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Ernest Moniz Unanimously Approved as Energy Secretary

The Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Ernest Moniz as the new energy secretary Thursday, Bloomberg reports. Jim Snyder writes Moniz will aim to steer U.S. investment in clean energy and help the government determine the amount of natural gas the country will export. Moniz …

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu Stepping Down

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Friday he is stepping down from his position and will not stay on for a second term, Politico reports. Darius Dixon writes Chu plans to resign upon Senate confirmation of his successor and at least through the ARPA-E Summit at the end of February. Former North …

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Report: 6 Cabinet Posts Could Open for Obama’s 2nd Term

According to a GovExec report, six Cabinet positions could see changes for President Barack Obama’s second term, continuing a historical trend of turnover for two-term presidents. Sophie Quinton writes that on average, for the five two-term presidencies since World War II, only one of two Cabinet officers have stayed for …

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Energy Awarding $104M Clean Energy Tech Grants To Small Firms

The Energy Department will award $102 million in grants to 104 small businesses in order to develop clean energy technologies, Secretary Steven Chu announced Wednesday. DOE said the grants will help companies in 26 states focus on making technologies that have potential in commercial markets and for creating jobs. The goal …

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Energy, DHS to Develop New Cyber Measures with Electric Companies

The Energy Department and the Department of Homeland Security will work with electric companies to develop new cybersecurity measures to protect the nation’s energy grid, DOE announced Thursday. The initiative is part of the White House’s newly released “Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Maturity” project. “Establishing a comprehensive cybersecurity approach …

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Engineering Internships to Double in 2012, Chu Comments

The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness announced Wednesday that 45 industry leaders have committed to doubling engineering internships available in their companies in 2012. The White House said five additional companies agreed to increase their internships, for a total of 50 as part of the initiative. “For America to …

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Energy Panel: Disclose Chemicals Used in Natural Gas Drilling

Energy companies should reveal the chemicals used in a drilling technique, known as fracking, that taps previously inaccessible natural gas deposits, an Energy Department advisory panel said. The Natural Gas Subcommittee, an advisory board to Secretary Steven Chu, released its 90-day draft report Thursday on shale gas production. The panel …

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Energy Dept. Awards $175M in Grants for Vehicle Research

More than $175 million in federal grants over the next three to five years will go toward developing more technologically advanced and fuel-efficient vehicles, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Wednesday. The grants target research in fuels and lubricants, reducing vehicle weight, new prototype materials, advanced electronics, engine technology, tire efficiency …

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Energy Dept. Relaunches Website

The Energy Department on Thursday relaunched its website as part of its comprehensive website reform. The new website was created through a complete overhaul of its front-end and back-end design. It now includes localized information, visualized information, interactive charts and interactive maps. “This next phase is part of our ongoing …

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