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March 30, 2015
Phase II commercial operation of Ormat's McGinnis Hills Geothermal Power Plant - which came online in February 2015 - doubled the plant's generating capacity in less than three years, thanks to the Energy Department's loan guarantee program. The plant now generates a combined total of 70 MW. Through early DOE investment, Ormat improved efficiency of energy extraction from geothermal brines there by 10%.
More Than Half of New U.S. Energy in February Derived from Geothermal Sources

Geothermal accounted for more than half of the new U.S.

March 27, 2015
Statement from U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz on Mexico's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets

Secretary Moniz welcomes the announcement by the Government of Mexico on new greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

March 26, 2015
Energy Department Offers Conditional Commitment to Alcoa to Support Manufacturing of Aluminum for Automotive Sector

As part of the Administration’s effort to support advanced vehicles that are more affordable for Americans to drive, strengthen U.S. leadership in manufacturing advanced vehicle technologies, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased fuel efficiency, the Department of Energy announced a conditional commitment for a $259 million loan to Alcoa Inc. today.

March 26, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Next Generation Electric Machines, Zero Energy Buildings, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

March 24, 2015
Department of Energy, Department of the Interior and Army Corps of Engineers Renew Five-Year Partnership to Advance Hydropower

Three agencies extend partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years.

March 24, 2015
Attend a Webinar on AMO's Next Generation Electric Machines Funding Opportunity

An Informational Webinar on the the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Next Generation Electric Machines: Megawatt Class Motors to give applicants an overview of standard procedures regarding the EERE Office and FOA process will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT.

March 24, 2015
DOE Issues ESPC IDIQ Solicitation: Deadline for Response April 29, 2015

DOE today released a request for proposals (RFP) solicitation for the implementation of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) at U.S. federal government sites worldwide.

March 23, 2015
SBIR/STTR FY15 Phase 2 Awards Announced—Includes Hydrogen Production and FCEV Systems

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the 2015 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase 2 Release 1 Awards, including three Office of Science projects focusing on hydrogen production from electrolysis and hydrogen systems supporting fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

March 23, 2015
ORNL researchers are experimenting with additive roll-to-roll manufacturing techniques to develop low-cost wireless sensors. ORNL’s Pooran Joshi shows how the process enables electronics components to be printed on flexible plastic substrates. Credit: Oak Ridge National Lab
Innovative, Lower Cost Sensors and Controls Yield Better Energy Efficiency

ORNL’s new wireless sensor prototype could reduce costs to $1-10 per node by leveraging advanced manufacturing techniques such as additive roll-to-roll manufacturing.

March 23, 2015
Schneider Electric Boasts Ten Facilities Certified to Superior Energy Performance in North America

Schneider Electric has doubled the number of sites earning SEP certification since announcing their first five SEP-certified facilities in October 2014. The company’s most recent SEP certifications include two Platinum level facilities in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and Clovis, California, which improved their energy performance by more than 15% over three years. Facilities in Peru, Indiana and Columbia, South Carolina earned Gold level certification, while the Rojo Gomez, Mexico location earned Silver level certification.