New Report: States Work to Reduce Energy Use

June 21, 2011

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has recently released a comprehensive study on the energy efficiency resource standards (EERS) that have been implemented in 26 states across the country. These EERS programs are operated by state governments and utilities with the goal of reducing state-wide energy use through increased...


America’s Next Top Innovator Kicks Off

June 7, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden recently announced that US e-Chromic LLC was the first startup company to reach an agreement to license technology from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the agency’s “America’s Next Top Innovator” program. As a part of the Obama Administration’s Startup America Initiative, the Top Innovator...


New Fuel Efficiency Labeling Announced

May 31, 2011

Untitled Document The automobile industry continues to be the subject of enhanced information when it comes to energy efficiency. The EPA and the Department of Transportation  recently released new labeling requirements aimed at helping consumers understand the fuel efficiency of new vehicles. Meanwhile, new legislation has been introduced aimed at promoting...


Small Biz Energy Efficiency Bill Introduced

May 24, 2011

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) recently introduced legislation that would create a national energy-efficiency strategy. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000) contains several initiatives aimed at reducing barriers for businesses, homeowners and consumers looking to adopt off-the-shelf energy-efficiency technologies. The bill focuses on deploying already mature...


GE Hosts Electric Vehicle Events in NY and DC

May 9, 2011

GE has launched the national Electric Vehicle (EV) Experience Tour with the goal of bringing together local businesses, industry leaders, policymakers, and GE experts for educational workshops, test drives, and a detailed dialogue on the business case for EV ecosystems. Having already committed to purchasing 25,000 EVs for their own...


DOE Announces New Funding Opportunities

May 3, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced that it is accepting concept papers for five new technology research areas. The ARPA-E program was created, in 2009, to identify clean-energy research projects deemed too radical or too preliminary to attract private financing. It initially received $400...


Commerce Announces Clean-Energy Challenge

March 15, 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced its plan to launch a program aimed at helping entrepreneurs bring new clean energy and “green” technologies to the market by accelerating the transformation of an idea into a viable business. EDA plans to launch the $12 million i6 Green...


Manufacturing Energy Tax Credit Extension

March 1, 2011

Although it was left unfunded during the waning days of the 111th Congress, the Section 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing tax credit could be extended during the new Congress. In its Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal, the administration of President Barack Obama requested an additional $5 billion in funding for the Advanced...


Budget: Energy

February 16, 2011

In its 2012 budget proposal, the Obama Administration sought $8 billion in funding for clean energy initiatives, including spending to expand wind and solar power, boost the development of electric cars and the necessary infrastructure, expand clean-energy manufacturing, and the development of nuclear reactors. It is highly unlikely, however, that...


DOE Investments Pay Off

February 15, 2011

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) received $400 million, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to create the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E) program. The goal of the program was to identify clean-energy research projects deemed too radical or too preliminary to attract private financing ARPA-E initially awarded a...