April 2013: The Energy Department recognizes the nation’s first commercial enhanced geothermal system (EGS) project to supply electricity to the grid. Based in Churchill County, Nevada, Ormat Technologies’ Desert Peak 2 EGS project has increased power output of its nearby operating geothermal field by nearly 38% – providing an additional 1.7 megawatts of power to the grid and validating this emerging clean energy technology. Learn more. | Photo of Desert Peak geothermal field courtesy of Ormat Technologies
May 2013: The Energy Department recognizes the nation’s first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine prototype off the coast of Castine, Maine. Led by the University of Maine, this project represents the first concrete-composite floating platform wind turbine to be deployed in the world – strengthening American leadership in innovative clean energy technologies that diversify the nation’s energy mix with more clean, domestic energy sources. Learn more. | Photo of VolturnUS floating offshore wind turbine courtesy of University of Maine
August 2013: The Energy Department and the city of Tacoma inaugurate a new powerhouse and fish passage facility at the Cushman Hydroelectric Project in Washington state, powering over 2,000 additional homes and reintroducing steelhead and salmon to their native habitats. Learn more. | Photo of Cushman Hydroelectric Project courtesy of Tacoma Power
October 2013: The Energy Department announces $60 million in new projects to support innovative solar energy research and development. As part of the Department’s SunShot Initiative, the awards aim to help lower the cost of solar electricity, advance seamless grid integration and support a growing U.S. solar workforce. Learn more. | Photo of Florida Power & Light Company's DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center courtesy of Florida SunPower Corporation
2013 capped off another successful year for the Energy Department's Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency as it continues its work advancing America's clean energy economy and protecting our air and water for future generations. View the photo gallery above for a recap of some of our top news announcements related to renewable energy in 2013.