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February 25, 2015
On February 20, GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini and Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, sign a Memorandum of Understanding, as GSA’s Kevin Kampschroer, Director of Federal High Performance Green Buildings and Christine Harada, Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy applaud. | Energy Department photo
Working Together to Make Government Greener

By Kevin Kampschroer, GSA Director of Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings and Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency 

With hundreds of thousands of facilities and vehicles spread across the globe, the United States government is one of the world’s largest consumers of energy. This highlights how important it is for federal agencies to lead by example in conserving energy and slashing carbon pollution.

February 24, 2015
Previous National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition participant Superior Ecotech is installing its algae production technology at Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. | Photo courtesy of Superior Ecotech
Where Are They Now? National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition Participants Charting a Path to Success

The Energy Department’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition (NCEBPC) is back for its fourth year, providing prizes nationwide. The goal:  creating a new generation of entrepreneurs to address the nation’s energy challenges and capitalize on America’s investment in clean energy research and education.

February 20, 2015
SunShot Catalyst Innovators Take on Software Challenges to Deploy Solar Technology Across America

New program aims to leverage powerful datasets and use innovative software, information technology, and automation solutions to make it faster, easier, and cheaper than ever before to deploy solar energy technologies.

February 19, 2015
The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Jasmine Ramero found a new career in weatherization with help from the Energy Department.| Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
How the Weatherization Assistance Program Changed Jasmine’s Life

Jasmine Ramero learned how to weatherize homes through a program supported by the Energy Department, as a member of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. She has distinguished herself and was honored as the National Corps Network's Corpsmember of the Year.

February 19, 2015
Former Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary greets contestants of the Solar Car Challenge Competition in 1995. O’Leary was the first Energy Secretary to link energy policy decisions to the health and quality of the environment. | Photo by Warren Gretz, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Black History Month: Former Energy Secretary Broke Barriers and Advanced Clean Energy

Black History Month celebrates the many vital contributions African Americans have made in America’s history.  Today, we’re highlighting African Americans who have helped advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

February 19, 2015
Q&A: Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Your Home through PowerSaver Loans

Steve Dunn with the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office, Better Buildings Residential Program gives us the “411” on a new loan program – available through May 4 – that helps homeowners finance energy efficiency upgrades.

February 19, 2015
Homeowners who install small wind turbines similar to these can qualify for tax credits. | Photo courtesy of Wind Utility Consulting
IRS Issues New Tax Credit Guidance for Owners of Small Wind Turbines

Installing small, distributed wind energy systems can help homeowners and businesses save money on their energy bills.  Now that tax filing season is here, there are even more ways to financially benefit from this sustainable source of energy.

February 13, 2015
Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative Trains Veterans for Solar Jobs

America's military veterans have the leadership qualities and talent we need to move the clean energy economy forward. Nonetheless, when the time comes to leave the service, transitioning to any new career presents a challenge for many service members. To help them build the skills they need to gain employment in a quickly growing U.S. solar market, the Energy Department today announced a new solar job training pilot program at three military bases -- Camp Pendleton, Fort Carson and Naval Station Norfolk.

February 11, 2015
Energy consumption by the federal government has been steadily declining for nearly four decades. Much of the decline in recent years can be attributed to a decrease in the use of jet fuel at agencies like the Air Force. | Air Force photo
Federal Government’s Energy Consumption Lowest in Almost 40 Years

While the U.S. federal government continues to be one of the largest energy consumers in the world, its consumption has been steadily declining for nearly four decades, and now stands at less than 1 quadrillion British thermal units, the lowest since 1975, when data collection began. Find out how our Federal Energy Management Program helped agencies achieve this milestone.

January 30, 2015
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MAP: Watch 30 Years of U.S. Solar Industry Growth

Over the last 30 years, the U.S. has seen expansive growth in our Solar Industry. Check out our map to watch this happen.