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Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has been distinguished as one of the more promising methods for assessing potential carbon dioxide storage sites, and is now the focus of a series of the DOE’s “best practices” manuals.


Glass stronger than steel? A new damage-tolerant metallic glass featuring strength and toughness beyond any known material has been developed by researchers from the DOE’s Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. 


The DOE has announced the finalization of plans for a $1.45 billion loan towards an Abengoa  Solar Inc. solar plant project near Gila Bend, AZ. 

President Obama has signed a bill that will extend many energy efficiency and renewable energy provisions through 2011. 

A successful full-scale test of hyperbaric centrifuge technology at a Jim Walter Resources Inc. coal-cleaning plant in Alabama has demonstrated the value of this revolutionary innovation.


According to a recent study, the cancer-causing chromium-6 compound has been found polluting tap water in 31 U.S. cities.  Approximately 74 million Americans in 42 states consume water that is polluted with the chromium-6 chemical.


A $17.1 million loan has been finalized for the AES Westover facility.  Located in Johnson City NY, the AES project is designed to provide a new stable, energy-efficient electrical grid for the state.


Researchers from the Department of Horticulture at The Pennsylvania State University have published a study evaluating the suitability of five common plants featured on green roofs. Green roofs are typically associated with improved air quality, reduced stormwater runoff, and heat mitigation.


ASHRAE leaders have met with U.S. Army officials regarding the adaptation and implementation of ASHRAE Standard 189.1, which incorporates requirements of the green building standard and sustainability.



Great River Energy’s DryFining technology has been recognized in the 2010 Coal Project of the Year via Power Engineering magazine. DryFining is a method to control cost-effective coal-based power plant emissions while improving fuel quality.


The Children’s Hospital of Alabama is on its way to becoming the first LEED certified hospital in Alabama, thanks to an arrangement with Johnson Controls.  Johnson Controls worked with the hospital to develop and maintain a central energy plant.


The DOE has announced allocation of up to $5 million in seed funding to hire a Program Administrator for the country’s Superior Energy Performance certification program. 

Firestone Building Products Company, LLC has backed a sustainable roofing guideline known as RoofPoint.
A cool roof installation has been completed on the Department of Energy’s HQ. The “coolest” part of this roofing project?  There were no incremental costs to adding the cool roof as part of the project, and it will save taxpayers around $2,000 a year in building energy costs. 

5,700 years of carbon dioxide storage potential could be available in locations in the U.S. and Canada, according to research from the DOE’s Carbon Sequestration Atlas (Atlas III).


The GBCI has rolled out LEED Fellow, a program designed to recognize exceptional contributions to green building and significant achievement within the community of LEED Professionals.


U.S Energy Secretary Steven Chu has joined other government agencies in launching the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative to promote energy efficiency exports.


The national bed bug problem plaguing facilities will be addressed by the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup in February at the bed bug summit. The summit is open to the public and will focus on areas of bed bug control and management.


The DOE has announced the first companies and industrial plants to be qualified under the Superior Energy Performance program. The energy management program is accredited by the ANSI and will serve as a guide for facilities to improve efficiency and maintain competitiveness in today’s market.


ASHRAE will be taking aim HVAC air leakage issues and topics during the AHR Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. A Practical Guide for Reducing Air Leakage in HVAC Air Systems will take place on Monday, Jan 31 with an update to Standard 90.01 – 2010 Update: How it Affects You,  on Tuesday, Feb 1st.

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