Last week,House Democratic leaders attempting to pass what historically been a bipartisan science bill supporting funding for the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science and National Institute of Standards and Technology, were unsuccessful forcing them to pull America Competes from floor consideration when the Republicans slashed the measure’s funding levels through a motion that included language on pornography. Failing to pass the bill on two separate attempts, Democrats are furious in that this disappointing outcome effectively killed the US$85 billion legislation (HR 5116) which is focused on elevating U.S. economic competitiveness through federal support of various science and technology education and research programs. House Republican leaders also offered a motion to recommit the bill to the House Science and Technology, reduce levels for most programs and shorten the bill’s lifespan; fiscal years 2014 and 2015 would be dropped. As currently written, the America Competes Reauthorization Act would renew a 2007 law (PL 110-69) and authorize spending from fiscal 2011 through 2015 for research programs at the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Energy Department.
Northern Powergrid Part of Industry-Leading Collaboration to Explore Future Energy Systems
Northern Powergrid is supporting Northern Gas Networks` (NGN) recent launch (9/11) of InTEGReL (Integrated Transport Electricity Gas Research Laboratory), the UK`s first fully integrated energy systems research, development and demonstration site as part of its work to develop a fully integrated, zero carbon energy network moving from cleaner to clean, greener to green. The £30 million site in Gateshead, which will be operated in collaboration with Northern Powergrid and Newcastle University, in partnership...
The Most Efficient Form of Renewable Energy
The renewable energy sector is growing fast. Its strength lies in its diversity and its numerous tangible benefits. This infographic explores the different types that are currently in use. Learn more about how they work and how experts determine their efficiency. Renewable energy accounted for a tenth of the total US energy consumption in 2015. Half of this was in the form of electricity. There are a several possible sources including geothermal, solar, wind, hydroelectricity and biomass. Biomass has the biggest...
Energy Department Invests up to $32 Million to Improve Resilience of the Nation`s Power Grid
The U.S. Energy Department recently announced up to $32 million for seven Resilient Distribution Systems projects, which will support early stage research and development of next-generation tools and technologies that will further improve the resilience of the nation`s electric grid. This is the second round of funding under the Department`s Grid Modernization Initiative, a DOE-wide collaboration primarily supported by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Office of Electricity...
U.S. Energy Department Announces Achievement of SunShot Goal, New Focus for Solar Energy Office
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently (9/12) released new research that shows the solar industry has achieved the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target set by the SunShot Initiative. Largely due to rapid cost declines in solar photovoltaic (PV) hardware, the average price of utility-scale solar is now 6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Given this success, DOE is looking beyond SunShot's 2020 goals with an expanded 2030 vision for the Solar Energy Technologies Office. Specifically, while DOE will continue...
Energy Department Invests Up to $50 Million to Improve the Resilience and Security of the Nation's Critical Energy Infrastructure
The U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 12 announced awards of up to $50 million to DOE's National Laboratories to support early stage research and development of next-generation tools and technologies to further improve the resilience of the Nation's critical energy infrastructure, including the electric grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure. This investment builds on the Department's ongoing efforts toward the rapid development and widespread adoption of tools and technologies that will help create a more...