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December 7, 2011
Downtown Smyrna, Georgia, a town that's poised to see big savings thanks to their investment in biodiesel. | Photo by Ken Cook
Atlanta Suburb Greases the Path to Savings with Biodiesel

A community of 51,000 located just northwest of Atlanta, Smyrna will soon begin producing biodiesel made primarily from used cooking oil in order to cut fuel costs and reduce fossil fuel consumption.

December 6, 2011
Strains of E. coli bacteria were engineered to digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. | Image courtesy of Berkeley Lab.
Advanced Biofuels: How Scientists are Engineering Bacteria to Help Drive America

Researchers at the Energy Department's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered the first strains of the bacteria to digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into all three types of transportation fuels -- gasoline, diesel and jet fuels.

December 5, 2011
Fueling the Navy's Great Green Fleet with Advanced Biofuels

From transporting the oil necessary to fuel jets and vehicles to supplying battery packs to infantry, energy plays a central role in almost everything the U.S. military does. Because of this reliance, it’s imperative that the military cultivate energy sources that are not subject to the whims of outside nations. While renewables like solar are playing a large role in this effort, advanced biofuels produced domestically are rapidly becoming another choice for transportation fuel.

December 1, 2011
Baldor Specialty Foods relies on fuel cell technology from Oorja Protonics to power lift-trucks like the one pictured above, refueling takes less than one minute | Photo Courtesy of Oorja Protonics.
Fuel Cell Lift Trucks: A Grocer's Best Friend

How fuel cell powered lift trucks are helping companies like Baldor Specialty Foods ensure that their customers have access to the freshest seasonal produce.

November 29, 2011
This Month on Energy Savers: November 2011

The holiday season is in full swing. We've been focusing on ways to keep our homes warm during the cold months of winter, whether we're home or on vacation.

November 17, 2011
How Do You Save Energy While on Vacation?

What steps do you take to save energy at home or on the road while you're on vacation?

November 15, 2011
New Calculator Helps You Buy the Energy-Saving Vehicle of Your Dreams

Every day, people across America are making the choice to buy energy-efficient vehicles that save energy and money, protect the environment, and help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.

November 10, 2011
Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Tom D’Agostino, Sustainability Performance Office Director Jennifer MacDonald, Chris Evans and Deputy Secretary of Energy and Daniel Poneman at the 2011 Sustainability Awards. | Image courtesy of the Energy Department
Sustainability Awards Recognize Energy Department Employees Who Go Above and Beyond

Employees from around the country were honored at the 2011 Sustainability Awards last week for driving initiatives that reduce the Energy Department’s use of energy, water and paper, cut down on its waste, and make our buildings and vehicles more efficient.

October 27, 2011
The Vehicle Cost Calculator helps consumers go beyond the sticker price of a vehicle and determine the lifetime cost when they head to the car lot. | Photo by Kino Praxis
Vehicle Cost Calculator Helps You Add Up the Savings

When most people go to the car dealership, they take a hard look at the vehicle’s window sticker. But that initial price doesn’t tell the whole story.

October 19, 2011
A 42-U.S. gallon barrel of crude oil yields about 45 gallons of petroleum products. Source: Energy Information Administration, “Oil: Crude Oil and Petroleum Products Explained” and Annual Energy Outlook 2009 (Updated February 2010).
The How's and Why's of Replacing the Whole Barrel

For many, a barrel of oil is almost synonymous with its most prominent product, gasoline. While almost 40% of a barrel of oil is used to produce gasoline, the rest is used to produce a host of products including jet fuel and plastics and many industrial chemicals. As the United States works to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, we must recognize the complexity of that dependence and work to replace the whole barrel.