The Strategic Plan released on May 10 by the U.S. Department of Energy combines a mix of aggressive short-term targets for the deployment of renewable energy and installation of energy efficiency measures and longer-term goals to drive innovation. 

Key near-term objectives contained in the plan include doubling renewable energy generation in the United States by next year and boosting energy efficiency through retrofits of 1 million American homes by the end of FY 2013.  The plan also calls for putting

Less than a week after winning Congressional approval for a $180 million appropriation for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year for DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E), DOE Secretary Steven Chu announced five new project areas on Wednesday, April 20, to be funded through ARPA-E.

Of ARPA-E’s $180 million budget for FY 2011, Secretary Chu announced that approximately $130 million would be set aside for five new project areas focused on energy storage, solar energy technologies, oil and