WASHINGTON - On Thursday, September 23, 2010, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will deliver a keynote address at the inaugural GridWise Global Forum. Secretary Chu will discuss the importance of devloping a smart, strong and secure electricity delivery system to help build a 21st Century clean energy economy.
Washington D.C. --- Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that a $43 million loan guarantee has been finalized for Beacon Power Corporation's 20 megawatt innovative flywheel energy storage plant in Stephentown, NY. The plant will help improve the stability and reliability of the state's electric grid and Beacon estimates it will create 20 construction jobs in New York and 40 permanent jobs in Massachusetts. Beacon Power is an energy storage company headquartered in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.
Inefficient light bulbs can drive up electricity bills and drain homeowners' wallets. With that in mind, government officials in the east Texas city of Longview established a light bulb swap program that is projected to save participating households $242.
As part of a week-long trip to the Middle East, Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman led a U.S. interagency delegation for a three-day visit to Baghdad. The trip is part of the U.S. Government's broad commitment to partner with Iraq as it continues to rebuild and grow its economy.
Despite being cool, ultra-efficient and long lasting, the light-emitting diode (LED) faces a problem called “efficiency droop.” New findings from simulations carried out at the National Energy Research Scientific Computer Center (NERSC) have unearthed droop’s elusive cause, researchers say, paving the way for wider LED use.
An illustration of nitride-based LEDs.| Courtesy of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.