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February 1, 2016
CX-014717: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Liberty-Parker #1 Transmission Line Transfer to Western from Reclamation
CX(s) Applied: B1.24
Date: 02/01/2016
Location(s): California
Offices(s): Western Area Power Administration-Desert Southwest Region

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.

January 8, 2016
CX-100449 Categorical Exclusion Determination

Next Generation Solar Finance
Award Number: DE-EE0007181
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11
Solar Energy Technologies Office
Date: 01/08/2016
Location(s): CA
Office(s): Golden Field Office

January 7, 2016
Solar installers dressed up as superheroes to complete the installation on the KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Washington as part of the Solarize Bellevue campaign. Photo by Allison DeAngelis.
EERE Success Story—Challenge Accepted: Reducing the Soft Costs of Going Solar

Every year, it becomes even more affordable to “go solar.” However, one thing remains consistent: the non-hardware, or “soft” costs related to permitting, installation, and maintenance account for more than half of the cost of an installed rooftop solar array. The SunShot Initiative’s Rooftop Solar Challenge funding program is successfully reducing these costs and providing a framework for others to do the same.

December 22, 2015
Highly efficient Building America test house in Russellville, AL. Photo Courtesy: Levy Partnership
EERE Success Story—Performance Improvements for Factory-Built Homes

The ARIES Collaborative, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America research team, recently developed and evaluated methods to reduce energy use in factory-built housing, as compared to best practice HUD-code construction. The results of this research prove that it is technically feasible to construct factory-built homes to be up to 50% more energy efficient for nominal increased cost. 

December 16, 2015
Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop

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

December 15, 2015
Paul Thomsen, Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, announces the new Nevada Electric Highway Joint Initiative in Carson City, Nevada. He was joined at the event by Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell, left, NV Energy CEO Paul Caudill, and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. The Initiative received financial support from the Energy Department's State Energy Program.
EERE Success Story—Nevada Strengthens Electric Vehicle Infrastructure on Major U.S. Highway

In June, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy and the local utility NV Energy announced the Nevada Electric Highway joint initiative, an effort to facilitate electric vehicle (EV) transportation on U.S. Route 95. The roadway connects the two major urban centers in the state, Las Vegas and Reno.