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May 26, 2016DOE Releases Draft Request for Proposal for Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Draft 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.
May 26, 2016SEP Recertification at Nissan Facility Captures Significant Savings, Bringing Facility’s Cumulative Savings to $2.4 Million Nissan’s vehicle assembly facility in Smyrna, Tennessee saved $2.4 million in annual energy costs over six years ($1.7 million in operational savings alone) by implementing an energy management system that meets the requirements of ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance® (SEPTM). The facility achieved SEP Silver certification initially in 2012 and recertified to SEP in 2015, earning the Platinum level. Analysis of energy performance improvement data over the six years covered by the two certification cycles shows strong, continued savings.
This guest blog was written by Jonathan Deesing. Without paying much attention, we use a lot of energy each day — from charging electronics to watching TV. In fact, in 2014, the average U.S. residential household consumed 10,982 kWh of electricity and spent around $2,200 annually on utility bills. Luckily, households can lower this amount up to 25 percent by being more proactive with energy conservation tips.The following are 10 of the biggest energy-wasting oversights people make at home and how to adjust to more eco-friendly practices. 1. Leaving the Lights OnOne of the most obvious energy-wasting habits is leaving the lights on, and it’s also one of the easiest habits to fix. By simply turning off the lights when you leave a room or your home, you will save electricity and help your lightbulbs last longer. If you think you might forget, use a smart home system to remotely monitor your[…]
May 26, 2016Detroit Diesel verifies $37 million in energy savings with SEP This video features Detroit Diesel’s success with DOE’s Superior Energy Performance program. The company used SEP to quantify its energy performance improvement. It saved $37 million over a ten year period. This automotive manufacturer is managing energy and using SEP to track progress, validate savings, and focus reinvestments that have the potential to conserve resources and create jobs.Read the video transcriptThe video opens with a shot of the manufacturing production floor, with engineers working on an engine.
May 26, 2016Energy Department Announces Partnership with CoStar Group, Inc. to Expand Visibility of Energy-Efficient Buildings in U.S. Real Estate Marketplace As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the America's buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative today announced a partnership with CoStar Group, Inc., a provider of data and intelligence solutions to commercial real estate professionals, to expand the visibility of energy-efficient buildings in U.S. property markets and promote the benefits of energy efficiency for building owners and occupants.
May 25, 2016Federal Energy Management Program Issues 2016 AFFECT Funding Opportunity Announcement On May 26, 2016, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) on the EERE Exchange titled Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2016.
May 25, 20162016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Winners Crowned The winner of the 2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge was announced during a special awards ceremony on May 11, 2016, by Dr. Jonathan Male, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). The winning infographic entitled “Cellulosic Ethanol: Fueling the Future,” was developed by students from Smithtown High School East in St. James, New York.
May 25, 2016DOE Announces Webinars on Tribal Business Structures for Financing Projects, the Technologist in Residence Pilot, and More EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required.
May 24, 2016Argonne Launches First Tech Incubator News release from Argonne National Laboratory, May 24, 2016.Developing transformative energy technologies and cleaner manufacturing processes and new materials requires more than a great idea and some committed people. It takes an innovation ecosystem.To meet this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Argonne National Laboratory announced today a new innovation accelerator program for science and energy entrepreneurs called Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI).
The headlines just keep coming: Mitsubishi Says It Cheated on Fuel Tests for Decades G.M. to Compensate 135,000 Owners of S.U.V.s That Overstate Mileage Suzuki Admits Test Flaw, But Denies It Cheated That’s three automakers admitting they misrepresented their vehicles’ gas mileage to regulators and customers, just in the pages of the New York Times […]
May 24, 2016Science and Nature Adventure Program Series, June 7–10, at the Weldon Spring Site Connect with science, technology, chemistry, engineering, ecology, and art during four, fun-filled days of exploration.St. Charles, MO – What will inspire our next generation of scientists, artists, engineers, and biologists? What will fuel their curiosity to create, solve problems, and study? The Weldon Spring Site’s Science and Nature Adventure will challenge, inspire, and fuel children’s curiosities to be great thinkers, problem solvers, and nature lovers.
May 24, 2016Small Business Winners FY 2015 Federal Small Business Program Manager of the YearRecognizes an individual who embodies the many facets of an energetic, forward-thinking, DOE small business program manager. Their efforts far exceed expectations in working with, advocating for, and assisting in the increased utilization of small businesses.Award Recipient:Gary LyttekSenior Business Source ManagerNational Nuclear Security AdministrationWashington, DC
May 24, 2016Energy Department Awards Up to $4 Million for Projects to Recover Critical Materials from Geothermal Fluids The Energy Department today announced four research and development (R&D) projects in California, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming that will receive up to $4 million in total funding to assess the occurrence of rare-earth minerals and other critical materials that may be dissolved in higher-temperature fluids associated with energy extraction.
LOUISVILLE, COLO. - May 24, 2016 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation's leading community solar solutions provider, today announced a long-term licensing agreement with Renovus Solar that provides the Ithaca, N.Y.-based solar developer access to CEC's Community Solar Platform (CSP), the comprehensive suite of software and services that enable efficient community solar program design, implementation, and operation.
Bernie Sanders names Bill McKibben to Democratic platform committee, cows treated to belch less methane, climate refugees leave California for the Northwest, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.
May 23, 2016Department of Energy Announces 14 New Projects for Window Efficiency Technologies ARPA-E Awards $31 Million to Develop Innovative Materials that Reduce Heat Loss through Single-Pane Windows
May 23, 2016Energy Department Announces Partnership with DWEA to Support Wind for Schools Program The Wind Program announced that the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) has been selected as a partner to support the long-term sustainability of the Wind for Schools program.
May 23, 2016May 25 Webinar to Focus on Tribal Business Structures The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, is presenting a webinar titled, “Tribal Business Structures for Financing Projects” on Wednesday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. The webinar will highlight the six different business structures that Indian tribes and tribally owned businesses can use to diversify their economic portfolio.
May 23, 2016DOE Announces JUMP Initiative Winners, Launches New Crowdsourcing Calls at Bay Area Maker Faire The Department of Energy’s Buildings Technologies Office announced the latest winners for its JUMP platform, an online crowdsourcing initiative aimed at advancing energy-efficient building technologies, during the 11th annual Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, California.
May 23, 2016Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop Brings Lead Experts to Inform Algae-Based Biofuel Strategy The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting a two-day workshop gathering lead experts in the field of algal biology from May 24–25, 2016. This workshop, “Sharpening Our Tools: Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop,” held in San Diego, California, will discuss research and development (R&D) needed to achieve affordable, scalable, and sustainable algae-based biofuels. It is the first algal biofuels strategy workshop to focus specifically on improvements in algal biology—a key research focus required to advance the economic viability of algae-based biofuels.
May 20, 2016NREL Announces Innovation Challenge for Crowdsourced Ideas for Energy-Efficiency in Residential Buildings The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with industry partner CLEAResult, will launch a Call for Innovation as part of the DOE JUMP initiative during the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif., on May 22.
May 20, 2016Energy Department Announces Climate Action Champion, City of San Francisco, Embracing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Today, the Energy Department's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced the city of San Francisco has been selected as the first Climate Action Champion to pursue hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for local transportation, in addition to new analysis projects by Strategic Analysis, Inc.
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May 20, 2016Energy Department Intends to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing.”
Point Roberts, WA and Delta, BC - May 20, 2016 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Investorideas.com, a global news source and investor resource covering actively traded sectors announces this week's additions to its global stock directories.
May 19, 2016Webinar May 26: Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Small Unmanned Airvehicles The Energy Department's Fuel Cell Technologies Office, in collaboration with the Naval Research Laboratory, will present a unique, live webinar titled "Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Small Unmanned Airvehicles" on Thursday, May 26, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).