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August 1, 2012
Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, speaks about her engineering career to Native American students at the Intertribal Youth Summit on July 30. | Photo Credit: AnneMarie Ashburn, Department Of Energy.
Native American Students in STEM Fields: A Critical Need for our Country

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity's Dot Harris recently met with youth from Tribal Nations around the U.S. to discuss the benefits of STEM education.

July 26, 2012
The Department awardees are being recognized for their efforts in a variety of fields – from advances in power electronics for the electric grid to innovations in scientific computation to new physics developments. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
13 Early-Career Scientists Receive Top Presidential Award

Early in their career, these researchers have distinguished themselves as the top engineers and scientists in the United States.

July 20, 2012
The Melon Green Button App | Image by
Green Button App of the Week Part 2: Melon

Melon, an app that makes it simple for commercial building managers to get an ENERGY STAR benchmark for their buildings, took second place in the Best Overall App category. Building managers and their service providers can use Melon to easily incorporate Green Button data into the benchmarking process.

July 12, 2012
Green Button App of the Week Part 1: Leafully

Learn about Leafully, the Grand Prize winner in the Apps for Energy competition.

July 12, 2012
Notes from the May 25th Energy Data Jam in Stanford California | Credit:
Open Data for a Clean, Secure Energy Future

The Energy Data Initiative aims to help Americans benefit from entrepreneurial innovation enabled by open energy data from the US government and other sources.

June 8, 2012
Green Button Momentum

To make it easier for business and consumers to save energy and money, we need to make it easier for them to understand how they use energy. That is why the Obama Administration partnered with the utility industry and space issued a challenge to them to make it easier for electricity customers to get secure online access to their own household or building energy-use in a consumer- and computer-friendly format, called “Green Button.”

June 6, 2012
<a href="">Leafully</a>, submitted by "two developers with an idea," won the Apps for Energy Best Overall Application grand prize.
UPDATED: Apps for Energy Winners Announced Today!

Find out details on the Apps for Energy winning applications.

June 5, 2012
Hurricane Irene made landfall on the coast of North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane during the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the ninth named storm, first hurricane, and first major hurricane of the 2011 hurricane season. | Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Hurricane Season: Restoring Power after a Big Storm

As the 2012 hurricane season kicks off, the Energy Department stands ready to coordinate with the energy sector, and other federal agencies, to protect and restore the energy infrastructure and systems in potential disaster areas.

May 30, 2012
America’s Competitiveness Depends on a 21st Century Grid

Secretary Chu highlights the need for a transition of our electric system to the 21st century grid.

May 22, 2012
TODAY MAY 22ND: Live Tweeting the Apps for Energy Winners Announcement!

Join us on today, May 22 at 11:30 am EDT as we live tweet (@ENERGY) the Apps for Energy winners announcement event. To participate, simply follow #appsforenergy on Twitter.