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  1. DOE ups HydroNEXT funding for pumped-storage, conventional hydroelectric power technologies

    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $9.8 million in funding toward pumped-storage and hydroelectric power conversion technologies as part of its HydroNEXT program. The initiative is being administered by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and seeks make hydro development easier through the development of modular, cost-efficient innovations. Selected for the pumped-storage sector were: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colo.): NREL will couple a Ternary pumped-storage unit with "sophisticated" transmission monitoring and control equipment, making the project a proof-of-concept for improving pumped-storage components' integration into other renewables projects; Obermeyer Hydro Accessories Inc. (Wellington, Colo.): Obermeyer is developing reversible pump turbines with submersible permanent magnet motor generators. DOE said the scalability and versatility of this design makes it applicable for a number of storage projects; and Shell Energy North America (Houston): Shell is investigating the feasibility of building a 5 MW closed-loop project that will include an artificial upper reservoir, a floating barge housing generating equipment, and a submerged, bag-like lower reservoir. Receiving funding to advance technologies for adding generation to non-powered dams were: Canyon Hydro (Deming, Wash.): Canyon will work to further optimize the design of traditional Archimedes screws for use in low-head high-flow sites, while also looking to reduce manufacturing and transportation costs through modular designs; Natel Energy, Inc. (Alameda, Calif.): Natel will test a lab-scale version of its "hydroEngine" turbine, which it describes as a "linear Pelton"; and Rickly Hydrological Co. (Columbus, Ohio): Rickly will design and lab-test powertrain, modular infrastructure components and design software designed to simplifiy small hydrodevelopment at non-powered dams. "The non-powered dam technology projects will help tap this resource by supporting the development of low-head, modular designs, which use separate, similar components that can be easily integrated and scaled to greater capacities," EERE said, noting that only 3% of all dam infrastructure in the U.S. generates power. "Modular designs can reduce infrastructure and construction costs and operate flexibly over a range of conditions at existing dams." The HydroNEXT plan was unveiled by DOE concurrently with its Hydropower Vision plan at HydroVision International 2016.

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  2. SEL Named to DOE Cybersecurity Research Team

    The U.S. Department of Energy will fund a team that includes representatives from SEL, Veracity and Sempra Renewables. The group will focus on developing tools to reduce the vulnerable cyber surfaces of energy delivery systems.

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  3. Future uncertain for wind and solar power in Trump's America

    President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  4. Perry pledges strong support for DOE , energy research efforts

    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) praised the US Department of Energy’s research programs, said he would try to protect their funding, and repudiated his call as a 2012 presidential candidate for DOE ’s elimination during the US Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee’s hearing on his nomination ...

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  1. Renewable sector jobs to increase in 2017, DOE report says

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  2. Trump DOE nominee Perry presided over Texas wind power boom

    Perry, 66, left office in 2015 and then launched his second ill-fated bid for the GOP presidential nomination

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  3. Rick Perry says he regrets calling to eliminate DOE

    Perry also pledged to promote and develop American energy in all forms

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  4. In energy review, DOE calls for upgrading power grid technology

    DOE said that of the initial report’s 63 recommendations, 21 are fully or partially reflected in federal law and 29 have been fully implemented through actions by the administration

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  5. ITC wins DOE permit for Lake Erie transmission project

    A DOE Presidential Permit is required for international border-crossing projects 

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  6. DOE issues notice of sale from SPR sites

    The US Department of Energy formally announced that it will sell as much as 8 million bbl of sweet crude oil from three Strategic Petroleum Reserve storage sites at competitive prices.

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  7. API official lists policy areas for upcoming confirmation hearings

    US senators considering nominees to lead the US Departments of the Interior and Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency should ask about ways policies can be improved to create jobs, benefit consumers, and improve the general economy and domestic energy security, an American Petroleum ...

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  8. Energy chief: Bid to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump doomed

    Any effort to revive the long-dormant nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain is doomed to fail because the project lacks support from elected officials in the state, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday.

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

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