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Westinghouse Revives SMR Efforts

March 23, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Westinghouse Electric Company said this week that the NRC gave permission for the company to test its small modular reactor design. It is a major reversal of the company’s decision in February 2014 to cancel its development efforts due to several factors.[read more]

Interview with William Burnett, Formerly of the Gas Research Institute

January 21, 2015 by Alex Trembath

William Burnett Interview

William Burnett worked in energy R&D for the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department of Energy, and Gas Research Institute. He retired there as Executive VP, where he was responsible for R&D planning and management in natural gas supply, distribution, and utilization.[read more]

The Department of Energy's Final Act of 2014 Could Save Office Buildings and Schools $15 Billion

January 4, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Building Efficiency and Standards

On the very last day of 2014, the Department of Energy released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent lights that will lower the electric bills of virtually every office building, school, and hospital across the country by $15 billion through 2030.[read more]

A Bipartisan Group Of Senators Is Pushing For Distributed Wind: Here's Why It Matters

January 1, 2015 by Nick Blitterswyk
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A group of Senators recently urged the U.S. Department of Energy to continue funding programs for the domestic distributed wind energy industry. The bipartisan group, led by Senator Al Franken, wrote a letter highlighting the clear potential for distributed wind power.[read more]

DoE Announces $12.5B in Loans for Advanced Nuclear

December 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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DoE Advanced Nuclear Loans

The Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation for $12.5 billion on Wednesday for innovative nuclear projects. This comes on top of $8 billion for advanced fossil energy projects last December, and $6.5 billion for two nuclear reactors in February, the first new to be built in the U.S. in about 30 years.[read more]

Energy Department Authorizes Freeport LNG Exports

November 23, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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LNG Exports

The United States Department of Energy has granted Freeport LNG two final authorizations to export natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. The ruling authorizes Freeport to export up to 1.8 billion cubic feet of LNG per day for 20 years.[read more]

The Department of Energy Wants to Channel the Entrepreneurial Spirit at National Labs

November 8, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Department of Energy and National Labs

Sometimes a little money can go a long way. That is the hope of the Department of Energy’s new $2.3 million pilot program, Lab-Corps, which will attempt to accelerate the transfer of technology from the national labs and out into the marketplace.[read more]

Achieving DoE's SunShot Goals Could Dramatically Reduce the Costs and Benefits of EPA's Climate Rule

November 4, 2014 by Noah Kaufman

EPA Climate Rule Costs and Benefits

If the overall costs of solar energy continue to fall as they have in the past, then claims about the substantial costs or the emissions reductions due to the Environmental Protection Agency 's new power plant greenhouse gas rule are almost certainly overblown.[read more]

How Groundbreaking Is the DOE's New $53M Solar Energy Investment?

October 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He's a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural gas, carbon sequestration and all kinds of renewables -- and has the diverse funding at the Department of Energy to show for it. But there's one tech that he's been giving a lot of special attention: solar.[read more]

Microgrids Can Serve Multiple Purposes With The Right Policy Frameworks

October 14, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Microgrids provoke a multitude of views. For the Department of Energy, developing advanced microgrids can help build new electricity resources for customers, the community, and the macrogrid. For the Department of Defense, microgrids deliver energy security for military bases and mobile operations.[read more]

DOE Loans Are Only the Beginning for Much-Needed Investment in Nuclear

October 8, 2014 by Jessica Lovering
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Nuclear Loans and Support

The Department of Energy’s announcement for up to $12.6 billion in loan guarantees for advanced nuclear is great news for dozens of US companies developing cutting-edge nuclear power technologies struggling to find support in the US market.[read more]

Department of Energy's National Labs Can Also Be Regional Hubs

September 15, 2014 by Mark Muro

Labs as Hubs

The Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories are a $12.5 billion network of potentially transformative basic and applied R&D hubs located in or near many of the nation’s metropolitan areas. However, the labs are today underutilized as true economic assets. How can they be better leveraged?[read more]

Policies Can Move Offshore Wind Energy Off Of Drawing Boards And Into The Water, New DOE Report Says

September 5, 2014 by Kit Kennedy
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Renewables Policies

Could the United States go from being nowhere on offshore shore wind power to having over a dozen projects built over the next five to seven years? That’s a very real possibility, according to a report just released by the U.S. Department of Energy.[read more]

Price of US Wind Energy at 'All-Time Low' of 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

August 22, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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A just-released Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report pegs utility-scale wind power-purchase agreement pricing as averaging $25 per megawatt-hour for projects that negotiated contracts in 2013. That's cheap power.[read more]

As Coal Declines, U.S. Poised for Leadership in LNG Exports

August 18, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Coal and LNG Exports

 

Just last year we noted that the U.S. was poised to become a major exporter of liquid natural gas. We saw another step in that direction as the DoE announced that it had conditionally authorized Oregon-based LNG Development Co., LLC to export LNG to countries without a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.[read more]