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November 18, 2011
As much as half of the price of solar energy, represented in red above graph, is made up of non-hardware costs. | Data source: Goodrich et al 2011. | Image courtesy of the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative.
SunShot Incubator Spurs Solar Industry Innovation

Did you know that as much as half of the price of solar energy is made up of non-hardware costs – or “soft costs”? To jump start a decline in these non-hardware costs, the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative is investing approximately $7 million over 18 months in a new SunShot Incubator Program for Soft Cost Reduction.

November 15, 2011
An electrician foreman for the Western Area Power Administration checks a circuit breaker at the Ault Substation in eastern Colorado.  The circuit breaker, containing 85 lbs of SF6, protects equipment in the substation against damage from excessive electrical currents | Courtesy of Western Area Power Administration.
Capturing Fugitives to Reduce DOE’s GHG Emissions

Experts are hunting down fugitive carbon emissions from across 20 Energy Department laboratories, sites and program offices — and they’ve already prevented the release of more than 600,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent since 2009 -- equal to taking 140,000 cars off the road for a year.

November 14, 2011
Ultra Energy Efficient Data Center Saves NREL $200,000

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Data Center marks a significant accomplishment in its ultra-efficiency.

November 10, 2011
Honoring Our Vets

Secretary Steven Chu commemorates Veteran's Day by meeting with more than a dozen former service members to thank them for their continued service to America.

November 10, 2011
Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Tom D’Agostino, Sustainability Performance Office Director Jennifer MacDonald, Chris Evans and Deputy Secretary of Energy and Daniel Poneman at the 2011 Sustainability Awards. | Image courtesy of the Energy Department
Sustainability Awards Recognize Energy Department Employees Who Go Above and Beyond

Employees from around the country were honored at the 2011 Sustainability Awards last week for driving initiatives that reduce the Energy Department’s use of energy, water and paper, cut down on its waste, and make our buildings and vehicles more efficient.

November 8, 2011
$60 Million to Fund Projects Advancing Concentrating Solar Power

The SunShot initiative announces a $60 million funding opportunity (FOA) to advance concentrating solar power in the United States.

November 4, 2011
Senior level executives and the 2010 Presidential Rank Award winners. First Row:  Melvin Williams; Neile Miller for James B. Lambert and Theodore D. Sherry; Daniel Poneman, Patricia R. Worthington, Sandra Waisley for David A. Brockman, Secretary Chu, Frank B. Russo, and Steven Aoki.  Second Row:  William Barker for Andrew Lawrence, Raymond V. Furstenau,
Charles McConnell for Victor A. Der, Michael Weis, and Michael C. Kane | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Presidential Rank Awards Announced

Energy Department recognizes the winners of the Presidential Rank Awards.

November 3, 2011
New cool roofs installed on the Energy Department’s headquarters building in Washington DC in November, 2010. | Image credit Quentin Kruger, Energy Department
Leading By Example

Four specific ways the Energy Department is leading by example to become more sustainable and energy efficient.

October 31, 2011
Workers dismantle a remaining B53, ensuring that the system will never again be part of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. | Credit: NNSA photo
Honoring Nuclear Security Workers on the National Day of Remembrance

Secretary Steven Chu takes a moment to recognize the extraordinary contributions of our nuclear security workers on the National Day of Remembrance.

October 25, 2011
Two Pantex Plant employees examine the final B53 bomb prior to its dismantling. | Photo Courtesy of <a href="">NNSA</a>.
Dismantling the Final B53 Bomb

Deputy Secretary Poneman shares his thoughts on the dismantling of the final B53 bomb at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.