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March 30, 2010
DOE Orders AeroSys to Halt Distribution of Inefficient Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Models

Today, the Department of Energy announced that it is requiring AeroSys, Inc. to stop distributing two product models - one air conditioner and one heat pump - that DOE testing found to consume more energy than allowed under federal efficiency standards. This is the latest step in the Department's investigation into whether AeroSys has been selling products in the U.S. that violate minimum appliance efficiency standards.

March 24, 2010
DOE Opens Investigation into Alleged Lighting Efficiency Violations

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it had issued subpoenas to three companies who were identified as selling certain torchiere lamps that failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards.  Under the subpoenas, Target Corporation, Adesso, Inc. and Habitex Corporation are required to submit detailed information about the design of these products and how the companies marketed and sold them in the U.S. 

March 23, 2010
J.F. Electric will soon install its own solar rooftop solar panels, saving money and gaining a potential sales tool.   | Photo Courtesy of J.F. Electric |
Illinois Company Implementing Solar Energy

J.F. Family Limited Partnership has been awarded $191,000 through the Recovery Act toward the use of solar energy at its Lakefront Parkway property in Edwardsville, Ill., which is the company headquarters for J.F. Electric Inc. The funding will be used to install a 75-kW solar photovoltaic system on the building’s roof, creating electricity on-site and creating or saving a total of 14 jobs.

March 22, 2010
Advanced batteries will enable electricity generated through renewable energy sources to be used in plug-in vehicles. | File photo
Battery Jobs Coming to Michigan

A123 Systems, of Watertown, Mass., was awarded a $249 million Recovery Act grant from the U.S. Department of Energy in August that will help implement the company’s strategy for the construction of lithium-ion battery manufacturing facilities in the U.S., with the first location being constructed in Livonia, Michigan.

March 12, 2010
Construction teams set up a turbine foundation in Minot, N.D. | Photo courtesy of Basin Electric Power Cooperative
North Dakota Company Wins Praise for Wind Projects

Wind energy is taking off in the Dakotas, contributing hundreds of megawatts of power to the grid and putting hundreds of people to work.

March 12, 2010
Charlotte sees next-gen vehicle supply expansion: U.S. Energy Secretary Steve Chu speaks at Celgard LLC in Charlotte, N.C. as Mitch Pulwer, Celgard’s vice president and general manager, looks on. | Photo courtesy of Celgard |
VP 100: Charlotte Sees Next-Gen Vehicle Supply Expansion

Right now, manufacturers of electric cars too often have to rely on foreign suppliers for the high-performance batteries needed in those vehicles. But a new project underway at Celgard LLC in Charlotte, N.C., with help from stimulus funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, will enable the company to supply more of a key component in high-performance batteries, helping the U.S. get ahead of the curve in establishing a supply base for electric cars that isn’t reliant on other countries.

March 9, 2010
Chicagoland County Saving Green by Going Green

DuPage County plans launch of several initiatives aimed at reducing energy use and fossil fuel emissions.

March 9, 2010
The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round...

There is one category of buses that I'm particularly fond of – those that run on alternative fuels.

March 8, 2010
Guidance for State Energy Programs on Revolving Loan Funds

Purpose: To provide guidance to recipients of financing programs funded through the Department of Energy's (DOE's) State Energy Program (SEP) (Grantees).

Scope: The provisions of this guidance apply to recipients of SEP funds, pursuant to Formula Grant or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).