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May 18, 2015
Window attachments, such as these exterior solar shades at Lake Area High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, do not include a rating system to inform consumers about their energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
New Rating System for Enhancing Window Energy Performance

Window attachments, such as awnings, shutters, drapes, and solar shades, are often used for cosmetic purposes and to help control the amount of light entering a room. However, many Americans aren't aware that identifying energy conserving window strategies are cost effective in homes and commercial buildings. The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) will cost-share Energy Department funding to help consumers realize potential energy savings from window attachments through the creation of a comprehensive energy ratings and certification program.

May 14, 2015
Design Guide Helps Grocery Stores Cut Energy Use

Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9% of the total energy consumed by U.S. commercial buildings. To reduce this energy impact, the newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store –equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period.

May 14, 2015
Video: SuperTruck Barreling Down the Road of Sustainability

Latest Energy 101 video shows how new technologies are making heavy duty trucks more fuel efficient and less expensive to operate.

May 14, 2015
OptiBit’s product brings the high bandwidth and energy efficiency of fiber optics to computer chips, helping data centers keep up with ballooning volumes of electronic information while saving energy. | <em>Photo courtesy of OptiBit</em>
National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: OptiBit Wins MIT Clean Energy Prize

OptiBit, a student-led team that has developed a novel approach to helping data centers keep up with ballooning volumes of electronic information while saving energy, won first prize at the MIT Clean Energy Prize Grand Finals, the final regional contest in the Energy Department’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

May 13, 2015
Felipe Gomez of FGC Plasma Solutions developed new, energy-efficient fuel injector technology that enabled the startup to <a href="/node/1047536">win a regional round</a> of the Energy Department's National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. He was also honored at a White House event this week celebrating emerging entrepreneurs. | Photo courtesy of FGC Plasma Solutions.
7 Questions for Energy Entrepreneur Felipe Gomez

Felipe Gomez of FGC Plasma Solutions, regional winner of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, was honored by the White House as an emerging entrepreneur.

May 11, 2015
Now's your chance to ask Energy Department experts your questions about saving energy. This month, we're answering your questions about vehicle fuel efficiency. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/eyecrave
#AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Fuel Efficiency Questions

Have questions about vehicle fuel efficiency? Now's your chance to ask the experts at the Energy Department.

May 11, 2015
Dr. David Danielson, the Energy Department's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), speaks at the annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards on Thursday, May 7 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.
NREL’s Record-Setting Year Highlights Clean Energy Innovation and Commercialization at National Labs

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado—the Energy Department’s primary national lab for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development—recognized the people behind the lab’s greatest innovations and industry partnership accomplishments from the past year at its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards on Thursday, May 7. Dr. David Danielson, the Energy Department’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), delivered keynote remarks at the awards ceremony.

May 8, 2015
Axiom Exergy's Refrigeration Battery<sup>TM</sup> technology reduces the electricity load of a typical supermarket by shifting the bulk of refrigeration-related energy usage from peak hours to cheaper off-peak hours, which lowers both energy costs and the risk of food spoiling during power outages. | <em> Courtesy of Axiom Exergy</em>
National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: Axiom Exergy Wins First Look West (FLoW) 2.0 Cleantech Competition

Axiom Exergy, a Berkeley, California-based start-up, took top honors Wednesday at First Look West (FLoW) 2.0, a regional competition of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. Axiom Exergy has developed a method of reducing the electricity load of a typical supermarket by shifting the bulk of refrigeration-related energy usage from peak hours to cheaper off-peak hours.

May 5, 2015
Introduction to Energy Literacy | Introducción al Conocimiento de Energía
Bringing Fundamental Energy Concepts to Life … en Español

¿Hablas español? To reach out to the nearly 40 million people living in the U.S. who speak Spanish at home, the Energy Department has translated some of its popular educational materials into Spanish, covering topics such as energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy.

May 4, 2015
Living Ink Technologies has developed a patent-pending technology that uses algae to transform carbon dioxide into ink that is cheaper, healthier, and more environmentally sustainable than traditional ink. | <em>Photo courtesy of Living Ink Technologies</em>
National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: Living Ink Technologies Wins CU Clean Energy Competition Regional Championship

Living Ink Technologies won first prize on Thursday at the Energy Department’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition regional contest in Boulder, Colorado. Living Ink has developed a patent-pending technology that uses algae to transform carbon dioxide into ink that is cheaper, healthier, and more environmentally sustainable than traditional ink.