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October 22, 2014
Energy Department Making Hydropower More Eco-Friendly

Hydropower has long provided a flexible, low-cost, and renewable source of power for the United States—since the 1800s, in fact.

October 22, 2014
A Virtual Visit to Bioenergy Research at the National Laboratories

For National Bioenergy Day on October 22, bioenergy facilities across the country are holding open houses to increase public awareness of bioenergy and its role in the clean energy landscape. By the same token, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is offering this virtual open house of its national laboratories—the facilities at the core of BETO’s research and development. If you want to know how Energy Department bioenergy funding is making an impact, be sure to take a look at our national labs—47% of BETO funding this past year went to the national laboratories. Of that funding, about half went to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory also received a large share.

October 22, 2014
This hybrid electric Prius that was on display at the National Alternative Fuels Day Odyssey kick-off event has been specially modified for training purposes. With this "cut-away" vehicle, mechanics and other students learning about hybrid electric vehicles can see the inside of the car and better understand how it is different from a conventional gasoline vehicle.
Reducing Petroleum, One Billion Gallons at a Time

In 2013, the Clean Cities Program and its stakeholders saved more than one billion gallons of petroleum. Last Friday, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation Reuben Sarkar announced this milestone at the kick-off event on the National Mall for the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey (Odyssey Day).

October 20, 2014
This new partnership with the Association of Science and Technology Centers aims to increase energy literacy and promote STEM education. | Photo courtesy of the Department of Energy.
Expanding Science and Energy Literacy with America’s Science and Technology Centers

The Department's new partnership with the Association of Science and Technology Centers is advancing energy literacy through museums and science centers.

October 20, 2014
Using a power strip to switch off appliances ensures your home won't be plagued by energy vampires. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/webking
Energy Vampires are Attacking Your Home – Here’s How to Stop Them

Stop energy vampires from sucking your wallet dry by switching off power strips and unplugging appliances when not in use.

October 17, 2014
Secretary Moniz (center) tours the Abengoa Biorefinery in Hugoton, Kansas.| Photo Courtesy of Abengoa.
The Journey to Commercializing Cellulosic Biofuels in the United States

In Hugoton, Kansas, a state-of-the-art biorefinery has begun producing 25 million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol.

October 17, 2014
Students learn about the components of a computer at a STEM Fair hosted by the Latin American Youth Center Career Academy in May 2014. | Estudiantes aprenden sobre los componentes de una computadora durante la Feria STEM de Latin American Youth Center Career Academy en mayo de 2014.
One Month, Two Reasons to Celebrate the Hispanic Energy Community | Un Mes, Dos Razones Para Celebrar la Comunidad Hispana en Energía

As one of the nation’s largest ethnic minority groups, Hispanics can play a major role in America’s energy future. To empower these future leaders, the Energy Department provides resources that help Spanish-speaking families, teachers, and students learn about energy.

October 16, 2014
Known as the “race within the race,” the Green Racing initiative’s Green Challenge Award recognizes the teams and manufacturers of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship that go the farthest and fastest with the smallest environmental footprint. | Photo credit: Rick Gillam.
Racing with Relevance: Green Racing Redefines Sustainable Motorsports

Green Racing is helping to bring new levels of "Clean, Fast, and Efficient" to motorsports competition and consumer vehicles through the announcement of this season’s Green Challenge Award and its new Green Racing Protocols.

On Monday, I had the opportunity to recognize the racing teams bringing sustainable technologies to the racetrack through the TUDOR Night of Champions award ceremony along with our Green Racing partners at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and SAE International (a major engineering organization).

October 15, 2014
Five Things to Know about Biorefinery Investments

This week, Abengoa’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, will have its grand opening—right on the heels of POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY in September. Both biorefineries produce cellulosic ethanol, which has only been produced commercially in the United States since last year when INEOS Bio-New Planet Energy’s Vero Beach facility opened.

October 15, 2014
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.’s Supercharger could break open a major new market for heat pumps: cold climates. Here, MSI engineers Peter Chapman and Andrew Rogers monitor a Supercharger test in progress.
How a Small Business is Transforming the Cold Climate Heating Market

Working with Mechanical Solutions, Inc., a small business in New Jersey, the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office has found a potential solution for cold climate heating: a Supercharger that allows heat pumps to efficiently operate in the coldest U.S. climates, with zero backup heat.