energy

October 15, 2018

Batteries are like mousetraps: If you can build a better one, the world will beat a path to your door. In 2013, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) created the RANGE Program, short for "Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems." The Department of Energy (DoE) had recognized that electrochemical energy storage (batteries) were going to play a vital role in future renewable power grids and electric vehicles.

October 01, 2018

The United States government has unveiled a slew of different Quantum Information Science (QIS) projects, with several different initiatives set to help the nation prepare for a future with quantum computers and quantum communications systems.

September 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $218 million in funding for 85 research awards in the important emerging field of Quantum Information Science (QIS).  The awards were made in conjunction with the White House Summit on Advancing American Leadership in QIS, highlighting the high priority that the Administration places on advancing this multidisciplinary area of research...

September 27, 2018

Energy Secretary Rick Perry predicted that world oil markets will be “stable” after the upcoming deadline for countries to stop buying oil from Iran. Amid fears of massive price spikes from a major oil producer effectively dropping out of the market, Perry told reporters that he’s not overly worried, and believes other nations will pick up the slack.

September 24, 2018

The first section of the FY 2019 budget to pass included funding for energy and water, the legislature, military construction and veterans’ affairs. While the year-over-year growth was not as strong for most initiatives as from FY 2017 into FY 2018, the average gain within the Department of Energy was about three percent.

September 18, 2018

Though economics might not favor nuclear power in the US, policy makers do. Last week, the House passed a bipartisan bill that originated in the Senate called the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (S. 97), which will allow the private sector to partner with US National Laboratories to vet advanced nuclear technologies. The bill also directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to lay the ground work for establishing "a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source."

September 14, 2018

Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday applauded Russia for its moves to boost oil production in advance of the reimposition of U.S. tariffs against Iran. Perry was in Moscow to meet with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak to discuss world oil markets.

September 11, 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law Monday a bill that commits the state to achieving a 100 percent renewable energy power grid by 2045. The clean energy bill sponsored by state Sen. Kevin de León (D), who is challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) for her seat this fall, makes California the world's largest economy to commit to relying completely on renewable energy generated from solar, wind and water.

August 30, 2018

Six states filed an amicus brief in support of a federal lawsuit that accuses Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration of interfering with foreign and interstate trade by denying permits for the controversial project. Attorneys general in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Kansas and Nebraska argued in the brief that Inslee and state regulators are holding coal-producing states hostage.

August 30, 2018

California lawmakers have adopted a plan for the state to transition to an energy grid devoid of electricity generated from fossil fuels by 2045. The state assembly passed the bill on Tuesday and it now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) signature. If enacted, it would put California on track to become the first state to adopt a power grid consisting of 100 percent renewable energy.

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