OMB Approves PHMSA Changes to Incident and Annual Report for Gas Pipeline Operators; PHMSA Plans to Initiate Rulemaking to Implement Further Changes

      The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) to continue using, with changes, various “Incident and Annual Reports for Gas Pipeline Operators” under OMB Control No. 2137-0522. PHMSA had initially proposed changes to six specific forms that…

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Video: U.S. Energy Department FY2013 Budget Roll Out

U.S. Energy Secretary of Steven Chu today detailed President Barack Obama’s $27.2 billion Fiscal Year 2013 budget request for the Department of Energy, emphasizing the President’s commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes critical investments in innovation, in the job-creating clean energy technologies, and in our national security strategy.

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Interior’s Salazar will tout Arizona energy

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is scheduled to meet with California Gov. Jerry Brown this week, and if he keeps his word, he will tell the governor that several businesses in Arizona are eager to sell renewable energy into the Golden State…”Renewable energy has been a big part of…

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Ramping Up Wind Energy Research

<ScienceDaily>  As the percentage of wind energy contributing to the power grid continues to increase, the variable nature of wind can make it difficult to keep the generation and the load balanced. But recent work by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in conjunction with AWS Truepower, may help this balance through…

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Energy Department Awards $7 Million+ for Fuel Cell Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced more than $7 million to fund four projects in California, Washington, and Oregon to advance hydrogen storage technologies to be used in fuel cell electric vehicles. The 3-year projects will help lower the costs and increase the performance of hydrogen storage systems by…

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Savings of 18.5% for Buildings that Meet 2010 Energy Standard: DOE

DOE announced on November 21 that its analysis shows buildings meeting a 2010 energy efficiency standard will use 18.5% less energy than structures using the previous (2007) standard. The latest version of Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings, Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, will save commercial building owners energy and money,…

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DOE and Partners to Host Webinar December 7: Fuel Cells and Telecom–Reports from the Field

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program, the Clean Energy States Alliance, and the Technology Transition Corp. will be hosting a webinar titled “Fuel Cells and Telecom—Reports from the Field” as part of their Learning From Local Leaders Webinar Series on Wednesday, December 7 from 12:00 to 1:15…

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DOE Awards $12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the Rooftop Solar Challenge

Regional Teams Will Reduce Barriers, Serve As Models for Other Communities As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, today Energy Secretary Steven Chu was joined by Lynn Jurich, the president and co-founder of the solar power company SunRun, and Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to announce $12…

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Huntsville Launches DOE-Supported Home Energy Upgrade Program

DOE on November 15 recognized the launch of the Huntsville WISE Gold Program, one of DOE’s Better Buildings Neighborhood projects. The Huntsville WISE Gold Program in Alabama is one of more than 40 Better Buildings Neighborhood projects nationwide bringing the public and private sectors together to provide American homes and…

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Energy Dept Asst Secretary Hoffman Addresses 2011 FERC Reliability Technical Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman today addressed the 2011 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission technical conference in Washington, D.C.  In remarks prepared for delivery, Assistant Secretary Hoffman discussed recent evaluations of proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and the impact…

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Energy Department Highlights Commissioning of Innovative Fuel Cell System at U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground

The U.S. Department of Energy today recognized the commissioning of an innovative fuel cell system at the United States Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, which will supply the facility with emergency backup power. The four-stack system is one of the first of 18 fuel cells to be installed and…

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EPA, DOE Partner to Develop Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Sites

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Superfund, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites. As part of the RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative, EPA is investing approximately $1 million…

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DOE to Host Webcast on New Guidelines for Organizations Interested in Adopting Energy-Saving LED Streetlights

On November 15, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host a 90-minute live webcast on new recommendations for implementing energy-saving street lighting projects. Called the “Model Specification for LED Roadway Luminaires,” the new guidelines were developed by members of DOE’s Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium to assist cities,…

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Dept. of Energy to Invest $60 Million for Development of Concentrating Solar Power Tech

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a $60 million investment over 3 years for applied scientific research to advance cutting-edge Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies. CSP technologies use mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight to produce heat, which can then…

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DOE and FERC Joint Public Statement on Back Stop Siting

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today his decision that the Department of Energy will work more closely with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in reviewing proposed electric transmission projects under section 216 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), as an alternative to delegating additional authority…

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DOE Designates Southwest Area and Mid-Atlantic Area National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Kevin M. Kolevar today announced the Department’s designation of two National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (National Corridors) — the Mid-Atlantic Area National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor, and the Southwest Area National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor. …

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DOE Investment Yields R&D 100 Award Winner in Energy-Efficient Lighting

RTI International’s innovative nanofiber lighting technology has been honored with a 2011 R&D 100 Award. Established in 1963 by the editors of R&D Magazine, the annual R&D 100 Awards identify the 100 most significant, newly introduced research and development advances of the past year in multiple disciplines. RTI’s technology was…

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DOE Awards $2 Million for National University Clean Energy Business Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $2 million over three years for six regional awardees to create and administer a network of student-focused business creation competitions and inspire young entrepreneurs to found innovative, clean energy companies. Announced by DOE’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,…

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Rooftop Solar Power for U.S. Military Housing Supported by DOE

Credit: Craig Miller Productions DOE announced on September 7 its offer of a conditional commitment for a partial guarantee of a $344 million loan that will support Project SolarStrong, which will install up to 160,000 rooftop solar installations on as many as 124 military bases in up to 33 states….

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DOE Finalizes $197 Million Loan Guarantee for Solar Manufacturing Facilities

DOE announced on August 19 it has finalized a $197 million loan guarantee to SoloPower, Inc., for constructing and operating state-of-the-art thin-film solar module manufacturing facilities at sites in Portland, Oregon, and an existing site in San Jose, California. At full capacity, the facilities are expected to produce more than…

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DOE Announces up to $12 Million in Funding for Energy-Saving Lighting Tech

As part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to help American families and businesses save money on their energy bills, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the availability of up to $12 million in funding for energy-saving lighting technologies. The Energy Department will invest in projects to accelerate…

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Department of Energy to Award Over $6 Million for Clean Energy Projects on Tribal Lands

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced 31 tribal energy projects to receive $6.3 million over two years as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s ongoing efforts to support tribal energy development and continue strengthening the partnership with Tribal Nations. These competitively selected projects will allow Native American Tribes…

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U.S. Department of Energy Has New Consumer Education Campaign

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Ad Council today launched a national consumer education campaign to help consumers save money on utility bills. Created pro bono by Texas-based advertising agency GSD&M, the public service advertisements (PSAs), aim to help consumers save money on their energy bills by doing…

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DOE, NOAA, and Partners Launch Project to Improve Wind Forecasting

July 18, 2011 | Furthering the Obama Administration’s goal to generate 80% of our Nation’s electricity from clean energy resources by 2035, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and private partners today launched a project to improve wind forecasting….

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DOE Video Live Chat on Energy Matters

Recently the Department of Energy hosted a livechat video episode on “Energy Matters.”  Dr. Arun Majumdar takes questions from the public about the investments we’re making today that will move us off of foreign oil and toward the clean energy infrastructure of our future.  

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DOE Releases Annual Market Reports for Renewables & Tech

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released three 2010 market reports which detail the market conditions and trends for wind energy, advanced vehicles, and fuel cell technologies. Taken together, these three market reports illustrate growth in deployment and manufacturing across all three technologies—improving the nation’s global competitiveness in the…

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DOE Announces 6 New Corporate Partners Join the National Clean Fleets Partnership

<July 05, 2011> Furthering the Obama Administration’s goal to cut U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that six new corporate partners have joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership. The new partners—Coca-Cola, Enterprise Holdings, General Electric, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Ryder, and Staples—operate a total…

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DOE Introduces First-of-Its Kind Database for Tidal Energy Resources

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology today introduced a new database highlighting the energy potential available in the United States from ocean tides. This online database is an important step towards providing information that can improve the performance, lower the costs, and…

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Department of Energy Awards Nearly $7.5 Million to Help Develop Next Generation Wind Turbines

June 28, 2011. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that six projects in four states—California, Colorado, Florida, and New York—have been selected to receive nearly $7.5 million over two years to advance next-generation designs for wind turbine drivetrains. Drivetrains, which include a turbine’s gearbox and generator, are at the…

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CPS Energy, Denton Municipal Electric Receive Wind Award From DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has named CPS Energy and Denton Municipal Electric co-recipients of the 2011 Public Power Wind Award. The ninth-annual award, presented recently at the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) National Conference in Washington, D.C., honors the two APPA member organizations for their leadership in promoting wind energy development, according to the DOE….

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Department of Energy Highlights New Global Energy Efficiency Standard

The Department of Energy (DOE) today recognized the publication of ISO 50001, a new global energy efficiency and energy management standard which will help organizations worldwide save money in their buildings and industrial facilities. The new international standard will pave the way for long term energy savings and serve as…

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DOE Wind Powering America: Summer 2011 Webinar Schedule

<June 13, 2011> Join Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America initiative on Wednesday, June 15 at 3 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. MDT) for its monthly educational webinar series. The Wind Powering America speakers will provide an overview of community-based wind projects. The discussion will include how to identify suitable development…

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DOE Webinar May 25: Energy Conservation Modeling for Weatherization

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Program (TAP) for state and local officials will present a webinar Wednesday, May 25, from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to discuss ways energy experts determine the feasibility and estimate the potential energy savings of specific energy efficiency measures when…

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Massachusetts Completes the Nation’s First Large Wind Turbine Blade Test Facility

(May 18, 2011) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued the following statement on today’s ribbon cutting for the Wind Technology Testing Center, a joint effort by the Department of Energy (DOE), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The Wind Technology Testing Center is the nation’s…

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DOE Offers $90.6 Million Conditional Commitment Loan Guarantee to Support Colorado Solar Facility

Project is One of the First Utility Scale, High Concentration Photovoltaic Energy Generation Facilities in the U.S. and the Largest of its Kind in the World 

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