphic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
How Energy Works: Explaining Game-Changing Energy Technologies

Introducing How Energy Works: a new series that breaks down the inner working of innovative technologies key to driving the Energy Department's mission forward.

June 13, 2014
A worker uses an induction furnace to pour hot metal into an evaporative pattern mold. | Photo courtesy of the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About the National Energy Technology Laboratory

From developing new fossil energy technologies to partnering with coal plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the National Energy Technology Lab is conducting game changing research on the frontiers of scientific innovation.