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March 27, 2015
Statement from U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz on Mexico's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets

Secretary Moniz welcomes the announcement by the Government of Mexico on new greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

March 26, 2015
Energy Department Offers Conditional Commitment to Alcoa to Support Manufacturing of Aluminum for Automotive Sector

As part of the Administration’s effort to support advanced vehicles that are more affordable for Americans to drive, strengthen U.S. leadership in manufacturing advanced vehicle technologies, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased fuel efficiency, the Department of Energy announced a conditional commitment for a $259 million loan to Alcoa Inc. today.

March 24, 2015
Department of Energy, Department of the Interior and Army Corps of Engineers Renew Five-Year Partnership to Advance Hydropower

Three agencies extend partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years.

March 23, 2015
Energy Department Recognizes Cleveland Partners for Leadership in Saving Energy

As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department is recognizing its Cleveland area partners for their leadership in saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions today.

March 20, 2015
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Announce Delegation to Join Business Development Mission to China

The trade mission will help U.S. companies launch or increase their business operations in China for Smart Cities.

March 18, 2015
Energy Department Selects 11 Tribal Communities to Deploy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies

Projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money.

March 12, 2015
Energy Department Releases New Wind Report, Examines Future of Industry

Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States confirms that with technological advancements driving projected cost reductions, in combination with continued siting and transmission development, wind power can be economically deployed to provide renewable power in all 50 states.

March 11, 2015
A Statement from Under Secretary for Science and Energy Franklin Orr on New Leadership at PNNL

Dr. Franklin Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy welcomes Dr. Steven Ashby as the new Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

March 4, 2015
U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Issues Solicitation to Address the Energy-Water Nexus

Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a $12.5 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for a new technical track under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) that addresses water-related aspects of energy production and use. The solicitation calls for the formation of a U.S-based consortium to work with Chinese counterparts to bolster collaborative efforts to help ensure energy, water, and environmental security and combat climate change. The consortium will be funded with $12.5 million DOE support and $12.5 million recipient cost share for a total of $25 million over the 5 year period of performance.

February 25, 2015
Energy Department to Help Tribes Advance Clean Energy Projects and Increase Resiliency

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities nationwide enhance their energy security and build a sustainable energy future, the U.S. Department of Energy today announced the third round of Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance, which provides federally recognized tribal governments and other tribal entities with on-the-ground support to accelerate clean energy project deployment.

February 13, 2015
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs News
Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall Discusses Importance of Public-Private Partnerships at White House Cybersecurity Summit

Today, Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall participated in a panel discussion on the “Public-Private Collaboration on Cybersecurity” as part of the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection keynoted by President Obama.

February 13, 2015
Department of Energy Cites the University of California and Pacific Data Electric, Inc., for Worker Safety and Health Program Violations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to the University of California (UC) and Pacific Data Electric, Inc. (PDE) for violations of DOE worker safety and health requirements. Worker safety is a priority for the Department, and DOE’s enforcement program supports this priority by holding contractors accountable for meeting regulatory requirements and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.

February 13, 2015
Three Military Bases Partner with Energy Department to Train Veterans for Solar Jobs

Today, the first class of Marine trainees at Camp Pendleton will graduate from the Energy Department’s solar job training pilot program, which is aimed at preparing service members for careers in the solar industry as solar photovoltaic system installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related opportunities. Camp Pendleton is one of three military bases partnering with the Department’s SunShot Initiative to train 200 transitioning military service members during the pilot period for employment opportunities in the rapidly growing U.S. solar energy industry. Training courses will also begin at Fort Carson and Naval Station Norfolk this spring.

February 12, 2015
Energy Department, Arizona Utilities Announce Transmission Infrastructure Project Energization

Today, the Department of Energy’s Western Area Power Administration (Western) and a group of Arizona utilities celebrated the energizing of a new transmission infrastructure project that will serve the state’s growing electrical energy needs, attract renewable energy development to the area, and strengthen the transmission system in the Southwestern United States.

February 11, 2015
Energy Department Announces New Office of Technology Transitions

Energy Department Announces New Office of Technology Transitions

February 9, 2015
ARPA-E Announces Start-up Companies, Strategic Partnerships and Private Sector Funding at 2015 Innovation Summit

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today highlighted that many of its innovative projects are making significant technical and commercial progress towards ensuring America’s economic and energy security.

February 6, 2015
STATEMENT FROM SECRETARY MONIZ ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made the following statement regarding the National Security Strategy (NSS) announced today:

February 3, 2015
Deputy Energy Secretary Sherwood-Randall Highlights a Top Budget Priority in Texas

Today, Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall traveled to Amarillo, Texas to visit the Pantex Plant, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) site charged with maintaining the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, a critical component of President Obama’s National Security Strategy.

February 2, 2015
Energy Department Presents FY16 Budget Request

Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz detailed President Barack Obama’s $30 billion Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for the Energy Department.

January 30, 2015
Department of Energy Cites Fluor B&W Portsmouth, LLC for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Violations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Fluor B&W Portsmouth (FBP) for violations of the DOE’s nuclear safety and radiation protection regulations, and has proposed a $243,750 civil penalty.

January 30, 2015
Energy Department Sells Historic Teapot Dome Oilfield

Today, the Energy Department finalized the sale of the historic Teapot Dome Oilfield located 35 miles north of Casper, Wyoming to Stranded Oil Resources Corporation, a subsidiary of Allegheny Capital Corporation.

January 30, 2015
Energy Department Announces Five Year Renewal of Funding for First Energy Innovation Hub

– In support of the President’s call during his State of the Union Address to advance an all-of-the-above energy strategy, the U.S. Department of Energy announced today it would renew funding, subject to congressional appropriations, for the Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), an Energy Innovation Hub established in 2010 to develop advanced computing capabilities that serve as a virtual version of existing, operating nuclear reactors.

January 29, 2015
New Better Buildings Challenge Partners Commit 70 Million Square Feet, $1.7 Billion

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced today that more than 20 new partners have committed to improving energy efficiency across their respective building portfolios by 20 percent over the next ten years.

January 29, 2015
Energy Department Announces More Than $59 Million Investment in Solar

In support of the Administration’s effort to double renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department announced more than $59 million in funding to support solar energy innovation today.

January 27, 2015
Energy Department Recognizes City of Roanoke, VA for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department today recognized the city of Roanoke, Virginia for its leadership.