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December 18, 2015
EERE Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) have released a request for information (RFI) titled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines” (Optima).

December 14, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Funding for Small Clean Energy Businesses, the EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.  Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required.

Upcoming Webinars

December 15:  Live Webinar on Funding for Small Clean Energy Businesses

Webinar Sponsor: SBIR Program

December 14, 2015
Assistant Secretary Danielson spoke about the importance of stakeholder collaboration to realize the goals of EV Everywhere. | Photo courtesy of Ameren Corporation
Driving Progress Through the EV Everywhere Utility Partnership

This month the EV Everywhere Utility Partnership (EV Everywhere UP) observed six months of progress with an Electric Transportation Stakeholder Summit, where partners shared successes, gained feedback and continued the collaboration. Nearly 100 stakeholders met at Ameren Corporation in St. Louis, MO to discuss ways to overcome critical barriers to mass market adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV).

December 10, 2015
DOE Announces Webinar on EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.  Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required.

Upcoming Webinar

December 17:  Live Webinar on EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge

Webinar Sponsor: Vehicle Technologies Office

December 10, 2015
Breakthrough EERE National Laboratory Inventions Take Home Nine R&D 100 Awards

EERE and the National Laboratories supported nine winners at the recent 53rd annual R&D 100 Awards. Presented to research and development teams and partnerships, these prestigious awards have identified and honored significant major technological breakthroughs every year.

December 2, 2015
A Chevrolet Volt charges in Rhode Island thanks to a ChargePoint station installed using funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. | Photo courtesy of NREL
Plugged In: Understanding How and Where Plug-in Electric Vehicle Drivers Charge Up

Being able to go on long trips running on electricity has always been the Holy Grail of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners. In comparison to conventional vehicles, which can run for 300 miles or more on a tank of gas, most all-electric vehicles have ranges of less than 100 miles. In addition, while it seems like there is a gas station on every corner, public charging stations are rarer. While range is typically not an issue for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that have a back-up gasoline engine, public infrastructure can help increase the amount of time they can run on electricity.

December 1, 2015
Workplace Charging Challenge Mid-Program Review: Promising Progress from U.S. Employers

The EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge is celebrating a major milestone – it’s now halfway to its goal of 500 Challenge partners committed to installing workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by 2018. Since its launch nearly three years ago, more than 250 employers have joined as Challenge partners and the installation of workplace charging as a sustainable business practice is growing across the United States.

November 18, 2015
Energy Department Announces New Research on Connected Vehicles

The Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office today announced a new $2.7 million project with the University of Michigan to study if vehicles that communicate with each other and their surroundings can help people drive more efficiently. The Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, Reuben Sarkar, announced the project during a conference at the University of Michigan. Better understanding the benefits and challenges of connected vehicles can help vehicle designers improve vehicle efficiency, reducing carbon pollution, improving energy security, and saving American drivers money.

November 17, 2015
Energy Department Welcomes Department of Transportation as New Workplace Charging Challenge Partner

Today, the Energy Department is welcoming the Department of Transportation (DOT) as a partner in its Workplace Charging Challenge, which aims to make workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles available to employees across the country.

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.