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July 21, 2016DOE Releases Final Request for Proposal for Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Deactivation and Remediation Services Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for deactivation and remediation services at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP).
July 21, 2016FY17 SBIR Phase I Release 1 Topics Announced: Includes Fuel Cell Catalysts and Hydrogen Delivery The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the 2017 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 1 topics, including two subtopics focused on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The fuel cell subtopic includes novel, durable supports for low-platinum group metal catalysts for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. The hydrogen delivery subtopic focuses on metal hydride materials for compression.
July 21, 2016Notice of Intent: Wave Energy Test Facility Inside U.S. Waters The Energy Department’s Water Power Program intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to construct a national wave energy test facility inside U.S. federal or state waters. To support the full-scale testing of MHK wave energy devices, up to $40 million in funding will be provided to fund development and construction activities for a grid-connected wave test facility capable of independently and simultaneously testing at least three wave energy devices.
July 20, 2016FEMP Debuts New eTraining on Sustainable Acquisition for Federal Agencies This online course was developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Sustainability Support to provide staff involved in specifying and purchasing with a thorough introduction to compliance requirements, processes, and tools for procuring sustainable products and services. Learners receive specific guidance about how to meet executive order and Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements and how sustainable acquisition benefits their agencies and communities and the environment.
July 20, 2016Webinar July 28: H2 @ Scale – A Potential Opportunity The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled "H2 @ Scale – A Potential Opportunity" on Thursday, July 28 from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). This presentation will focus on the role of hydrogen at the grid scale and the efforts of a large, national lab team assembled to evaluate the potential of hydrogen to play a critical role in our energy future.
Does any low-hanging fruit remain for energy efficiency improvement? This was the question posed by Alliance to Save Energy president Kateri Callahan at the onset of our recent congressional briefing. The answer – reinforced by the perspectives of our event panel speakers – is a resounding yes. The fruit of the “grid edge” offers novel approaches to energy efficiency improvement. But this begs the question: what is the grid edge?Depending on who you talk to, the grid edge could either be the future of a modern and efficient energy system or fizzle out like so many other ambitious concepts. The term “grid edge” refers to the hardware, software and business innovations that are increasingly enabling smart, connected infrastructure to be installed at the 'edge' of the power grid. The phrase “edge of the power grid” refers to the proximity to end-use customers (at their homes, businesses or at distribution systems[…]
July 19, 2016FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative Reposted from WhiteHouse.gov.President Obama is committed to ensuring that every American family can choose to go solar and to cut their energy bills – and that every American community has the tools they need to tackle local air pollution and global climate change.
July 19, 2016Notice of Intent to Issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement on “Sensor and Modeling Approaches for Enhanced Observability and Controllability of Power Systems with Distributed Energy Resources” Now Available On July 19, 2016, DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Sensor and Modeling Approaches for Enhanced Observability and Controllability of Power Systems with Distributed Energy Resources.” The Notice of Intent includes a request for potential applicants to provide feedback to a series of questions intended to refine the specific functional and technology applications within each of the anticipated FOA’s Topic Areas, along with their associated performance targets. The deadline for submitting responses to the NOI is August 10, 2016.
July 19, 2016FACT SHEET: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES CLEAN ENERGY SAVINGS FOR ALL AMERICANS INITIATIVE Reposted from WhiteHouse.gov.President Obama is committed to ensuring that every American family can choose to go solar and to cut their energy bills – and that every American community has the tools they need to tackle local air pollution and global climate change.
July 19, 2016White House Launches Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative Today the White House announced the Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative, which aims to ensure that every American family can choose to go solar and to cut their energy bills – and that every American community has the tools they need to tackle local air pollution and global climate change. Read the fact sheet here.
July 19, 2016Energy Department Releases Draft Updated Best Practices for Residential PACE Financing Programs As part of the Obama Administration's Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released best practice guidelines for Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PACE is an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency, solar, and related improvements.
July 19, 2016DOE to Invest $30 Million in Projects Developing Components for Advanced Turbine and Supercritical CO2-Based Power Cycles The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory has selected six Phase II projects, to further develop innovative technologies for advanced gas turbine components and supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles. The projects were selected from eleven projects that participated in Phase I that was recently completed by private sector companies.
Canada to enact national carbon price this year, Pacific island nations draft treaty to end fossil fuel extraction, Nevadans will vote whether to restore net metering, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.
July 18, 2016Energy Department Awards $40 Million for Research to Support Waste Cleanup at DOE Nuclear Sites Four New Energy Frontier Research Centers Will Address Waste Challenge from Cold War-Era Weapons Production
July 15, 2016Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines.” The FOA will be restricted to U.S. Institutions of Higher Education and non-profit research institutions that operate as a division under the U.S. Institutions of Higher Education.
July 15, 2016Energy Department Invests $19 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings Projects Will Make Buildings Smarter, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Store Energy, Strengthen Insulation, and Harness the Sun for Lighting
July 15, 2016DOE Publishes New CALiPER Snapshot on TLEDs The U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program has released a new Snapshot report on linear LED lamps, commonly known as TLEDs. Among the key findings of the new Snapshot, which is based on DOE's LED Lighting Facts® database:
July 14, 2016DOE Releases Final Request for Proposal for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Transportation Services Procurement Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Transportation Services.
We all know that renewable energy is an important part of a greener, more sustainable future, but are there health risks associated with home-scale photovoltaic installations? The jury is still out in the world of industry-sponsored and independent research, but there is a fast-growing segment of the population who feels ill from our ever-increasing use of electricity and wireless frequencies.
Prime: primeSubtitle: A bit of history and a look at where the Passive House movement stands in North AmericaImages: In 2002, Katrin Klingenberg introduced the PassivhausA residential building construction standard requiring very low levels of air leakage, very high levels of insulation, and windows with a very low U-factor. Developed in the early 1990s by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist, the standard is now promoted by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany. To meet the standard, a home must have an infiltration rate no greater than 0.60 AC/H @ 50 pascals, a maximum annual heating energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (4,755 Btu per square foot), a maximum annual cooling energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (1.39 kWh per square foot), and maximum source energy use for all purposes of 120 kWh per square meter (11.1 kWh per square foot). The standard recommends, but does not require, a[…]
100-MW battery outcompetes a natural-gas peaker plant in LA, Germany replaces feed-in tariffs with clean power auction, Chinese automaker unveils solar car, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.
On Tuesday, June 21, the Alliance to Save Energy hosted a webinar exploring the relationship between water and energy by looking at two things that are better when handled together: beer and sustainability.The webinar, which covered best practices on sustainable breweries, featured two speakers: Emilio Tenuta of EcoLab and John Stier of the Brewers Association. Tenuta focused on the connection between energy and water, as well as the ways EcoLab has helped breweries reduce their water and energy use. Stier discussed steps craft breweries have taken and still need to take in order to continue their rapid growth while increasing sustainability.Emilio Tenuta, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, EcoLabTenuta highlighted the link between water and energy – and in particular, between water savings and energy efficiency. Pointing to a real-life example, he explained that both water and electric utilities weathered the California drought by increasing the efficiency of their plants, thereby[…]
We’ve just posted the annual update to our spreadsheet model — our powerful but easy-to-use tool for predicting future emissions and revenues from possible U.S. carbon taxes. The model, which runs in Excel, accepts any carbon tax trajectory you feed it and spits out estimated economy-wide emission reductions and revenue generation, year by year. Here’s […]
Solar prices fall 8 percent in first half of 2016, Oakland rejects coal export proposal, California plans for a future without baseload power plants, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.
It has been one year since the Interior Lighting Campaign (Campaign) kicked off, with the mission of encouraging the upgrading of 100,000 troffer lights. In the past year, the Campaign has seen tremendous success – with over 160 leading companies and organizations from the federal government, healthcare, education, real estate, hospitality and retail sectors signing on as participants and supporters. Launched as one of the Better Buildings Initiative’s Technology Campaigns in 2015, the Campaign is designed to address the opportunity for energy savings represented by updating perennially inefficient fluorescent lamp lighting systems, and to serve as both a recognition and guidance program for facility owners and managers. This week, the Campaign’s first year culminated at the 2016 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Conference and Expo with Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognizing top performing participants such as Target, CKE Holdings, Inc. and the Army Reserve for their significant achievements. From 100K to 1 Million The Campaign, led by DOE in partnership with BOMA, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the General Services Administration (GSA) and the International[…]
The U.S. power sector is racing past the Clean Power Plan’s emissions target. It’s time for climate advocates to do the same. Too many climate advocates seem to be investing the Clean Power Plan — the Obama Administration’s project to achieve a 32 percent shrinkage of U.S. electricity-sector carbon emissions from 2005 to 2030 — […]
Installing a home solar energy system is a smart financial investment for many homeowners. As you evaluate offers from solar companies, there are many different factors to consider – the equipment that you choose for your system, your financing options, and the installer that you select all have an impact on your solar savings.