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May 18, 2015
CX-100239 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Waste to Wisdom: Utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy and biobased products
Award Number: DE-EE0006297
CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.15
Bioenergy Technologies Office
Date: 05/18/2015
Location(s): CA
Office(s): Golden Field Office

May 15, 2015
CX-100243 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Design and Synthesis of Materials with High Capacities for Hydrogen Physisorption
Award Number: DE-EE0007048
CX(s) Applied: B3.6, B3.15, B1.31
Fuel Cell Technologies Office
Date: 05/15/2015
Location(s): CA
Office(s): Golden Field Office

April 24, 2015
EERE Success Story—EPA and DOE Honor 2015 Energy Star Partners of the Year, Recognizing Leadership and Action in Energy Efficiency, Featuring Better Buildings Challenge

128 businesses and organizations in 33 states across the nation, are being honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy with the Energy Star’s Partner of the Year award. Recognized for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment, these awardees prevented more than 300 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and reduced utility bills for Americans by $34 billion.

April 22, 2015
CX-100226 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Pala Fire Station Solar Project
Award Number: DE-EE0006951
CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.16
Tribal Energy Program
Date: 04/22/15
Location(s): CA
Office(s): Golden Field Office

April 21, 2015
EERE Success Story—New Training Resource Prepares Rescuers for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Emergencies

EERE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office launched a national emergency response training resource in February. The new resource is the brainchild of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the California Fuel Cell Partnership. This free resource will serve as a first responder-training repository filled with the most current and accurate information on hydrogen and fuel cells.

April 14, 2015
Fermenter used in the scale-up of malonic acid. Credit: Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab
EERE Success Story—Versatile and Renewable: Malonic Acid, It’s in Everything

A new manufacturing technology for producing malonic acid is now possible as a result of Lygos, Inc.’s breakthrough pilot program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

April 9, 2015
The Geysers geothermal complex, where the Energy Department’s geothermal exploration at Caldwell Ranch is located, remains the largest operating geothermal field in the world. Caldwell Ranch has achieved a first-ever replicable strategy to reopen an abandoned steam field there, with implications for development in other regions of California as well. Source: Geothermal Resources Council
EERE Success Story—DOE and Calpine Corporation Tap Geothermal Energy from Abandoned Steam Wells

As part of a geothermal exploration effort to search for geothermal resources nationwide, a $5 million Energy Department investment to Calpine Corporation culminated in the confirmation of an initial 11.4 MW of equivalent steam this year—50% more than early estimates—from three previously abandoned wells at The Geysers, the largest operating geothermal complex in the world.

April 2, 2015
The Wind Vision Report describes potential wind industry scenarios for 2020, 2030, and 2050.
EERE Success Story—Wind Vision: Continuing the Success of Wind Energy

The Energy Department recently released the highly anticipated Wind Vision Report that quantifies the economic, environmental, and social benefits of a robust wind energy future through 2050. Defining a Roadmap of targeted actions that the country can take to build upon wind energy’s continued success, the Wind Vision Report revisits the findings of the 2008 20% Wind by 2030 Report.

March 31, 2015
Ali Ahmed, senior manager of global energy and sustainability at Cisco Systems, installed the first panels of the Solar Community initiative on his Cleveland, Ohio rooftop.
EERE Success Story—SunShot Incubator Awardee Helps Companies Offer Discount Solar as Employee Perk

Employees at companies such as 3M, Cisco Systems, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Johnson and Johnson, National Geographic Society, and Principal Financial Group, can now go solar at a significant discount as part of their employee benefits package. This “Solar Community” initiative began in 2014 and is facilitated by the World Wildlife Fund and managed by Geostellar. It is considered a first-of-its-kind nationwide bulk solar purchase program that expands access to solar energy for participating employees, their families, and communities.

March 26, 2015
EERE Success Story—FEMP and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Partner to Drive Down Federal Energy Costs

With hundreds of thousands of facilities and vehicles spread across the globe, the United States government is one of the world’s largest consumers of energy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) partnership to help drive down the federal government's energy costs through the government-wide adoption of performance contracting processes.