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News Archives - 2012

December 30, 2012

NREL NOVA Analyses for Federal Agencies In FY 2013

In fiscal year (FY) 2012,the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) offered NREL's Optimal Vehicle Acquisition (NOVA) analyses to interested Federal agency fleets. FEMP will again be offering agency-wide vehicle acquisition assistance to national Federal fleet managers in FY 2013.

December 29, 2012

NREL's Technical Assistance Teams Jump START Energy Projects in Alaska

Technical experts from NREL scored big wins recently in supporting some of the five Alaska Native Tribes selected by DOE's Office of Indian Energy (DOE-IE) to receive on-site renewable energy and energy efficiency technical assistance.

December 28, 2012

Clean Cities YouTube Channel Offers Videos on Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles

The NREL-developed Clean Cities YouTube channel offers informative videos that can help vehicle fleet managers and transportation decision makers reduce petroleum use by gleaning insight from a variety of alternative transportation topics.

December 28, 2012

Alaska Natives Benefit from First-Ever Community Energy Development Workshop

As Alaska Native villages prepared for winter and the intensified energy challenges the season will bring, NREL contributed to an Alaska Native Community Development workshop focused on solutions to those challenges.

June 27, 2012

Clean Cities National Parks Initiative Cuts Ribbon on Three Pilot Projects, Announces New Projects

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Clean Cities program selected the Grand Teton, Mammoth Cave, and Yellowstone national parks to pilot the CCNPI. For over a year, Clean Cities Coalitions, National Parks Service (NPS) personnel, and the Clean Cities team at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) worked together to identify the best ways to incorporate alternative fuels and implement outreach efforts.

June 25, 2012

With NREL's Support, USVI Reaches Landmark Solar Deal

In February 2010, the U.S. Virgin Islands partnered with the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior on the Energy Development in Island Nations initiative. The goal was to reduce the territory's dependence on fossil fuel 60% by 2025. Today, thanks to the Energy Department's financial support and technical assistance from NREL, the islands' energy landscape is greening.

June 18, 2012

Climate Action Planning Tool Wins Nielsen Norman Group Best Application Design Award

NREL's Climate Action Planning Tool has received a “Best Application Design – Workflow Applications” award from the Nielsen Norman Group—a Web industry leader specializing in user experience and usability—in its annual Web application contest.

May 21, 2012

Kaupuni Village: The First Net-Zero Affordable Housing Community in Hawaii

Kaupuni Village is located on land provided by the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, which selected native Hawaiian's from a waiting list to help them attain home ownership on an island where the average median home price is $600,000. Kaupuni Village homes range from $260,000 for a 4-bedroom and $212,000 for a 3-bedroom.

May 17, 2012

NREL Helps Hawaii Public Utility Commission Increase Biofuels Knowledge

NREL provided training to the Hawaii Public Utility Commission to help them learn more about biomass and biofuels technologies and the possible applications in Hawaii.

May 7, 2012

NREL Training in Hawaii Leads to New Partnerships and Student Opportunities

As part of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative's partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, members of NREL's Integrated Deployment team conducted hands-on training on NREL's Building Energy Optimization modeling software for University of Hawaii Community College instructors.

May 2, 2012

Greensburg, Kansas, Five Years Later—An International Inspiration for Green Disaster Recovery

May 4, 2012, marks the fifth anniversary of the day Greensburg, Kansas, was forever changed. On that day, an EF-5 tornado demolished the town, an agricultural community of about 1,400 in south-central Kansas.

April 3, 2012

Colorado's Wind for Schools Project Honored with a Wirth Chair Award

Colorado's Wind for Schools project will be honored with a Wirth Chair Award on April 25 for its work in integrating wind energy into classrooms throughout the state.

February 24, 2012

Results Are In: Greensburg Buildings Save Big on Energy and Costs

Thirteen buildings in Greensburg, Kansas, are saving a combined total of $200,000 in energy costs annually, showcasing energy-saving best practices that can be replicated not only in other communities recovering from disaster, but any location focused on sustainability.

February 23, 2012

Lessons Learned In New Orleans Can Help Other K-12 Schools Achieve Energy Efficiency

In 2005, following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy, began providing technical assistance to New Orleans' schools to improve energy efficiency and reduce school operating costs.

January 11, 2012

Solar Trainings Offer Technology Overview for Policymakers, Other Influential Decision Makers

Since June 2010, representatives from NREL have facilitated and coordinated Solar Boot Camp trainings across the country, including Colorado, Hawaii, California, Kentucky, New York, and Atlanta.

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