Energy harvesting to get tech boost


Companies like Echogen are betting that advances in technology will improve the feasibility of energy harvesting – generating power from things like vibrations, heat or radio waves – although the chief of ARPA-E, the Energy Department’s agency promoting research, says retooling the grid to add local energy storage may be a more significant step for the nation’s power picture, CNBC reports.

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Obama picks BP science chief for ARPA-E post

President Barack Obama late Wednesday tapped oil giant BP's chief scientist to head up the Energy Department's high-tech research program.

The White House said Obama would nominate Ellen D. Williams to direct the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. She would take over from the program's Deputy Director Cheryl Martin, who has been running the program since the beginning of this year.

House accepts two spending bill amendments, rejects most others

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The House accepted amendments to the water and energy development appropriations bill to boost ARPA-E funding and environmental cleanup funds but rejected others that would have boosted or cut the bill's spending on renewable energy, The Hill reports.

Obama budget renews call for repeal of oil industry tax breaks

President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed a $3.8 trillion federal spending blueprint that again seeks to cut billions of dollars in tax incentives for oil and gas companies while boosting clean energy research.

The 2014 budget plan includes Obama's renewed call for Congress to close incentives worth $44 billion over 10 years, a goal that has failed to advance in past years because of opposition from Republicans and oil-state Democrats. In comments at the White House, Obama said the budget "will continue our march towards energy independence and address the threat of climate change."

ARPA-E to invest $40 million for research into cleaner vehicles

Department of Energy
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy will invest $40 million into two programs aimed at developing more efficient vehicles and improving natural gas conversion to replace oil in vehicles.

Tesla CEO vows to pay off DOE loan early

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Motors says his company plans to pay back an Energy Department loan in half the time required by the government.

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2013 Day Three

Washington, February 27, 2013, 9:00 am

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2013 Day Three. Concludes today. Morning remarks by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Energy Deputy Secretary Dan Poneman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Ron Wyden, New York Mayor Bloomberg, American Electric Power President Nick Akins, Center for American Progress Chair John Podesta. 

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2013 Day Two

Washington, February 26, 2013, 9:00 am

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2013 Day Two. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, Sen. Chris Coons, Mitch Daniels, T. Boone Pickens to speak. Through Wednesday. 

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2013 Day One

Washington, February 25, 2013, 12:00 pm

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2013 Day One. 

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ARPA-E awaits new leadership in Obama's second term

Among the slots the White House has to fill for President Barack Obama's newly-minted second term is director of an Energy Department research agency that enjoys support on Capitol Hill despite Republican opposition to his green agenda.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy has been without a confirmed director since Arun Majumdar left the administration last May. Acting director Eric Toone left the administration at the end of December to return to Duke University, from which he was on leave during his time with the administration starting in 2009.


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