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March 1, 2016
Concept drawing of the Agua Caliente Band’s Heritage Plaza Parking Lot Project, which involves installing solar arrays, partly funded by a DOE grant, on carport shade structures. Photo from Larry Fossum, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
Agua Caliente Band's Pursuit of Energy Self-Sufficiency Gains Momentum

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in the Palm Springs area of California is a shining example of the type of leadership tribes can provide on the clean energy development front.

February 25, 2016
CX-100515 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Open Solar Data Exchange (oSDX)
Award Number: DE-EE0001319
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11
Solar Energy Technologies Office
Date: 02/25/2016
Location(s): CA
Office(s): Golden Field Office

February 25, 2016
CX-100514 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Crop Protection Utilizing Integrated Pest Management through Early Detection and Identifications of Pathogens and Predators
Award Number: DE-EE0007094
CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
Bioenergy Technologies Office
Date: 02/25/2016
Location(s): CA
Office(s): Golden Field Office

February 22, 2016
ITEP Developing Tribal Integrated Solid Waste Management Plans

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) is offering a two-day training course providing the tools tribes needs to develop and implement a successful tribal integrated solid waste management plan.

February 9, 2016
Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop: California

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL),offered an interactive workshop at the Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, that walked participants through the process for developing community-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands.

February 9, 2016
Photo Courtesy: Solarize Connecticut
EERE Success Story—Sowing Seeds for Success: Interdisciplinary Research Blossoms at DOE

The SunShot Initiative is well known for serving as one of the first sources of seed funding for cutting-edge solar energy technologies. At the same time, SunShot is also studying how solar energy evolves and is adopted throughout the country.

February 4, 2016
The CoServ Solar Station in Krugerville, Texas. Photo: KEN OLTMANN/CoServ
EERE Success Story—Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources to Rural American Communities

Some of the most remote areas in the United States were also some of the last places to get access to electricity, with as many as nine out of ten rural homes without electricity in the mid-1930s. After President Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification Administration, things began to change. Roosevelt’s New Deal era sparked the creation of today’s 900 electric cooperatives (co-ops) that power the homes of more than 42 million Americans across 47 states.

January 27, 2016
Dr. Chaitanya Narula led analysis of an Oak Ride National Laboratory biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology to explain the underlying process. Photo courtesy Oak Ride National Laboratory.
EERE Success Story—Ethanol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology Moves Closer to Commercialization

Oak Ridge National Laboratory published an article in Scientific Reports on its new method to directly convert biomass-derived ethanol to a hydrocarbon blendstock and is continuing work with Vertimass, LLC. to commercialize it.

January 22, 2016
EERE Success Story—Pilot Plant Completes Two 1,000-Hour Ethanol Performance Runs

ICM Inc. announced successful completion of two 1,000-hour performance runs of its patent-pending Generation 2.0 Co-Located Cellulosic Ethanol process at its cellulosic ethanol pilot plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. This is an important step toward the commercialization of cellulosic ethanol from switchgrass and energy sorghum.

January 14, 2016
Image courtesy of Daikin.
EERE Success Story—DOE Industry Partnerships Lead to Widespread Adoption of Efficient Commercial Air Conditioners

Commercial air conditioners, often referred to as rooftop units (RTUs), are commonly used across commercial building sectors such as schools, restaurants, big box retailers, and small office buildings. These heating, ventilation and air conditioning units condition almost half of all U.S. commercial floor space. But commonly they are old and inefficient, wasting anywhere from $900 to $3,700 per unit annually.