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June 12, 2014
The student startup, REEcycle, from the University of Houston swept this year's National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, taking home all three awards for its innovative method of reclaiming rare earth elements from magnets in electronics. | Photo courtesy of Ken Shipp, Energy Department.
REEcyle Takes the Gold in the 2014 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

The student startup from the University of Houston won the Energy Department's 2014 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

June 10, 2014
The Oahe Dam in South Dakota (pictured here) is one of the federal hydropower resources operated by the Western Area Power Administration. As part of a recent tribal leader dialogue, officials from the Energy Department, the Western Area Power Administration and South Dakota tribal leaders discussed ways to lower energy costs for tribes, including options for receiving federal hydroelectricity directly from the Western Area Power Administration instead of from third-party utilities. | Photo courtesy of South Dakota state government.
Energy Department and South Dakota Tribal Leaders Explore Ways to Lower Energy Costs

Learn how the Energy Department is providing South Dakota tribes with resources and technical assistance to help lower their energy costs.

June 4, 2014
Thanks to funding from the Recovery Act, the University of South Alabama Medical Center is saving energy while providing better care to its patients. | Photo courtesy of the University of South Alabama Medical Center.
Energy Upgrades to Alabama Trauma Center Help Improve Patient Care

In Alabama, a Recovery Act grant is helping a hospital save energy while providing better care to its patients.

June 3, 2014
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Proposed EPA Rules Will Cut Carbon Pollution While Maintaining Reliability

The Energy Department is committed to supporting successful implementation of EPA’s Clean Power Plan while maintaining electric grid reliability.

May 28, 2014
Applications powered by open energy data were on display at a previous Energy Datapalooza in June 2012. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
Harnessing the Power of Data, Technology and Innovation for a Clean Energy Economy

Advances in technology are making it easier for American consumers and businesses to better understand how they are using and saving energy.

May 21, 2014
Secretary Moniz's First Year

Check out our new interactive timeline to recap top moments from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's first year in office.

May 13, 2014
#SolarChat 5/7/14 Recap: The SunShot Vision: 2020 & Beyond

Minh Le, director of the SunShot Initiative, participated in a live #SolarChat to discuss the Energy Department's robust solar success record and how SunShot is setting a new standard in public-private scientific research & development partnerships to advance our nation’s clean energy future. Le joined other solar community leaders to discuss SunShot’s vision for America’s solar future in advance of the 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Anaheim, California from May 18-22.

April 8, 2014
ZF North America used Alabama E3 funding to create a recycling program that saves more than $100,000 a year in trash pickup and landfill fees. Pictured here are workers in the Tuscaloosa location, which provides Mercedes with complete axle systems. | Photo courtesy of ZF North America, Inc.
Local Program Helps Alabama Manufacturers Add Jobs, Reduce Waste and Increase Profits

Alabama manufacturers are incorporating energy-saving measures into their operations to help grow their businesses.

March 24, 2014
Sun Rises on Tribal Energy Future in Nevada

The Moapa Band of Paiute in Nevada makes history with the first utility-scale solar project on tribal land.