As part of its annual awards ceremony, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently honored three individuals working on projects funded by the Office of Electricity & Energy Reliability for their leadership and contributions to engineering. Additionally, an education industry publication recognized the Emergency Support Function #12 (ESF #12) team within OE’s Infrastructure Security & Energy Restoration (ISER) Division with an annual Learning in Practice award for excellence in e-learning.
Since 2010, officials of the Alaskan municipality Homer have spent $847,000 to conduct an initial energy audit and implement energy efficiency improvements that will drop the city's energy bill by $100,000 annually, a reduction of approximately 14 percent.
The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy works in partnership with industry to develop, build, operate and validate integrated biorefineries across the country at various scales (pilot, demonstration, and commercial). One such project, led by ClearFuels-Rentech, recently celebrated the completion of a pilot-scale, biorefinery in Commerce City, Colorado.
Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman explains lessons learned from the recent Southeast peer-to-peer workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina. Many of the attendees represented awardees from the Energy Department's Recovery Act programs, and while they demonstrated success in their work, there was a consistent theme of community involvement as essential to that success.
Tomorrow morning, Secretary Chu will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss the choice we face in competing for the clean energy jobs of tomorrow. Here is his prepared testimony.
Solar and wind power provide the means for America to strengthen its energy security, create jobs in growing markets, and improve the environment. Thanks to breakthroughs in energy storage systems, including the first grid-tied solar and storage facility, that potential is getting closer to reality.