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November 2, 2011
The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Response Team with Secretary Steven Chu as they receive a Secretary of Energy Achievement Award. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department
The “Academy Awards” of the Energy Department Recognize Employee Excellence

This year’s awards celebrated the work of employees for their contributions to the agency’s mission. “The people are the organization,” Secretary Steven Chu said. “It’s staggering all that we do and it’s breathtaking how good the people in the Department of Energy are."

October 19, 2011
A 42-U.S. gallon barrel of crude oil yields about 45 gallons of petroleum products. Source: Energy Information Administration, “Oil: Crude Oil and Petroleum Products Explained” and Annual Energy Outlook 2009 (Updated February 2010).
The How's and Why's of Replacing the Whole Barrel

For many, a barrel of oil is almost synonymous with its most prominent product, gasoline. While almost 40% of a barrel of oil is used to produce gasoline, the rest is used to produce a host of products including jet fuel and plastics and many industrial chemicals. As the United States works to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, we must recognize the complexity of that dependence and work to replace the whole barrel.

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.”

July 8, 2011
Energy Matters Mailbag

This edition of the mailbag tackles follow-up questions from our Energy Matters discussion on breaking our reliance on foreign oil.

June 27, 2011
Contacts for the Assistant General Counsel for Electricity and Fossil Energy

Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Electricity & Fossil Energy (GC-76)

Steven A. Porter, Assistant General Counsel for Electricity & Fossil Energy

June 24, 2011
What's Behind the Numbers?

Ever wonder what drives the cost of crude oil? Find out here.

June 6, 2011
National Carbon Capture Center Launches Post-Combustion Test Center

Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Center begins testing new carbon capture and storage technologies in Alabama.

May 5, 2011
Secretary Chu Tasks Environmental, Industry and State Leaders to Recommend Best Practices for Safe, Responsible Development of America's Onshore Natural Gas Resources

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a group of environmental, industry and state regulatory experts who will make recommendations to improve the safety and environmental performance of natural gas hydraulic fracturing from shale formations - harnessing a vital domestic energy resource while ensuring the safety of our drinking water and the health of the environment.

April 13, 2011
Algae samples back at the NREL lab, ready to be analyzed and run through the Fluorescent-Activated Cell Sorter, or FACS, which separates the cells. | Credit: NREL Staff Photographer Dennis Schroeder.
Study: Algae Could Replace 17% of U.S. Oil Imports

A new study from Pacific Northwest National Lab concludes that 17% of U.S. oil imports for transportation could be replaced by domestically-produced algae biofuels.

March 17, 2011
A basic overview of GreenFire's process to convert CO2 into electricity. | Photo courtesy of GreenFire.
Innovative Geothermal Startup Will Put Carbon Dioxide To Good Use

GreenFire Energy began work to demonstrate a process that would use CO2 to harness geothermal energy to make electricity. What is more, the technology has the potential to add carbon sequestration – not to mention reduced water consumption – to the benefits already associated with geothermal power.