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August 15, 2011
A123 Systems Moves From the Lab to the Assembly Line

Last week, Secretary Chu announced $175 million in funding for 40 projects that promise to accelerate the development and deployment of next-generation vehicle technologies. The innovations being fostered through these projects often begin at a small scale, being tweaked and tested in laboratories or R+D centers as researchers attempt to hit critical benchmarks for deployment.

August 12, 2011
Memorandum Memorializing Ex Parte Communication - August 12, 2011

On August 9, 2011, the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute's (AHRI) Unitary Small Engineering Committee, Compressors and Condensing Units Engineering Committee and Ductless Equipment Engineering Committee held a joint meeting to discuss the proposed standby power (off-mode) efficiency standards contained in the June 27, 2011 Direct Final Rule (76 Fed. Reg. 37,408).

August 11, 2011
Total potential biomass resources by county in the contiguous U.S. from the baseline scenario of the Update (Figure 6.4, page 159) | Map from Billion-Ton Update
Billion-Ton Update: Home-Grown Energy Resources Across the Nation

Biofuel jobs could be coming to a community near you, according to a collaborative report released yesterday by the Energy Department that details the huge potential of U.S.-produced biomass.

August 10, 2011
Department of Energy Awards More Than $175 Million for Advanced Vehicle Research and Development

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $175 million over the next three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies.

August 9, 2011
Two ENERGY STAR Products Fail Testing

DOE testing has identified two additional models of home appliances that do not meet the ENERGY STAR Program’s energy efficiency requirements.  A refrigerator manufactured by the Perlick Corporation and a room air conditioner manufactured by Electrolux Home Products, Inc. were selected for testing as part of the DOE’s ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Pilot Program.

August 8, 2011
Get Daily Energy Analysis Delivered to Your Website

Now everyone can feature the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Today in Energy content on their website and favorite social networking sites. Today in Energy, the agency’s education product published every weekday, highlights current energy issues, topics, and data trends in short articles written in plain language.  EIA has banners and widgets in different colors and sizes to fit many different websites. 

August 4, 2011
This 10-watt alternative LED bulb (which glows white when turned on) could save the nation about 35 terawatt-hours of electricity or $3.9 billion in one year and avoid 20 million metric tons of carbon emissions if every 60-watt incandescent bulb in the U.S. was replaced with the L Prize winner. | Photo Courtesy of Philips Lighting North America
A Winning Light Bulb With the Potential to Save the Nation Billions

Thomas Edison would be amazed. The conventional light bulb is getting some serious competition from a 10-watt LED bulb -- the first winner of the Energy Department's L prize.

July 29, 2011
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on fuel efficiency standards for 2017-2025 model year cars and light-duty trucks during an event at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., July 29, 2011. Seated behind the President are at left are auto industry executives and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)
New Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards Will Continue to Inspire Innovation

President Obama announced a landmark agreement with automakers that sets aggressive new fuel-economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks. Find out how the Energy Department is unleashing innovation that will create jobs and make sure that the fuel-efficient vehicles of the future are made in America.

July 25, 2011
The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

A newly released National Clean Energy Business Competition Funding Opportunity Announcement of $2 million will be used to encourage collaboration among energy competitions and to broaden student outreach. This partnership can help increase the number and quality of clean energy start-up businesses -- and promote a new generation of energy entrepreneurs.