White House involvement in loans detailed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Newly released e-mails offer details about the involvement of the White House in a loan program to help clean-energy companies, officials said Thursday.

U.S. explores electric vehicle technology

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Energy announced it was backing research into electric vehicle technologies with more than $40 million in funding.

Maine to be first for tidal energy

PORTLAND, Maine, July 27 (UPI) -- The nation's first commercial tidal energy project, in Maine, is expected to deliver electricity in September.

U.S. sinks cash into biofuels

WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. government announced it was backing a multimillion-dollar effort to increase production of biofuels in an effort to enhance energy security.
House moves on Yucca Mountain funding

House moves on Yucca Mountain funding

WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- U.S. leaders in the House of Representatives were lauded for passing a measure that helps fund an application for a Nevada nuclear repository.

U.S. funding clean-coal research

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- Nine universities in the United States will receive about $300,000 to drive research in clean coal technology, the U.S. Energy Department said.

U.S. funds minerals research for energy

WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department announced plans to spend up to $120 million in the next five years to support research into rare earths and critical materials.

Obama pushes for wind power tax credit

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama urged Congress to extend the tax benefits key to the nation's wind power sector.

Concerns focus on Fukushima unit stability

TOKYO, May 23 (UPI) -- Whether a pool where spent fuel is stored at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant could withstand another strong earthquake has become a source of growing concern.
Rep. Markey: Yemen, terrorism and gas don't mix

Rep. Markey: Yemen, terrorism and gas don't mix

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida activity in Yemen suggests U.S. energy security is at risk because of imports bound for New England ports, a lawmaker said.
U.S. explores gas potential in ice

U.S. explores gas potential in ice

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department said it teamed with U.S. and Japanese companies to extract natural gas from arctic ice structures in the North Slope of Alaska.
U.S., British team for offshore wind

U.S., British team for offshore wind

LONDON, April 23 (UPI) -- Floating wind turbines in deep waters are the subject of planned agreements between the U.S. and British governments, British officials said Monday.

U.S. looks into hydroelectric potential

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- The United States could get as much as 12 gigawatts of its energy per year if it utilized the hydropower potential of existing dams, the Energy Department said.

India seeks U.S. green energy investments

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- Indian Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde called on U. S. companies to invest in India's energy sector.

U.S. announces funding for 'bio-oil'

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department said up to $15 million is available to help support nearly a dozen so-called bio-oil projects targeted for the transportation sector.
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Steven Chu
U.S. Secretaries of Energy Steven Chu and Commerce Gary Locke (not pictured) hold a joint press conference the the American embassy in Beijing on July 16, 2009. The joint visit by the two Chinese-American Secretaries is the first time such visit in the history of U.S.-China relations. The United States and China need to lead the fight against climate change, both Secretaries reenforced during a press conference. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)

Steven Chu (born February 28, 1948) is an American physicist and the 12th United States Secretary of Energy. Chu is known for his research at Bell Labs in cooling and trapping of atoms with laser light, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997, along with his scientific colleagues Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William Daniel Phillips. At the time of his appointment as Energy Secretary, he was a professor of physics and molecular and cellular biology at the University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where his research was concerned primarily with the study of biological systems at the single molecule level. Previously, he had been a professor of physics at Stanford University. He is a vocal advocate for more research into alternative energy and nuclear power, arguing that a shift away from fossil fuels is essential to combating climate change. For example, he has conceived of a global "glucose economy", a form of a low-carbon economy, in which glucose from tropical plants is shipped around like oil is today.

Chu, a Chinese American, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, with ancestry from Taicang, in Jiangsu province, and graduated from Garden City High School. He received both a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in physics in 1970 from the University of Rochester. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976, during which he was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Chu comes from a family of scholars. His father earned an advanced chemical engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught at Washington University in St. Louis and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, while his mother studied economics. His maternal grandfather, Dr. Shu-tian Li earned a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University and his mother's uncle, Li Shu-hua, a notable physical scientist, studied physics at the Sorbonne before they returned to China. His older brother Gilbert Chu is a professor and researcher of biochemistry and medicine at Stanford University. His younger brother, Morgan Chu, is a partner and the former Co-Managing Partner at the law firm Irell & Manella LLP. According to Chu, his two brothers and four cousins earned three M.D.s, four Ph.D.s, and a J.D. among them. In 1997, he married Jean Fetter, a British American and an Oxford-trained physicist. He has two sons, Geoffrey and Michael, from a previous marriage to Lisa Chu-Thielbar.

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