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May 24, 2013
Moniz Speaks at White House Leadership Summit on Women, Climate and Energy

Secretary Moniz tells White House group that addressing the risks of climate change is the reason he returned to the Energy Department.

May 7, 2013
A retirement community in San Antonio worked with a local Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partner, CPS Energy Saver, to make energy efficiency upgrades to 189 single-family cottages. | Photo courtesy of CPS Energy.
Energy Efficiency Upgrades Help Retired Military Officers Save Money

Learn how a San Antonio retirement community for military officers worked with a local energy efficiency program to improve the comfort and efficiency of its buildings.

April 22, 2013
A Look Back: Four Years with Dr. Chu

In honor of Secretary Chu's last day heading the Energy Department, we put together a Storify of highlights from his four years of leadership.

April 9, 2013
Deputy Secretary Poneman to Host Media Briefing on Energy Department FY 2014 Budget Request

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman will host a media briefing on the Energy Department’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request

April 3, 2013
Dr. Karl Gschneidner is holding a neodymium-iron-boron magnet produced using a new, greener process. The process that Dr. Gschneidner helped develop doesn’t produce the environmentally unfriendly byproducts that result from traditional manufacturing methods. | Photo courtesy of Ames Laboratory.
10 Questions for a Materials Scientist: Mr. Rare Earth -- Dr. Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr.

A jack-of-all-trades, Dr. Gschneidner’s research spans the fields of physical chemistry, materials science, engineering and physics. In this edition of 10 Questions, Dr. Gschneidner shares insights into his research of rare earth materials.

March 29, 2013
The Energy Department’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides clean energy companies and researchers with the opportunity to develop less expensive, better-performing carbon fiber materials and manufacturing processes. Pictured here is the carbon fiber conversion line with the in-line melt spinner. The melt-spinner will be used to produce new precursor fibers that will then be converted to carbon fiber. In collaboration with industrial partners, these fibers will be used to produce prototype composite parts for applications, such as automotive parts, wind turbine blades and thermal insulation. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know about Carbon Fiber

Think you know about carbon fiber? Test your knowledge with our top 9 carbon fiber facts.

March 26, 2013
As part of the Energy Department's launch of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, Assistant Secretary David Danielson toured the new Carbon Fiber Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Carbon fiber has the potential to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles. | Photo courtesy of Jason Richards, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Energy Department Launches Bold New Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

To ensure American leadership in clean energy manufacturing, a new initiative aims to strengthen manufacturing capabilities while improving energy efficiency of operations.

February 21, 2013
PNNL's Olympus supercomputer is one of the computational resources that will be used by members of the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing. Other resources include the University of Washington's Hyak supercomputer and cloud computing.
Tackling Big Data Together

The newly stood up Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing will be tackling big challenges facing science and society, like climate change and energy management.

February 15, 2013
A Ceres researcher evaluates the performance of biofuel crops. | Photo courtesy of Ceres, Inc.
Ceres: Making Biofuels Bigger and Better

Research into energy crops and advanced biofuels, like one particular project funded by ARPA-E, contributes to U.S. energy independence, creates jobs, and directly applies to increasing food crops production.

February 13, 2013
President Obama Talks Energy at the State of the Union 2013

Watch President Obama speak about energy and the environment in last night's State of the Union.