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March 5, 2014
Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Innovative Commercial Building Technologies and Unveils New Commercial Buildings 101 Video

The Energy Department today announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster – helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy.

March 4, 2014
DOE Publishes Special CALiPER Report on Retail Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program has released a special report on LED lamps available through the retail marketplace and targeted toward general consumers. The report follows similar reports published in 2011 and 2012.

February 27, 2014
Energy Department Announces Outdoor Winners of Next Generation Luminaires™ Solid-State Lighting Design Competition

The 2013 Next Generation LuminairesTM (NGL) Design Competition outdoor lighting category winners were announced Wednesday night at the Strategies in Light conference in Santa Clara, California. The competition, sponsored by the Energy Department, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the International Association of Lighting Designers, was launched in 2008 to promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) commercial lighting fixtures, or “luminaires.”

February 27, 2014
Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition Announces 2013 Outdoor Winners

The 2013 winners in the outdoor category of the Next Generation Luminaires Solid-State Lighting Design Competition were announced at the Strategies in Light conference in Santa Clara, CA.

February 10, 2014
NAS Report and Microsite Trace SSL Evolution and Future Promise

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has added a new microsite to complement its 2013 report, Assessment of Advanced Solid State Lighting. The report explores the history of public policy on lighting, evaluates costs and consumer acceptance issues, assesses the development of LED and OLED technologies, and examines SSL products, applications, and deployments noting the potential for “lowering U.S. energy needs and positioning the nation as a significant solid-state lighting manufacturer and technology provider.

February 7, 2014
2014 SSL R&D Workshop Presentations Posted

Thank you to all who participated in the 11th annual DOE Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop, held January 28-30 in Tampa, Florida. With passion, enthusiasm, and lots of new ideas, 200 attendees explored such topics as creating added value with intelligent lighting and using spectral control to shape the lighting experience. The workshop presentations and materials are now available.

February 5, 2014
Los Angeles Recognized for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

The Energy Department recognized the City of Los Angeles, California, for its leadership in the Department's Better Buildings Challenge €helping the city save on energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

January 20, 2014
Article Published on LED Lumen Maintenance and Light Loss Factors

An article has been published in LEUKOS: The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) that may be of interest to the solid-state lighting community. Entitled "Lumen Maintenance and Light Loss Factors: Consequences of Current Design Practices for LEDs," the article was written by Michael Royer of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and discusses complications related to the lamp lumen depreciation (LLD) light loss factor and LEDs.

January 9, 2014
Energy Department Updates Home Energy Scoring Tool for Advancing Residential Energy Performance

As part of the Energy Department's commitment to helping families across the U.S. save money by saving energy, the Department announced today its first major software update to the Home Energy Scoring Tool, developed by the Department's Building Technologies Office and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

December 20, 2013
DOE Announces Webinars on Kick-Starting an Energy Management Program, SunShot Incubator Projects, and More

DOE announces three EERE webinars for the first half of January.

October 25, 2013
Energy Department Announces Winners of Housing Innovation Awards

The Energy Department announced winners of the first-ever Housing Innovation Awards, recognizing 46 diverse industry leaders bringing the best in energy efficient building technologies and design to new and older homes and helping households save money.