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August 19, 2011
Department of Energy Offers Abengoa Bioenergy a Conditional Commitment for a $133.9 Million Loan Guarantee

Groundbreaking Cellulosic Ethanol Project Expected to Create Over 300 Jobs and Build Nation’s Capacity for Cellulosic Ethanol Production

August 18, 2011
Energy Secretary Steven Chu Statement on Final Report from Natural Gas Subcommittee

Washington DC --- The Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary Energy Advisory Board today submitted its final 90-day report on recommendations to reduce the environmental impacts from shale gas production to Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Earlier this year, President Obama announced a plan for U.S. energy security in which he instructed the Secretary of Energy to work with other agencies, the natural gas industry, states, and environmental experts to improve the safety of shale gas development.

August 15, 2011
Brookhaven National Laboratory is modeling the metabolic processes in rapeseed plants to optimize production of plant oils for biofuels. Shown above are developing embryos extracted from a growing rapeseed plant. The embryos accumulate seed oils which represent the most energy-dense form of biologically stored sunlight, and have great potential as renewable resources for fuel and industrial chemicals.
The Science Behind Cheaper Biofuels

Biofuels hold great potential not only for reducing our dependence on foreign oil, but also for creating new jobs and economic opportunities for America’s rural communities (a billion tons-worth of opportunities, to be exact).

August 15, 2011
Department of Energy Finalizes $102 Million Loan Guarantee to Record Hill Wind, LLC for Maine Wind Project

Project Expected to Fund Approximately 200 Jobs and Provide Improvements to Wind Turbine Performance
 

August 11, 2011
Total potential biomass resources by county in the contiguous U.S. from the baseline scenario of the Update (Figure 6.4, page 159) | Map from Billion-Ton Update
Billion-Ton Update: Home-Grown Energy Resources Across the Nation

Biofuel jobs could be coming to a community near you, according to a collaborative report released yesterday by the Energy Department that details the huge potential of U.S.-produced biomass.

August 5, 2011
Department of Energy Finalizes a $967 Million Loan Guarantee to Support the Agua Caliente Solar Project

Arizona Project Expected to Generate Approximately 400 Jobs

August 2, 2011
Department of Energy to Invest $50 Million to Advance Domestic Solar Manufacturing Market, Achieve SunShot Goal

SUNPATH Program Will Boost American Competitiveness, Lower Cost of Solar Energy

July 27, 2011
The OpenHydro turbines are designed to be deployed directly on the seabed and are silent and invisible from the surface.
 | Courtesy of Snohomish PUD
Harnessing Tidal Power, While Protecting Marine Life

Underwater turbines are set to unleash the energy of tidal waters 35 miles NW of Seattle in a pilot project. At peak tidal currents, the two turbines could generate more than 1 MW of electricity – enough to power about 700 American homes. Learn more about tidal turbines and what PNNL is doing to protect marine life.