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June 7, 2013
Announcing the "Top 10" List of Green Utility Leaders

Find out if your utility made the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's list of top green power programs.

May 23, 2013
Secretary Moniz: What the Natural Gas Boom Means for the Future of Renewables

Yesterday, Secretary Moniz answered employee questions at a town hall forum. Learn what he has to say about impact of the natural gas boom on the future of America's growing clean energy industries.

May 16, 2013
Illustration of a solar water heater.
Heat Transfer Fluids for Solar Water Heating Systems

Choosing the right fluid for your solar water heater is important. Learn more about your options.

May 9, 2013
In this photo, Brookhaven scientist Dmitry Polyansky examines a vial containing a specialized catalyst designed to help convert solar energy into fuel. Producing clean-burning hydrogen fuel from just sunlight and water requires custom-built catalysts for water oxidation -- the part of the water-splitting process that generates oxygen atoms. A tiny amount of the solid catalyst, developed in collaboration with the University of Houston, dissolves and turns the water that lovely shade of blue. | Photo courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Converting Solar Energy into Fuel

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

May 3, 2013
The Energy Department is helping Alaska Native communities reduce their energy costs by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades. | Photo courtesy of Western Community Energy.
Helping Alaska Native Communities Reduce Their Energy Costs

Learn how the Energy Department is helping Alaska Native communities reduce their dependence on oil by focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

April 24, 2013
The new hybrid solar-natural gas system from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) works through concentrating solar power, which uses a reflecting surface to concentrate the sun's rays like a magnifying glass. In the case of the new system from PNNL, a mirrored parabolic dish directs sunbeams to a central point, where a device absorbs the solar heat to make syngas.| Photo courtesy of PNNL.
A Renewable Boost for Natural Gas

The race to transition to cleaner, greener natural gas power plants is getting a boost from an unlikely source -- solar energy.

April 17, 2013
This Lakewood, Colorado home was built in 1956. Brent and Mo Nelson upgraded the home with multiple solar technologies including; daylighting, passive solar and active solar. They also have an 80 gallon solar hot water heater. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Solar, Wind, Hydropower: Home Renewable Energy Installations

A guide to figuring out if solar, wind or other small renewable energy system is right for you.