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White House Forms Public-Private Partnership for Climate Preparedness


The White House has established a public-private partnership comprising federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and private businesses to provide information and tools in support of domestic and international climate preparedness efforts. The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness seeks to identify priority-information needs, expand access to data and develop an open-source platform for climate data sharing, the White …

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USAID Power Africa Org, Japan Form Alliance to Provide Renewable Energy Access in Africa

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The U.S. Agency for International Development‘s Power Africa organization has entered a partnership with Japan’s government to share strengths, expertise and resources in support of efforts to provide access to renewable energy in Africa. USAID said Thursday its partnership with Japan’s foreign affairs ministry aims to align Power Africa with the Tokyo International Conference on African Development …

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Oak Ridge Lab Develops Solar Cell Formula; Jonathan Poplawsky Comments


Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a formula to differentiate the crystalline structures in different mixtures of cadmium, tellurium and selenium in support of efforts to boost solar cell efficiency. The Energy Department-run laboratory said Wednesday Jonathan Poplawsky lead a research team that utilized microscopy techniques to find the most efficient alloy composition for solar …

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American Public Power Association, DOE Sign Pact for Collaborative Electric Vehicle Adoption Efforts


Washington-based nonprofit organization American Public Power Association has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Energy Department to provide electricity for personal and fleet transportation in public power communities throughout the country. DOE said Friday the two organizations will pursue collaborative efforts to help electric vehicle adoption progress and charge infrastructure deployment …

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DOE to Back Grid Security Efforts of 2 Industry Groups; Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall Comments

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The Energy Department will invest up to $15 million in cybersecurity programs of two industry groups that aim to help protect the country’s electric grid infrastructure from cyber and physical attacks. DOE said Tuesday the funds will support grid security efforts at the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “As our definition …

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GSA Selects 4 Winning Teams on Earth Day Hackathon

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The General Services Administration hosted an event Friday to encourage multiple teams of government employees, students and industry professionals to develop eco-friendly technology ideas. The Earth Day Hackathon took place at GSA’s headquarters in Washington and drew 49 participants from the public and private sectors, the agency said Friday. GSA awarded $3,750 in cash prizes to the competition’s …

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GSA Unveils Real Estate Sustainability Practices Tool


The General Services Administration has introduced a new tool intended to help users identify and apply sustainable building practices in the design of workplaces. GSA said Wednesday the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings developed the Sustainable Facilities Tool website as an interactive tool that is meant to guide users on …

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