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August 1, 2014
Biogas -- a byproduct of anaerobic digestion or fermentation of materials like sewage, municipal waste, crops and manure -- currently provides enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of almost 70,000 average American homes. | Energy Department file photo.
New Biogas Opportunities Roadmap is Part of Climate Change Solution

A new roadmap explains how biogas reduces the emissions associated with the burning of fossil fuels and supports the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy.

July 29, 2014
A researcher evaluates methane produced in a unique conservation process. Methane is both a potent greenhouse gas and valuable energy resource.| Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
A Path to Reduce Methane Emissions from Gas Systems

Secretary Moniz outlines steps the Department is taking to help modernize the nation’s natural gas transmission and distribution systems.

July 24, 2014
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaks with tower construction workers Ed Zona, Al Williams and Jeff Reick (left to right) in Pittsburgh on Monday, July 21, 2014. | Photo courtesy of PNC.
How Construction Workers are Helping to Build the Clean Energy Economy

During a recent visit to Pittsburgh, Secretary Moniz met with some of the all-union workers who are building a super-efficient office building downtown.

July 24, 2014
Home cooling accounts for 6 percent of the average household's energy use. To help you save money by saving energy, our experts are answering your home cooling questions. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/JaniceRichard
#AskEnergySaver: Home Cooling

Energy Department experts answer your home cooling questions -- from how to lower your cooling costs to ways to stay cool without turning on your air conditioner.

July 22, 2014
In the photo above, a mirrored parabolic dish directs sunbeams to a central point, where a device absorbs the solar heat to make syngas, solar-boosted natural gas. This new system was recognized with a 2014 R&D 100 Award. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Lab.
National Lab Projects Win R&D 100 Awards

From solar-boosted natural gas to a more efficient electric vehicle battery charger, innovations by the Energy Department's National Labs swept the field in this year's R&D 100 awards, the "Oscars of Innovation."

July 17, 2014
#WomenInSTEM: A Physicist Focuses on Scientific Advancement

Our latest #WomenInSTEM highlights the work of Angela Capece -- a physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

July 14, 2014
Deputy Secretary Poneman traveled to Abu Dhabi, UAE, to join Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei in launching the U.S.-UAE Strategic Energy Dialogue on June 23.
The U.S.-UAE Strategic Energy Dialogue

Deputy Secretary Poneman traveled to Abu Dhabi, UAE, to join Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei in launching the U.S.-UAE Strategic Energy Dialogue on June 23. They addressed a wide array of subjects, including oil and gas production and related market developments, clean energy deployment and energy efficiency, carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration, and civil nuclear cooperation.

July 3, 2014
Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman, right, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy participate in last month's U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation. | Photo courtesy of the State Department.
Advancing Civil Nuclear Cooperation with Japan

In June, Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman traveled to Japan for the third meeting of the Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation, an initiative launched by President Obama in 2012.

July 3, 2014
During his trip to Austin, Texas, on February 6, 2014, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz toured the Pecan Street Research Institute's Pike Powers Lab, a UT-Austin-affiliated facility with specialized capabilities for developing, testing and validating a wide range of smart grid, distributed energy and consumer electronics hardware and software. Pictured left to right: Pecan Street data group director Grant Fisher; Secretary Moniz; Pecan Street Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Russo; Pecan Street Chief Technology Officer Bert Haskell; and Scott Hinson, Director of the Pike Powers Laboratory and Center for Commercialization. | Photo by Marsha Miller, University of Texas at Austin.
Smart Grid Project Saves Money and Energy in Texas

Learn how a Recovery Act-funded project is helping consumers in Austin, Texas, save energy and money with a new smart grid system.

July 2, 2014
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How Much Do You Spend?

Ever wonder how much you spend on energy a year? We're breaking down the numbers for you.