Energy Department

Va. Projects Get Funding to Boost Solar Power DeploymentThe Energy Department is providing funding for two Virginia-based projects aimed at boosting the deployment of solar power.
Cleaner Air Could Mean Higher Electric BillsElectricity prices are probably on their way up across much of the U.S. as coal-fired plants, the dominant source of cheap power, shut down in response to environmental regulations and economic forces.
Obama Touts Fuel-Efficient Trucks in Prince George's CountyDrawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.
Home Electricity Use in U.S. Falling to 2001 Levels The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people's pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher.
Energy Department To Sell Fisker Loan The Energy Department says it is selling a $192 million loan made to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc.
Nation's Bloated Nuclear Spending Comes Under Fire At Los Alamos National Laboratory, a seven-year, $213 million upgrade to the security system that protects the lab's most sensitive nuclear bomb-making facilities doesn't work.
House Defies Obama Administration In Energy Budget BillThe House on Wednesday voted to slash money for renewable energy research and defy the Obama administration's decision to close the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in a bare-bones annual spending bill for energy and water programs.
Senate Dems Reject House GOP Limits, Push Billions In Additional Domestic SpendingDemocrats controlling the Senate are pushing to spending billions of dollars more than their House GOP rivals on transportation and housing programs despite tough budget limits that promise to roll the increases back.
Senior Energy Dept. Official Gave Jobs To 3 Of His Own ChildrenAn internal investigation has found that a senior Energy Department official was actively involved in securing summer jobs for his three college-aged children.
Senate Confirms Physicist Moniz As Energy Chief Physicist Ernest Moniz won unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to be the nation's new energy secretary.
Obama Administration Had Advance Warning On Electric Car FailureNewly released documents show that the Obama administration was warned as early as 2010 that electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. was not meeting milestones set up for a half-billion dollar government loan, nearly a year before U.S. officials froze the loan after questions were raised about the company's statements.
Obama Nominates 3 to Cabinet-Level PositionsPresident Barack Obama filled in more pieces of his second term leadership team Monday, nominating a trio of new advisers to lead the Energy Department, Environmental Protection Agency and budget office.