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U.S. energy sources and uses: everything you need to know in one lovely chart

U.S. energy sources and uses: everything you need to know in one lovely chart

One of the interesting side effects of plug-in electric cars turns out to be a greater awareness of energy sources and uses. A 2012 California study, for instance, showed roughly four out of 10 electric-car drivers either had or were considering solar panels to provide electricity to their home... read more

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The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

Energy Dept disappoints US coal industry: no order keeping plants open

The Trump administration has reneged on one aspect of a promise widely discussed throughout the 2016 presidential campaign: reviving the coal industry. President Donald Trump... read more August 24, 2017 by


 
Offshore wind farm

Senate panel rejects clean-energy cuts, boosts DoE funding instead

The Senate Committee on Appropriations recently exhibited a quality somewhat rare in U.S. politics these days: bipartisanship. The committee released a lengthy report on the... read more August 14, 2017 by


 
wind farm

Trump DoE to critique renewables against coal for grid reliability

It is widely accepted in the energy industry that U.S. coal production will fall as a percentage of the total electric grid mix. That has little to do with its high carbon... read more April 18, 2017 by


 
SimpleFuel team demonstrating home hydrogen fuel dispenser with Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

SimpleFuel home hydrogen fuel dispenser wins $1 million DoE prize

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $1 million prize to a little-known team for what you might call a new garage appliance. The SimpleFuel team—actually... read more January 23, 2017 by


 
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, 2008

Trump: Rick Perry to lead Energy Department he vowed to eliminate

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Energy is a man who once vowed to eliminate it. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is an ardent supporter of the... read more December 15, 2016 by


 
2011 Buick Regal flex-fuel badge

Fuel from emissions? Catalyst converts carbon dioxide to ethanol

At least in North America, ethanol is a contentious fuel. A decade ago, it was seen as a homegrown and carbon-neutral way to use less gasoline—and federal legislation... read more October 18, 2016 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

DoE energy-loan program (notorious for Solyndra) now turning a profit

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loan program that became a lightning rod during the 2012 presidential election is now turning a profit. The program became infamous for... read more October 16, 2016 by


 
"How to be a clean energy baller" (Courtesy of U.S. Energy Department)

Know what a 'baller' is? Wanna be one for clean energy?

Sometimes, even good intentions can't cover up poor execution. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently launched a campaign to promote clean energy in general, and... read more September 22, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Electric cars can be 'contagious,' DoE says (solar panels too), but why?

The word "contagious" is often used to describe diseases, but not all contagions are necessarily bad. Studies have found that solar panels can be "contagious," for example... read more September 11, 2016 by


 
Rendering of future Drive Oregon storefront in downtown Portland for education about electric cars

Federal funds to back Portland storefront for electric-car marketing, pop-up roadshows

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that it would award almost $1 million to Drive Oregon over three years, to fund a regional marketing campaign that will promote... read more September 1, 2016 by


 
Pastor Jonathan Wiggins recharges BMW i3 electric car in Resurrection Fellowship Church parking lot

Colorado Megachurch Goes Electric: BMW i3, Charging Stations, And More

Electric cars and organized religion aren't necessarily seen as fellow travelers, but one megachurch is bridging the two in pursuit of its mission. The Resurrection... read more February 26, 2016 by


 
Elio Motors 84 mpg 3-Wheeler [Image: Elio Motors]

Future Of '84-MPG' Elio 3-Wheeler Depends On Government Loans

Elio Motors says it's closer than ever to putting its "84-mpg" two-seat three-wheeler into production, but that still may not be close enough. The company recently secured... read more January 22, 2016 by


 
Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

Renewable Energy Doing So Well That Subsidies Could End: Energy Secretary Moniz

Government subsidies have been an important lifeline for renewable energy, helping to make different technologies viable even when costs are not in their favor. But at what... read more August 30, 2015 by


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

How Much Do Plug-In Hybrids Plug In? Volt Has Most Electric Miles, Data Shows

It's one of the big unknowns about plug-in hybrids: How much do they actually get plugged in? Battery-electric cars have to plug in to remain usable, but plug-in hybrids and... read more May 20, 2015 by


 
EcoCar 3 Chevrolet Camaro

How A Chevy Camaro Gets Greener: Student Competition In EcoCar 3

All cars are getting more fuel-efficient under the rising requirements for corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) from now through 2025. Still, if you thought about the... read more April 13, 2015 by


 

 
 

 
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