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September 2, 2011
Response to Hurricane Irene – Restoring Power on the East Coast

Hurricane Irene struck the East coast last Friday, making landfall in North Carolina. Over the weekend, the storm traveled up the East Coast and into the mid-Atlantic and New England areas of the U.S. In response to Irene, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia declared a State of Emergency.

September 2, 2011
Berkeley Lab: 80 Years of Excellence in Science

Congratulations to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which celebrated its 80th anniversary on August 26.

September 1, 2011
A sculpture of the U.S. Capitol, constructed by employees from The Department’s Human Capital Office. | Image credit: Hantz Leger, Department of Energy
Charity Event Gives Department Employees an Excuse to Play with Their Food

At the Energy Department Feeds Families Sculpture Contest, employees from across the organization made sculptures out of packaged food and household products to support the larger federal effort to help feed needy families in D.C. and beyond. In the end, participants donated 2,160 pounds of food at the event and pledged 130 pounds more.

August 25, 2011
Coastal watches/warnings and 5-day forecast cone for storm center of Hurricane Irene, updated on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST. | Image courtesy of NOAA
Preparing for Hurricane Irene: Follow Local Direction

Hurricane Irene is heading towards the East Coast, and while the extent of its impact is not yet known, those who may be effected (even inland areas), should get prepared and follow the direction of local authorities. FEMA is also working with federal, state and local partners to take proactive action in potentially affected areas.

August 25, 2011
Right Turn on Red is a policy that was enacted in the 1970s to help save drivers fuel and money at the pump. | Energy Department Image | Photo by Hantz Leger
Right Turn on Red!

Read about a great example of how state and local governments can learn from each other – and how a very simple policy change can produce huge benefits for the country, helping us all save money by saving energy.

August 22, 2011
Less than half the of the world has access to a reliable supply of electricity, creating a unique opportunity for the US to become the leader in developing clean energy technologies that strengthen our economy and meet the demand of the developing world. | Image courtesy NASA
Make Locally and Sell Globally

The world is offering possibly the biggest economic opportunity of the 21st century. The question is: Can we grab it? Dr. Arun Majumdar gives us his take.

August 19, 2011
The grand opening of the Northeast Solar Heating and Cooling Instructor Training Project at Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) in Fairfield, Maine in August 2011. | Image courtesy of Eric Escudero.
Kennebec Valley Community College's State of the Art Solar Lab

Fairfield, Maine's Kennebec Valley Community College has opened a state of the art lab to teach participants from throughout the Northeast how to install solar systems.

August 17, 2011
Two Nerds . . . One Love . . . and A Great Golden Ring

The work of the Energy Department has led to many scientific and technological breakthroughs. Today, we’re highlighting a different kind of breakthrough – the engagement of two former Office of Science interns, who recently celebrated ‘the nerdiest engagement ever’ at a great golden ring.

August 11, 2011
 Hydro Research Foundation Fellows. | Image courtesy of the Hydro Research Foundation Fellowship Program.
The Next Generation of Hydropower Engineers and Scientists

The Hydro Research Foundation Fellowship Program is currently providing up to two years of financial assistance to 23 graduate students.

July 26, 2011
Celebrating the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

We are actively working to make the Energy Department a model employer for individuals with disabilities, that we're responding to the needs of our employees with disabilities, and that we're addressing Equal Employment Opportunity discrimination complaints quickly and effectively under the law. We're also working to make Energy.gov 508 compliant to deliver resources and services to you in more accessible ways.