LLNL's Dick Post. Overheard Dec. 7 transmission began career of service for LLNL's Dick Post

For most of his career at DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dick Post has worked on magnetic confinement fusion. And for the past few years, Post has been working on magnetic levitation and, most recently, the storage of electrical energy in new, modular flywheel systems.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Dick Post was also at work. He had earned his bachelor's degree from Pomona College the previous year and was spending some time as a graduate assistant, putting together enough money to start his graduate work. On that sleepy Sunday, he was setting up a classroom for Monday's physics class and listening to a shortwave radio he had built and tuned to an amateur band.

Then life began to change.

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NREL's Jennifer Scheib checks lighting levels as Rois Langner records them in the grocery section of the SuperTarget in Thornton, Colo. Target is a DOE Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP) Partner. Credit: Dennis SchroederRetailers ring up energy savings

American retailers, with their brightly lit buildings and eye-catching displays depend on energy to drive consumers to their stores and sales.

The energy used for retail is significant, with Walmart often considered to be the largest private consumer of electricity in the U.S. Together, residential and commercial buildings account for a staggering 40 percent of energy use in the United States.

Although the power is always "on" for use in our country's buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are working with the nation's commercial building owners — from retailers to offices and warehouses — to discover new and innovative ways to reduce commercial building energy use.

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