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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.

October 14, 2014
Don't let your energy bill scare you this Halloween, Energy Saver has tips to save money and energy. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/knape
Preparing for a Fun and Energy Efficient Halloween

Discover some scary-good ways to save energy this Halloween!

October 10, 2014
Assistant Secretary Dr. Danielson speaks in front of the VolturnUS floating wind turbine off the coast of Castine, Maine.
EERE Leadership Celebrates Offshore Wind in Maine

The University of Maine utilized $12 million in funding from EERE to deploy the VolturnUS, a one-eighth scale prototype of a commercial scale offshore floating turbine. This is the first step toward developing an offshore wind industry in Maine. The University is setting a great example for the rest of the country for just how far we can go when we dedicate ourselves to clean energy innovation.

October 9, 2014
EERE has codified minimum energy conservation standards for more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment.
EERE Efficiency Expert Nominated for American Service Award

Here at EERE, within our Building Technologies Office, the Appliance Standards Program works to save American consumers money while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by overseeing minimum energy conservation standards for 60 categories of appliances. The man who has led these efforts since 2010 is John Cymbalsky, who was recently recognized for his efforts as a finalist for the 2014 Science and Environment Medal at the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, commonly known as the Sammies.