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June 21, 2010
This hangar at Naval Air Station Meridian in Mississippi received an energy-efficiency makeover that included major lighting retrofits and water conservation measures. | Photo Courtesy U.S. Navy
Navy Lowering Upfront Costs to Save Energy

A project started last year at a U.S. Navy base in Meridian, Miss., that will save thousands in taxpayer dollars has been successfully completed.

June 18, 2010
Energetx Composites was able to purchase equipment such as this mold for utility-scale wind turbine blades thanks to a Recovery Act grant that matched the company’s $3.5 million investment. | Photo Courtesy of Energetx |
VP 100: Retooling Michigan -- Yachts and Watts

Tiara Yachts makes fiber composite structures for boats. Now the Holland, Mich.-based company is transforming part of its factory and using its 30 years of expertise in composites to establish a new company - Energetx Composites - that will produce commercial-sized wind turbine blades.

June 11, 2010
Crockett has seen Chattanooga change dramatically in the last 30 years. The Office of Sustainability will build on the city's environmental success. | Photo Courtesy of Flickr user mjasonprickett
David Crockett, Chattanooga’s Green Frontiersman

David Crockett is no stranger to Chattanooga, Tennessee. A three-term city councilman, former chairman of the council and President of the Chattanooga Institute for Sustainability, he knows his way around the city government.

June 11, 2010
DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE) opened a new biorefinery in Vonore, Tenn., last year. | Photo courtesy of DDCE
Making Biofuel From Corncobs and Switchgrass in Rural America

Energy crops and agricultural residue, like corncobs and stover, are becoming part of rural America’s energy future. Unlike the more common biofuel derived from corn, these are non-food/feed based cellulosic feedstocks, and the energy content of the biomass makes it ideal for converting to sustainable fuel.

June 11, 2010
Weatherization auditors and crews assist in making a Vermont home more energy-efficient in New England winters. | Photo Courtesy of Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) Agency |
Regional Vermont Agency Provides Work in Tight-Knit Communities

Morgan McKane is a full-time weatherization auditor at the Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) agency. He shares his experience working to help low-income residents increase their energy efficiency and quality of living.

April 21, 2010
DOE Initiates Enforcement Proceedings against Westinghouse and Mitsubishi for Failure to Certify (Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty Issued)

The Office of General Counsel has issued Notices of Proposed Civil Penalty to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. for failing to certify that certain of their products meet the applicable energy conservation standards as required by the Energy Policy Conservation Act (EPCA) and DOE regulations. The Notice issued to Westinghouse proposes payments to the government of $350,400 for failure to certify over 71 types of light bulbs.

April 15, 2010
Geothermal training prepares Nevadans for jobs

How a training course is helping local people find jobs in an emergency industry.

April 1, 2010
Wisconsin LED Plant Benefits from Recovery Act

“It’s a win for everyone: the environment, the cities, buildings, for us,” says Gianna O’Keefe, marketing manager for Ruud Lighting, which is producing LED lights that emit more light, have a longer life and provide anywhere from 50 to 70 percent in energy savings.