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September 18, 2014

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September 17, 2014

Moniz: Let’s Double Energy Productivity

The Energy Department is looking to increase the amount of energy efficiency in manufacturing and productivity to double energy productivity by 2030. Full story

September 16, 2014

Senators Launch National Laboratory Caucus

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Fermilab’s Wilson Hall (Energy Department)

A bipartisan group of senators are launching an effort to support the work of the national laboratory system. Full story

September 15, 2014

Plug-in EVs Making up for Hybrid Losses

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Boosted by increased range and a proliferation of charging stations, plug-in vehicles are gaining market shares as fewer buyers choose hybrid electric vehicles. Full story

September 12, 2014

Moniz’s Congressional Straddle

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Moniz fishing for salmon in Alaska with Verne Martell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s husband. (Energy Department)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz is embraced by members on both sides of the aisle while straddling the contentious divide over energy and environment issues, CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss reports in the forthcoming copy of CQ Weekly (subscription). Full story

September 10, 2014

Ocean Thermal Gets a Second Chance

Prospects for generating electricity from the temperature difference in ocean water just got a boost with the installation of a 100 kilowatt turbine in Hawaii. Full story

September 4, 2014

FERC to Wade Through Market Revisions With Congress on Sidelines

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will evaluate making changes to competitive markets in cases over the next several months, Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur said Thursday. Full story

August 19, 2014

EPA Aims to Get Half the Waxman-Markey Carbon Cuts

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Regulations could obtain half the carbon reductions that were envisioned under a congressional measure that fell apart in 2009, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis. Full story

August 8, 2014

Getting Electric Vehicles to Talk with the Grid

Electric vehicles could provide smart grid services that have been handled by conventional power plants. Automakers and utility groups took a step forward last week in an effort to systematize the communication between a charging plug-in electric vehicle, or PEV, and grid operators. Full story

August 1, 2014

Philips Lighting VP: Light Bulbs Will Become Extinct

Lighting as we know it will be completely revolutionized in coming years, according to an executive at the world’s largest lighting company. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 4:57 p.m.
Efficiency

July 31, 2014

The Federal Government’s ‘Shark Tank’ for Small Businesses

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Hosts Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner and Daymond John of “Shark Tank” speak onstage during the ABC portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour Jan. 10 in Pasadena, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Companies that have energy innovations to peddle can benefit from groups with know-how that the Small Business Administration has organized and calls clusters, according to retired Rear Adm. Steven Smith, now director of the SBA’s Office of Disaster Planning and Risk Management. The process has similarities to the ABC TV show “Shark Tank,” where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to deep-pocketed moguls. Full story

July 28, 2014

‘Good Ideas’ Are Point of EPA Carbon Emissions Hearings, McCarthy Says

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McCarthy. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“We expect good feedback from these sessions,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters Monday about this week’s listening sessions on the agency’s proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. “No good ideas should be off the table.”

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July 23, 2014

Microgrids: How the U.S. Military Can Benefit

The rise of microgrids — small, site-specific electrical power generation and distribution systems — has been documented among homeowners in disaster-prone areas and noticed by the companies that run the big grids. Nationwide, microgrids produce only about a gigawatt of power collectively, reports say, and many of those projects are by homeowners and institutions such as colleges. But there also another potentially big American player: the Defense Department.

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July 17, 2014

Numbers: Taking a Second Look at Efficiency Rankings

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A ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released Thursday finds that the United States lags behind other industrialized nations in terms of energy efficiency, ranked at 13th place. Full story

July 15, 2014

Fred Upton Eyes 2015 GOP Control for Energy Policy

The House has pummeled the Senate with dozens of energy bills that lie dormant, including a largely matched energy efficiency measure that has stalled despite broad bipartisan support. All that will change next year, according to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich. Full story

July 14, 2014

The Geopolitical Argument for Higher Gas Taxes

Congressional efforts to keep gasoline prices low are missing the big picture, says the head of the International Energy Agency. Full story

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