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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
The National Training & Education Resource (NTER) is an open source platform that serves to education individuals about weatherizing their homes and offices. Viewers acquire new skills at a time, place, and pace that is convenient to them.
Date: 07/03/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
In response to a report from the GAO that revealed some major flaws in the EPA's Energy Star certification process, the EPA and DOE are developing a product-testing system to validate Energy Star ratings.
Date: 07/10/2010
Type: Article
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
DOE will establish a research hub for batteries and energy storage at Argonne National Laboratory. This is the fourth "innovation hub" proposed by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. The battery hub is intended to produce revolutionary advances in batteries for electric cars and for use on the grid.
Date: 12/04/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
President Obama signed an executive order that sets a national goal of 40 GW of new combined heat and power (CHP) by the end of 2020. This will decrease national GHG emissions; enhance grid security; and could save manufacturers at least $100 billion in energy costs over the next decade.
Date: 09/04/2012
Type: Article
The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has selected Hewlett Packard and Intel to provide what it says will be the world’s most energy efficient data center.
Date: 09/07/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers
This post details the many ways in which energy is wasted by industries in the U.S.--and what can happen when they turn that waste into an energy source.
Date: 08/09/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: General Information
Federal mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they might not accept loans for homes that take advantage of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. The stance contradicts Obama's allocation of stimulus funds to support PACE and has homeowners and retrofitting companies confused.
Date: 06/30/2010
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

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