According to the DOE, the US has the potential to create 1 billion dry tonnes of non-food biomass without disrupting existing agricultural markets. It is an underutilized resource with the potential to produce up to 50 billion gallons of biofuels -- roughly 25 pct of U.S. transportation fuels. (Source: US DOE, DEI, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere
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The 3 year work contract , which was funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), was intended to spur the growth of energy efficiency in the small and medium commercial building sector -- less than 100,000 square feet in gross floor area -- but accounts for over half of the energy used in the commercial sector, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.
At the start of the project, ICAST operated in two states, improving energy in about 100 multifamily buildings per year.
ICAST has eight affiliates providing energy-efficiency services to the multifamily sector in four states and seven cities.
(Source: US DOE EERE, ICAST, PR, 30 Sept., 2019)
Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-home; ICAST, 866.590.4377, email@example.com, www.icastusa.org
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"Wind energy prices -- particularly in the central United States, and supported by federal tax incentives -- are at all-time lows, with utilities and corporate buyers selecting wind as a low-cost option," according to LBNL Senior Scientist Ryan Wiser.
Report highlights include: wind power capacity additions continued at a robust pace in 2018; larger turbines are enhancing wind project performance; low turbine pricing continues to push down installed project costs; wind energy prices are at historical lows; the grid-system value of wind has declined over the last decade but rebounded over the last two years; and the domestic supply chain for wind equipment is diverse.
BNL's contributions to this report were funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. BNL is a multiprogram national laboratory, managed by the University of California for the U.S. DOE Office of Science.
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(Source: US DOE LBNL, Aug., 2019) Contact: DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science/office-science; LBNL, emp.LBNL.gov
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The project is being funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in a collaborative effort to improve the cost-competitiveness and environmental sustainability of microalgae-based fuels and products. (Source: CSU, NREL, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University, Prof. Ken Reardon, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.colostate.edu; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
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The appointment is the latest in a string of appointments where the fox is put in charge of the hen house. Simmons -- the fox -- is well known for comments such as:
"We have to look at the track record of the oil and gas industry [which is] producing low-cost, reliable energy, particularly when the alternative is much, much higher prices."
"The most simple of all points is that no matter what the renewable (energy) guys say, what they will admit is that their type of power -- wind and solar -- is more expensive and will increase the price of electricity. And in an economy that is struggling, it is critical that we do everything we can to keep prices low."
"It is unseemly that the American taxpayer has contributed billions of dollars to these (wind and solar energy) facilities." (Source: The Independent, 3 May, 2017) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy
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Their investigations are part of the new, $6 million Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Validation Research (DISCOVR) project to determine which algae strains are the toughest and most commercially viable. The U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is sponsoring the project.
Researchers estimate that 30 pct of current production on algae farms is lost each year due to pond crashes. For early crash detection, Jeri Timlin, an analytical chemist on Sandia's DISCOVR team, is using spectro-radiometric monitoring to watch the ponds for subtle changes in reflected light that indicate the presence of pathogens or predators. This technique can detect subtle color changes as well as other physical and chemical properties of the algae, making it possible to determine the pond's density and overall health.
While Sandia monitors ponds and evaluates resistance to diseases, PNNL will quantify the biomass production rate of 10 strains of algae that they grow in a variety of simulated environmental conditions. NREL then will perform compositional analysis on the same strains, seeking those best suited for fuel production.
Later phases of the three-year project will involve partners in this "algae pipeline," increasing pond culture stability and evaluating the potential for generating products other than fuel, such as chemicals used for industrial purposes. (Source: Sandia National Laboratories, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy; Sandia National Lab, Jeri Timblin, (505) 844-7932, email@example.com,www.sandia.gov
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PNNL's preliminary energy savings analysis shows for the whole building energy consumptions, national aggregated site energy savings are 34.1 pct and energy cost savings are 34.2 pct when compared to the 2004 standard.
On a nationally aggregated level, building-type energy savings range from 11.9 pct (fast food restaurants) to 48.6 pct (schools) and energy-cost savings from 15.3 pct (large offices) to 49.8 pct (schools). These figures include energy use and cost from the whole building energy consumptions, including plug and process loads.
Sixteen different building prototypes were modeled in 17 different climate locations for a total of 272 building types in various climate zones that were incorporated into this analysis.
(Source: ASHRAE, ProudGreenBuilding, 14 Feb., 2017)
Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy; ASHRAE, Tom Phoenix, Pres., (800) 527-4723, www.ashrae.orgContact: Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Susan Bauer, (509) 372-6083, www.pnnl.gov
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The new 2016 edition contains several important changes to reduce energy consumption, including a new compliance path and a significant change in formatting, intended to improve its overall flexibility and use. A range of technical changes are also included, affecting building envelope, mechanical and lighting systems.
More information on code adoption and related technical assistance is available at www.energycodes.gov.
(Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, ProudGreenBuilding, 19 Dec., 2016)
Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy; ASHRAE, Tom Phoenix, Pres., (800) 527-4723, www.ashrae.org
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