Energy secretary praises Oak Ridge projects

Energy secretary praises Oak Ridge projects

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KNOXVILLE (AP) - U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has praised Department of Energy projects at Oak Ridge during a speech at the University of Tennessee.

The Oak Ridge Reservation in Anderson and Roane counties includes the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the East Tennessee Technology Park and the Y-12 National Security Complex.

Moniz said Friday the projects are central to America's science and economic competitiveness. He said technologies under development there will help America's transition to a clean-energy economy. They include technologies for more fuel-efficient vehicles, advanced biofuels and lower-cost batteries for electric vehicles.

Moniz said those and other technologies could also become important exports in the future.

His remarks were for the third annual Baker Distinguished Lecture on Energy and the Environment.

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