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BIO praises House for passing job creation act.

September 24, 2014

BIO lauds House of Representatives for passing H.R. 5405, the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act. This package of bills, sponsored by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), will support capital formation and reduce regulatory burdens for emerging biotech companies. BIO supports two key pieces of legislation included within the package: the Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act and the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act. Read More

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FAA proposes $417,000 civil penalty against Tecom Industries.

September 24, 2014

FAA is proposing $417,000 civil penalty against Tecom Industries, Inc. of Thousand Oaks, CA, for violating federal drug and alcohol regulations. FAA alleges company failed to: include 14 safety-sensitive employees in random drug or alcohol testing pools; receive verified negative drug tests for 13 employees before transferring them to safety-sensitive positions; comply with follow-up drug testing program; and perform testing on required minimum percentage of employees in 2012. Read More

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Executive Actions will expand deployment of renewable energy.

September 24, 2014

Energy Department announced executive actions to expand renewable energy and cut GHG emissions. To connect skilled veterans to clean energy industry, Solar Instructor Training Network is launching pilot job training program for veterans at 3 military bases. SunShot Initiative announced online tool to chip away at solar soft costs, such as interconnection, permitting, and financing. In addition, Department issued proposed energy efficiency conservation standard for commercial unitary air conditioners. Read More

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Executive Actions will advance solar deployment.

September 24, 2014

White House is announcing series of public and private sector commitments and executive actions to advance solar deployment and promote energy efficiency. Some actions include: partnering with military bases to create veterans solar job training pilot; investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in rural areas; proposing energy conservation standard for commercial unit air conditioners; and strengthening commercial and residential buildings codes. Read More

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Hodgson addresses impact of California regulations on U.S.

September 24, 2014

Michael Hodgson, ConSol founder, spoke at AAMA 2014 Fall Conference. His presentation, "California Regulatory Proceedings Impacting the Nation," discussed how California’s energy policy is driving market to time-of-use energy pricing, incentivizing ways to reduce peak load and detailing how policy impacts energy choices in buildings. California Energy Commission has proposals for 2016 Energy Code, including using high-performance attics/walls, LED lighting, and 0.82 Energy Factor water heaters. Read More

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NEMA and GridWise Alliance champion Grid Innovation Caucus.

September 24, 2014

NEMA and GridWise Alliance commended Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) on launch of Grid Innovation Caucus, which will educate members of Congress and staff about importance of electric grid to nation’s economy and ability to innovate and modernize grid to bring it into 21st century. Caucus will support education and outreach activities to highlight innovative technologies and efforts that help enhance grid reliability and resilience, as well as improve economic growth. Read More

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PMMI announces purchase of Summit Media Group, Inc.

September 23, 2014

PMMI has entered into an agreement to purchase Summit Media Group, Inc., publisher of Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, and Contract Packaging. According to PMMI Chairman Bill Crist, PMMI's strategic vision is to create opportunities where businesses and people along the packaging and processing supply chain can convene to network, problem solve, and do business. The robust platform Summit brings to the table will enhance the ability to do that. Read More

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Online Machinery Training closes skill gap in plastics industry.

September 23, 2014

SPI and Tooling U-SME announced Plastics U, which aims to close manufacturing skills gap in plastics industry. Administered by Tooling U-SME, PlasticsU will provide formal online training tailored specifically for plastics industry challenges/requirements. Because SPI represents and supports range of companies throughout plastics industry, it partnered with Tooling U-SME to develop PlasticsU and provide customized courses and programs for areas specific to as many stakeholders as possible. Read More