Latest U.S. Department of Energy News

US aims to relax testing of contaminants at nuke weapon lab

Sep. 27, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department wants to switch to less stringent testing for detecting cancer-causing chemicals at and around one of its premier nuclear weapons laboratories despite concerns from environmentalists and New Mexico regulators. The...

US military eyes prototype mobile nuclear reactor in Idaho

Sep. 24, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense is taking input on its plan to build an advanced mobile nuclear microreactor prototype at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho. The department began a 45-day comment period on Friday with the release of a...

Federal grant to help supermarkets save on refrigeration

Sep. 19, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I (AP) — The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy that could help dozens of supermarkets save money by better managing the amount of energy they use for refrigeration, officials said. The funding,...

Report: Solar could power 40% of US electricity by 2035

Sep. 08, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Solar energy has the potential to supply up to 40% of the nation’s electricity within 15 years — a 10-fold increase over current solar output, but one that would require massive changes in U.S. policy and billions of dollars in federal investment to modernize the...

Power makes slow return to eastern New Orleans

Sep. 01, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

Entergy said Wednesday that it is slowly adding power back to New Orleans, and the pace of that work will determine how quickly the region's important oil refineries can restart operations that were shut down by Hurricane Ida. The utility company said that it restored...

Scientists launch effort to collect water data in US West

Aug. 26, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday announced a new kind of climate observatory near the headwaters of the Colorado River that will help scientists better predict rain and snowfall in the U.S. West and determine how much of it will flow through the region. ...

Hydrogen, carbon storage project tapping into all the trends

Aug. 21, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — For as long as the Marcellus Shale has been pumping out more natural gas than the state knows what to do with, Perry Babb has been hatching schemes to alleviate the glut. He’s been involved in projects to compress the gas,...

Top US energy official 'all ears' as experts outline needs

Aug. 18, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm heard from industry officials Wednesday about what it will take to boost renewable energy development in New Mexico and across the nation as the Biden administration pushes its initiatives to reduce emissions and address...

US energy official to visit New Mexico amid renewable push

Aug. 16, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Energy Department is scheduled to visit New Mexico as the Biden administration looks to promote its renewable energy initiatives. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm will be accompanied by Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich...

Eastern Idaho nuclear project goes from 12 to six reactors

Jul. 19, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A Utah energy cooperative said it will reduce the number of small modular nuclear reactors it will build in Idaho from 12 to six for a first-of-a-kind project that is part of a federal effort to reduce greenhouse gasses that cause climate change. ...