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December 20, 2011
Homer, population 5,364, known far and wide for its importance to Alaska's commercial fishing industry, spent $847,000 to conduct an initial energy audit and implement energy efficiency improvements that will drop the city's energy bill by $100,000 annually -- a reduction of approximately 14 percent. | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Saving Clams in the Halibut Capital of the World

Since 2010, officials of the Alaskan municipality Homer have spent $847,000 to conduct an initial energy audit and implement energy efficiency improvements that will drop the city's energy bill by $100,000 annually, a reduction of approximately 14 percent.

December 8, 2011
An aerial view of Rentech's Product Demonstration Unit (PDU) in Commerce City, Colorado. | Photo courtesy of Rentech.
Drop-in Biofuels Take Flight in Commerce City, Colorado

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy works in partnership with industry to develop, build, operate and validate integrated biorefineries across the country at various scales (pilot, demonstration, and commercial). One such project, led by ClearFuels-Rentech, recently celebrated the completion of a pilot-scale, biorefinery in Commerce City, Colorado.

December 6, 2011
Dale and Sharon Borgford, small business owners in Stevens County, WA, break ground with Peter Goldmark, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. The pair brought more than 75 jobs to the area with help from DOE's State Energy Program and the U.S. Forest Service. | Photo courtesy of Washington DNR.
Biomass Burner Cogenerates Jobs and Electricity from Lumber Mill Waste

Nearly five years after a local lumber mill closed, a dedicated group of small business owners sought a solution in the Recovery Act to restore the eastern Washington town’s economic dynamo.

November 21, 2011
EPB’s $226 million Smart Grid Investment Grant project, part of the Energy Department's Recovery Act funding has allowed upgrades on its distribution system and the installation of “smart” switches and sensor equipment for 164 distribution circuits as well as the deployment of approximately 1500 smart switches system-wide. Thanks to these smart grid technologies, EPB saved thousands of hours of outage time for their consumers. | DoE photo
Lessons Learned: An Ongoing Dialogue About Smart Grid

Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman explains lessons learned from the recent Southeast peer-to-peer workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina. Many of the attendees represented awardees from the Energy Department's Recovery Act programs, and while they demonstrated success in their work, there was a consistent theme of community involvement as essential to that success.

November 19, 2011
Installing LED pedestrian and traffic lights like this one are among the improvements made by cities in New Hampshire to cut their energy costs. | DOE photo, credit Hantz Leger
The EECBG Program: A New Hampshire Snapshot

New Hampshire cities have benefited from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects funded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).

November 16, 2011
My Testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Tomorrow morning, Secretary Chu will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss the choice we face in competing for the clean energy jobs of tomorrow. Here is his prepared testimony.

November 15, 2011
The PNM Prosperity Energy Storage Project is the nation’s first combined solar generation and storage facility to be fully integrated into a utility’s power grid.  Pictured above are the facility's solar panels, including an aerial view in the upper left. | Image courtesy of PNM
Innovative Energy Storage Technologies Enabling More Renewable Power

Solar and wind power provide the means for America to strengthen its energy security, create jobs in growing markets, and improve the environment. Thanks to breakthroughs in energy storage systems, including the first grid-tied solar and storage facility, that potential is getting closer to reality.

November 14, 2011
Federal Reporting Recipient Information

Recovery Act Recipient Reporting details as of December 17, 2011.

November 4, 2011
The Lawrence Community team, leadership pictured above, saved the highest total amount of any community. They hold a basketball signed by Kansas Governor Brownback. The basketball signifies both the sport's history in Kansas, as well as the fact that the average Kansas home has enough energy leaks in their home to equal a basketball-sized hole in their roof.
'Taking Charge': Kansans Save $2.3M in Challenge to Change Their Energy Behavior

How did the Climate and Energy Project (CEP), a small environmental organization that has received Recovery Act funding, achieve $2.3 million in savings annually for Kansans? Learn more about the Take Charge Challenge, a 9-month competition in which residents across 16 communities competed against each other to save the most energy and money.

November 3, 2011
This is the North Country School's 32,000-square-foot main building. Aligning with the school's commitment to a simple, sustainable lifestyle, the school is heated with a wood chip boiler that uses wood sourced from their sustainably managed woodlot and local forests. | Courtesy of North Country School
How Much Wood Would a North Country School Chip

North Country School in Lake Placid, New York, recently installed a high-efficiency wood chip boiler using Recovery Act funds from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Using wood sourced from their sustainably managed woodlot and local forests, the school will be able to cut energy costs by $38,970 annually and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 184 tons per year.