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September 20, 2011
The United States Releases its Open Government National Action Plan

Today, President Obama signs the Open Government Partnership declaration, unveiling the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan. At the Energy Department, we are committed to creating a more efficient and effective government while ensuring that taxpayers’ money is wisely spent. Over the past year, we’ve taken a number of steps to make the Department more transparent and more participatory, including:

September 15, 2011
The Truth about Clean Energy Jobs

Director of Public Affairs Dan Leistikow details how the Loan Program will support 60K American jobs and save 300 million gallons of gasoline a year.

September 14, 2011
The City College of New York team gathers at the 2011 Solar Decathlon’s All-Team Meeting, immediately before the assembly stage of the competition. | Photo Credit: Carol Anna/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Solar Decathlon Teams Working Around the Clock to Assemble Homes For Competition

Students teams are now working 24/7 to assemble the solar-powered, energy-efficient homes they’ve designed for the Solar Decathlon in time for the start of the competition next Friday. Visit the Solar Decathlon site to learn how you can tour each of the 19 homes online and in person.

September 13, 2011
Timothy Unruh, Program Manager for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Image: Energy Department Image | Photo By Mark Bealer (Contractor)
GovEnergy 2011 Offers Federal Energy Professionals Strategies for Reducing Energy Use

Lat month, over 4,000 federal, private sector, and military energy professionals participated in GovEnergy last month – an annual trade show held in Cincinnati, Ohio cosponsored by the Energy Department along with several other government agencies.

September 9, 2011
Auto industry workers retrain on wind installation in Elyria, Ohio | Energy Department Image | Photo by Quentin Kruger (Contractor)
The American Jobs Act

Last night the President laid out the American Jobs Act, a specific, tangible, bi-partisan strategy for putting Americans back to work. This plan will cut taxes for small businesses and put more money into the pockets of hard working Americans, without adding a dime to the Federal deficit.

September 8, 2011
Secretary Chu Unveils 41 New Offshore Wind Power R&D Projects

 The $43 million dollars in offshore wind funding Secretary Chu announced today is part of a coordinated federal strategy to put the nation's wind resources to work and support innovation and jobs throughout the United States.

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.