Buildings are the single largest energy-consuming sector in the U.S. economy, representing approximately 75% of the nation’s electricity use and 40% of its total energy demand, resulting in Americans spending nearly $400 billion each year to power homes, offices, schools, hospitals, and other commercial and residential buildings.
The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a notice Thursday that it is starting the “scoping” process for an environmental review to examine the impact of leasing drilling rights to companies in ANWR’s 1.6 million-acre coastal plain.
Under the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), DOE will fund about 70 projects to advance both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) technologies, as well as facilitate the secure integration of those technologies into the nation’s electricity grid. Funding will also support efforts that prepare the workforce for the solar industry’s future needs.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) cannot carry out its mission of strengthening the nation’s security through cutting-edge science, technology and engineering without a world-class workforce. As part of the network of National Labs, we also have a critical role in ensuring American competitiveness by helping to develop new generations of science and engineering leaders.
Within the Department of Energy, every program will see at least a 10 percent increase in their budget. And advanced computing and fusion power research--a long-promised and oft-overhyped form of nuclear energy--get an extra raise. At this moment, 35 countries are collaborating on ITER, an experimental magnetic fusion device in southern France, and with this bill the US increased its investment to $122 million.
The batteries that power our modern world--from phones to drones to electric cars--will soon experience something not heard of in years: Their capacity to store electricity will jump by double-digit percentages, according to researchers, developers and manufacturers.
The Securing Energy Infrastructure Act, cosponsored by Sens. Angus King, I-Maine, and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, advanced out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on a voice vote.
A funny thing happened to the oil and gas industry as it lay flat on the mat after the collapse of oil prices about four years ago. It figured out how to get up and start investing for the future again. While scores of exploration and production companies went bankrupt and more than 200,000 American energy industry workers lost their jobs, some resourceful producers figured out how to slash costs and boost efficiency.
He said that while vast resources unlocked by unconventional shale activity have boosted the U.S. economy, such technological innovations could be duplicated in energy-starved regions of the world to increase energy security and quality of life in other nations. “It is by embracing this new energy realism that we will all move towards greater energy security and a brighter, more prosperous future,” he said, suggesting that growth in supplies of oil and gas resources is still needed to overcome global energy poverty.