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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]

Nuclear Matinee: Dr. Ernest Moniz at the Switch Energy Project

September 15, 2013 by Joseph Koblich
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Ernest Moniz Interview

Dr. Ernest Moniz, now United States Secretary of Energy, offers some words on the rationale behind government involvement in cost-sharing agreements for the development and licensing of small modular nuclear energy reactors.[read more]

NRC's Allison Macfarlane and DoE's Pete Lyons Dressed Down for Actions by Predecessors

September 13, 2013 by Rod Adams
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Congress and Regulation

On September 10, 2013, the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Allison Macfarlane and the Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Peter Lyons, spent almost two hours testifying in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.[read more]

Department of Energy Commits to Unleashing Delayed Efficiency Standards

August 11, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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A coalition of 10 states and the City of New York announced today that the Department of Energy has committed to push forward four delayed energy efficiency standards that could save utility customers more than $3.8 billion annually once in full effect.[read more]

Department of Energy to Allocate $8 Billion for Efficiency Initiatives

July 18, 2013 by Kristopher Settle
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Energy Efficiency

As part of the Climate Action Plan recently announced by President Obama, the Department of Energy has announced $8 billion through its loan program for projects that work toward reducing greenhouse emissions.[read more]

Comparing Driving Costs of EVs and Conventional Cars

July 17, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles
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I’ve been looking through a new website developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to assist consumers in comparing the energy costs of driving an electric vehicle (EV), relative to posted gasoline prices in their state.[read more]

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The Quiet Energy Innovation Revolution: An Interview with the Department of Energy’s Dave Danielson (Part 2)

July 1, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Capitol Energy Report

In part 2, we take a deeper dive into important institutional reforms David Danielson is making at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to change how it manages and invests in high-impact clean energy research.[read more]

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The Quiet Energy Innovation Revolution: An Interview with the Department of Energy's Dave Danielson (Part 1)

June 24, 2013 by Matthew Stepp
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Capitol Energy Report with Matt Stepp (graphic by Jesse Wells)

To most people outside of the Washington bubble, federal policymakers are stuck in agonizing gridlock and a perpetual debate on cutting the budget, but this view misses relatively quiet efforts to reform the Department of Energy.[read more]

Comparing Electric vs Gasoline Cars With DOE’s New Tool

June 13, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
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Electric vs Gasoline Comparisons

The DOE has just launched a wonderful tool that some people will love and others will hate. Its new eGallon tool shows people how much it costs to fuel up on electricity versus gas.[read more]

DOE Launches Geothermal Roadmap for Project Developers

June 10, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

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Traveling through the complex system of federal and state regulations to secure project approvals is one of the biggest challenges facing geothermal power developers – but not if they’ve got a map outlining every twist and turn.[read more]

Tesla’s Early Loan Repayment Earns Praise From Energy Department

May 24, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Tesla used the DOE loan to transition its business model from building high-end roadsters to accelerate the development of its relatively affordable Tesla Model S sedan.[read more]

New DOE Secretary Moniz Stresses Energy Efficiency to Start

May 23, 2013 by Christina Nunez
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DOE Secretary Moniz

In his first official remarks as Energy Secretary Tuesday, Ernest Moniz focused on an aspect of energy policy that lends itself to consensus perhaps a bit more easily than others: the need for greater efficiency.[read more]

DOE Smart Grid Projects: $6.8 Billion Economic Boost, 47,000 Jobs

May 5, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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An analysis from the US Department of Energy (DOE), reports smart grid projects created nearly $7 billion total economic output, nearly 50,000 jobs, and over $1 billion in government tax revenue.[read more]

DOE Launches $100 Electric Submeter Challenge

May 5, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

submeter challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Buildings Technologies Program finalized its latest challenge on Wednesday: an initiative to develop a $100 wireless submeter.[read more]