Course helps make the case for high-performance buildings

The commercial real estate sector has seen an increase in property owners pursuing the development of high-performance buildings because of their marketability benefits and alignment with corporate sustainability goals. Research has also shown that owning and operating high-performance properties is...

DOE hands out 2017 Housing Innovation Awards

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presented the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 of the nation's leading builders at the recent Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's High Performance Home Summit in Atlanta. Overall, 26 award-winning homes were...

Concentrating solar power could provide flexibility, reliability for U.S. grid

Every day, our power needs fluctuate causing grid operators to make quick decisions to balance the grid. This can happen on hot summer days when people are turning on their air conditioners or in the middle of winter when they...

DOE announces projects between U.S., China businesses to reduce energy consumption

Several new projects between American and Chinese companies to collaborate and showcase successful models can help industry adapt new approaches and build business opportunities by improving energy efficiency across retrofitted systems in buildings and industrial facilities, according to the U.S....

4 ways to upgrade with clean energy technologies

One of the best ways to protect a home purchase — whether single- or multi-family — is to invest in smart renovations. Thanks to new technology, there are a number of improvement options.

DOE spending $15 million to tackle solar desalination

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to fund development of revolutionary solar desalination technologies that will help create freshwater from otherwise unusable waters, the agency announced. Desalination treats seawater, brackish water and contaminated water for use in municipal and industrial...

New technology could lower costs for concentrating solar power

A new solar collector is starting a trend when it comes to concentrating solar power (CSP) technology, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. For the first time, “ganged heliostats” could be a viable option for new CSP systems. Skysun,...

DOE recognizes Las Vegas Sands for efficiency upgrades

The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge has recognized Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Energy Department announces achievement of SunShot goal

In conjunction with the annual Solar Power International conference, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released new research that shows the solar industry has achieved the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target set by the SunShot Initiative. Largely due to...

5 NFL stadiums score big on efficiency

Football is back. September kicks off the start of another football season. And, while most fans will be focused on what’s happening on-the-field, there’s another storyline already forming off it.

Analysis identifies how commercial customers might benefit from battery energy storage

Commercial electricity customers who are subject to high demand charges may be able to reduce overall costs by using battery energy storage to manage demand, according to research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The...

Energy Department working to help schools achieve net zero

Children around the nation are heading back to school, and some are going into buildings that have significant energy savings potential. Zero energy schools can use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional schools—that’s a lot of money that could be used for school supplies instead of energy bills. The U.S.

Report: How to cut cost of wind energy in half

New energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030— making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas. The new finding is outlined in a report by the National Renewable...

How will eclipse impact power grid?

PV output to decrease significantly as moon passes between Earth and sun

Infographic: 5 benefits of LED lighting research

If it seems LED lighting is popping up everywhere these days, that’s because it is. Installation of A-type bulbs jumped 160 percent between 2014 and 2015, and those numbers continue to grow, according to the U.S.

4 different uses of photovoltaic technology

It’s becoming more common to find solar panels on rooftops, but that’s just one of thousands of places where they are generating power. As costs drop and energy production rises, we expect to see many more places where solar technologies are put to work — providing unleashed, inexpensive electricity, according to the U.S.

Reports: Wind energy continued rapid growth in 2016

Increases driven by myriad factors

Energy Department helping develop new A/C technologies

Most people look forward to enjoying the summer sun and beating the heat in a cool, air-conditioned building. However, those dreading their summer energy bills know the dog days of summer can mean high energy consumption at a high price.   According to the U.S.

DOE invests $15.8 million for technology to improve building efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is investing up to $15.8 million in 13 projects that will drive innovation in early-stage research and development for advanced building technologies and systems that will serve as a foundation for...

4 fast facts about solar prosumers

Not too long ago, electricity worked as a one-way street—utilities produced energy and people consumed it. Solar energy has changed that model, enabling people who install solar panels on their rooftops to consume the energy generated and sell the rest...

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