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St. Lucie plant on Florida's Treasure Coast, one of the USA's longest running nuclear electricy plants

U.S. DOE Invests $67 Million in Nuclear Energy Research

The Energy Department announced nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. »

A wind farm near Hampton, Iowa

2013 Wind Technologies Market Report Released

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. continues to be a leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world. »

The WA Parish plant showing the carbon capture facility that will be part of the world's largest post-combustion carbon capture-enhanced Oil Recovery project. The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2016

Construction Begins on World’s Largest Carbon Capture Project

The Department of Energy—in partnership with NRG Energy Inc. and JX Nippon—announced that construction has begun on the first commercial-scale post-combustion carbon capture retrofit project in the U.S., the largest such project in the world. »

FLEXLAB includes a rotating testbed which can track with the sun

FLEXLAB Energy Efficiency Test Bed for Buildings Opens for Business

Department of Energy’s FLEXLAB—an advanced energy efficiency test bed for buildings at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)—was launched on July 10 by U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman. »

The National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) website

National Geothermal Data System Launched

The U.S. Department of Energy launched the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), an online open-source platform that facilitates the discovery and use of geothermal data, enabling researchers to speed geothermal energy development. »

Ayers Island Hydro Power Plant in Grafton County, New Hampshire

Report Finds Potential for 65 GW of New Hydropower in U.S.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory released a renewable energy resource assessment detailing the potential to develop new electric power generation in waterways across the United States. »

DOE recognizes the completion of the NYISO smart grid project in Rensselaer, New York

Smart Grid Project Completed in New York

The Energy Department yesterday recognized the completion of New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) smart grid and control center project in Rensselaer, New York. »

President Obama speaks about issues concerning world energy and the importance of solar power during a visit to Nellis Air Force Base

US DOE: Nation’s Solar Industry 60% Towards Cost-Competition Goal

The Energy Department announced that the U.S. solar industry is more than 60 percent of the way to achieving cost-competitive utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity—only three years into the Department’s decade-long SunShot Initiative. »

Professor Raheem Beyah, A. P. “Sakis” Meliopoulos, Seth Walters and Carson Day

DOE Invests in Cyber Security for Utilities

The Department of Energy has awarded the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) $1.7 million to help detect cyber attacks on our nation’s utility companies. »

A Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missiles mobile launcher during VE-Day parade in Moscow, May 9, 2013.

Final Uranium Fuel From Russian Nuclear Warheads Arrives in U.S.

The final shipment of low enriched uranium (LEU) from Russia was offloaded at the Port of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, in accordance with the terms of the 1993 U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement, commonly known as the Megatons to Megawatts Program. »

An electrical substation somewhere in Florida.

Energy Department’s Grid Energy Storage Report Released

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz yesterday released the Energy Department’s Grid Energy Storage report to the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. »

Boston at night.

Massachusetts Ranks First in Energy Efficiency

For the third consecutive year now, Massachusetts topped the annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The other states ranked in the top 10 are California, New York, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Maryland, and Illinois. »

AT&T is one of the companies, that have already exceeded their 25% energy intensity reduction goal and maintained that level of improvement for at least two consecutive years. (Credit: Flickr @ Bill Bradford http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbill/)

U.S. Manufacturers Save $1 Billion Through Energy Efficiency Investments

The U.S. Energy Department this week recognized more than 120 manufacturers that are making smart energy efficiency investments to save on energy costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve their bottom lines. Through the Department’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants), over 1,750 plants across the United States have saved about $1 billion in energy costs and approximately 190 trillion British thermal units—equivalent to about 11 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. »

Bilateral meeting between H.E. Mr. Sergei Kirienko, Director General of the Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at the IAEA 57th General Conference. IAEA, Vienna, Austria. 16 September 2013. (Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA)

U.S., Russia Sign Nuclear Energy Agreement

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Director General of the Russian Federation State Corporation “Rosatom” Sergey Kirienko today signed the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation on Cooperation in Nuclear- and Energy-Related Scientific Research and Development on the margins of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s General Conference in Vienna, Austria. »

The oceans represent a vast and largely untapped source of energy in the form of surface waves, fluid flow, salinity gradients, and thermal. (Credit: Flickr @ Geraint Rowland http://www.flickr.com/photos/geezaweezer/)

Energy Department Invests $16 Million in 17 Ocean Energy Projects

There have been many attempts to use both wave and tidal energy for at least a century now, however, until recent times, these technologies have remained largely experimental. During the last few months we have seen several ocean energy projects ranging from experimental turbine design tests to full-scale commercial applications. Last week, the Energy Department announced an investment of $16 million for seventeen ocean energy projects. »

The Pantex Renewable Energy Project will feature Siemens hardware. (Credit: Siemens)

U.S. Nuclear Weapons Facility to Be Powered by the Largest Federal Wind Farm

The Energy Department today broke ground on the nation’s largest federally-owned wind project at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. Once completed, this five-turbine 11.5 megawatt project will power more than 60 percent of the plant with wind energy and reduce CO2 emissions by over 35,000 metric tons per year—equivalent to taking 7,200 cars off the road. The Pantex Plant is the primary site for the assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile. »

Transmission lines distribute power from Encina Power Plant to the regional electric utility grid supplying power to San Diego, Los Angeles and beyond, to Arizona and Las Vegas. (Credit: Flickr @ Chris Hunkeler http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrishunkeler/)

New Report Analyzes Impact of Weather-Related Outages on Electrical Grid

Severe weather is the leading cause of power outages in the United States. Between 2003 and 2012, an estimated 679 widespread power outages occurred due to severe weather. The White House Council of Economic Advisers and the U.S. Department of Energy this week released a new report that assesses how to best protect the nation’s electric grid from weather-related outages. »

Rooftop wind turbines in Portland, Oregon. (Credit: Flickr @ Neal Jennings http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetone/)

Report: Wind Energy Price in the U.S. at All-Time Low, Localized Wind Power on the Rise

Americans are increasingly installing wind turbines near their homes, farms and businesses to generate their own energy, concludes a new report released this week. According to the report, annual wind power capacity additions in the United States achieved record levels in 2012, motivated by the then-planned expiration of federal tax incentives at the end of 2012 and recent improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technology. »

Photovoltaic panels at the City of Palo Alto Municipal Service Center. (Credit: Flickr @ Richard Masoner http://www.flickr.com/photos/bike/)

Solar Power Can Provide One-Third of U.S. West’s Energy Needs

Relatively inexpensive solar power could cover more than a third of all energy needs in the Western U.S., if the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) succeeds with its SunShot Initiative—an effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. The UC Berkeley scientists used a detailed computer model they developed of the West’s electric power grid to predict how the SunShot program will affect energy production. »

Indian River BioEnergy Center. (Credit: INEOS Bio)

First U.S. Commercial-Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Project Launches in Florida

The Energy Department this week recognized the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production at INEOS Bio’s Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Florida. Developed through a joint venture between INEOS Bio and New Planet Energy, the project uses a unique hybrid of gasification and fermentation technology—originally developed with Energy Department support starting in the 1990’s—to convert wood scraps, grass clippings and other waste materials into transportation fuels as well as energy for heat and power. »

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