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December 19, 2013
First Round of American Energy Data Challenge Winners Announced

We are excited to announce the first round of cash prize winners in the American Energy Data Challenge.

December 6, 2013
Applications powered by open energy data were on display at the Energy Datapalooza in June 2012. Initiatives like Green Button will expand the ways consumers -- from homeowners and renters to federal government agencies -- can interact with and interpret their energy data. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
Expanded “Green Button” Will Reach Federal Agencies and More American Energy Consumers

A new directive orders federal agencies to increase their consumption of renewable energy to 20 percent by 2020 and to incorporate the Green Button data standard into their energy management practices.

November 6, 2013
Join the American Energy Data Challenge

Today the Energy Department launches a four-part challenge to spur the development of new apps, tools and services that make high-value open energy data more accessible to the public.

October 30, 2013
Cybersecurity Is Every Citizen's Responsibility

The Energy Department plays a unique and critical role in promoting our nation’s cybersecurity. But all Internet users can help prevent cyber threats by practicing safe online behavior.

October 29, 2013
Workers repair power lines in the Mid-Atlantic shortly after Hurricane Sandy. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Hurricane Sandy One Year Later: Rebuilding Stronger, More Resilient Communities

The Energy Department continues to take actions to protect our energy infrastructure, adapt to climate change and build partnerships to make communities across the country stronger and more resilient.

October 22, 2013
Video: Training Clean Energy Leaders of the Future

Solar Decathlon 2013 might have ended, but it is having a lasting effect on sustainable design and our nation's clean energy leaders.

October 4, 2013
The Energy Department Prepares for Tropical Storm Karen

The Energy Department is working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and in support of state and local officials in advance of Tropical Storm Karen.

September 19, 2013
Innovating to Meet the Evolving Cyber Challenge

Protecting the critical energy infrastructure that supports America's economy and security is vital -- and is a top Energy Department priority.

September 12, 2013
At the White House Energy Datapalooza in October 2012, developers showcased new apps that help consumers harness and interpret their energy use data. The expanding Green Button movement will make apps like these more ubiquitous. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
Green Button Helps More Consumers Click with Their Energy Usage Data

Green Button -- a movement to allow consumers to securely and easily download their own energy use data -- is gaining traction, opening the door for apps and services to help consumers save energy and money.

August 14, 2013
10 Years after the 2003 Northeast Blackout

Ten years ago today, large portions of the Midwest and Northeast United States and into Canada went dark. The cascading event, which started shortly after 4:00 PM on August 14, 2003, ended up affecting an estimated 50 million people. For some customers, power was not restored for nearly four days. The Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada jointly commissioned a task force that examined the underlying causes of the blackout and recommended forty-six actions to enhance the reliability of the North American power system. A number of the recommendations were incorporated into law passed by Congress and enacted in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Infrastructure Security Act of 2007.