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July 20, 2012
Vast Energy Resource in Residual Oil Zones, FE Study Says

Billions of barrels of oil that could increase domestic supply, help reduce imports, and increase U.S. energy security may be potentially recoverable from residual oil zones, according to initial findings from a study supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.

July 18, 2012
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman tours Proinlosa Energy Corp. in Houston, Texas. Proinlosa is a company in the wind turbine manufacturing supply chain that develops tower parts and has benefitted from the Production Tax Credit (PTC). | Photo courtesy of Keri Fulton.
Technology Key to Harnessing Natural Gas Potential

New projects, funded by the Energy Department, will research ways to increase production of natural gas by reducing our dependency on foreign oil and creating American jobs.

June 20, 2012
Research Projects to Address Technical Challenges Facing Small Oil and Natural Gas Producers Selected by DOE for Further Development

Nine new research projects aimed at extending the life of mature oil and natural gas fields, while simultaneously reducing the environmental footprint of production operations and minimizing environmental risks, have been selected to receive a total of $8.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.

May 23, 2012
Amanda Not Afraid (front) and another student in the DOE-sponsored algae internship program work on cultivating and characterizing oil-producing algae.
DOE-Supported Education and Training Programs Help Crow Tribe Promote Energy Independence and Education

Washington, DC -Two Department of Energy (DOE)-supported programs are helping the Crow Tribe in Montana produce energy with minimal environmental impact, educate future generations, and prepare its community for future jobs in energy fields.

At the heart of the Work Readiness Program and the Cultivation and Characterization of Oil Producing Algae Internship are 6-week intensive courses of study that teach real-world skills and provide opportunities for academic and industrial advancement in science, math, and energy.

May 21, 2012
DOE Announces New Research to Advance Safe and Responsible Deepwater Drilling Technologies

Washington, DC - Thirteen projects aimed at reducing the risks while enhancing the environmental performance of drilling for natural gas and oil in ultra-deepwater settings have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for further development.

Negotiations for the new projects will lead to awards totaling $35.4 million, adding to the research portfolio of the Office of Fossil Energy’s Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Program.

May 10, 2012
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar speaks with First Solar and Enbridge leadership at the Enbridge Silver State North solar project in Nevada. | Photo courtesy of Interior Department, credit Tami A. Heilemann.
All-of-the-Above, In Action

President Obama has made it clear that our country needs an all-of-the-above strategy to develop American energy -– energy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and generates new jobs for Americans.

May 10, 2012
Natural Gas Compression Technology Improves Transport and Efficiencies, Lowers Operating Costs

An award-winning compressor design that decreases the energy required to compress and transport natural gas, lowers operating costs, improves efficiencies and reduces the environmental footprint of well site operations has been developed by a Massachusetts-based company with support from the U.S. Department of Energy

May 2, 2012
U.S. and Japan Complete Successful Field Trial of Methane Hydrate Production Technologies

Washington, DC - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the completion of a successful, unprecedented test of technology in the North Slope of Alaska that was able to safely extract a steady flow of natural gas from methane hydrates - a vast, entirely untapped resource that holds enormous potential for U.S. economic and energy security.

May 2, 2012
U.S. and Japan Complete Successful Field Trial of Methane Hydrate Production Technologies

Methane Hydrates May Exceed the Energy Content of All Other Fossil Fuels Combined; Could Ensure Decades of Affordable Natural Gas and Cut America’s Foreign Oil Dependence

April 25, 2012
Innovative DOE Technology Demonstrates Potential for Significant Increases in Safe and Responsible Production from Depleted U.S. Oil Fields

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that an innovative technology has successfully improved oil recovery at a 106-year old Illinois field by more than 300 percent.