The Department formally committed all $32.7 billion of our grand and contract funding to clean energy projects and met the Recovery Act deadline. Now it's time for the recipients to get to work on their innovative projects.
St. Johns County, Florida is tackling its traffic-timing problem with a little help from an Energy Department Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grant. The county will use the grant to improve traffic flow by re-synchronizing signals at five major road segments. In total, 23 traffic signals will be retimed and synchronized, resulting in lower fuel consumption, shorter travel times, increased travel speed, less stopping and less engine idling.
Every year, thousands of people attend events at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New York State. This year visitors to the fairgrounds will get a first-hand look at two solar energy installations that are saving Ulster County taxpayers money and supporting local companies that manufacture green technologies.
Few start-ups are founded by retirement-aged scientists – and even fewer have Google.org backing. That's the unique position of Potter Drilling, a start-up founded in 2004 by a pioneering now-90-year-old and his son.