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November 25, 2015
West Plains, Missouri, Mayor Jack Pahlmann issued a proclamation recognizing National Weatherization Day on Oct. 30.  Here, the Mayor (in sport coat and red shirt) presents his proclamation at a West Plains home undergoing weatherization. Weatherization funding for the home comes, in part, from the U.S. Department of Energy.
States Celebrate National Weatherization Day

With winter approaching, our office recently joined states and the District of Columbia in recognizing National Weatherization Day on October 30. It’s a day set aside to honor government, private, and nonprofit advocates responsible for upgrading energy efficiency in thousands of American homes. We’re proud to recognize weatherization professionals working to ensure that every American has a safe, efficient structure that’s comfortable in every season. Weatherization saves money for families, improves health and safety for home occupants, supports thousands of jobs, and reduces carbon pollution.

November 25, 2015
Making a Difference: Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps are a highly efficient technology for heating, cooling and water heating. GHP systems can save 33-65% on energy compared to HVAC systems and cut CO2 emissions by 25-65%.

November 24, 2015
Making a Difference: Quadrennial Technology Review 2015

The 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review is the Energy Department's strategic document, evaluating progress in clean and sustainable energy and efficient technologies over the past four years. It provides a benchmark and blueprint both in guiding our efforts at improving America's energy future.

November 24, 2015
Biofuel Facts for the Road: The Energy Department and Your Gasoline Pump

Before you hit the road to visit relatives or friends this holiday season, you’ll probably stop at the gas station to fuel up. The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office invests in research and development to help commercialize biofuels—liquid fuels produced from plant sources—to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, build the economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While you’re at the gas pump, pay attention to a few things. There are several biofuel options already available to you today, and the Energy Department is working to bring other second-generation biofuel options to a pump near you.

November 24, 2015
Innovative Hydropower Technology Now Powering an Apple Data Center

The Schneider family continues a family legacy of developing new hydropower technologies through their company, Natel Energy. Apple is now buying power from a hydropower installation of theirs in Oregon.

November 20, 2015
Energy Department investments in the Lab-Corps initiative are teaming innovative scientists with entrepreneurs to bring latebreaking technologies to market.
Lab-Corps Pilot Accelerates Private-Sector Adoption of Game-Changing Technologies

Last week, the EERE Lab-Corps Initiative graduated its first class of top scientists who’ve gone back to school to gain an entrepreneurial education. With technologies ranging from bioenergy to building efficiencies, this $2.3 million pilot program, managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), trains top lab researchers across the nation on how to move high-impact national laboratory-invented technologies into the market.

November 20, 2015
Making a Difference: Community Solar and Opportunity

Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall met recently with participants in the National Community Solar Partnership Workshop at the White House. Supported by DOE's SunShot Initiative, this group is seeking ways to expand solar power in communities in a variety of ways.

November 20, 2015
DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa, opened on October 30, 2015. | Photo courtesy of DuPont
DuPont’s Cellulosic Ethanol Grand Opening Marks a Milestone for the Advanced Biofuels Industry

On a bright, crisp October morning in Iowa, I had the privilege to speak at the grand opening of DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol biorefinery—the fourth biorefinery of its kind in the United States and the largest in the world. This impressive plant is equipped to produce 30 million gallons of ethanol each year from the leftover stalks and leaves of the corn plant, called corn stover.

November 19, 2015
The economic potential for renewable power technologies, particularly wind and solar, has more than tripled as a result of cost reductions since 2010, according to a new NREL report.
New Report: Renewable Power Economic Potential Has More Than Tripled

The promise and appeal of renewable energy has long been clear: clean, inexhaustible, domestically sourced electricity could lead to enormous environmental, economic and resiliency benefits. For many years, the narrative included the caveat “…but it’s too expensive.” That story is changing fast, however, thanks to falling renewable energy technology costs, which should help renewable energy continue to grow across the United States.

November 18, 2015
Road Tripping through the Geothermal Frontier

And they’re off! After more than a year since the announcement of available funding, the project teams selected for our Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) each hosted our geothermal experts at their candidate sites this fall. We’re calling it our road trip through the geothermal frontier.