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August 2, 2010
How the Recovery Act is Affecting Small Business Innovation

Small businesses create nearly two of every three jobs, so supporting them is important for the economy. Over 200 small businesses in 34 states received a combined $188 million to develop clean energy technologies.

July 29, 2010
CEM: You Asked, We Answered

Last week, we invited you to submit your questions on the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) via E-mail, Facebook and Twitter. We received a diverse set of questions, which we presented to two of the key decision makers here at the Department of Energy.

July 22, 2010
Byron Washom, Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives at the University of California at San Diego, poses with an electric vehicle and some of the solar panels that cover UCSD's campus.| Photo courtesy of UCSD
Q&A With Byron Washom of the University of California at San Diego

Bryan Washom was setting world records for efficiency in solar power long before it was cool. And now, as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the University of California at San Diego, he's using that drive to bring clean energy technology to the marketplace.

July 21, 2010
Launching a Global Energy Efficiency Challenge

The Global Energy Efficiency Challenge, outlined by Secretary Chu at the Clean Energy Ministerial, includes four wide-ranging initiatives to cut energy wast across the globe.

July 21, 2010
This part from the inside of a wind turbine might someday generate clean, renewable energy. | Photo courtesy Merrill Technologies Group
Retooling Michigan: 'Wheels' to Wind

Merrill is using $3 million awarded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program and the Recovery Act to purchase equipment for manufacturing commercial-sized wind turbine systems for a strategic partner who owns the intellectual property. The result — Merrill joins other manufacturers in Michigan’s growing clean energy economy industry and creates green jobs.

July 20, 2010
Clean Energy Ministerial: Join the Discussion

Today marks the second and final day of the world’s first Clean Energy Ministerial, which brings together ministers from 23 countries who represent more than 80 percent of the world's energy use and clean energy technologies market.

July 19, 2010
North Community Police Substation upgraded its solar energy system with the help of Recovery Act funds. The city’s electric bill will be about $5,000 cheaper. | Courtesy of the City of Henderson
Police Station Triples Solar Power – and Savings

The Henderson, Nevada, police department is going above and beyond the call of duty by tripling the size of its solar panel system on its LEED-certified station, saving the city thousands of dollars in energy costs.

July 1, 2010
Greener Commercial A/C Units Becoming a Cool Item

A new federal tax credit is helping McQuay International expand its line of energy-efficient HVAC products at two of its plants and bring back furloughed workers.

June 28, 2010
Coal Creek Fire and Rescue's fire station in New Richmond, Ind. where a new furnace and air conditioner will save energy and money. | Photo courtesy of New Richmond
Saving Energy and Money at 24/7 Fire Stations

Given constant use and the importance of fire stations to surrounding communities, the Indiana Office of Energy Development awarded funds from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to improve energy efficiency at some local fire stations.