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Federal Energy Department Announces Online Training Course on “Re-tuning” Commercial Buildings
Building operators can re-tune their facilities to improve energy efficiency by first collecting and analyzing data from their buildings' automation systems to identify energy-wasting operational problems. They can then adjust their automated control systems to correct inefficiencies at low or no cost, saving them money on their energy bills.
This online training started through a five-year pilot program, and has already provided classroom instruction and field training to more than 300 commercial building operators, engineers and energy managers from more than 30 organizations.
Nebraska Ethanol Sales Top Ten Billion Gallons
2012 projections show that Nebraska drivers could purchase close to seven hundred million more gallons this year. Ninety-one percent of the state’s ethanol production goes to U.S. domestic markets, five percent goes overseas and only four percent stays in Nebraska.
Classroom Activities for Ages 8-12: Renewable Energy and Biodiesel Curriculum
U.S. Department of Agriculture Launches Renewable Energy Website
An interactive map shows where the USDA provides investment support for renewable energy initiatives. A renewable energy tool provides data on national, state and county levels based on renewable energy production and demand. USDA also added an energy matrix geared toward workers in both the public and private sectors searching for energy solution, project and program information.