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August 10, 2015
Wind turbines are soaring to record sizes. The average rotor diameter of turbines installed in 2014 grew to 99.4 meters, up 108 percent since 1998-1999. | National Renewable Energy Laboratory photo.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power

Get the details on a few of the lesser known wind energy facts.

August 6, 2015
Paul Thomsen, Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, announces the new Nevada Electric Highway Joint Initiative in Carson City, Nevada.  He was joined at the event by Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell, left, NV Energy CEO Paul Caudill, and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.  The Initiative received financial support from the Energy Department's State Energy Program.
Energy Department Supporting Nevada’s Effort to Increase Electric Vehicle Infrastructure along Major U.S. Highway

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy and the local utility NV Energy recently announced the Nevada Electric Highway joint initiative, an effort to facilitate electric vehicle (EV) transportation on U.S. Route 95. The roadway connects Las Vegas and Reno. To help offset costs for installing the charging stations along the route, Nevada will leverage funds allocated by the Energy Department’s State Energy Program.

August 5, 2015
Energy Department Graphic.
Teachers Go Back to School with the Energy Department

It's August, which means students and teachers are getting ready to head back to school -- and some teachers are going back armed with a better understanding of renewable energy to pass on to the next generation of energy leaders!

August 5, 2015
<em>The research engineers in Argonne National Laboratory’s Vehicle Modeling, Simulation and Control group who designed the Autonomie modeling tool are continuously investigating new ways to improve it. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.</em>
Models Move Vehicle Design Forward

These days, modeling software is as important to building a car as welding equipment. The Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office is working to make these models as useful and accurate as possible so that manufacturers can build the next-generation of fuel efficient and advanced technology vehicles.

August 4, 2015
Entrepreneurs Celebrated at White House Demo Day

Today, President Obama is hosting the first-ever White House Demo Day, showcasing entrepreneurs who have launched innovative businesses across the country. The event will highlight a diverse set of entrepreneurs: people whose stories show why America needs to continue growing our innovation economy and make sure there's plenty of opportunity for everyone to succeed.

August 4, 2015
5 Energy Education Ideas to Spark Learning Beyond the Classroom

Did you know energy is everywhere? Like turning off the lights when you leave home, our everyday decisions impact energy use. This school year, help create energy awareness for America's youth with these teaching tips from the Energy Department.

July 30, 2015
The Energy Department's Lab-Corps pilot program is a national network that aims to unleash national lab researchers to successfully transition their discoveries into high-impact technologies in the marketplace. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder/NREL
Lab-Corps Program Helping to Accelerate Commercialization of Clean Energy Technologies from our National Labs

The Lab-Corps pilot program was launched last year to accelerate the transfer of new clean energy technologies from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Laboratories into the commercial marketplace. Just six months into the program, we are already seeing some exciting results.

July 29, 2015
3 Reasons We’re Closer to an Algae Future than You Think

Algae shows great potential as a homegrown and renewable fuel source. Here's why it will be a big part of our nation’s energy mix sooner than you might expect.

July 27, 2015
National Park Service Greens Its Rides with the Help of Clean Cities

The National Park Service is working with the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program to provide sustainable travel options, including using more efficient vehicles themselves and encouraging visitors to “green their rides” in the parks to minimize their contribution to climate change and air pollution.

July 23, 2015
The Self-Help Office Building in Wilmington, N.C., reduced nearly $11,000 in annual energy costs and increased the building’s valuation up to $275,000 after a green retrofit.  Photo courtesy of the Institute for Market Transformation.
What’s Green Worth?

The effect on a property’s value is usually one of the first things to consider before a building is retrofitted with green features. However, appraisers are often not experienced in working with green buildings. When an appraiser is not versed in investigating the costs and benefits of green strategies, they might miss some of the benefits. To address this concern, the Energy Department and the Appraisal Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve resources for appraisers who are involved with energy efficient buildings.