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August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene made landfall at approximately 7:30 am EDT near Cape Lookout, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (Category 1). This NOAA GOES-13 satellite image captures Irene’s landfall moment. | Image courtesy of NOAA
Energy Department Emergency Response Team Ready to Respond to Hurricane Irene

The Energy Department is closely monitoring Hurricane Irene as it travels up the East Coast of the United States. Emergency Situation Reports are now available detailing the storm's impact to the energy sector and restoration activities being taken.

August 26, 2011
A map of the August 23, 2011, Mineral, Virginia, earthquake that shook the east coast of the United States. | Image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Service
The Science of Earthquakes

The rare, powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the east coast United States on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, caused minimal damage but surprised and unnerved millions of people. The quake occurred near Mineral, Virginia, about 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and was recorded all along the Appalachians, from Georgia to New England.  

August 17, 2011
Two Nerds . . . One Love . . . and A Great Golden Ring

The work of the Energy Department has led to many scientific and technological breakthroughs. Today, we’re highlighting a different kind of breakthrough – the engagement of two former Office of Science interns, who recently celebrated ‘the nerdiest engagement ever’ at a great golden ring.

August 10, 2011
Ramping-up Investments in Advanced Vehicle Technologies

Today, Secretary Chu announced the selection of 40 projects across 15 states to receive more than $175 million to accelerate the development and deployment of next-generation vehicle technologies. From state-of-the-art electric drive batteries to light-weight vehicles, these projects will help improve vehicle fuel efficiency and create quality jobs.

The selected projects focus on eight key approaches to improving vehicle efficiency, including:

August 9, 2011
Department of Energy Announces $39 Million to Strengthen University-Led Nuclear Energy Research and Development

51 Projects Aim to Cut Carbon Pollution, Create Clean Energy Jobs and Strengthen America’s Nuclear Energy Industry

August 5, 2011
CX-006422: Categorical Exclusion Determination

New York-City-Tonawanda, Town of
CX(s) Applied: B5.1
Date: 08/05/2011
Location(s): Tonawanda, New York
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

August 3, 2011
CX-006462: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Department of Conservation and Waterways Ground Source Heat Pump
CX(s) Applied: B5.1
Date: 08/03/2011
Location(s): Hempstead, New York
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

July 22, 2011
In honor of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon -- which challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive -- we are profiling each of the 20 teams participating in the competition.
Where to Build in New York City? Team New York Looks Up

New York City’s famously dense urban landscape presents a challenge to developers hunting for a bit of unoccupied space to build on. Team New York believes it’s identified the most underutilized real estate in the entire city -- flat rooftops, where space and access to sunlight are plentiful.

July 1, 2011
Community leaders and members of the The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology Solar Decathlon team.| Courtesy of Lisa Bleich
D.C. Community Comes Together in the Name of Sustainability, Affordability

The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology 2011 Solar Decathlon team is partnering with D.C. community members and Habitat for Humanity to build an energy efficient home that will be moved to the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. following the competition.

June 29, 2011
DOE Awards New York Decommissioning Services Contract

West Valley, NY -- The Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a contract to CH2M Hill-B&W West Valley of Englewood, Colorado, for the Phase I Decommissioning and Facility Disposition activities at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP).