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September 13, 2011
DOE Awards More Than $30 Million to Help Universities Train the Next Generation of Industrial Energy Efficiency Experts

Secretary Steven Chu announces more than $30 million for 24 universities in 23 states across the country to train undergraduate- and graduate-level engineering students in manufacturing efficiency to help them become the nation's next generation of industrial energy efficiency experts.

September 9, 2011
Navy Veteran Gary Watts is a recent graduate of Power4Vets, a project funded through the Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability's Smart Grid Workforce Development Program to put veterans back to work in civilian energy jobs. | Photo courtesy of Power4Vets
Navy Veteran Back to Work on the Smart Grid

Read about Power4Vets -- a program funded by Recovery Act money through the Energy Department’s Smart Grid Workforce Training program, which is helping to prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electric industries for smart grid-related jobs.

September 9, 2011
Auto industry workers retrain on wind installation in Elyria, Ohio | Energy Department Image | Photo by Quentin Kruger (Contractor)
The American Jobs Act

Last night the President laid out the American Jobs Act, a specific, tangible, bi-partisan strategy for putting Americans back to work. This plan will cut taxes for small businesses and put more money into the pockets of hard working Americans, without adding a dime to the Federal deficit.

August 31, 2011
Dr. Anthony Atti, CEO of Phononic Devices, demonstrates the standard semiconductor bonding equipment used to fabricate Phononic's high performance thermoelectric devices. Phononic Devices is one of the five innovative ARPA-E Awardees that have attracted over $100 million in outside capital investments. | Photo Courtesy of Phononic Devices.
A Major Milestone for ARPA-E

To create jobs and lead in the global clean energy economy, the Obama Administration has made a point of supporting game-changing innovations – including the Energy Department’s Advance Research Programs Agency for Energy (ARPA-E).

August 30, 2011
Vice President Biden Announces New Private Sector Backing for Five Pioneering Energy Companies

ARPA-E Awardees Attract Another $100 Million to Advance Clean Energy Technologies

August 22, 2011
Less than half the of the world has access to a reliable supply of electricity, creating a unique opportunity for the US to become the leader in developing clean energy technologies that strengthen our economy and meet the demand of the developing world. | Image courtesy NASA
Make Locally and Sell Globally

The world is offering possibly the biggest economic opportunity of the 21st century. The question is: Can we grab it? Dr. Arun Majumdar gives us his take.

August 15, 2011
A123 Systems Moves From the Lab to the Assembly Line

Last week, Secretary Chu announced $175 million in funding for 40 projects that promise to accelerate the development and deployment of next-generation vehicle technologies. The innovations being fostered through these projects often begin at a small scale, being tweaked and tested in laboratories or R+D centers as researchers attempt to hit critical benchmarks for deployment.

August 12, 2011
Memorandum Memorializing Ex Parte Communication - August 12, 2011

On August 9, 2011, the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute's (AHRI) Unitary Small Engineering Committee, Compressors and Condensing Units Engineering Committee and Ductless Equipment Engineering Committee held a joint meeting to discuss the proposed standby power (off-mode) efficiency standards contained in the June 27, 2011 Direct Final Rule (76 Fed. Reg. 37,408).

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 10, 2011
Department of Energy Awards More Than $175 Million for Advanced Vehicle Research and Development

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $175 million over the next three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies.