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April 16, 2013
Acting ASFE, Christopher Smith, and Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, Dan Sullivan, sign an MOU at the LNG 17 Global Conference in Houston, Texas, pledging to work together in the effort to get more of Alaska's fossil fuels into the energy stream. Photo courtesy of LNG 17.
DOE Accord Seeks Accelerated Development of Alaska's Vast Unconventional Energy Resources

Development of potentially vast and important unconventional energy resources in Alaska – including viscous oil and methane hydrates – could be accelerated under a Memorandum of Understanding signed today by the state’s Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Energy.

April 15, 2013
Concentrated solar panels are getting a power boost. This summer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will be testing a new concentrated solar power system -- one that can help natural gas power plants reduce their fuel usage by up to 20 percent. PNNL has developed a system that uses a thermochemical conversion device to convert natural gas and sunlight into a more energy-rich fuel called syngas. By installing the pictured device in front of a concentrating solar power dish, power plants can burn less fuel. <a href="
http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=981" target=_blank">Learn more about concentrated solar energy at PNNL</a>. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Boosting Solar Technology

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April 10, 2013
President Requests $638.0 Million for Fossil Energy Programs

President Obama’s FY 2014 budget seeks $638.0 million for the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) to advance technologies related to the reliable, efficient, affordable and environmentally sound use of fossil fuels as well as manage the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to provide strategic and economic security against disruptions in U.S. oil supplies.

April 9, 2013
Innovative Technology Improves Upgrading Process for Unconventional Oil Resources

An innovative oil-upgrading technology that can increase the economics of unconventional petroleum resources has been developed under a U.S. Department of Energy-funded project.

March 25, 2013
Image of how methane hydrates can form in arctic and marine environments. | Illustration by the Energy Department.
Data from Alaska Test Could Help Advance Methane Hydrate R&D

Methane Hydrates present an enormous energy resource. The Energy Department is working to advance technologies and reap the possible benefits for a more secure energy future.

March 22, 2013
ARPA-E Announces $40 Million for Research Projects to Develop Cleaner and Cheaper Transportation Choices for Consumers

Two New ARPA-E Programs Will Engage Nation’s Brightest Scientists, Engineers and Entrepreneurs in Research Competition to Improve Vehicle Manufacturing Techniques and Natural Gas Conversion

January 10, 2013
Today shale gas accounts for about 25 percent of our natural gas production. And experts believe this abundant supply will mean lower energy costs for millions of families; fewer greenhouse gas emissions; and more American jobs. | Photo courtesy of the EIA.
Energy Department Projects Focus on Sustainable Natural Gas Development

The Energy Department is investing in research and development to make natural gas production as safe and sustainable as possible.

November 28, 2012
Research Projects Addressing Technical Challenges to Environmentally Acceptable Shale Gas Development Selected by DOE

Fifteen research projects aimed at addressing the technical challenges of producing natural gas from shales and tight sands, while simultaneously reducing environmental footprints and risks, have been selected to receive a total of $28 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.

November 3, 2012
The Energy Department continues to work with its federal and state partners to restore critical energy infrastructure throughout the region affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Helping Local Officials Address Fuel Shortages

The Energy Department is working in conjunction with other federal agencies to help local agencies facilitate the delivery of additional gasoline, diesel and home heating oil to the region.

November 2, 2012
Energy Department to Loan Emergency Fuel to Department of Defense as Part of Hurricane Sandy Response

Release from Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to Provide Additional Source of Diesel for Emergency Response in New York/New Jersey Area