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February 15, 2012
Energy Department officials meet with Tribal leaders at the "Exploring the Business Link Opportunity: Transmission & Clean Energy Development in the West” forum held in Denver, CO. | Courtesy of NREL.
Tribal Leaders and Energy Officials Team Up for Tribal Business Opportunities

Top tribal leaders, industry and tribal executives, and federal representatives are teaming up with the Office of Indian Energy at a forum on “Exploring the Business Link Opportunity: Transmission & Clean Energy Development in the West” -- an exciting opportunity to integrate these issues into a broader dialogue on tribal energy interests.

February 10, 2012
The America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge makes inventions and technologies developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex available to innovative startups. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
America Chooses the Next Top Energy Innovator

The results are in for America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge.

January 23, 2012
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
A First Peek at Our Energy Future

On Monday, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued the Annual Energy Outlook 2012 Early Release. This preview report provides updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2035, and is fascinating reading for anyone who is interested in the future of the U.S. energy economy. You can find the report’s key findings here, and the complete report is available here.

December 22, 2011
2011 Critical Materials Strategy

This report examines the role that rare earth metals and other key materials play in clean energy technologies such as wind turbines, electric vehicles, solar cells and energy-efficient lighting.

December 21, 2011
Disappearing Pens Cross Out Petroleum

How a new bioplastic is not only reducing waste, it also playing a valuable role in offsetting our need for foreign oil.

December 20, 2011
Homer, population 5,364, known far and wide for its importance to Alaska's commercial fishing industry, spent $847,000 to conduct an initial energy audit and implement energy efficiency improvements that will drop the city's energy bill by $100,000 annually -- a reduction of approximately 14 percent. | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Saving Clams in the Halibut Capital of the World

Since 2010, officials of the Alaskan municipality Homer have spent $847,000 to conduct an initial energy audit and implement energy efficiency improvements that will drop the city's energy bill by $100,000 annually, a reduction of approximately 14 percent.

December 16, 2011
An aerial view of Sapphire Energy's integrated biorefinery in Luna County, New Mexico. | Photo courtesy of Sapphire Energy.
Sapphire Energy Out to Prove That Crud Can Take On Crude

For most people, the notion that the green gunk coating various pond and river bottoms is a potential fuel source sounds like science fiction. But the fact is, several projects sponsored by the Energy Department are actively developing various ways to turn that “green gunk”, called algae, into a renewable and sustainable transportation fuel that will help reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

December 16, 2011
Join us live today at 1 PM EST for a discussion on advanced biofuels | Photo courtesy of FDC Logistics.
TODAY: Advanced Biofuels Q&A with Dr. Valerie Reed

Over the past two weeks, we’ve featured a number of stories about how advanced biofuels are strengthening our national security and creating economic opportunities across the country. Today, we want to hear from you as we host a live Twitter Q&A on biofuels with Dr. Valerie Reed, Acting Manager of the Biomass Program – starting at 1 PM EST this afternoon.

November 10, 2011
This is the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, which has 270 buildings that consortium members can use to conduct energy efficiency experiments. The Energy Efficiency Buildings Hub is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s research centers called Energy Innovation Hubs. | Photo courtesy of EEB Hub
Energy Innovation Hub Report Shows Philadelphia-area Building Retrofits Could Support 23,500 Jobs

Recent reports commissioned by the Energy Efficiency Buildings Hub highlight the potential of a massive retrofit project aimed to reduce the area's building energy use by 50 percent in the next 10 years.