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December 19, 2014
Photovoltaic panels were installed on the Harold Washington Social Security Center in Chicago as part of an Energy Savings Performance Contract.
Federal Energy-Saving Program Keeps Federal Government on Pace to $4 Billion Investment

Driving investments to improve federal building efficiency is a top priority for the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). One of the most cost effective and high-impact ways this is being achieved is through FEMP’s Energy Savings Performance Contract program.

December 18, 2014
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.

December 10, 2014
This map shows wind potential capacity for turbine hub heights at 140 meters.
Mapping the Frontier of New Wind Power Potential

Our National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with the Energy Department’s Wind Program and AWS Truepower, has released new maps that illustrate vast potential for wind energy in the United States.

December 10, 2014
A fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at a fueling station in California. New Energy Department reports signal rapid growth in America’s fuel cell and hydrogen industry as FCEVs are introduced to the market. | Energy Department photo
First Commercially Available Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Hit the Street

Fuel cell electric vehicles are now widely available in the United States. These passenger vehicles have the driving range, ease of refueling, and performance of today’s gasoline-powered cars while emitting nothing but water.

December 5, 2014
Wrap your gifts with recycled paper to reduce waste and save money. | Photo courtesy of istockphoto/diane555
Reduce Waste and Save Energy this Holiday Season

Reduce waste and save energy this holiday season whether you're shopping, eating, partying, decorating, or wrapping.

December 3, 2014
New Videos to Help Improve Energy Literacy Throughout the Nation

Today, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) released the first four videos in a series highlighting each of the seven essential principles presented in the DOE Energy Literacy Framework. EERE also released the Spanish-language version of the Get Current coloring book, which is part of an ongoing effort to expand educational resources for the growing Spanish-speaking population in the United States.

November 21, 2014
Dr. Judy Genshaft, the University of South Florida's president, welcomes attendees to the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Ceremony. | Photo courtesy of the Clean Cities Coalition.
Tampa Bay Designated as the Newest Clean Cities Coalition

This week, Clean Cities welcomed another major partner in the effort to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum – the brand-new Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition. Through its network of nearly 100 coalitions across the country, the Energy Department’s Clean Cities program brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy.

November 21, 2014
Buying ENERGY STAR appliances saves money and energy.  | Jim Tetro, U.S. Department of Energy
Save Energy on Appliances this Holiday Season

Before the holiday shopping mayhem begins, take a look at Energy Saver's tips for finding the most energy efficient appliances.

November 20, 2014
Tracking impact of EERE’s investments in wind, solar and other programs is essential to achieve maximum return for taxpayer investment. | Photos courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Takes Important Steps to Ensure Maximum Impact of Technology Program Investments

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is at the center of creating the clean energy economy today, developing and delivering market-driven solutions for energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing; sustainable transportation; and renewable electricity generation. Such a large and critical goal requires EERE to leverage a number of management techniques and tools to ensure taxpayer-funded investments are directed to achieve the intended high value impact. One such tool is to perform “retrospective impact analysis,” effectively looking backwards over time and assessing how EERE has accelerated development and commercialization of technologies and produced a return on public investment that contributes to the nation’s economic growth.

November 20, 2014
Sunrise at Pilgrim Hot Springs outside of Nome, Alaska. | Photo courtesy of CPike,  Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP).
Pilgrim's Progress: An Update on Geothermal Potential in Alaska

A resource in central Alaska is showing promise for geothermal development—the renewable energy that draws on Earth’s natural heat for electricity and other uses. The myriad benefits of this clean, domestic power source make geothermal exploration an attractive proposition for this state, where off-grid demand means that Alaskans often use expensive, polluting diesel power.