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December 15, 2011
The Startup America Policy Challenge wants your ideas on how we can accelerate innovation in clean energy and position the United States to lead in this critical sector. | Photo Courtesy of JBEI.
Startup America Policy Challenge: Clean Energy

America’s entrepreneurs are on the front lines of the global clean energy race, and the Department of Energy and the Administration want to hear from you about the barriers that are standing in your way and what we can do to help remove them.

December 12, 2011
John Ferrell (center -- 4th from left) participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of a cellulosic ethanol demonstration facility in Tennessee. | Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess.
Biomass for the Nation: How One Energy Department Expert Has Helped Lead the Way

A look at one Energy Department employee's impact on the biofuels industry.

December 12, 2011
Secretary Chu speaks at the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall  on December 6, 2011. | Energy Department file photo.
Diversity Town Hall Draws a Crowd at the Energy Department

“For our own good, we want as wide of a talent pool as we can get,” Secretary Steven Chu said in his remarks to employees. “[Diversity] is a good thing and an important thing to do. It’s also the right thing to do.”

December 9, 2011
Above, Michael C. Kane speaks at the Energy Department's Feeds Family Sculpture Contest on August 30, 2011. In the fall of 2011, the Office of Personnel Management recognized Mr. Kane as the Chief Human Capital Officer of the Year. | DOE photo
And the 2011 CHCO of the Year is...Mike Kane

In the fall of 2011, the Office of Personnel Management recognized Michael C. Kane as the Chief Human Capital Officer of the Year.

December 6, 2011
Strains of E. coli bacteria were engineered to digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. | Image courtesy of Berkeley Lab.
Advanced Biofuels: How Scientists are Engineering Bacteria to Help Drive America

Researchers at the Energy Department's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered the first strains of the bacteria to digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into all three types of transportation fuels -- gasoline, diesel and jet fuels.

December 1, 2011
Rooftop Solar Challenge to Cut Solar's Red Tape

Today Secretary Chu announced $12 million in funding for 22 regional teams competing in the Energy Department’s Rooftop Solar Challenge. The teams will implement step-by-step actions throughout the next year to standardize permit processes, update planning and zoning codes, improve standards for connecting solar power to the electric grid, and increase access to financing. "Through this competition, the Energy Department is helping to unleash America’s solar potential by investing in projects that will make it faster, easier, and cheaper to finance and deploy solar power in communities across the country."

November 28, 2011
Thanks to Camille Beben of the Office of Management, approvals for Department directives that used to take 14 months now take less than 6 months. | DOE photo, credit Hantz Leger.
Energy Department Employees Strive to Cut Costs, Improve Efficiency

Here at the Energy Department, we are working every day to help develop a clean energy economy, create good jobs, and make sure America is competitive on the global stage.

November 28, 2011
Nuclear Systems Powering a Mission to Mars

This past weekend, the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity launched from Cape Canaveral with the most advanced payload of scientific gear ever used on the red planet -- made possible by nuclear space power systems developed by the Energy Department.

November 22, 2011
Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s main entrance is marked by a limestone sign. Several new buildings visible in the background house more than 1,000 of the lab’s 4,300 employees. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Wising Up Uncle Sam to Cybertricks

Under Secretary for Energy Daniel Poneman discusses information technology upgrades necessary to protect nation’s vital infrastructure.

November 22, 2011
Secretary Steven Chu visited Kapolei, Hawaii, to check on the process of an integrated biorefinery project awarded $25 million through the Recovery Act to construct the facility. | Image courtesy of the Energy Department.
Secretary Chu Checks In on Biomass Pilot-Scale Facility

Secretary Steven Chu visits Kapolei, Hawaii, to check in on the progress of an integrated biorefinery project that promises to help increase the domestic production of advanced biofuels.