WASHINGTON—The U.S. Energy Department says it will ban its scientists and other employees from participating in talent-recruitment programs sponsored by China and other countries suspected of using the programs to obtain sensitive technology. In a memo issued Friday, the department said it would require all its personnel and contracted scientists to declare any connections to programs from countries the department determines as “sensitive.” Employees with the connections will be asked to either sever those ties or resign their... … [Read more...] about Energy Department to Ban Foreign Talent- Recruitment Programs
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Fuel Cell Technologies Office announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). This MOU aims to enhance collaboration on hydrogen and fuel cell research and development (R&D) with the state of Michigan to promote private investment and domestic job creation. Through this MOU, MEDC will leverage capabilities at DOE's national laboratories to enhance analysis and data collection to guide future R&D. Michigan and DOE will also work to develop emerging hydrogen infrastructure technologies and grow the domestic supply chain. DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office focuses on advancing an innovative portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through early-stage applied research and technology development. Technology R&D includes hydrogen production (from diverse domestic resources, including renewable, fossil, and nuclear resources), infrastructure development (including … [Read more...] about Energy Department Announces Collaboration with Michigan to Advance Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
By Erin Douglas Published 11:40 am CST, Thursday, January 17, 2019 A horse grazes near Calpine's Brazos Valley Power Plant in Richmond, Texas. The company has a fleet of natural gas fired plants. A horse grazes near Calpine's Brazos Valley Power Plant in Richmond, Texas. The company has a fleet of natural gas fired plants. Photo: Calpine / Calpine Photo: Calpine / Calpine Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A horse grazes near Calpine's Brazos Valley Power Plant in Richmond, Texas. The company has a fleet of natural gas fired plants. A horse grazes near Calpine's Brazos Valley Power Plant in Richmond, Texas. The company has a fleet of natural gas fired plants. Photo: Calpine / Calpine Record production of … [Read more...] about Record production of natural gas to continue through 2020, Energy Department projects
WASHINGTON—Worried the U.S. may be falling behind rivals in nuclear-power technology, the Energy Department plans to spend $115 million to help develop advanced fuels for next-generation reactors. Under a three-year pilot project announced Monday, the money would go to an Ohio company to produce a more energy-dense uranium, which the nuclear industry has been asking for to support a budding industry of smaller reactors. Department... … [Read more...] about Energy Department Initiative Aims to Keep U.S. Competitive on Nuclear-Plant Fuel
close Video Is the US close to energy independence under Trump? America becomes a net oil exporter for the first time in 75 years; former CEO of Gulf Oil Joseph Petrowski reacts. A U.S. Energy Department plan that would force power companies to buy electricity from coal-fired and nuclear-power plants at higher than market prices is projected cost some $34 billion in its first two years – a bill that will be passed on to consumers. Your light, power and heating costs will climb if the plan goes through. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees electricity rates, shot down the plan in January. The commission found that the costs outweighed the benefits and that the Energy Department did not provide enough evidence to justify massive subsidies to power plants that can’t compete with cheaper, natural gas-fired electric utilities. The White House then decided to appoint commissioners who support its subsidy plans. President Trump nominated Bernard … [Read more...] about Why is the Trump Energy Department pushing a plan to hike your electricity bill?