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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.

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.