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February 7, 2013
Smart for Life received a loan from Palm Beach County’s revolving loan fund program to expand its production facility and boost its overall energy efficiency. | Photo courtesy of Craig Stephens, Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach County Sees Energy-Smart Economic Growth

A Florida community focuses on energy efficiency to encourage economic growth.

February 7, 2013
Energy Department, Treasury Announce Availability of $150 Million in Tax Credits for Clean Energy Manufacturers

The U.S. Departments of Energy and the Treasury announced the availability of $150 million in Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing projects across the United States.

February 7, 2013
FACT SHEET: 48C MANUFACTURING TAX CREDITS

The Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit Program is helping build a robust U.S. manufacturing capacity to supply clean energy projects with American-made parts and equipment. On February 7, 2013, the IRS announced the availability of additional 48C allocations, releasing $150 million remaining tax credits that were never fully utilized by previous awardees. 

February 5, 2013
The Air Products and Chemicals hydrogen production facilities in Port Arthur, Texas, is funded by the Energy Department through the 2009 Recovery Act. It is managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. | Photo credit Air Products and Chemicals hydrogen production facilities.
New Texas Oil Project Will Help Keep Carbon Dioxide Underground

A new carbon capture project in Port Arthur, Texas, gives us a glimpse into a future where CCUS technologies are widely used across industry and power production to capture and utilize CO2, without releasing it into the air.

January 29, 2013
Reports on the Impact of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program Now Available

The Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released four reports on the impact of the Recovery Act-funded Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Program.  Under the SGIG Program, investor-owned and municipal utilities, transmission operators, and electric co-ops across the U.S. are deploying a range of smart technologies and systems designed to increase the electric grid’s flexibility, reliability, efficiency, affordability, and resilience. 

January 22, 2013
Kent County Correctional Facility is saving energy and money with a new closed-loop geothermal system. | Photo courtesy of Kent County Administrator's Office.
A Michigan County Unearths Savings with Geothermal Energy

Learn how Kent County, Michigan, is saving energy and money by using renewable energy.

January 17, 2013
MBC Ventures' new product line provides daylight to building interiors and generates thermal energy that can be used to heat the building. | Photo courtesy of MBC Ventures, Inc.
Swept Away by Alternative Energy

After 160 years of making brushes, one Maryland company decided to diversify its business model and add new energy efficiency products to its manufacturing portfolio.

January 7, 2013
Seniors check out the new energy-efficient fitness facility at the Rockville Senior Center. | Photo courtesy of Chris Galm, Energy Department.
Saving Energy and Keeping Seniors Warm This Season

Energy efficiency upgrades are helping seniors stay healthy, remain active and keep warm.

December 31, 2012
Reports on Initial Results of Smart Grid Investment Grant Projects (December 2012)

DOE is implementing the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The SGIG program involves 99 projects that are deploying smart grid technologies, tools, and techniques for electric transmission, distribution, advanced metering, and customer systems.

December 27, 2012
Using money from the Recovery Act, Blue Mountain Hospital replaced one of its 1950s crude oil boilers with a wood-pellet boiler -- saving the hospital about $100,000 a year in heating costs. | Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Energy.
Oregon Hospital Heats Up with a Biomass Boiler

Highlighting how a rural Oregon hospital was able to cut its heating bills while stimulating the local economy.