U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, center left, and San Antonio, Texas, Mayor Julián Castro, center right, take a look at a solar car built by students at San Antonio's James Madison High School. During his Feb. 6, 2014, visit, Secretary Moniz also discussed domestic oil and gas production, advanced manufacturing and how the Energy Department could do more with cities to advance clean energy and energy efficiency. | Photo courtesy of the University of Texas at San Antonio.
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Highlighting Clean Tech in Austin
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz takes questions from the press after giving remarks at the University of Texas at Austin on Feb. 6, 2014. During his visit to Austin, Secretary Moniz met with clean tech companies affiliated with the Austin Technology Incubator and CleanTX. He also toured the Pike Powers Laboratory and Center for Commercialization, a test bed and commercialization facility. | Photo by Marsha Miller, UT Austin.
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Talking STEM at Hampton University
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, seated at far end of table, talks with students at Hampton University, an historically black university in Hampton, Virginia, on Jan. 31, 2014. Seated opposite Secretary Moniz is Hampton University President William Harvey, an Ambassador for the Energy Department’s Minorities in Energy program. | Photo courtesy of Hampton University.
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Making Solar Power History at Ivanpah
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, right, and NRG Energy CEO David Crane, left, were among the attendees at the Feb. 13, 2014, dedication ceremony for Ivanpah -- the world's largest solar thermal power plant, located in the Mojave Desert in California. Ivanpah was made possible through a partnership between private industry and the Energy Department's Loan Programs Office. | Photo courtesy of NRG Energy.
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Testing Out a SuperTruck
On Feb. 19, 2014, the Energy Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C., hosted a SuperTruck -- a demonstration Class 8 tractor-trailer by Cummins Inc. and Peterbilt Motors Company that incorporates cutting-edge technologies to achieve unprecedented fuel efficiency. Here, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz sits in the cab after touring the SuperTruck (and testing out the horn). | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
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Announcing New Nuclear Reactors
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaks at the Vogtle Plant in Waynesboro, Georgia, on Feb. 20, 2014, to mark the announcement of $6.5 billion in loan guarantees to support construction of advanced nuclear reactors -- the first to be licensed and begin construction in the U.S. in nearly three decades. The Vogtle Plant project will produce enough clean electricity to power 1.5 million homes while preventing 10 million tons of carbon pollution annually. | Photo courtesy of Southern Company.