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Nation’s Dams Could Provide Another 12 GW of Electric Power

Existing dams across the U.S. could provide more than 12 GW of additional electric generating capacity, the equivalent of roughly 15 percent of the nation’s hydropower capacity, according to a Department of Energy analysis. Assessment of Energy Potential at Non-Powered Dams in the United States analyzed more than 54,000 sites … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Rules, Soot Standard, Competing Studies

The EPA said that it will propose twice-delayed rules for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants early next year, Reuters reported. The agency delayed the release of the long-anticipated Clean Air Act rules in June and September amid an onslaught of criticism from Republicans in Congress. A coalition of health, … Read more »

Renewables Briefing: Redskins, Marines, Air Products, U.S. Foodservice, Hiram Walker

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced the offer of a conditional commitment for a $105 million loan guarantee to support the development of the nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant. Project LIBERTY, sponsored by POET, LLC, will produce up to 25 million gallons of ethanol per year and will … Read more »

FedEx, UPS and Verizon Help Launch DOE Alternative Fuel Program as AT&T Announces 1m Gallon Mark

AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon are charter members of the National Clean Fleets Partnership, a new White House initiative to help large companies incorporate electric vehicles, alternative fuels and fuel-saving measures into their fleets. The partnership, to be run by the Department of Energy, seeks to help large fleets … Read more »

DOE Awards First Industrial Energy Certifications

Three Texas plants have become the first in the nation to win a new Department of Energy (DOE) certification for energy management in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. Plants run by Cook Composites and Polymers in Houston, Freescale Semiconductor in Austin and building materials firm Owens Corning in Waxahachie won … Read more »

DOE Reestablishes Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has reestablished the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) under the Federal Advisory Committee Act., which was eliminated under the Bush Administration. Serving as an independent advisory committee to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the twelve-member board is comprised of scientists, business executives, academics and … Read more »

AT&T, 3M, Intel, 29 Others Pledge 25% Reduction in Energy Intensity

The new Save Energy Now Leader Program has garnered commitments from 32 major industrial firms to voluntarily reduce their industrial energy efficiency 25 percent over the coming decade. Companies such as 3M, AT&T, Dow, Intel and Owens Corning are participating in the new program from the Department of Energy, which … Read more »

Green Energy Execs Implore Congress for Sweeping Climate Change Bill

More than one-hundred green-energy company executives went to Washington, D.C.,  this week to urge members of Congress to pass a sweeping climate change bill, reports Mercury News. Clean-tech entrepreneurs and investors believe a bill that includes a cap on carbon emissions will help drive billions of dollars in clean-energy investments … Read more »

Obama Admin Unveils Energy-Efficiency Efforts, Investments

President Barack Obama and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu have announced new plans to drive energy efficiency and save American consumers billions of dollars per year by setting energy conservation standards for certain types of fluorescent lamps and incandescent reflector lamps, and investing $346 million in energy-efficient building technologies (transcript … Read more »

International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Launched

Joining other signatories from G8 nations, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has signed on to the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency. The goal of the group is to promote global energy efficiency and encourage its market implementation. Chu said that U.S. buildings use more energy than any other … Read more »

DOE Slashes Funding for Hydrogen Cars

DOE Slashes Funding for Hydrogen Cars

Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees little promise in hydrogen-powered cars as the Department of Energy (DOE) released its proposed fiscal 2010 budget that cuts programs for developing the transportation technologies, reports Climate Progress. In a recent briefing, Chu cited several barriers to the technology including infrastructure and the development of … Read more »