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March 31, 2015
New Interactive Map Shows Big Potential for America’s Wind Energy Future

New map shows projected growth of the wind industry over the next 35 years.

March 27, 2015
Celebrating Two Years of Building America’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Future

Find out how we are helping to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness.

March 24, 2015
Three trucks transport nuclear waste from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. | Energy Department photo.
Moving Forward to Address Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal

Today, Secretary Moniz announced that the Energy Department is moving forward with planning for a separate repository for high-level radioactive waste resulting from atomic energy defense activities.

March 23, 2015
Residential solar energy systems such as these in a Boulder, Colorado neighborhood are eligible for tax credits through 2016. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Energy Efficiency Tax Credits, Rebates and Financing: What Options Are Available for You?

Learn about the types of financial assistance available to make energy efficient purchases more affordable.

March 20, 2015
In addition to the tips mentioned below, <a href="/node/904911">check out this infographic</a> for more ways to lower your energy bills this spring. | Infographic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
10 Energy Saving Tips for Spring

Spring has arrived. Here are some tips on how to save energy and money during the warmer days ahead.

March 19, 2015
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Leading by Example on Climate Change: Our New Federal Sustainability Plan

President Obama signs executive order to ensure federal government leads by example on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting clean energy.

March 18, 2015
Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
National Science Bowl Regional Roundup

Science students from around the country just finished competing for a chance at finals in Washington, D.C.

March 12, 2015
The <a href="/node/778491">Wind Vision Report</a> describes potential wind industry scenarios for 2020, 2030, and 2050.
Wind Vision: New Report Highlights a Robust Wind Energy Future

Wind Vision describes scenarios for 2020, 2030 and 2050 and is a detailed roadmap for the nation's wind future.

March 10, 2015
Photo courtesy of Idaho National Laboratory.
Nuclear Speed-Dating

The future of nuclear energy needs smart, creative thinkers. That's why more than 120 experts met up last week to "speed-date" each other's ideas.

March 4, 2015
Solar projects can be installed quickly, but red tape sometimes means lengthy delays. The Race to 7-Day Solar aims to change that. | Infographic by SunShot.
The Race to 7-Day Solar is On!

Red tape is getting in the way of going solar. This contest aims to change that.

March 4, 2015
Robotic welding is vital to auto manufacturing, but double checking the welds is done by hand. Infrared technology promises to make it a whole lot easier. | Photo by Ripley Engineering used with permission.
Checking Your Car’s 4000 Welds is Serious Business. Scientists Just Made it Easier.

The latest manufacturing development from Oak Ridge National Laboratory will make it easier for automakers to check the quality of thousands of welds holding your car together.

February 23, 2015
This photo shows the B Reactor -- the world’s first large-scale plutonium production reactor -- in Hanford, Washington, part of the Manhattan Project National Park. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Turning the Manhattan Project into a National Park

Three historic sites of the Manhattan Project are on their way to becoming a national park.

February 12, 2015
Do New Technologies Matter?

Check out a few stories of companies who have taken a breakthrough energy technology and run with it.

February 11, 2015
Photo Gallery: 2015 ARPA-E Innovation Summit Technology Showcase

Check out our photo gallery of some of the cutting edge technology on display at the 2015 ARPA-E Summit Technology Showcase.

February 6, 2015
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Electron Racetrack at Brookhaven National Laboratory

See how the National Synchrotron Light Source II speeds electrons around a racetrack, producing some of the world’s brightest X-rays.

February 6, 2015
Between 1993 and 2013, the Megatons to Megawatts program turned the nuclear material from 20,000 warheads into usable electricity. | Photo courtesy of NNSA.
The National Security Strategy Keeps America Safe and Prosperous

The Department of Energy plays an important role in implementing the President's Nuclear Security Strategy.

February 5, 2015
The backdrop of the 2014 ARPA-E Innovation Summit. | Photo courtesy of ARPA-E.
Changing What’s Possible at the 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Next week the ARPA-E Innovation Summit will kick off. Check out all the energy innovation they've got in store.

January 30, 2015
A solitary oil pump at the Teapot Dome Oilfield in Wyoming. | Department of Energy photo.
Let’s Try That Again: Selling the Teapot Dome Oil Field

The first time the Teapot Dome Oilfield was sold, it threw the Harding administration into scandal. Now -- 93 years later -- we're selling the field legally.

January 30, 2015
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MAP: Watch 30 Years of U.S. Solar Industry Growth

Over the last 30 years, the U.S. has seen expansive growth in our Solar Industry. Check out our map to watch this happen.

January 29, 2015
Solar demand in the U.S. is growing, and U.S. solar manufacturing is rising to meet the challenge.| Graphic courtesy of SunShot.
U.S. Solar Manufacturing Rising on the Horizon

U.S. solar manufacturing is rising to meet the demands of a growing solar market.

January 27, 2015
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Upholding Dr. King’s Dream and Inspiring the Next Generation Through STEM Education

Dr. King’s words served as a special theme for the Minorities in energy STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and Energy Literacy kick-off event during the Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

January 23, 2015
The Future is Now for Advanced Vehicles

Go behind the scenes at the Washington Auto Show, where the next generation of advanced vehicles is here today.

January 22, 2015
State of the Union Remarks on Energy in Four Charts

We dive into the data behind President Obama's State of the Union statements about our booming energy sector.

January 21, 2015
State of the Union 2015: President Obama's Remarks on Energy
Watch Energy Highlights from the State of the Union

Watch a video of energy highlights from President Obama's sixth State of the Union address.

January 12, 2015
Infographic courtesy of the White House.
Pushing America’s Automotive Industry Forward

The Department of Energy is supporting U.S. auto manufacturers, suppliers and workers -- helping to create the next generation of clean, efficient cars and trucks, made right here in America.