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Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

 November 23, 2022

Thankful for Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future

We at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy are counting our blessings. We are grateful for the privilege of serving the American people by investing in technologies that can help us build an equitable, clean power system. Read about some of our recent advancements toward the clean energy transition.  

Funding Updates 

DOE Announces Nearly $74 Million To Advance Domestic Battery Recycling And Reuse, Strengthen Nation’s Battery Supply Chain

DOE announced nearly $74 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for 10 projects that will advance technologies and processes for electric vehicle battery recycling and reuse. The funding supports the reintegration of used batteries into the supply chain to meet increased battery demand and reduce reliance on foreign sources for critical materials.

Energy Efficiency News

U.S. Joins International Collaboration to Decarbonize Energy-Intensive Industries

On November 17, Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm announced that the United States will join Mission Innovation’s Net-Zero Industries Mission. Read about how this international partnership will bring together thought leaders from across the globe to develop and accelerate the deployment of cost-competitive technologies needed to decarbonize energy-intensive industrial sectors.

Renewable News

Prize Winners Continue Advancing Innovative Pumped Storage Hydropower Technologies

For nearly 100 years, pumped storage hydropower (PSH) has helped power the United States. Today, 43 PSH facilities across the country account for 93% of utility-scale energy storage. As the nation works to transition to clean energy, read about the way hydropower technology will play a crucial role in achieving that goal.

Energy Equity

One Year of Communities LEAP

One year ago, DOE launched the Communities Local Energy Action Pilot Program (Communities LEAP) to empower 24 low-income or energy burdened communities to custom-design their own pathways to a sustainable, resilient, equitable clean energy future. Read about how DOE is providing technical assistance to help these communities achieve their energy goals.

Careers at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Internships, Scholarships, and Fellowships 

Carbon Dioxide Removal: Reducing our Footprint

Earn $5,000 toward your undergraduate education by designing an infographic about the leading methods used to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Submissions are due by November 30 and must include at least four current carbon-dioxide removal methods.

Geothermal Internship Opportunity

To help advance the geothermal energy industry, the DOE and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) have announced a new internship program. This collaboration is part of NSF’s INTERN program and will support 10 to 20 six-month research internships per year for projects that advance geothermal technologies. 

Events and Webinars 

Clean Energy Technology Deployment on Tribal Lands Funding Opportunity

November 29 | 3 p.m. ET

Learn about this funding opportunity from the Office of Indian Energy including a discussion on eligibility requirements, and how applications will be selected for funding.

Powering Unelectrified Tribal Buildings Funding Opportunity

December 1 | 3 p.m. ET

Learn about this funding opportunity for unelectrified tribal buildings including eligibility requirements, and how applications will be selected for funding.

The Thrill of Bills: Leveraging Your Water Bills to Maximize Efficiency

December 6 | 11 a.m. ET

Learn how to capitalize on energy efficiency by understanding your utility bills and water rates.

The Big Heat Pump Push – How are Programs, Contractors, and the Grid Responding?

December 8 | 1 p.m. ET

The International Energy Agency projects the installed heat pump stock to jump from 180 to 600 million by 2030. In this peer exchange call, learn what is happening on the ground to make this a reality.