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August 25, 2015
When waiting to pick your kids up from school, turn off your car instead of idling in the parking lot. | <em>Photo from Kristy Keel-Blackmon/NREL</em>
Back to School: Saving Fuel in the Last Days of Summer

With school starting in many areas of the country, summer is coming to an end—but that doesn’t always mean that the hot weather is gone. When picking up or dropping off your kids at school, practice, or any number of after-school activities, keeping them comfortable is crucial to a complaint-free ride. To keep your passengers comfortable without spending extra at the pump, here are some ways to make sure you’re saving money and fuel.

August 25, 2015
President Obama Announces LPO Support for Distributed Energy Projects

At the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada, President Obama announced how the Loan Programs Office (LPO) can support distributed energy generation. LPO has released supplements to its existing Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy (REEE) Projects and Advanced Fossil Energy Projects solicitations to provide guidance on the kinds of Distributed Energy Projects and project structures it can support under the Title XVII loan program. In addition, the President announced that LPO has initiated the process to increase the loan guarantees available under the REEE and Advanced Fossil Energy Projects solicitations by up to an additional $1 billion.

August 24, 2015
When waiting to pick your kids up from school, turn off your car instead of idling in the parking lot. <em>Photo from Kristy Keel-Blackmon, East Ten, NREL 6324897</em>
Back to School: Saving Fuel in the Last Days of Summer

School is starting but hot weather hasn't ended yet! Stay comfortable while saving money and fuel on your trips to and from school, practice, and after-school activities.

August 24, 2015
A Mentoring Table at the West Palm Beach STEM Cafe
Exploring STEM in Florida

Check out the latest STEM Mentoring Cafe in West Palm Beach, Florida held on July 29, 2015. The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is a national association of energy professionals and was key in mentoring at this event.

August 21, 2015
EnergyPlus and OpenStudio sites allow for easy user feedback through recently launched new portals.
EnergyPlus and OpenStudio Get New User Feedback Portals

DOE and NREL, with help from Big Ladder Software, recently launched user feedback portals for EnergyPlus and OpenStudio, ensuring that the development team focuses on features and improvements that users want and need.

August 21, 2015
This gigantic animated globe will soon take environmental awareness to a whole new level! The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA’s) Science On a Sphere, like this one at their headquarters in Maryland, will soon feature new energy datasets to project on these animated globes worldwide. |Photo courtesy of Erin Twamley, Energy Department.
Energy on a Sphere

The Energy Department is tapping into Science On a Sphere -- a new tool developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- to display renewable energy visualizations at museums and science technology centers worldwide.

August 20, 2015
Art created by a student at John Briggs Elementary School as part of their recent Green Ceremony.  John Briggs Elementary is one of the Massachusetts schools switching their heating fuel source from petroleum based fuels to wood pellets.
Massachusetts Schools Switch to Wood Pellets

As students head back to school in Massachusetts, they will have an opportunity to learn firsthand about clean energy in the classroom. Several schools in the Southern Berkshire Regional District and across the state are switching to wood pellets for their primary heat source with the Energy Department providing support through our State Energy Program.

August 20, 2015
EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto to Speak at DOE National Cleanup Workshop

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DOE's new Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Monica Regalbuto is set to speak at the first DOE National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled to be held Sept. 29-30 in the Washington, D.C. area.

August 19, 2015
EM Announces Advisory Board Chairs Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM today announced that the next meeting of its Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB) Chairs will take place Sept. 2 and 3 in Santa Fe, N.M.

August 19, 2015
Message from New LPO Executive Director Mark McCall

As financing becomes an increasingly important aspect of continuing clean energy’s rapid growth, I could not have picked a better time to join the Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO).  As one of the nation’s largest project finance organizations with $40 billion in remaining authority, we have the opportunity to do some amazing things.  I am honored to have been selected by President Obama and Secretary Moniz to serve as LPO’s new Executive Director.