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GSA, Energy going alternative to run its buildings

DoE wants to make all of its roofs white or light color to help reduce the amount of heat buildings absorb. GSA is testing solar panels, geo-thermal and solar chimneys in different buildings around the country. The goal is to help reduce the government's $25 billion annual energy bill.

Tags: green government , management , Nancy Sutley , Steven Chu , Robert Peck , White House , Council on Environmental Quality , GSA , Green buildings , GreenGov Symposium , solar panels , Jason Miller , Greening of Government: buildings

Wednesday - 10/06/2010, 07:30am EDT
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A path forward for the Gulf Coast

This week Navy Secretary Ray Mabus released a report that calls for establishing a congressionally mandated Gulf Coast Restoration Task Force to coordinate federal, state and local actions to restore the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Tags: Must Reads , Dorobek Insider , Gulf Coast , Navy , Ray Mabus , environment , oil spill , Deepwater Horizon ,

Friday - 10/01/2010, 01:56pm EDT

WeatherBug would help Energy follow the fallout

During chemical, biological, and radiological/nuclear atmospheric releases, the more information available about which way the wind is blowing, the better. To that end, WeatherBug, DHS and DOE are working together. Details from WeatherBug's Bill Callahan.

Tags: Federal Drive , collaboration , management , DHS , DoE , AWS , weatherBug , Bill Callahan , Suzanne Kubota

Friday - 10/01/2010, 10:41am EDT
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Competitive purchasing of energy could apply to individuals, groups

Reverse auctions -- in which the bidder is the seller -- have helped larges companies and cities save millions of dollars in energy costs and could be used for individuals and neighborhoods, according to a Southeastern Louisiana University professor in

Tags: Must Reads , Dorobek Insider , reverse auction , David Wyld , Southeastern Louisiana University

Wednesday - 09/29/2010, 03:45pm EDT

OMB, CIO Council issues new IPv6 guidance

Agencies must make their data networks compliant with the IPv6 protocol now. The government and private industry face a looming crisis as Internet addresses defined by an increasingly dated technical protocol run out, possibly as early as next year. Agencies must first upgrade external servers to run the new protocol.

Tags: technology , IPv6 , OMB , Vivek Kundra , Commerce , Larry Strickling , NTIA , American Registry for Internet Numbers , Pete Tseronis , DoD , Ron Broersma , CIO Council , Max Cacas

Tuesday - 09/28/2010, 03:50pm EDT
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Energy contracts help agencies reach green goals

DoE set up Energy Savings Performance Contracts with several different companies to work under a share-in-savings approach to reduce agency utility bills. Agencies do not have to pay upfront costs to move electricity or other infrastructure away from fossil fuels. The contracts could help agencies meet the White House's carbon footprint and greenhouse goals.

Tags: management , Skye Schell , White House , Navy , Justice , green government , energy efficiency , carbon footprint , greenhouse gas emissions , energy service companies , Energy Savings Performance Contracts , Jason Miller

Thursday - 08/19/2010, 06:59am EDT
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Cutting-edge research projects change face of energy

The Energy Department has awarded $92 million for 43 cutting-edge research projects aimed at improving how Americans use and produce energy. Dr. Arun Majumdar, the Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, tells us why these organizations were awarded the money.

Tags: DorobekInsider , Arun Majumdar , ARPA-E , technology

Monday - 08/02/2010, 05:04pm EDT
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New federal energy policy may get more electric vehicles on roads

The Obama administration crafted the comprehensive New Energy for America Plan.

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Tuesday - 07/27/2010, 11:56am EDT

Grants Fund Study of Alternative Refrigeration

A Milwaukee-based company is about to begin research on an alternative form of refrigeration for cooling buildings, under a $2-point-nine million dollar energy research grant funded through the federal stimulus package. Using a solid state cooling technology, the privately held Astronautics Corporation of America will research a type of magnetic refrigeration that does not rely on a liquid-based refrigerant. Energy Department officials say, if successful, the breakthrough system could achieve significant energy efficiency, greatly reducing system operating costs compared to conventional compression systems, in addition to producing zero greenhouse gases. In all, $30 million dollars in grant money is being given to 17 different projects around the country that focus on a variety of novel approaches to air-conditioning.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , DoE , Scott Carr

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 02:26pm EDT

China passes U.S. as world's biggest energy consumer

China is now the world's biggest energy consumer.

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Monday - 07/19/2010, 01:54pm EDT
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