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September 23, 2014

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September 18, 2014

Moniz Unveiled

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Photo courtesy of the Energy Department

CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss sat down with Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz earlier this summer to discuss his relationship with Congress, as we mentioned last week. The whole story is now available outside the paywall.


Taller Towers for Better Wind

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Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

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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

August 13, 2014

Capacitative Cannabis Gets High Wattage

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A cannabis plant grows in the Amsterdam Cannabis College.
(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Researchers have developed nano-thin sheets of carbon from hemp fibers, which could be a very cheap replacement for graphene, which is used to make supercapacitors for energy storage applications.    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 7, 2014

More Money for Geothermal Fracking

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(Capture from Energy Department animation)

The Energy Department will provide $18 million for 32 advanced geothermal research projects, it announced Wednesday. Full story

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

Running Cars on Human Waste

Eliminating sewage is an energy-intensive process that is a key component of our modern lifestyle — but rather than just processing it, groups and utilities are looking to make energy from what we flush down the toilet.

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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 22, 2014

Critical-Minerals Bill Faces Conservative Backlash

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Rare-earth ytterbium metal (Energy Department)

Conservative groups are pushing against a critical-minerals bill the House is expected to vote on Tuesday evening.

The Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America urged House members to vote against the bill by Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., which would authorize a program within the Energy Department to focus on creating a long-term supply of domestic critical minerals, Geof Koss reports on (subscription).

The measure would reauthorize a research and development program to improve production methods, develop alternatives and evaluate methods of recycling chemical elements that are at risk of supply disruptions and are critical to energy-related technologies. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 5:11 p.m.

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