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March 5, 2012
A robot works on crystalline solar cells at Wisconsin-based Helios USA, LLC. The opening of the manufacturing plant has supported 26 jobs and is projected to create a total of 50 permanent jobs in the state and was supported through a State Energy Program loan. | Courtesy of Helios USA, LLC.
Not a Long Time Ago in an Energy Efficient Galaxy Not Very Far Away

A manufacturer of crystalline solar cells recently opened a new manufacturing facility for the assembly of solar panels by plant staff and robots in Milwaukee. This project is a result of Recovery Act funds from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP).

March 2, 2012
U.S. Energy Secretary Will Visit Indiana to Highlight Investments in Clean Commercial Vehicles and the American Workforce

Secretary Chu to Deliver Keynote at Green Truck Summit, Tour Workforce Training Facility at University in Indianapolis

March 1, 2012
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, hold a "fireside chat" at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. | Photo by Quentin Kruger.
In Case You Missed It: Recap of the 2012 Energy Innovation Summit

Nearly 2,500 of the nation’s brightest minds from across the energy ecosystem came together outside Washington, D.C., this week to share ideas about how we can advance technologies to address America’s energy challenges.

March 1, 2012
Image courtesy of whitehouse.gov
Our Dependence on Foreign Oil Is Declining

America’s dependence on foreign oil has gone down every single year since President Obama took office. In 2010, we imported less than 50 percent of the oil our nation consumed—the first time that’s happened in 13 years—and the trend continued in 2011.

February 28, 2012
Steven Chu, Secretary of the United States Department of Energy, holds a model of the wave disk engine at the 2011 ARPA-E Summit's Technology Showcase. | Photo by Ken Shipp.
Wondering What All the “Innovation” Buzz is About This Week?

Yesterday, the third annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit kicked off near Washington, D.C. The Summit’s unique combination of leaders makes this an ideal environment for developing energy solutions that will enable America to out-innovate our global competitors.

February 15, 2012
Energy Department officials meet with Tribal leaders at the "Exploring the Business Link Opportunity: Transmission & Clean Energy Development in the West” forum held in Denver, CO. | Courtesy of NREL.
Tribal Leaders and Energy Officials Team Up for Tribal Business Opportunities

Top tribal leaders, industry and tribal executives, and federal representatives are teaming up with the Office of Indian Energy at a forum on “Exploring the Business Link Opportunity: Transmission & Clean Energy Development in the West” -- an exciting opportunity to integrate these issues into a broader dialogue on tribal energy interests.

February 10, 2012
The America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge makes inventions and technologies developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex available to innovative startups. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
America Chooses the Next Top Energy Innovator

The results are in for America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge.

January 23, 2012
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
A First Peek at Our Energy Future

On Monday, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued the Annual Energy Outlook 2012 Early Release. This preview report provides updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2035, and is fascinating reading for anyone who is interested in the future of the U.S. energy economy. You can find the report’s key findings here, and the complete report is available here.

December 22, 2011
2011 Critical Materials Strategy

This report examines the role that rare earth metals and other key materials play in clean energy technologies such as wind turbines, electric vehicles, solar cells and energy-efficient lighting.