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November 1, 2011
Secretary Chu Congratulates the National Renewable Energy Lab on 2011 GreenGov Presidential Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today congratulated the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) on winning the 2011 GreenGov Presidential Award for Green Innovation. NREL’s Green Data Center was recognized for its innovative design that minimizes its energy footprint and reduces costs, without compromising service quality.

October 25, 2011
Department of Energy to Invest $60 Million to Develop Innovative Concentrating Solar Power Technologies

Washington, D.C. - As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a $60 million investment over 3 years for applied scientific research to advance cutting-edge Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies. CSP technologies use mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight to produce heat, which can then be used to produce electricity.

October 13, 2011
Department of Energy Recognizes Winners of 2011 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today applauded the winners of the 30th annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards.  These awards recognize the commitment by Federal agencies to invest in efficiency measures that save money for taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a stronger economy for the American people. Over the past 30 years, winners have saved almost $16 billion and an estimated 770 trillion Btu of energy.  This is enough energy to provide all the energy needs of Federal government facilities for two years.

October 4, 2011
Department of Energy Announces First Entry for Market- Driven High-Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioners Challenge

DOE announces that it has received the first official submission by a manufacturer to a voluntary challenge for a new generation of high-efficiency cost-effective air conditioners for commercial buildings.

October 3, 2011
Portland Community College Celebrates Commissioning of Combined Heat and Power Fuel Cell System

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today applauded the commissioning of a combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell system at Portland Community College in Oregon. The CHP fuel cell system will help Portland Community College save on its energy bills and help achieve its energy efficiency and sustainability goals. Students at the College will also learn about the fuel cell technology used in the project as part of a comprehensive alternative energy curriculum offered by the school.

September 27, 2011
Department of Energy Awards $2 Million for National University Clean Energy Business Challenge to Jump Start Young Entrepreneurship

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $2 million over three years for six regional awardees to create and administer a network of student-focused business creation competitions and inspire young entrepreneurs to found innovative, clean energy companies. Announced by DOE’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Dr.

September 22, 2011
University Teams to Showcase Affordable, Energy Efficient Living in U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011

Global Competition Begins at National Mall’s West Potomac Park

September 13, 2011
DOE Awards More Than $30 Million to Help Universities Train the Next Generation of Industrial Energy Efficiency Experts

Secretary Steven Chu announces more than $30 million for 24 universities in 23 states across the country to train undergraduate- and graduate-level engineering students in manufacturing efficiency to help them become the nation's next generation of industrial energy efficiency experts.

September 8, 2011
Energy Department Awards Will Promote Electric Vehicles in 24 States and Train a Workforce for Advanced Vehicle Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced 16 projects supporting activities in 24 states and the District of Columbia to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in communities across the nation, and seven additional projects in seven states to help prepare college students for careers designing and building advanced vehicle technologies. 

 

September 8, 2011
Department of Energy Awards up to $38 Million to Advance Technology and Reduce Cost of Geothermal Energy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced $38 million over three years for projects to accelerate the development of promising geothermal energy technologies and help diversify America’s sources of clean, renewable energy. Thirty-two innovative projects in 14 states will develop and test new ways to locate geothermal resources and improve resource characterization, drilling, and reservoir engineering techniques, which will enable geothermal energy sources to help reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels.

September 8, 2011
Department of Energy Awards $43 Million to Spur Offshore Wind Energy

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced $43 million over the next five years to speed technical innovations, lower costs, and shorten the timeline for deploying offshore wind energy systems. The 41 projects across 20 states will advance wind turbine design tools and hardware, improve information about U.S. offshore wind resources, and accelerate the deployment of offshore wind by reducing market barriers such as supply chain development, transmission and infrastructure. The awards announced today will help the U.S.

September 6, 2011
Departments of Energy and Interior Award Nearly $17 Million for Advanced Hydropower Technologies

U.S. Department Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced nearly $17 million in funding over the next three years for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology. Sixteen projects in 11 states were selected through a competitive grant process for their ability to contribute to the development of innovative technologies that produce hydropower more efficiently, reduce costs and increase sustainable hydropower generation.

August 31, 2011
President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Announces Industry Leaders’ Commitment to Double Engineering Internships in 2012

Commitments will add over 6,000 additional opportunities for hands-on, technical job training for future engineers

August 31, 2011
Department of Energy Announces up to $12 Million in Investments to Support Development and Production of Drop-In Biofuels

In support of the Obama Administration's comprehensive efforts to strengthen U.S. energy security, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced up to $12 million to fund three small-scale projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, and North Carolina that aim to commercialize novel conversion technologies to accelerate the development of advanced, drop-in biofuels and other valuable bio-based chemicals.

August 26, 2011
Department of Energy Joins with Manufacturers, Environmentalists to Announce New Efficiency Standards for Home Refrigerators

Standards to reduce energy use by about 25 percent, save consumers more than $21 billion

August 16, 2011
Energy Department Applauds World’s First Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Station in Orange County

DOE issues the following statement in support of the commissioning of the world’s first tri-generation fuel cell and hydrogen energy station to provide transportation fuel to the public and electric power to an industrial facility, located at the Orange County Sanitation District's wastewater treatment plant in Fountain Valley, California.

August 10, 2011
Department of Energy Releases New ‘Billion-Ton’ Study Highlighting Opportunities for Growth in Bioenergy Resources

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report – 2011 U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industrydetailing U.S. biomass feedstock potential nationwide.   The report examines the nation’s capacity to produce a billion dry tons of biomass resources annually for energy uses without impacting other vital U.S.

August 10, 2011
Department of Energy Awards More Than $175 Million for Advanced Vehicle Research and Development

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $175 million over the next three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies.

August 3, 2011
Department of Energy Announces Philips Lighting North America as Winner of L Prize Competition

Philips Product Delivers on Department's Challenge to Replace Common Light Bulb with Energy-Saving Lighting Alternative

August 2, 2011
Department of Energy to Invest $50 Million to Advance Domestic Solar Manufacturing Market, Achieve SunShot Goal

SUNPATH Program Will Boost American Competitiveness, Lower Cost of Solar Energy

August 1, 2011
Department of Energy Considers New Venue for Solar Decathlon 2013

Competition Trains the Next Generation of Clean Energy Engineers and Designers

July 27, 2011
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON - Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:
  • David Danielson - Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy
  • Dot Harris - Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, Department of Energy
July 19, 2011
Departments of Energy, Defense Partner to Install Fuel Cell Backup Power Units at Eight Military Installations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that as part of an interagency partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to strengthen American energy security and develop new clean energy technologies, DOD will be installing and operating 18 fuel cell backup power systems at eight military installations across the country. The Departments will test how the fuel cells perform in real world operations, identify any technical improvements manufacturers could make to enhance performance, and highlight the benefits of fuel cells for emergency backup power applications.