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The U.S. Department of Energy awarded 22 states and territories $14 million to install energy-efficient upgrades to their buildings. The money saved by reducing building energy costs will be transferred directly to taxpayers.
Date: 06/29/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
The U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Program is working on minimizing the soft costs of distributed solar. The goal is to make distributed solar competitive with the most affordable sources of gird electricity supply.
Date: 06/26/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
DOE’s SunShot Initiative is subsidizing research so it can stop subsidizing solar energy generation. DOE calls SunShot “the Apollo Mission of our time.”
Date: 04/23/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
This Department of Energy report identifies emerging technologies that benefit from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Building Technologies Program.
Date: 05/16/2011
Type: Report
Technologies: Buildings
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President Obama's proposed budget calls for boosting funding to the Department of Energy by nearly 12 percent. The spending plan focuses on research and deployment of renewable energy, electric cars, biofuel, energy efficiency and nuclear technologies.
Date: 02/14/2011
Type: Blog
Prototype of high-efficiency rooftop air conditioning unit
The Department of Energy says it has developed a new design for rooftop air conditioning units that would reduce energy consumption by 50 to 60 percent compared to current models.
Date: 02/09/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, HVAC
Energy Star label
The Department of Energy plans to roll out a new "Most Efficient" Energy Star rating for products in the top of their categories. The initial product categories to receive the labels will likely be water heaters, TVs, and appliances.
Date: 11/09/2010
Type: News
Refridgerator
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a 25% increase in efficiency standards for most new refrigerators as of 2014.
Date: 09/29/2010
Type: Blog, News
DOE seal.
For the first time in decades, the DOE is enforcing energy-efficiency standards for products like refrigerators and light bulbs; the paltry fines, however, may not be enough to make corporations shape up.
Date: 09/15/2010
Type: News
A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010

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