Tag: U.S. Department of Energy

The memorial services this week near Houston honoring the generosity and success of energy innovator, real estate visionary and philanthropist George P. Mitchell are inspiring accolades for his role in tapping the huge potential of natural gas from shale rock formations deep underground. He passed away July 26 at the age of 94. Mitchell —…

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President Obama is preparing to decide how much liquified natural gas (LNG) from the the U.S. boom in shale natural gas production it makes sense to export. Economically and geo-politically a LOT hangs in the balance. If Obama’s first term on energy was mostly about incentivizing renewable energy, his second term is all about whether…

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That is perhaps the most interesting question raised by the latest “Consumer Pulse” research by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative. In its third survey by the Collaborative of at least 1,000 consumers throughout the U.S. since 2011 reflecting the U.S. demographics, 54% of Americans who are heads of households and at least 18 years old…

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Here’s another game-changer in the making brought to you by America’s burgeoning supplies of shale natural gas: alternative fuel vehicles and distributed power generation using fuel cells. Emboldened by low prices and booming supplies of natural gas in the U.S , the American fuel cell industry is clawing its way back from the brink. The…

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How can the sustainability world best brand more energy-efficient buildings without focusing solely on cost savings? That is the quintessential challenge of the recently launched Better Buildings Challenge by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). After its first year, the initial 60 participating organizations appear to be off to a smooth start; but using 20…

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For all the energy challenges facing the U.S. and Congress’ unwillingness to tackle real problems, the Republican-led probe of the Solyndra loan and its grilling of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu Nov. 17 by the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation speaks volumes about its misplaced priorities. The $535 million Department of Energy…

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Straight from its manufacturing and assembly plant southwest of Indianapolis, Indiana in the U.S., Honda is stocking dealers with a 2012 version of its Civic fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). It officially goes on sale Tuesday, Oct. 18 in some or all of the 36 states listed below, representing a major expansion of Honda’s…

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Led by the University of Maryland and Purdue University, the 2011 version of the U.S. Solar Decathlon demonstrated how high-tech energy and common sense are going mainstream, all while zeroing out electricity consumption from the grid. Every step of the way participating students — and perhaps elected officials — garnered valuable lessons for the U.S….

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The U.S. government is relocating its 2011 Solar Decathlon to the West Potomac Park between the Tidal Basin and the Potomac River in Washington, DC. Technically it will still take place on the National Mall. But now it will be a very long walk from its previous and far more convenient location nestled among the…

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For reasons the Obama Administration is not disclosing, the organizers of the very popular and competitive U.S. Solar Decathlon have decided to locate the sustainable home model projects event in late September 2011 away from the National Mall — the “nation’s front yard” — where it’s been held since its inception in 2002. All the…

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