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DOE Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Funding for Tribal Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 18:02
July 28, 2015DOE Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Funding for Tribal Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) later this year that will help promote tribal energy sufficiency by providing funding for Tribes to make their buildings more energy efficient and deploy community-scale clean energy systems.

Eligible applicants for this opportunity include Indian Tribes, Alaska Native regional and village corporations, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia on whose Indian land the project will be located.

DOE Announces Webinars on the SunShot Catalyst Prize Program, Buildings of the Future, and More

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:38
July 27, 2015DOE Announces Webinars on the SunShot Catalyst Prize Program, Buildings of the Future, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

New DOE Report Estimates LED Savings in Common Lighting Applications

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 11:00
July 24, 2015New DOE Report Estimates LED Savings in Common Lighting Applications

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released its latest report in a series analyzing markets where LEDs compete with traditional lighting sources. The new report, Adoption of Light-Emitting Diodes in Common Lighting Applications, reveals a wealth of insights into promising pathways for SSL technology development, providing estimates of the energy saved in 2014 due to current levels of LED penetration in 10 lighting applications, as well as the potential energy savings if each of these applications had switched completely to the best available LED products.

BETO Partners Win 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 15:21
July 23, 2015BETO Partners Win 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Two of the six winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards—LanzaTech and Algenol—have active projects with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). The awards are sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and the National Academy of Sciences, and recognize outstanding chemical technologies that promote environmental and economic benefits using green chemistry. The 2015 awards ceremony was held on July 13, 2015, and hosted by the National Academy of Sciences. A panel of American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® experts selected the winners for their incorporation of green chemistry principals into chemical design, manufacturing, and use.

Private Companies, Local Government, and Utilities to Work with Energy Department to Upgrade Interior Lighting

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:00
July 21, 2015Private Companies, Local Government, and Utilities to Work with Energy Department to Upgrade Interior Lighting

The Energy Department today announced over 65 organizations are participating in the Better Buildings Alliance's Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) and committing to drive greater energy efficiency through new interior lighting technologies.

Webinars and Jamathons Scheduled for Next Catalyst Competition Phase

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 13:29
July 20, 2015Webinars and Jamathons Scheduled for Next Catalyst Competition Phase

The DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) is partnering with the successful SunShot Catalyst crowdsourcing competition to find software solutions to key challenges in the area of building operations, with over $1.5 million in total prize awards on the table!

DOE Traineeship In Power Engineering (Leveraging Wide Bandgap Power Electronics)

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 13:00
July 20, 2015DOE Traineeship In Power Engineering (Leveraging Wide Bandgap Power Electronics)

The Advanced Manufacturing Office announced up to $10 million is available to establish 5-year graduate-level university-led DOE Traineeship(s) in Power Engineering (leveraging emerging Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Power Electronics capabilities). The traineeship(s) will be implemented beginning in the Fall 2016 school year and are concentrated on advanced power electronic equipment engineering, design and manufacturing.

DOE Extends Portsmouth Infrastructure Support Services Contract

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:00
July 17, 2015DOE Extends Portsmouth Infrastructure Support Services Contract

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that it is extending its contract for Infrastructure Support Services at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site for a period of six months.

DOE Announces Webinars on the SunShot Catalyst Prize Program, Regional Impacts of Climate Change, and More

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:45
July 16, 2015DOE Announces Webinars on the SunShot Catalyst Prize Program, Regional Impacts of Climate Change, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

BETO-Funded Study Finds Increased Carbon Intensity from Canadian Oil Sands

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 17:07
July 15, 2015BETO-Funded Study Finds Increased Carbon Intensity from Canadian Oil Sands

A recently released study from Argonne National Laboratory shows that gasoline and diesel refined from Canadian oil sands have a higher carbon impact than fuels derived from conventional domestic crude sources.

White House Steps Up Commitment to Cultivating Next Generation of Native Leaders

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 13:45
July 15, 2015White House Steps Up Commitment to Cultivating Next Generation of Native Leaders

On July 9, the White House hosted the inaugural Tribal Youth Gathering in collaboration with United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) and the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS).

Transmission Reliability Peer Review Materials Now Available

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:22
July 15, 2015Transmission Reliability Peer Review Materials Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability held a peer review of the Transmission Reliability Program on June 10-11, 2015, in Washington, DC. Materials including the agenda and presentations are now available for download.

DOE Selects Projects to Assess Offshore Carbon Storage

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:30
July 15, 2015DOE Selects Projects to Assess Offshore Carbon Storage

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected four projects to receive funding through NETL’s Carbon Storage program. The program is working to develop and advance the effectiveness of onshore and offshore carbon storage technologies, reduce the challenges associated with implementation, and prepare them for widespread commercial deployment in the 2025–2035 time frame.

Energy Department to Host Tribal Leader Forum and Tribal Renewable Energy Development Workshop in New Mexico

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:13
July 15, 2015Energy Department to Host Tribal Leader Forum and Tribal Renewable Energy Development Workshop in New Mexico

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is hosting two back-to-back events July 27–29, 2015, at the Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico: a Tribal Leader Forum on forming tribal utilities and an interactive workshop on developing community-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands.

"Regulatory Side-by-Side Governing Permitting of Cross-Border Electricity Transmission Facilities between the United States and Canada" Now Available

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 13:49
July 14, 2015"Regulatory Side-by-Side Governing Permitting of Cross-Border Electricity Transmission Facilities between the United States and Canada" Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released the Regulatory Side-by-Side Governing Permitting of Cross-Border Electricity Transmission Facilities between the United States and Canada, which presents a series of side-by-side tables that describe the U.S. and Canadian regulatory and statutory requirements necessary to site, permit, and construct transmission facilities at the U.S. - Canada border. It is intended to function as a reference document that can be used by government officials, potential developers, and other stakeholders as a means to understand the permitting requirements in both countries.

Now Available: Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project - Technology Performance Report Volume 1

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 13:43
July 14, 2015Now Available: Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project - Technology Performance Report Volume 1

The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration, a $179 million project that was co-funded by the DOE in late 2009, was one of 16 regional smart grid demonstrations funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The first volume of the technology performance report for the project is now available for downloading on SmartGrid.gov.

DOE Selects Gasification Technology Research Projects for Funding

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:15
July 14, 2015DOE Selects Gasification Technology Research Projects for Funding

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected seven projects to receive funding through NETL’s Gasification System Program.

Statement from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 07:27
July 14, 2015Statement from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

"Today’s announcement between the P5+1 and Iran is a historic accomplishment.  Building on the Lausanne framework, it will ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is – and will remain – a peaceful one, or that the international community will have more than enough time to respond if Iran’s program proves otherwise. This deal will extend the time it would take for Iran to produce enough fissile material for a first nuclear explosive device to a year for at least ten years, from the current breakout time of just two to three months.

DOE Selects Research Projects to Advance Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 10:00
July 13, 2015DOE Selects Research Projects to Advance Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected for funding 16 solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology research projects. Fuel cells are a modular, efficient, and virtually pollution-free power generation technology. In Fiscal Year 2015, NETL issued two funding opportunities announcements (FOAs) to support programs that enable the development and deployment of this energy technology.

DOE Response to 2014 EAC Recommendations Available

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 16:00
July 10, 2015DOE Response to 2014 EAC Recommendations Available

Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman submitted a memo to the Electricity Advisory Committee providing the Department of Energy's response to the EAC's analyses and recommendations made in 2014.

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