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May 9, 2014
Better Buildings Challenge to Cut Energy Waste Grows by 1 Billion Square Feet

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department announced today that Better Buildings Challenge partners are on track to meet their energy performance goals in their second year, saving approximately $100 million a year.

May 8, 2014
Workers install photovoltaic modules on top of a parking structure at National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. The Energy Department has several training resources for energy and manufacturing workers. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Educated and Equipped: Energy & Manufacturing Training

A well-trained workforce is essential to moving the nation’s clean energy economy forward. Find out how one program is making a big impact in providing energy and manufacturing workers the skills they need to solve the energy challenges of tomorrow.

May 7, 2014
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (far right) watches as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson speaks during the EcoCAR 3 competition launch event in Washington, D.C. on April 24. Student teams from throughout the country will put their engineering skills to the test in a four-year competition to make the Chevrolet Camaro more sustainable. | Energy Department photo
EcoCAR 3: Collegiate Teams to Pump up Fuel Efficiency of Iconic American Muscle Car

Four-year collegiate competition focused on making the Chevrolet Camaro more sustainable kicks off.

May 7, 2014
Energy Department Announces Innovative Offshore Wind Energy Projects

As a part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced the selection of three pioneering offshore wind demonstrations to receive up to $47 million each over the next four years to deploy innovative, grid-connected systems in federal and state waters by 2017.

May 7, 2014
Advanced Offshore Wind Tech: Accelerating New Opportunities for Clean Energy

The Energy Department today announced the selection of three projects that aim to advance the offshore wind industry and lower the cost of offshore wind technologies. Learn more about these technological innovations.

May 5, 2014
Dayakar Devaru, University of West Virginia graduate student, named Outstanding IAC Engineering Student for his contributions to more than 100 energy-efficiency Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) initiative assessments. | Photo courtesy of University of West Virginia
Industrial Assessment Center Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Future Energy Leaders

First-ever IAC Outstanding Student and Distinguished Alumni awards honor current and former students who are making big strides at improving energy efficiency at our nation’s manufacturing facilities.

May 1, 2014
Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Energy Department

Each May we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, honoring the accomplishments of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders at the Energy Department, in the energy workforce, and throughout history.  

April 30, 2014
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The Energy Department has selected seven projects that will accelerate the commercialization of innovative offshore wind technologies in the United States. Each project will receive up to $4 million from the Energy Department to complete the engineering, site evaluation, and planning phase of their project. Upon completion of this phase, the Energy Department will select the up to three of these projects to advance the follow-on design, fabrication, and deployment phases to achieve commercial operation by 2017. Each of the these projects will be eligible for up to $47 million in additional funding over four years, subject to Congressional appropriations.  

This map also includes 42 grants the Energy Department made to offshore wind-related projects in 2011. Those shown in yellow are focused on advancing offshore wind technologies, such as modeling and design of offshore wind plants. Those shown in red focus on removing market barriers through analysis, assessment and strategic recommendations that will help the United States and offshore wind industry plan for greater deployment.

The red areas of the map show the annual average wind speed above that part of the ocean. Areas with speeds above 7 meters/second are considered suitable for offshore wind power projects, though many other factors are considered when selecting a site.</div></div></div>
Ready, Set, Go: New Tool and Report Help Offshore Wind Industry Take Off

The nation’s coastlines possess the strongest, most abundant, and steadiest winds in the United States, representing vast potential for clean energy production. Our Wind Program works to accelerate the American offshore wind market through a portfolio of high-impact research, development, and demonstration projects. View an interactive map of these projects and learn about a new tool that will help America get offshore wind farms up and running.

April 30, 2014
A fuel cell vehicle is refueled with hydrogen at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Leveraging National Laboratories to Support H2USA

Automakers have announced that new hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles will be available in the next several months so it’s critical that hydrogen infrastructure is in place, allowing drivers to quickly and easily refuel. To help solve this challenge, the Energy Department announced H2FIRST, a project being led by National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

April 29, 2014
Pictured are members of the Portsmouth Site Sustainability Team, including, left to right, Joe Moore, Bob Anderson, Stephanie Puckett, Matt Vick, Lisa Burns, Vince Adams, Stephanie McLaughlin, Frank Johnston, and Ron Shelato. Team members Roger Steckel, Russell McCallister, Roger Coats, Jeff Stone, and Mandy Mayo are not shown.
EM Wins Five Sustainability Awards at Three Sites: Second Story in Two-Part Series

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In this second part of a two-part series, EM Update focuses on three of five DOE 2013 Sustainability Awards EM received for its efforts in comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions management, waste reduction, pollution prevention, and fleet management at the Portsmouth, Oak Ridge