Presented below are several combined news-feeds from around the globe. News is continually updated on a regular basis so check back often and read the latest happenings in green energy, solar PV, building efficiency, water conservation plus more!!
September 23, 2016Sept. 28 Webinar to Highlight Strategic Partnerships for Clean Energy and Economic Development The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, is hosting a free webinar on "Strategic Partnerships for Clean Energy and Economic Development Project Regulatory Considerations" Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.
September 22, 2016White House Releases Presidential Memorandum on Climate Change and National Security On September 21, 2016, President Obama addressed the threat of climate change by signing a Presidential Memorandum requiring the federal government to fully consider the impacts of climate change in the development and implementation of all national security policies and plans.
September 21, 2016DOE Awards Support Service Contract Cincinnati - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract to Boston Government Services, LLC (BGS), of Lenoir City, Tennessee. BGS is a small-disadvantaged business under the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program.
September 21, 2016DOE Releases Final Request for Proposal for Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC) acquisition. A contract that primarily includes cost-plus-award-fee contract line items for the purpose of continuing the legacy cleanup mission is anticipated.
September 21, 2016Oak Ridge National Laboratory Launches New Accelerator for Energy Tech Entrepreneurs The nation’s top innovators will soon have the opportunity to advance their promising energy technology ideas at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in a new program called Innovation Crossroads.
September 21, 2016BTO Standards Team Honored for Record-Breaking Work in 2015 At the Secretarial Honor and Presidential Rank Awards, the DOE Building Technologies Office’s Appliance and Equipment Standards (ASP) Program won a Secretary of Energy Achievement Award, under the leadership of John Cymbalsky, for its work last year on finalizing a record 13 standards, including the largest energy-saving standard in U.S. history. Award-winning teams must have demonstrated cooperation and teamwork en-route to accomplishing significant achievements on behalf of DOE and attaining their goals.
Prime: primeSubtitle: Here’s a look at the carbon intensity of electricity by state and regionImages: Lately I've been working on my presentation for the 10th anniversary of the North American Passive House Conference. It's on the global warming impact of insulation, a followup to my latest article about Alex Wilson's work on that subject. read more
Should undocumented immigrants be entitled to the same regular payments that legal U.S. residents would receive under the fee-and-dividend form of a carbon tax? How would the payments be administered to people with little or no official status? These are no small questions, given that as many as 12 million undocumented immigrants live within our […]
September 20, 2016DOE Awards Cooperative Agreement to Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Carlsbad, NM --The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office today awarded a $1.7 million, five-year cooperative agreement to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). The purpose of this agreement is to coordinate and implement activities to train Motor Vehicle Safety Officials and ensure the safe transportation of transuranic waste between generator sites and to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
Worldwide electric car sales up 49 percent in first half of 2016, designers develop wearable solar cells, Canada to set a minimum national carbon price, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.
September 19, 2016Local residents appointed to citizen’s environmental advisory board Nine members were appointed to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) during the summer, bringing the group’s total to 21 members and two non-voting student representatives. DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) regularly briefs the board about its top cleanup projects and priorities, and in turn, the board issues recommendations over the course of each fiscal year, which begins in October.
September 19, 2016DOE Announces More Than $10 Million for Advanced Combustion Systems Research The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to develop enabling technologies for advanced combustion systems, including oxy-combustion and chemical looping–based power systems. The total estimated federal investment in the eight projects exceeds $10 million.Funding amounts may vary as negotiations progress.
September 16, 20162016 National Cleanup Workshop The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) held the 2016 National Cleanup Workshop Sept. 14-15, 2016, at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.Cooperating organizations for the event included the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG).
September 15, 2016New GATEWAY Report on Tunable Lighting in a Senior-Care Facility The U.S. Department of Energy's GATEWAY program has released a new report on a pilot installation of tunable-white LED systems at a senior-care facility in Sacramento, CA. The installation took place at the ACC Care Center and was conducted by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), which invited GATEWAY to document the performance of the new lighting systems.
September 15, 2016Rosemarie Truman to Lead, Boost PNNL's Commercialization and Business Engagement Efforts RICHLAND, Wash. – Rosemarie Truman, founder and former CEO of the Center for Advancing Innovation in Bethesda, Maryland, has been named director of innovation impact at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
September 15, 2016DOE Announces $3.8 Million Investment in New Methane Gas Hydrate Research The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of six multi-year research projects to receive $3.8 million in funding that will enhance the understanding of methane hydrate system behaviors when subjected to natural, environmental, or induced production-related changes, helping to determine both the production viability of a vast source of natural gas and to assess the role of gas hydrate in the larger global climate cycle.
September 15, 2016Energy Department Launches Up to $30 Million Effort to Improve Solar Module Materials The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a new Energy Materials Network (EMN) consortium, the Durable Module Materials (DuraMat) National Lab Consortium led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Introduction: Characteristics of an Integrated Grid Since the creation of the electric grid, when you flipped on your light switch, pretty much the same thing happened: a power plant somewhere in the distance sent electricity over a bunch of wires that eventually made it to your house and lit up the light bulb. The more lights you, or your city, or your state, turned on, the more power plants and wires were built. And when lights were followed by air conditioners, televisions and computers, the solution was the same: build more power plants and wires to carry more power from source to sink. (Fortunately, advances were made in energy efficiency that tamped down the demand for electricity and this really was the only way of staving off the building of more plants and more wires.) A gross simplification, yes; but one that more or less captures the one-way nature of the[…]
September 14, 2016Podcast Highlights Solar Energy Potential in Alaska The 2016 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy report “Solar Energy Prospecting in Remote Alaska: An Economic Analysis of Solar Photovoltaics in the Last Frontier State” was featured in a recent Yale Climate Connections podcast entitled “Solar Even In Alaska: Really? Really!” The story focuses on a key finding highlighted in the report—that it can make economic sense for certain diesel-dependent remote Alaskan villages to make the switch to solar along with other electricity-saving measures.
September 14, 2016DOE Releases Sources Sought/Request for Information for the Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste Disposal (2018) Procurement Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued a Sources Sought/Request for Information (RFI) seeking interested parties with the specialized capabilities necessary to meet the requirements for the Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste (LLW/MLLW) Disposal (2018) procurement.
For residential electricity users who want to control and master their electrical consumption, as well as business owners and agricultural users, a hybrid approach offers the best of both worlds: reduced or even eliminated utility charges and backup during critical times, without the need to stay totally off the grid with a system that can draw from the grid when necessary to make up the difference.
Energy isn’t free – and individuals often have to take extreme measures to afford the cost when utility bills get out of control, sometimes even sacrificing basic comfort to reduce energy use. But that doesn’t have to be the case. That’s where energy efficiency comes in – by reducing monthly utility costs without sacrificing home comfort. And for Regis Borsari, the idea of using less energy to do more couldn’t ring more true.In October of 2015, Regis participated in the Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover (KEEM), a partnership between the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC), the Knoxville Utility Board (KUB) and the Alliance to Save Energy. The program aims to reduce utility bills through free home weatherization projects. KEEM provides energy upgrades for local Knoxville, Tennessee families through a $15 million grant from TVA.Regis’ storyBefore participating in the KEEM program, Regis tried to reduce her utility[…]
September 14, 2016Energy Department Announces Up to $107 Million for Innovative Projects and New Funding to Advance Solar Technologies Today the Energy Department announced up to $107 million in new projects and planned funding in order to support America's continued leadership in clean energy innovation through solar technology.
ATLANTA - Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives took a major step forward in overwhelmingly passing the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R.5587) ...
September 13, 2016Bioenergy Technologies Office Hosts Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting a 2-day workshop gathering lead experts in the field of aviation biofuels on September 14–15, 2016. The Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop, which is being held in Macon, Georgia, will advance the understanding of current opportunities to increase the competitiveness of alternative jet fuels.
Thanks to the environmental justice movement, we know that big carbon emitters like power plants and oil refineries are disproportionately sited in poor and predominantly people of color communities. EJ pioneers like Robert Bullard and the Environmental Justice Resource Network began documenting this painful truth decades ago, and it continues to animate the EJ and […]
Obama administration halts Dakota pipeline, Uber tests self-driving cars and 18-wheelers, abandoned mine repurposed for solar power pumped storage, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.