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March 1, 2012
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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.

December 21, 2011
Disappearing Pens Cross Out Petroleum

How a new bioplastic is not only reducing waste, it also playing a valuable role in offsetting our need for foreign oil.

December 20, 2011
Homer, population 5,364, known far and wide for its importance to Alaska's commercial fishing industry, spent $847,000 to conduct an initial energy audit and implement energy efficiency improvements that will drop the city's energy bill by $100,000 annually -- a reduction of approximately 14 percent. | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Saving Clams in the Halibut Capital of the World

Since 2010, officials of the Alaskan municipality Homer have spent $847,000 to conduct an initial energy audit and implement energy efficiency improvements that will drop the city's energy bill by $100,000 annually, a reduction of approximately 14 percent.

December 16, 2011
An aerial view of Sapphire Energy's integrated biorefinery in Luna County, New Mexico. | Photo courtesy of Sapphire Energy.
Sapphire Energy Out to Prove That Crud Can Take On Crude

For most people, the notion that the green gunk coating various pond and river bottoms is a potential fuel source sounds like science fiction. But the fact is, several projects sponsored by the Energy Department are actively developing various ways to turn that “green gunk”, called algae, into a renewable and sustainable transportation fuel that will help reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.