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...


EPA National Building Competition

January 17, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking small-business contestants for its 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition for energy efficiency. For the competition, buildings will be judged on the percent energy reduction (adjusted for weather and building size) demonstrated between a baseline period (Sept. 1, 2009-Aug. 31, 2010) and a...