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Schwarzenegger Tours Solar Panel Roof Of A Sam's Club

The amount of electricity generated by U.S. utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plants is up more than 100 percent in 2014 over the same period in 2013, thanks to big projects, many of them highly productive, that have been coming online. Four major factors have made the solar surge possible: The eight-year extension of the Investment… Keep reading →

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The US Department of Energy today granted Freeport LNG two final authorizations to export natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. The ruling authorizes Freeport to export up to 1.8 billion cubic feet of LNG per day for 20 years. The DOE earlier this year changed its LNG permit approval process from a blanket first… Keep reading →

Massive Solar Electricity Plant Provides Power To California Homes

Whether scorched birds are a major issue at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California is a matter of dispute. But the “power tower” solar plant and its owners – NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy – might have an even more fundamental problem on their hands: generating adequate electricity. The Mojave Desert plant,… Keep reading →

Proposed Radioactive Waste Site in Nevada

The third volume of NRC’s safety evaluation report on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository finds that DOE’s design meets its post-closure performance objectives. On October 16, 2014, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published Volume 3 of its Safety Evaluation Report (SER) on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) license application for the proposed underground geologic… Keep reading →

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New executive actions and initiatives to advance solar and energy efficiency projects include military-veterans solar job training, $68M USDA-funded rural projects, and stronger building codes. Among the major actions, DOE’s Solar Instructor Training Network will launch a veteran’s job training pilot project at up to three military bases this fall to create at least 50,000… Keep reading →

Congress Struggles With Funding Repairs To U.S. Capitol Dome

On September 15, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. The Act “earmarks up to $300 million in federal funding — $30 million annually for 10 years” from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account, and would be available to regional centers to develop new products and train workforces. Fields mentioned in the bill as eligible for the money include “nanotechnology, advanced ceramics, photonics and optics, composites, biobased and advanced materials, flexible hybrid technologies and tool development for microelectronics.” The RAMI Act has a companion bill in the Senate where it could be voted on as early as this fall. More information on the RAMI Act is available online. The full text of the RAMI Act can be found online.

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Speaking this morning at the American Energy and Manufacturing Competiveness Summit in Washington DC, US Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz extolled the numerous benefits precipitating from the country’s newfound energy wealth. One of the main messages he drove home to the audience is that increasing energy production along with energy efficiency growth are positively… Keep reading →

Kazakhstan Oil Industry Is Booming

Members of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee discussed Bakken crude oil properties during a subcommittee hearing held as part of the effort to craft new rail tank car regulations. “None of these other oils are shipping in volumes that this Bakken shale oil is being shipped,” he [Timothy Butters, deputy administrator for the… Keep reading →

Ford Dearborn Truck Plant Builds New 2014 F-150 Trucks

The 2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit taking place in Washington DC next week couldn’t come at a more interesting time. News of increasing US manufacturing competiveness seems to be popping up all the time, boosted by the country’s energy production renaissance that has reduced feedstock costs for many manufacturers. This is rejuvenating… Keep reading →

Anniversary Of Nuclear Disaster At Three Mile Island Marked Near The Site

It seems to be a recurring trend  After years where nobody was building any, 4 new reactors are under construction in the US, supported by all manner of support, subsidies, government loan guarantees and you name it. Much rests on how these 4 reactors will turn out in terms of getting built on schedule and… Keep reading →

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