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    1. Energy Department Announces up to $30 Million for Projects to Integrate Solar into the Nation’s Electric Grid | Department of Energy

      Energy Department Announces up to $30 Million for Projects to Integrate Solar into the Nation’s Electric Grid | Department of Energy

      Today, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative announced up to $30 million in new projects to support the integration of solar energy into the nation’s electric grid, while diversifying the nation’s electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid. SunShot will fund 13 projects with a total of up to $30 million to develop next-generation grid planning and operation tools that help to integrate more solar power with the grid.

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    2. DOE Invests $6 Million to Accelerate Next-Generation Advanced Energy Systems

      DOE Invests $6 Million to Accelerate Next-Generation Advanced Energy Systems

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected two projects to advance key technologies that will enable development of next-generation advanced energy systems. The projects will receive $6 million of Phase 2 research funding from DOE with a performance period of approximately 3 years. The projects were selected from among five DOE-funded Phase 1 projects, recently completed by private partners. Next-generation advanced energy systems include advanced combustion, chemical looping, gasification, turbines, fuel cells, gas cleaning and separation technologies, and carbon dioxide separation and capture technologies. Innovations for these systems will complement the nation’s clean energy and climate change goals by enabling high efficiency, near-zero emissions, and effective carbon capture. 

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    3. Energy Department Announces $30 Million Expansion of U.S.–India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research

      Energy Department Announces $30 Million Expansion of U.S.–India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research

      WASHINGTON – Building on our strong international partnerships to accelerate grid modernization, research and deployment, the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability today announced a new Funding Opportunity Announcement for joint research on smart grid and energy storage under the U.S.–India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R). The Energy Department (DOE) and the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) are each committing $1.5 million per year for five years to the expanded research effort, subject to congressional appropriations. The United States and Indian private sectors will match the respective government commitments, resulting in a combined $30 million public-private research investment over the next five years.

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    4. Energy Department Invests $19 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings

      Energy Department Invests $19 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings

      The Energy Department announced today it is investing $19 million to improve the efficiency of our nation’s homes, offices, schools, hospitals, restaurants and stores. These projects will develop advanced building technologies that will help American consumers and businesses save money on their utility bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs.

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    5. Energy Department Announces $25 Million to Accelerate Integration of Solar Energy into Nation's Electrical Grid

      Energy Department Announces $25 Million to Accelerate Integration of Solar Energy into Nation's Electrical Grid

      WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Energy Department’s ongoing efforts to modernize the nation’s grid through the Grid Modernization Initiative, the Energy Department today announced $25 million in available funding through an effort called Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid. Since President Obama took office, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S. has increased 23-fold—from 1.2 gigawatts in 2008 to an estimated 27.4 gigawatts in 2015, with one million systems now in operation. One of the key challenges to further solar deployment is the ability to integrate distributed generation sources like rooftop solar panels into the grid while balancing that generation with traditional utility generation to keep reliable and cost-effective power flowing to homes and businesses. Today’s funding opportunity announcement will help support companies working to meet that challenge.  

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    6. US Department of Energy Launches $40 Million Effort to Improve Materials for Clean Energy Solutions

      US Department of Energy Launches $40 Million Effort to Improve Materials for Clean Energy Solutions

      Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the launch of its Energy Materials Network (EMN), a new National Laboratory-led initiative that will give American entrepreneurs and manufacturers a leg up in the global race for clean energy. Leveraging $40 million in federal funding in its first year, EMN will focus on tackling one of the major barriers to widespread commercialization of clean energy technologies: the design, testing, and production of advanced materials. By strengthening and facilitating industry access to the unique scientific and technical advanced materials innovation resources available at DOE’s National Labs, the network will help bring these materials to market more quickly. 

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    7. Energy Department Announces $18 Million to Develop Solar Energy Storage Solutions, Boost Grid Resiliency

      Energy Department Announces $18 Million to Develop Solar Energy Storage Solutions, Boost Grid Resiliency

      As part of the Energy Department’s Grid Modernization Initiative announced by Secretary Ernest Moniz last week to improve the resiliency, reliability and security of the nation’s electrical power grid, DOE today announced $18 million in funding for six new projects across the United States. These projects will enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective solar technologies that incorporate energy storage to power American homes after the sun sets or when clouds are overhead.

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    8. Grid Modernization Fact Sheet

      Grid Modernization Fact Sheet

      Our nation’s electric grid is the backbone of our economy, a key factor in future economic growth, and a critical component of our energy security. Modernizing and revitalizing our electric grid to make it is easier to bring online renewable source of energy is top priority for President Obama. Through the Recovery Act, the Department of Energy invested more than $4.5 billion in modernizing the grid. This included more than $3.3 billion in smart grid technology deployment and an additional $685 million in smart grid regional and energy storage demonstration projects. As a result of these investments, the nation’s grid is now more reliable, resilient, flexible, efficient, and secure.

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    9. DOE Announces $220 Million in Grid Modernization Funding

      DOE Announces $220 Million in Grid Modernization Funding

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today built on its Grid Modernization Initiative – an ongoing effort that reflects the Obama Administration’s commitment to improving the resiliency, reliability, and security of the nation’s electricity delivery system. During his visit to a utility control center in Miami, FL today, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the release of DOE’s comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan, a blueprint for modernizing the grid. The Secretary also announced the award of up to $220 million over three years, subject to congressional appropriations, to DOE’s National Labs and partners to support critical research and development in advanced storage systems, clean energy integration, standards and test procedures, and a number of other key grid modernization areas. Additional programs, initiatives, and funding opportunity announcements related to the Grid Modernization Initiative will be announced in the coming days.

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    10. Secretary Moniz Awards $125 Million for 41 Transformational Energy Technology Projects Ahead of COP21 in Paris

      Secretary Moniz Awards $125 Million for 41 Transformational Energy Technology Projects Ahead of COP21 in Paris

      U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced $125 million across 41 cutting-edge energy technologies awarded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). These new projects are funded under ARPA-E’s OPEN 2015 program and come in advance of the COP21 U.N. Climate Negotiations in Paris next week. The announcement was made at D.C. technology incubator 1776 at an event that focused on leveraging America’s top innovators to find technological solutions to combat climate change, enhance security and solve pressing energy challenges around the globe.

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    11. Energy Department Announces Nearly $23 Million in Awards to Bring New Solar Technologies to Market

      Energy Department Announces Nearly $23 Million in Awards to Bring New Solar Technologies to Market

      In support of President Obama’s comprehensive efforts to combat climate change and develop low-carbon alternatives to traditional electricity sources, the Energy Department today announced $22.7 million for 23 projects that will significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems across a variety of technologies. The tools, technologies, and services developed by these new projects aim to reduce the costs of technologies, including photovoltaics (PV); tracking systems; PV, load, and storage integration; grid monitoring; and power electronics—all while cutting soft costs related to customer acquisition, permitting, project siting, financing, interconnection, and inspection.

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    12. Secretary Moniz and Indian Minister Goyal Chair US-India Energy Dialogue

      Secretary Moniz and Indian Minister Goyal Chair US-India Energy Dialogue

      As the world’s two largest democracies, the United States and India share the goals of strengthening economies and protecting the environment. This is why the United States and India are committed to working together to find answers to some of the biggest challenges of our time.  When President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met earlier this year, clean energy cooperation was a key topic of discussion. The United States and India are already working together on a number of important energy initiatives. Our Joint Clean Energy R&D Center (under PACE-R) is pushing technological innovation in solar energy, biofuels, and energy efficiency for buildings.  Soon, we plan to expand this research partnership into the critical areas of smart grids and energy storage for grid applications.

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    13. September 10th Webinar for the Energy Storage Safety Working Group on Safety Validation and Risk Assessment R&D

      September 10th Webinar for the Energy Storage Safety Working Group on Safety Validation and Risk Assessment R&D

      On Thursday, September 10, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), together with Sandia National Laboratories, will present a kick-off webinar for the Energy Storage Safety Working Group on Safety Validation and Risk Assessment Research and Development. Information on current energy storage safety R&D across government, industry and academia will be shared, as well as activities from the other two OE Energy Storage Safety working groups on Codes, Standards, and Regulations, and Outreach.

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    14. President Obama Announces More Than a Billion Dollars in Energy Department Initiatives to Advance Innovative Clean Energy Technologies

      President Obama Announces More Than a Billion Dollars in Energy Department Initiatives to Advance Innovative Clean Energy Technologies

      President Obama today announced more than one billion dollars in Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives to drive innovation and accelerate the clean energy economy. As part of the President’s Clean Power Plan, DOE’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) is making up to one billion dollars in loan guarantees available to support commercial-scale distributed energy projects, such as rooftop solar with storage and smart grid technology. In addition, through the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), DOE is awarding $24 million in funding for 11 high-performance solar power projects that could lower the cost and improve the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems.

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    15. April 7 Webinar on OE’s Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure Initiative FOA

      April 7 Webinar on OE’s Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure Initiative FOA

      On April 7, Dan Ton, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dr. Imre Gyuk, Manager of the Energy Storage Program, and Dr. Carol Hawk, Manager of the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems Program, will be featured speakers during a webinar on OE’s Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure Initiative (REDI) Funding Opportunity Announcement. Hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), the webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 7, from 1:30 PM until 3:00 PM EDT. The webinar will feature presentations by DOE officials administering the solicitation, with time for questions from the audience.

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    16. Webinar March 26: Energy Storage for a Greener and More Resilient Grid

      Webinar March 26: Energy Storage for a Greener and More Resilient Grid

      IEEE Smart Grid is hosting the webinar “Energy Storage for a Greener and More Resilient Grid” on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. The presentation by OE’s Dr. Imre Gyuk will discuss multi-megawatt applications of a variety of energy storage technologies, including major storage facilities recently constructed in Texas, California, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico under the Recovery Act.

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    17. Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Systems

      Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Systems

      While renewable energy systems are capable of powering houses and small businesses without any connection to the electricity grid, many people prefer the advantages that grid-connection offers. A grid-connected system allows you to power your home or small business with renewable energy during those periods (daily as well as seasonally) when the sun is shining, the water is running, or the wind is blowing. Any excess electricity you produce is fed back into the grid. When renewable resources are unavailable, electricity from the grid supplies your needs, eliminating the expense of electricity storage devices like batteries.

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    18. Changing What's Possible at the 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

      Changing What's Possible at the 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

      When the sixth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit convenes outside Washington, D.C., next week, more than 2,000 technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts and government thought leaders will gather to discuss America’s most pressing energy issues -- and to find ways to move promising new energy technologies out of the lab and into the market. As the nation’s preeminent energy innovation event, this annual conference and technology showcase attracts experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s complex energy challenges in new ways. The Summit offers a unique three-day program full of insightful keynotes and impactful networking sessions, as well as a firsthand look at hundreds of emerging new energy technologies.

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    19. January 14 ESTAP Webinar: DOE OE Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan

      January 14 ESTAP Webinar: DOE OE Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan

      On Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 2:30 - 4 p.m. ET, Clean Energy States Alliance will host a webinar on the OE strategic plan, released in December 2014, which provides a roadmap for grid energy storage safety. OE's Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, will present an overview of the strategic plan. The plan addresses the full range of grid-, utility-, community-, and residential-scale energy storage technologies. Other webinar speakers include Sean Hearne of Sandia National Labs, discussing the need to develop tools and techniques to validate the safety of fully integrated energy storage systems; Kenneth Willette of the National Fire Protection Agency on the needs of the first responder community to prepare for, prevent, and respond to safety incidents with energy storage systems; and Vincent Sprenkle of Pacific Northwestern National Lab highlighting the key challenges and gaps in current codes, standards, and regulations affecting energy storage safety.

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    20. Secretary Moniz Announces $125 Million OPEN Solicitation for Transformational Energy Projects

      Secretary Moniz Announces $125 Million OPEN Solicitation for Transformational Energy Projects

      U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced today at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is issuing its third open funding opportunity announcement, OPEN 2015, for up to $125 million. OPEN 2015 will support energy research and development projects from America’s top innovators for disruptive new technologies in transportation and stationary applications.

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    21. DOE Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan Now Available

      DOE Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan Now Available

      The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has worked with industry and other stakeholders to develop the Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan, a roadmap for grid energy storage safety that highlights safety validation techniques, incident preparedness, safety codes, standards, and regulations. The Plan, which is now available for downloading, also makes recommendations for near- and long-term actions.  The Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan complements two reports released by OE earlier this year: the Overview of Development and Deployment of Codes, Standards and Regulations Affecting Energy Storage System Safety in the United States and the Inventory of Safety-related Codes and Standards for Energy Storage Systems.

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    22. Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Integrate Affordable Solar Energy into Nation’s Electrical Grid

      Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Integrate Affordable Solar Energy into Nation’s Electrical Grid

      Supporting the goals of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department today announced $15 million in available funding to help integrate distributed, on-site solar energy systems into the nation’s electrical grid. With more solar power installed in the United States in the last 18 months than in 30 years prior, solar is shattering records. Since President Obama took office, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S. has increased more than thirteen fold – from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to an estimated 15.9 GW today – enough to power the equivalent of 3.2 million average American homes. As more solar comes online, the Energy Department is working to address the challenges of solar power, such as the variability of available sunshine during the day, and developing solutions to better integrate solar photovoltaics (PV) with electric power systems throughout the grid.

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    23. EAC September 2014 Meeting Final Work Products Now Available

      EAC September 2014 Meeting Final Work Products Now Available

      Four documents approved at the September 2014 meeting by the Electricity Advisory Committee and delivered to the Department of Energy are now available for downloading. The mission of the Electricity Advisory Committee is to provide advice to DOE in implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005, executing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and modernizing the nation's electricity delivery infrastructure. The members of the EAC represent a broad cross-section of experts in the electric power delivery arena, including representatives from industry, public interest groups, utilities, and state government.

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    24. Department of Energy Announces Quadrennial Energy Review Public Meeting in New York City

      Department of Energy Announces Quadrennial Energy Review Public Meeting in New York City

      The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis will host a public meeting in New York City, on Monday, October 6, to receive stakeholder input to the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), an administration-wide effort to make recommendations regarding key infrastructure needed for the transmission, storage and distribution of energy.

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