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What Will the 21st Century Grid Look Like?

July 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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It seems everyone involved with renewable energy and climate change is asking the same question these days. What will the 21st century grid look like? This is one of the key questions the Department of Energy is asking as part of the first “Quadrennial Energy Review.”[read more]

Chart: Look How Much Water the Energy Sector Wastes

June 25, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Sector Water Waste

The United States Department of Energy has turned its focus to the water-energy nexus as the sectors start to see the impact of climate change. The DoE's findings are hardly novel. There are huge inefficiencies in how water is used and great regional variability.[read more]

DOE Searches for Breakthroughs in Grid-Edge Energy Integration

June 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Greentech Media’s Grid Edge Live 2014 conference is just around the corner, and that means we’re on the lookout for news on the distributed, intelligent energy integration front. And here’s a new Department of Energy project that fits the bill, right down to the acronym.[read more]

DOE Poised to Hit a Home Run with Its New Proposed Efficiency Standards for Linear Fluorescent Light Bulbs

April 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Department of Energy has just hit a home run with the recently proposed minimum energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent light bulbs, the tube lamps that are located in virtually every office, hospital, school and airport in the country.[read more]

Is The Energy Department Still Looking To A Give Coal-To-Liquid Plant A Loan Guarantee?

April 4, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Coal Plant Loan Guarantees

According to the Casper Star-Tribune, the Department of Energy (DOE) is reconsidering the loan guarantee application for a stalled coal to liquids (CTL) project in Wyoming. Or, as one senior administration official told me, “we may be carrying this ‘all of the above’ strategy a bit too far.”[read more]

New Orleans' Peak-Time Rebate a Strong Draw for Low-Income Customers

March 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Peak-Time Rebate

No matter how much customer engagement is talked about, many utilities seem to have trouble interacting with low-income customers. But the results from one pilot funded by the DoE’s Smart Grid Investment Grants found one pricing plan enabled by smart meters was well received by low-income customers.[read more]

What President Obama's Budget Means for Our Clean Energy Future

March 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Energy Budget

Earlier this month, President Obama submitted his proposed FY 2015 Budget to Congress which proposes to continue the powerful momentum of renewable energy growth from 2013. This year’s proposed budget contains $27.9 billion directed to the Department of Energy, a 2.6% increase from last year.[read more]

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The Burden of Permitting, Inspection, and Interconnection on Residential Solar PV Deployment

Residential Solar Costs

Over the last few years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has witnessed an unprecedented growth in residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations while also confronting new obstacles that have arisen on the path to widespread deployment.[read more]

After a Hiatus, DOE's Clean Energy Loan Program Will Soon Be Back in Action

March 2, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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The Department of Energy is targeting from $1.5 billion to as much as $4 billion for a new renewable energy project loan guarantee program, one that could open the door to solicitations for a range of smaller-scale, distributed and grid-integrated projects by the end of this year.[read more]

US Government Issues Loans for the First Nuclear Reactors in 30 Years

February 21, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz traveled to Waynesboro, Georgia on Thursday to issue approximately $6.5 billion in loan guarantees for two new nuclear reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant. The reactors will be the first new nuclear facilities in about three decades.[read more]

NuScale Wins Second Round of DOE SMR Funding Under FOA

December 19, 2013 by Rod Adams
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On December 12, 2013, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of NuScale as the winner of the second round of funding under the Department of Energy Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).[read more]

DOE Outlines the Path Forward for Energy Storage

December 16, 2013 by Katherine Tweed
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DoE and Energy Storage

Grid-scale energy storage system prices have to come down, not just the cost of the actual storage components. At the same time, the value of storage has to be redefined in the energy landscape, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy.[read more]

DOE Loan Program: Junk-Grade Investments or Smart Portfolio Management?

December 13, 2013 by Herman Trabish

The numbers suggest Department of Energy loan guarantees played a significant role in United States solar’s enormous emerging success -- but a new report claims that the program was actually plagued by cronyism and lobbying.[read more]

Despite Chaos, Department of Energy Moves Forward with Energy Efficiency

October 3, 2013 by Kit Kennedy

The Department of Energy took an important step forward by issuing a proposed rule on energy efficiency standards for furnace fans. If made final after public comment, this initiative will save American consumers at least hundreds of millions of dollars in lower energy bills.[read more]

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Part 2: The Mad Scientists at the Department of Energy's National Laboratories

September 23, 2013 by Matthew Stepp
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Mad Scientists and Energy Innovation

 

The National Laboratories have a storied history and presence in the energy innovation space. They have evolved over time to conduct “big science” to address leading national missions and solve complex societal problems, and their work in clean energy is no different.[read more]