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March 7, 2017
Maria Vargas is the director of the Better Buildings Initiative which improves the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation.
Q&A: Efficiency Expert Talks Women in the Energy Workforce

As a leading woman in energy efficiency, Maria Vargas has seen many changes in the energy efficiency arena and believes saving money on energy...

March 7, 2017
Mango Materials' new process is being tested at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit. Photo|Berkeley Lab
New Process Being Tested for Biodegradable Plastics

What if plastic came from renewable resources? Mango Materials has developed a new way of producing plastics that make it biodegradable and...

March 6, 2017
IKEA's wind farm in Cameron, Texas is just one example of companies buying into wind power. Photo|IKEA
Why Corporations are Buying into U.S. Wind Power

There is a broad shift to wind power and clean, affordable energy across corporate America in recent years. Big companies like General Motors,...

March 2, 2017
Energy efficiency upgrades in McKinley County, New Mexico made possible by energy savings performance contracts.
The Power of Energy Savings Peformance Contracts

McKinley County, New Mexico cut energy costs by joining a pilot program, LEEP (Local Energy Efficiency Performance), launched by the state with...

March 2, 2017
The DOE SunShot loop is designed to demonstrate highly efficient turbine expander and recuperator performance for advanced supercritical carbon dioxide concentrating solar power cycles. Photo courtesy of Southwest Research Institute.
EERE Success Story—Supercharging Concentrating Solar Power Plant Performance
Supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles have the potential to reduce the cost of concentrating solar power (CSP) by substantially improvin...
March 1, 2017
On Display: Smithsonian Shares the History of Solar

The addition of a record-setting 14.6 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy onto the grid made 2016 a historic year for solar, with a total of more than...

February 28, 2017
Pictured from Left to Right (Nick Litombe, Sonia Kassambara, Othalene Lawrence).
Why Diversity Matters in Science
New ideas come from a diverse way of seeing things. Whether it’s getting more students involved in Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematic...
February 24, 2017
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Engineer Expert: Why Microelectronics is Important to the Electric Grid

Energy Department Chief Engineer Dev Shenoy discusses the role microelectronics plays in today's advanced manufacturing industry and its place in...

February 23, 2017
Top 10 Videos of the Year: The "Energy" Academy Awards
LED Lights, Camera, Action! This Sunday, millions of Americans will look back on 2016’s outstanding achievements in movie making. This is also t...
February 23, 2017
An automated drone inspects a wind turbine blade for damage. Photo|SkySpecs
Self-Flying Drones and Wind Turbine Blades: The New Way of Collecting Data
Advancements in drone technology are turning wind turbine blade inspections into a safer and quicker process. SkySpecs has developed an automated d...
February 22, 2017
Incubators and Accelerators: What Every Cleantech Startup Should Know

Incubatenergy is the first nationwide network connecting incubators and accelerators to each other across the country. By bringing these groups...

February 21, 2017
Hydrogen: A Clean, Flexible Energy Carrier
Hydrogen is the simplest and most abundant element on earth—it consists of only one proton and one electron. Hydrogen can store and deliver usabl...
February 16, 2017
Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy winners offer their advice to help energy inventors take their innovations to the next level.
Words of Wisdom from 6 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy Winners
Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy winners offer their advice to help energy inventors take their innovations to the next level. The Energy Department's ...
February 15, 2017
Graphic|Sarah Harman
Remembering Art Rosenfeld - A Pioneer in Energy Efficiency

The world has lost a pioneer in energy efficiency – and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has lost a beloved colleague. Dr. Art Rosenfeld passed...

February 13, 2017
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Why Employers Are Hiring Industrial Assessment Center Graduates
The Energy Department's Industrial Assessment Center program is becoming a hotbed of talent for future employers thanks to the hands-on training it...
February 8, 2017
5 Ways Cities Can Benefit from SunShot’s Latest Solar Prize Challenge
The solar industry is growing fast. Despite this rapid growth, solar energy remains inaccessible to nearly half of American households and business...
February 7, 2017
Alejandro Moreno returns to the Energy Department to lead the Water Power Technologies Office.
Water Power: The Future Vision Under New Director Alejandro Moreno

Alejandro Moreno recently joined the Water Power Technologies Office as director and will lead the hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic...

February 6, 2017
a photo take high up above a field.
Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits
A project funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is working to show how perennial plants grown for bioenergy could be integra
February 2, 2017
Solar photovoltaic power plant in rural Indonesia. EERE’s project on Sustainable Energy for Remote Indonesian Grids (SERIG) conducted feasibility studies for generating electricity from renewable resources – including solar, wind, and biogas emitted from the process waste of mills that produce palm oil – to displace electricity generation from high-cost, imported diesel fuel in remote Indonesian communities. | Photo by Rob Sandoli
Accelerating the Market for Renewable Energy in Indonesia

Indonesia' remote regions and islands are largely dependent on electricity generated from subsidized, high-cost diesel fuel that is often imported...

February 1, 2017
National Renewable Energy Laboratory engineer Greg Martin (from left) works with Solectria engineers Jonathon Smith and Jihua Ma testing Solectria's smart inverter at the Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Success Story—SunShot-funded Advanced Inverter Testing Enables 2,500 Solar Energy Systems to Connect to Hawaii’s Electric Grid
Thanks to a SunShot collaboration at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in December 2015 Hawaiian Electric anno...
February 1, 2017
The ENERGISE funding program will help improve the way utilities are able to plan and operate the distribution grid with high levels of solar. | Photo courtesy: Western Area Power
Talk to the Panel: Communication and Analytics Help Utilities Scale Up Solar Installations

This may come as a surprise to most people: utilities don’t have real-time information about their customers’ electricity usage. When someone adds...

January 27, 2017
Meet Susan Hamm: 5 Questions with the New Geothermal Technologies Director
Dr. Susan Hamm brings with her an impressive portfolio that includes operations, budget and management, and a background in the geological sciences...
January 26, 2017
Alcatraz Island is home to one of the nation's largest microgrids. Photo | National Park Service
Welcome to Alcatraz: One of the Largest Microgrids in the United States
Alcatraz Island, located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, is home to one of the nation's largest microgrids. The island is equipped with a s...
January 17, 2017
Westby, Wisconsin, is home to Clean Energy Collective's 305-kilowatt Vernon Electric Community Solar Farm. | Photo Courtesy: Clean Energy Collective
Removing Rooftop Roadblocks: Solar Accessibility Soars Under SunShot

You can now go solar even if you don't have a suitable roof. Community solar programs — which allow multiple people to invest in solar together and...

January 13, 2017
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Public Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Guiding Principles

Investment from both the public and private sectors has established a strong foundation for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging and that...