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June 17, 2016
A series of seven public stakeholder meetings was recently held throughout the United States to gather public comments. Submit your comment by July 1.
Submit Your Comment for the Quadrennial Energy Review by July 1

Help strengthen the U.S. electricity system by submitting your comments to the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) – An Integrated Study of the Electricity System at Comments are due July 1, 2016.

June 16, 2016
FE-Supported Research Looks to Coal as a Source for Rare Earth Elements

FE, through the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is looking at ways to use coal and its byproducts (like coal ash from power plants, for instance) to develop new sources of critical rare earth elements, or REEs.

June 14, 2016
2016 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship interns participating in a discussion during the June 13 kick-off event in Washington, D.C.
FE Welcomes 2016 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Interns

The Office of Fossil Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship kicked off its 21st year yesterday with a class of 43 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students joining one of the Energy Department’s premier educational programs.

May 27, 2016
A new chemical process has the potential to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions by transforming CO2 into fuel and useful chemicals. | Image courtesy of NETL.
Scientists Can Recycle CO2 Using Gold

A new process from the National Labs has the potential to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions.

April 26, 2016
Schematic Diagram of the Breakthrough Thermal Barrier Coating by “Solution Precursor Plasma Spray” Process
Breakthrough Could Improve Turbine Performance, Reduce Carbon Emissions from Power Plants

Research supported by the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has led to a discovery that could significantly increase the efficiency of turbines in fossil fuel electricity generation.

April 13, 2016
New Leader Announced for FE’s Office of Oil and Gas

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) announced today the appointment of Neelesh Nerurkar as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas. He will administer oil and gas programs, including research and development, analysis, and natural gas regulation.

April 11, 2016
Ocean surface current velocities on image of sea surface temperatures, March 29, 2015. Figure from “Real Time Observing and Forecasting of Loop Currents in 2015,” C. Cooper et al, OTC 2016.
New Airborne Technology Measures Ocean Surface Currents for Offshore Energy Production and Emergency Rescue Missions

In a breakthrough project sponsored by the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), private-sector partners Fugro and Areté Associates have developed, commercialized, and sold a system that can monitor offshore current conditions from the air, providing critical information in record time for oceanographic research and emergency situations, such as oil spills and search and rescue missions.

April 6, 2016
Project Captures First-Ever Comprehensive Hydraulic Fracturing Research Data from 1.5 Miles Underground

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), working with the Gas Technology Institute, Laredo Petroleum, and other industry partners, has collected what is possibly the world’s most comprehensive hydraulic-fracturing research dataset in unconventional shale.

April 5, 2016
Fossil Energy Announces New Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy today announced the appointment of Doug Hollett as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) in the Office of Fossil Energy (FE). Hollett replaces Dr. Julio Friedmann, who is returning to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory after two and half years with FE.

March 17, 2016
How to Store Carbon

Find out how National Labs scientists are developing new tools to ensure carbon storage is safe and permanent.