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August 31, 2015
DOE Awards Support Service Contract

Cincinnati - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract to North Wind Solutions, LLC of Knoxville, TN. North Wind Solutions, LLC is a Small Business Administration (SBA) Certified 8(a) Program Participant.

August 31, 2015
RAND Releases Workforce Development Studies Prepared for Energy Department

The RAND Corporation released two energy-sector workforce development studies conducted on behalf of NETL: one on West Virginia and one on southwestern Pennsylvania. Their recommendations support DOE's strategic objectives, to increase energy productivity and ensure safe and responsible development of domestic energy resources.

August 27, 2015
Annual U.S. Transmission Data Review Now Available

OE has released the Annual U.S. Transmission Data Review, its annual compilation of transmission-related data focusing on six areas: transmission infrastructure, reliability, utilization, constraints, planning, and economic congestion. This data, which is gathered from publicly-available sources, is used to inform various DOE analyses, including OE’s triennial transmission congestion studies. Until now, there has not been a single, inclusive, and authoritative annual transmission data summary that analysts can turn to readily. Over time, this summary may be broadened in scope if additional sources of transmission data become available.

August 27, 2015
Education Blog
August 5, 2015
Energy Department Graphic.
Teachers Go Back to School with the Energy Department

It's August, which means students and teachers are getting ready to head back to school -- and some teachers are going back armed with a better understanding of renewable energy to pass on to the next generation of energy leaders!

July 13, 2015
The New York City College of Technology is weatherproofing its house, called DURA, at a Brooklyn Navy Yard construction site. | Photo courtesy of New York City College of Technology.
Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation’s Leading Sustainable Home Design Competition on the Horizon

The teams are set for this year's Solar Decathlon, which challenges students from around the world to design, build and operate highly energy efficient solar-powered houses.

July 2, 2015
Elizabeth and Rachel visit a YWCA in Waterloo, Iowa. | Photo courtesy of Cycle for Science.
Rain or Shine: We Cycle for Science

Rachel Woods-Robinson and Elizabeth Case check-in after another month of biking across the country to teach science, talk with teachers and encourage girls to study STEM.

June 25, 2015
Hyliion from Carnegie Mellon University in front of their SMART Suspension System add-on hybrid module that reduces fuel consumption for heavy duty trucks. Hyliion won the 2015 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition in Washington, D.C. | Photo by Matt Dozier, Energy Department.
Hyliion Wins 2015 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, Cleantech University Prize Awardees Announced

Hyliion from Carnegie Mellon University won the 2015 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, setting the stage for next year's Cleantech University Prize.

June 19, 2015
Girls from the Tampa Public Housing Authority participated in a hands-on activity at the Museum of Science and Industry. | Energy Department photo.
Launching STEM Careers through Exposure and Exploration

As part of our series of STEM Mentoring Cafes, a group of 40 girls from the Tampa Public Housing Authority met with scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians at the Museum of Science and Industry on June 13, 2015.

June 12, 2015
The National Maker Faire aims to celebrate all things science, technology, engineering, art, and math through do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others projects and fun.
3D Cobra, Renewable Energy, and Green Button at the National Maker Faire

Part science fair, part county festival, part 21st-century technology convention, the National Maker Faire will bring together “makers” of all ages—crafters, educators, tinkerers, and hobbyists—to promote and spur invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

June 10, 2015
Five student-led start-up companies that won regional competitions across the United States will travel to Washington, D.C., on June 24 to compete for a $50,000 prize in the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. | <em>Submitted photos</em>
National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: Five Regional Winners Head to Final Round in Washington, D.C.

Anticipation for the final round of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition is growing. Over the past two months, student-led start-ups have faced intense competition and judging panels of industry and financial experts in five regional contests throughout the United States. Five winning regional teams have been crowned, and they will now advance to compete for $50,000 in the fourth annual National Competition in Washington, D.C., on June 24.

May 5, 2015
Introduction to Energy Literacy | Introducción al Conocimiento de Energía
Bringing Fundamental Energy Concepts to Life … en Español

¿Hablas español? To reach out to the nearly 40 million people living in the U.S. who speak Spanish at home, the Energy Department has translated some of its popular educational materials into Spanish, covering topics such as energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy.

May 1, 2015
Rachel Woods-Robinson and Elizabeth Case, the ladies of Cycle for Science, high-five on top of the "Welcome to Oregon" sign. | Photo courtesy of Cycle for Science.
Sol-Cycle: Biking Across America for Science Education

The first in a series of guest blogs from Elizabeth Case and Rachel Woods-Robinson, the ladies behind Cycle for Science, who are biking across America and teaching physics along the way.

January 28, 2015
"A Guide to the Energy of the Earth" is an animated TED-Ed video featuring the seven energy literacy principles in action. Use the associated lesson in your classroom or create your own questions for the videos to flip the lesson. The video is applicable to all ages and can be tailored to your lessons on earth&#39;s energy systems. Watch it <a href="http://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-guide-to-the-energy-of-the-earth-joshua-m-sneideman">here</a>.
Energy Education: A Glance Back and a Look Ahead

2014 was an active year for advancing energy literacy across the country. The Energy Department and energy education organizations have been working with teachers, students, and families to help increase understanding of energy’s role in our world. Last year, we highlighted why energy education is important and connected educators and stakeholders with energy literacy resources at these events:

January 16, 2015
A school classroom in Greensburg, Kansas. Educators from schools across the country will meet on January 26 in Washington, D.C., for the National Energy Education Summit. | Photo courtesy of McCownGordon Construction
National Energy Education Summit to Electrify D.C.

On January 26, energy educators from across the country will convene in Washington, D.C., to address the need for nationwide energy literacy. Join us for the National Energy Education Summit, hosted by the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders.

January 15, 2015
1 in 78 New Jobs in America is a Solar Job

Today marks an important day for America’s clean energy economy with the release of The Solar Foundation’s annual National Solar Jobs Census, which shows the solar industry’s explosive growth is creating thousands of new, highly skilled jobs throughout the country. Find out how the SunShot Initiative is supporting this rapidly expanding workforce.

January 7, 2015
Fun learning activities, like the <a href="http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/pdfs/solar_pizza_oven_box.pdf">pizza box solar oven exercise</a> above, are just a few of the resources that can be found using the new <a href="http://energy.gov/education-toolbox/search">Education Toolbox</a> search feature.
Find Energy Education Resources in a Snap with New Search Tool

Web search tool enables educators and the public to access all of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s free educational materials to teach students about clean energy technologies and other related topics.

December 3, 2014
New Videos to Help Improve Energy Literacy Throughout the Nation

Today, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) released the first four videos in a series highlighting each of the seven essential principles presented in the DOE Energy Literacy Framework. EERE also released the Spanish-language version of the Get Current coloring book, which is part of an ongoing effort to expand educational resources for the growing Spanish-speaking population in the United States.

November 7, 2014
Veterans take a training at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. | Photo credit: ORAU.
Leveraging Veteran Talent: The Opportunity for the Clean Energy Industry

As clean energy industries scale and grow, companies are uniquely positioned to recruit and harness the technical skills and intangible traits of transitioning service members and veterans.

November 6, 2014
Students in Western Washington University’s spring 2013 “Applications in Energy Production” course get an up-close view of how energy is generated. | Photo: Courtesy of Chris Linder, Western Washington University.
Calling All Majors: Sparking Clean Energy Interest from Students in Washington

Western Washington University (WWU) has integrated the Energy Department’s Energy 101 Framework and leveraged industry partners to help guide its Institute for Energy Studies.

November 6, 2014
Nevada schoolchildren's energy literacy activities. | Photo Courtesy of Monica Brett.
Energy Literacy in Action: Nevada Teachers Helping Students Learn About Energy

Energy advocates launched an innovative energy literacy curriculum in a Nevada school district using resources from The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Technology-to-Market team.

November 3, 2014
Workers prepare to service a turbine. | Photo credit National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
New Wind Career Map Navigates Industry Jobs

In an effort to support the wind industry’s recruitment of skilled workers, the Energy Department has developed a - “Wind Career Map,” a web-based tool that highlights the broad range of careers and required skill sets across the wind power industry. The occupations featured in the Wind Career Map range from technicians who install and maintain wind turbines to educators who will train the next generation of wind engineers and business leaders.

October 22, 2014
New Study Reveals the Power of Solar Schools

A new study funded by the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, “Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools," found that solar installations on U.S. public and private K-12 schools is increasing, providing renewable energy, cost savings, and other benefits for school systems across the country.

October 17, 2014
Students learn about the components of a computer at a STEM Fair hosted by the Latin American Youth Center Career Academy in May 2014. | Estudiantes aprenden sobre los componentes de una computadora durante la Feria STEM de Latin American Youth Center Career Academy en mayo de 2014.
One Month, Two Reasons to Celebrate the Hispanic Energy Community | Un Mes, Dos Razones Para Celebrar la Comunidad Hispana en Energía

As one of the nation’s largest ethnic minority groups, Hispanics can play a major role in America’s energy future. To empower these future leaders, the Energy Department provides resources that help Spanish-speaking families, teachers, and students learn about energy.

September 12, 2014
A page from the Get Current coloring book.
Green is Our Favorite Color: Students Fill in the Lines with Energy-themed Coloring Book

Now that school is back in full swing, the Department of Energy has plenty of engaging activities to help students learn about renewable energy and efficiency.

September 4, 2014
For veterans and active-duty military interested in a career in the energy sector, there’s a new online course that helps service members develop the skills necessary to solve our nation’s energy problems. | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army.
Training Veterans for Careers in Clean Energy

Learn how the University of Maryland is helping active duty service members and veterans hone their skills and prepare for careers in the energy sector.

September 2, 2014
Go Back to School with Energy.gov Resources

Whether you’re a teacher, parent or student looking to learn more about energy topics, the Energy Department has you covered.

August 14, 2014
Inspiration from Environmental Educators and Youth at the White House

I had the distinct honor of being present at the White House for the announcement of the winners of the annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and President’s Environmental Youth Award. These awards recognize outstanding student leaders in environmental stewardship and K-12 teachers employing innovative approaches to environmental education in their schools

August 6, 2014
Ronald J. (R.J.) McIntosh receives a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington. | Photo courtesy of Rep. Suzan DelBene’s office
Veterans Solving Energy Challenges

Energy Department internship program enables veterans to hone their skills and help agencies throughout the federal government achieve energy goals.

August 27, 2015
Energy Department Awards up to $4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts

The Energy Department today announced two additional projects selected to receive up to $4 million to develop next-generation biofuels that will help reduce the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass.

August 26, 2015
Energy Department Announces up to $4 Million for 2017 and 2019 Solar Decathlon Program Administrator

In support of President Obama's commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department today announced up to $4 million in funding available to one recipient to organize, manage, and conduct the Solar Decathlon competitions in 2017 and 2019. This funding will support the Department’s commitment to improving the nation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education efforts, and to building a more knowledge-intensive workforce.

August 26, 2015
Energy Department Opens Competition to Select Student Teams for Solar Decathlon 2017

In support of President Obama’s commitment to a clean energy workforce, the Energy Department today announced for the first time that up to $2 million in prize money will be awarded to collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. Colleges, universities, and other post-secondary educational institutions are welcome to submit proposals, which are reviewed, scored, and ranked based on a merit review process.

August 26, 2015
Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Innovative Technologies for Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Energy Department today announced up to $10 million in funding to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as algae, agricultural residues, and woody biomass. This work supports the Energy Department’s efforts to make drop-in biofuels more accessible and affordable, as well as to meet the cost target equivalent of $3 per gallon of gasoline by 2022.

August 26, 2015
Leveraging National Lab Capabilities in Fuel Cells and Electrochemical Systems—Phoenix, Arizona

On October 12 and 13, the U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office will host several events at the Electrochemical Energy Summit 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona, to foster increased collaboration between National Labs and industry.

August 26, 2015
Energy Department Announces $10 Million to Advance Efficient, Environmentally-Friendly Highway Transportation Technologies

The Energy Department announced today $10 million for eight incubator projects to develop innovative solutions for efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicle technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States. The funding will go toward projects that pursue breakthrough approaches to providing Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing environmental impacts.