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October 19, 2011
Clean Energy Markets: We've Got the Innovation and Deployment Cart and Horse Backwards

China has become the world’s largest producer of solar modules. But did you know that these Chinese manufacturers are using technology breakthroughs developed in the United States? What’s the disconnect in the US's ability to deploy it?

October 17, 2011
LiveChat Thurs, 10/20, 2pm ET: Clean Tech Markets

Please join Richard Kauffman, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, for a live discussion about the challenges and opportunities of renewable energy innovation and deployment.

October 14, 2011
Bob Repine, Oregon Department of Energy director, presents the Benton County Fairgrounds solar barn built with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The rooftop solar array will produce nearly a quarter of the energy used at the fairgrounds and the 12,000-square-foot space will house livestock and the Solar Education Center. | Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Energy
A Barn Raising For the 21st Century

Benton County, Oregon residents constructed a livestock building powered by 306 roof-top solar modules funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

October 13, 2011
Department of Energy Announces New Clean Energy Partnership with the Republic of Korea

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Minister of Knowledge Economy Joong-Kyung Choi of the Republic of Korea sign a new agreement establishing the U.S.-Korea Clean Energy Technology Partnership.

October 3, 2011
The Power and Potential of Geothermal Energy

Office of Public Affairs Director, Dan Leistikow, details how the Energy Department's loan programs are playing a crucially important role in helping the United States compete globally for clean energy jobs.

September 29, 2011
“First Light,” the solar home from New Zealand, stands complete on the first day of the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The 25-student team from Victory University of Wellington won the Engineering Contest today, the fourth juried contest of the competition.
Kiwis Take Home Engineering Win for Solar Home 'First Light'

The “First Light” solar home prototype developed and constructed by students from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, won the Engineering Contest today at the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

September 28, 2011
American farmers harvest 80 million acres of corn each autumn. The corn stover usually left on a hewn field can be processed into a renewable transportation fuel called bioethanol. | Image courtesy of POET
Commercial Ethanol Turns Dross to Dollars for Rural Iowans

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu Sept. 23 announced the Department finalized a $105 million loan guarantee to support the development of one of the nation's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants.

September 28, 2011
The Team Tidewater Virginia smart meter, as seen on opening day, indicates the team generated 5 kW hours of electricity in the first several hours of the competition. | Image courtesy of Lachlan Fletcher, Studio 18a
Smart Meters Help Balance Energy Consumption at Solar Decathlon

Clouds, rain, thunderstorms… at Solar Decathlon Village? Oh my, you may say. But less-than-ideal weather conditions are no match for this year's teams, thanks to smart grid technology that is helping them monitor their energy consumption.

September 27, 2011
Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology tied with Purdue University's INhome to win the Affordability Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon by building Empowerhouse for less than $230,000. | Courtesy of <a href="http://parsit.parsons.edu/">Empowerhouse.</a>
Decathletes Demonstrate Affordable Solar Housing

Two teams tied for first place in the first-ever Affordability Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon -- demonstrating that innovative technology doesn’t have to be expensive.

September 22, 2011
Richard Kauffman has recently joined the Energy Department as a Senior Advisor and is one of the country's leading experts on private sector investment in clean energy. Photo Credit: Quentin Kruger, Department of Energy
The Faces of Energy: Richard Kauffman's Journey From The Oil Crisis to Clean Tech

One of the country's leading experts on private sector investment in clean energy, Richard Kauffman is joining the Energy Department as a Senior Advisor. It's also his first in the public sector – a fact that humbles Kauffman: “For me this is my opportunity to serve. My hope is that I will bring capabilities and experience that are complementary to the great talent that is already here.”