Five years ago, the U.S. Virgin Islands was almost 100% dependent on imported oil for electricity, water desalinization, and transportation, resulting in electricity costs that were nearly four times the U.S. national average. Now, with help from a partnership with the United States that has opened the door to renewable and energy efficient technologies, the Virgin Islands has cut its fossil fuel use by 20%, resulting in lower electricity costs for consumers, and a significant reduction in pollution.
Students at Saint Agnes Catholic School in Arlington, Va., recently welcomed an expert from the Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to learn how to improve a home’s energy efficiency.
Engaging and supporting the next generation of renewable energy researchers and innovators is one of the important roles the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) plays in advancing bioenergy and biofuels. BETO provides numerous resources from biomass basics to information about lesson plans and tools for educators. Our materials are suitable for K–12 students, undergraduates and graduates, scientists and engineers, high school teachers and college professors, and anyone interested in learning about the future of energy.
America’s National Parks are dedicated to safeguarding and providing access to our country’s natural, cultural, and historical treasures. Through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, the Department of Energy is helping the National Parks Service (NPS) fulfill its mission on every level by adopting alternative fuel vehicles, minimizing petroleum use, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Clean Cities and the NPS have grown this partnership from three initial projects in 2010 to ongoing efforts at more than 27 parks across the country.
As an effort to significantly increase the industrial impact of the Energy Department's national laboratories on the U.S. clean energy sector, the National Laboratory Impact Initiative's Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot aims to further the department's clean energy and economic development missions by increasing small business access to the expertise, competencies, and infrastructure offered by its national laboratories.
As motorsports enthusiasts know, racing innovation once meant turbine-powered Indy cars and six-wheeled formula cars, but those days are mostly over. Today, Green Racing encourages the use of innovative technologies that foster energy efficiency and renewable, low-carbon fuels. Green Racing is a partnership between the Energy Department (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and SAE (the Society of Automotive Engineers ) to help develop, test and promote the use of cleaner fuels and advanced vehicle technologies through motorsports.