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November 17, 2015
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EERE Success Story—ORNL Unveils 3D-Printed Home and Vehicle with the Unique Ability to Power One Another

In September, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced successful efforts of the the lab’s Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration. The nine-month project reached its goal of 3D-printing an alternative fuel vehicle and a paired building structure, both featuring the unique ability to power one another.

November 13, 2015
Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Amped Up! Newsletter Focuses on EERE Innovation on the COP 21 Road Through Paris

Amped Up! newsletter covers the latest innovations in clean energy and carbon reduction, a product of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

November 13, 2015
6 Charts that Will Make You Optimistic About America’s Clean Energy Future

How wind, solar, LEDs and electric vehicles are leading the way in America's clean energy revolution, visualized in six simple charts.

November 12, 2015
Wood waste such as this is frequently used to produce sustainable energy. Spero Energy, started by researchers at Purdue University, has created a cost effective process that converts sustainable wood sources into chemicals that improve the production of biofuels. | Photo by National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Success Story—Biofuels and Barbecue Chips: Small Business Develops Process to Create Versatile Chemicals

An innovative technique developed by a small business in Indiana could be used to improve two seemingly unrelated products: biofuels and barbecue potato chips.  Spero Energy, started by researchers at Purdue University, has created a cost effective process that converts sustainable wood sources into renewable chemicals for the flavor and fragrance industry, including those used in barbecue potato chips and other smoky flavored foods.

November 12, 2015
STEM Mentoring Cafes - sponsored in part by the Energy Department - engage middle schoolers with science and technology professionals at local science centers and museums nationwide to inspire them to learn about a broad spectrum of energy-related career fields. source: Matty Greene/US DOE
STEM Middle School Mentoring Cafés Take it on the Road

STEM Mentoring Cafés - sponsored in part by the Energy Department - engage middle schoolers with science and technology professionals at local science centers and museums nationwide to inspire them to learn about a broad spectrum of energy-related career fields.

November 10, 2015
As part of the Dept. of Energy Scholars Program, veterans visited a solar array at the U.S. Army base in Fort Carson, Colorado.
Energy Department Training Veterans to Join America’s Clean Energy Workforce

Military veterans returning to the workforce possess unique skills, knowledge, and experience to help advance the federal government’s clean energy initiatives. Over the summer, the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) hosted nine military veteran student interns through the DOE Scholars Program, where each participant worked closely with leaders in advancing clean energy technologies, supporting greater national energy security.

November 10, 2015
Kelderman Shelf-Loading Trailer | Photo Courtesy: Kelderman Manufacturing
EERE Success Story—Energy Department Harvesting Technology Goes Commercial

Some of our greatest successes at the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy are when the technologies developed with our funding are purchased and put to use by the private sector.

November 10, 2015
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Joining Forces to Empower Veterans

Through the Energy Department’s partnership with the federal Joining Forces campaign, companies from the energy, manufacturing, transportation, and information technology sectors have committed to hiring approximately 90,000 veterans and military spouses through 2020. EERE works with partners to connect skilled veterans with careers in the clean energy sector.

November 10, 2015
Honoring Our Veterans through Jobs in Solar Energy

The Energy Department honors our nation's veterans through the Solar Ready Vets program, which provides them with the skills to enter America's dynamic solar industry.

November 9, 2015
This electric vehicle charging station at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was one of the first charging stations in the state. Massachusetts is a member of NESCAUM and is part of the a multi-state zero emission vehicle memorandum of understanding committing these states to deploy 3.3 million plug-in electric vehicles by 2025. | Photo courtesy of Stephen Russell, Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition
Energy Department Partners with NESCAUM to Expand Electric Transportation Efforts

This week, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) that provides for collaborative federal and state efforts in six keys areas where action is needed to expand the EV market.

November 6, 2015
The brand-new logo for EV Everywhere, the effort to encourage the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. The Energy Department ran a contest to choose a logo, and the winning design was submitted by Brian Marquis.
New EV Everywhere Logo is Ready for the Road

How do you capture the idea of an electrified transportation system in a single graphic? That was the task facing the designers who participated in the Energy Department’s recent EV Everywhere Logo Challenge. Fortunately, 50 artists took on this difficult mission, submitting more than 80 entries. In the end, we picked only one winner:  Brian Marquis.

November 5, 2015
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Making a Difference: Hydropower and Our Clean Energy Future

Hydropower is one of our best renewable energy sources. By helping develop hydropower, EERE is Making A Difference in generating clean, sustainable and affordable electricity for millions of American homes and businesses.

November 5, 2015
Photo by Kristy Keel-Blackmon of East Tennessee Clean Fuels
2016 Fuel Economy Guide Highlights Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Today the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced that the 2016 Fuel Economy Guide is now available. This annual publication is designed to help consumers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicles that will meet their needs. From fuel-sippers to gas-guzzlers, the Fuel Economy Guide provides consumers with essential information about model year 2016 light-duty vehicles, including their fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, and projected annual fuel cost.

November 2, 2015
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Making a Difference

EERE's work makes a difference in the lives of America's people. By lowering energy costs and supporting new ways to generate electricity, EERE is bringing a better energy future closer every day.

October 30, 2015
EERE International Director Rob Sandoli opens the sixth annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum. | Photo by Josh Harmon
Win-Win Opportunities at the Sixth Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum

The Atrium Hall of the Ronald Reagan Building was abuzz with excitement as more than 200 government, industry, and NGO leaders from the U.S. and China met together on October 23rd the annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum (EEF).

October 30, 2015
A Home Energy Professionals Certifications Energy Auditor performs a Blower Door Test in Colorado.
Energy Department Celebrates National Weatherization Day

The Energy Department joins states across the nation today in celebrating National Weatherization Day, a salute to the mission undertaken by the Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the network of weatherization providers, dedicated home energy professionals and the millions of families the program serves. Today, WAP celebrates its past successes and rededicates itself to finding the best weatherization solutions for low-income households who need these services most.

October 30, 2015
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Night of the Living Trash: Bringing Your Waste Back to Life

This Halloween season, the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is highlighting how waste can be “brought back to life” and turned into something useful. On average, Americans generate over 200 million tons of waste per year, or nearly 4.38 pounds per person per day. Significant opportunity exists to convert this and other waste sources into liquid transportation fuels.

October 29, 2015
This solar photovoltaic (PV) array is being tested in hot, humid weather at the Cocoa, Florida Regional Test Center.
EERE Success Story—Putting Solar Panels to the Test

Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Sometimes she sends hail; other times, damaging winds; and if you live in a cold climate, she loves to send snow in the winter. When you choose to install solar panels on your rooftop, how do you know if they will hold up in severe weather?

October 28, 2015
The Landscape Environmental Assessment Framework (LEAF), the Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources (WATER), and the Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model are three tools that are enabling an environmentally beneficial biofuels industry.
Three Sustainability Tools are Enhancing Environmental Benefits of Biofuels

At the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, we’re actively working to develop the advanced biofuels industry in a way that leads to positive impacts and that demonstrates responsible stewardship of the environment. Biofuel production is closely tied to the environment—for example, energy crops can affect soil and water resources as well as wildlife populations, and water and energy are required to convert energy crops to fuel at a biorefinery.

October 27, 2015
EERE Success Story—Solar Forecasting Gets a Boost from Watson, Accuracy Improved by 30%

Remember when IBM’s super computer Watson defeated Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter? With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, IBM researchers are using Watson-like technology to improve solar forecasting accuracy by as much as 30%.

October 27, 2015
Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Turn Your Halloween Pumpkins Into Power

It might not be long before the 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins produced annually in the U.S. are as important for our energy security as they are for Halloween.

October 27, 2015
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Innovative Study Helps Offshore Wind Developers Protect Wildlife

The Biodiversity Research Institute's (BRI) new report on a three year research project gives offshore wind developers new information on environmental impacts, including migration patterns of birds and whales. This will help accelerate progress on responsible, sustainable implementation of offshore wind technologies.

October 26, 2015
This Halloween, keep ghosts and goblins at bay -- while saving energy and money -- with these home energy efficiency tricks. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Energy Efficiency Tricks to Stop Your Energy Bill from Haunting You

This Halloween don't let your energy bill give you a scare. Check out tips on ways to save energy and money at home.

October 23, 2015
Take a Test Drive in the World’s First Commercial Fuel Cell SUV

The Department of Energy hosted an exciting and unique visitor last week: the world’s first commercially available, zero emissions fuel cell electric SUV. The first-of-its-kind vehicle was brought to Washington, D.C. by Hyundai executives from South Korea who were in the United States as part of South Korean President Park Guen-hye’s delegation visiting President Obama.

October 23, 2015
Clean energy technologies like the solar energy innovations underway at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are transitioning into the marketplace more rapidly because of a new initiative called Lab-Corps.
Lab-Corps Initiative Moves High-Impact Innovations into the Marketplace

A new innovation pathway is gaining ground –- one that corrals the brightest minds in the nation to bring select breakthrough clean energy technologies to market. The Energy Department’s $2.3 million Lab-Corps Initiative officially commenced in October and is another tool in the EERE arsenal to accelerate the commercialization of clean energy innovation.