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December 7, 2015
Wind Measurement Buoy Advances Offshore Wind Energy

A next-generation buoy will provide unprecedented information on offshore wind patterns, making it possible to harness wind power in entirely new locations.

December 7, 2015
Rise and Shine: Lighting the World with 10 Billion LED Bulbs

Launched at COP21 in Paris, the Global Lighting Challenge is a race to deploy 10 billion high-efficiency, high-quality and affordable lighting fixtures and bulbs (like LEDs) around the world.

December 4, 2015
COP 21: The Revolution Will Be Catalyzed

The Energy Department's report "Revolution...Now" is attracting attention at the COP 21 conference in Paris. Highlighting a clean energy future, it illustrates how government and industry investment has catalyzed research and development of five efficient and renewable energy technologies.

December 3, 2015
Keith Wipke of NREL discusses NREL’s new hydrogen station and the HyStEP device being used to test it with David Friedman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the DOE. | Photo courtesy of NREL
Colorado Joins the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Race

When one thinks of clean energy, they often think of California, who is commmitting up to $100M over five years to build 100 hydrogen stations across the state, as the biggest mover and shaker. But Colorado is quickly gaining ground when it comes to hydrogen and fuel cells.

December 2, 2015
A Chevrolet Volt charges in Rhode Island thanks to a ChargePoint station installed using funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. | Photo courtesy of NREL
Plugged In: Understanding How and Where Plug-in Electric Vehicle Drivers Charge Up

Being able to go on long trips running on electricity has always been the Holy Grail of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners. In comparison to conventional vehicles, which can run for 300 miles or more on a tank of gas, most all-electric vehicles have ranges of less than 100 miles. In addition, while it seems like there is a gas station on every corner, public charging stations are rarer. While range is typically not an issue for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that have a back-up gasoline engine, public infrastructure can help increase the amount of time they can run on electricity.

December 1, 2015
EERE Announces Up to $4 Million for Critical Materials Recovery from Geothermal Fluids

The Energy Department is providing $4 million in funding to develop new technologies to locate and extract valuable rare earth elements from fluids produced by geothermal and other deep earth drilling.

December 1, 2015
Workplace Charging Challenge Mid-Program Review: Promising Progress from U.S. Employers

The EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge is celebrating a major milestone – it’s now halfway to its goal of 500 Challenge partners committed to installing workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by 2018. Since its launch nearly three years ago, more than 250 employers have joined as Challenge partners and the installation of workplace charging as a sustainable business practice is growing across the United States.

November 30, 2015
Making a Difference: Federal Energy Management Down on the Farm

Support from the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has helped the USDA develop shelters for agricultural equipment that are also generate solar power. The "Solar Shaded AgPort" is a model of interagency cooperation that yields a harvest of savings for American farmers.

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%.