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AEM applauds Obama for signing water infrastructure bill.

June 18, 2014

AEM President Dennis Slater welcomed news that President Obama signed into law a $12.3 billion bipartisan water resources bill that will improve U.S. infrastructure, contribute to economic growth, and bolster international trade. Water Resources Reform and Development Act reforms how federal government funds and selects critical water infrastructure projects and streamlines environmental review and permitting process to greatly diminish wait times when undertaking construction projects. Read More

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NREL Campus showcases high-performance, sustainable buildings.

June 18, 2014

At NREL's Golden, CO campus, research teams developed office and lab spaces that also serve as demonstrations for how high-performance, sustainable buildings and campuses should be designed, constructed, and operated. Construction involved integrated project teams from various disciplines – construction managers, sustainability professionals, building research engineers – focusing on design and construction of facilities that meet needs of growing labs and energy performance requirements. Read More

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ASC challenges DTSC Priority Product profile.

June 18, 2014

Questioning both inaccurate and incomplete information referenced in the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s Priority Product profile for spray polyurethane foam systems, ASC urged Department officials to remove the document from their website until all corrections were made. ASC also urged DTSC to consider developing an external advisory committee—comprised of experts familiar with the products under review—to evaluate documents for accuracy before they are made public. Read More

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Electronics Industry Leaders endorse pro-manufacturing bill.

June 17, 2014

Top executives from leading electronics companies across the U.S. were in Washington, D.C. for IPC IMPACT 2014, educating Congress and other policymakers on key policy issues that are critical to the electronics industry and their communities. Among the issues on their agenda, members of IPC called on Congress to pass the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 (H.R. 2996 and S. 1468), which would establish a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Read More

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FAA approves first commercial UAS flights over land.

June 17, 2014

FAA has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska. Hand-launched UAS is about 4 ½ ft long with wingspan of 9 ft. Using information generated by Puma’s sensors, BP hopes to target maintenance activities on specific roads and infrastructure, which will save time and support safety and operational reliability goals, while helping to protect the sensitive North Slope environment. Read More

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FIIC Construction-Chambers Federation aids CONEXPO Latin America.

June 17, 2014

Construction chambers and top construction contractors across Latin America will gather at CONEXPO Latin America (October 21–24, 2015) in Santiago, Chile as Inter-American Federation of the Construction Industry (FIIC) lends supports with co-location of FIIC Board of Directors meeting. AEM president Dennis Slater called this co-location "a wonderful opportunity to bring these industry leaders closer together with our members, and to strengthen our working relationship with FIIC." Read More

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AEM calls on Congress to restore Section 179.

June 17, 2014

AEM has called on Congress to restore the small business expensing level, also known as Section 179 expensing, to its previous $500,000 level as well as make it permanent and indexed to inflation. Section 179 expensing gives small business owners more purchasing flexibility by allowing them to immediately deduct the cost of a qualified investment in the year of purchase rather than through multi-year depreciation. Change in tax rule would spur economic growth and job creation. Read More

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NREL Finds Up to 6-cent Per Kilowatt-Hour Extra Value via CSP.

June 17, 2014

"Estimating the Value of Utility-Scale Solar Technologies in California Under a 40% Renewable Portfolio Standard" finds that Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), which can store energy for several hours or more, helps maintain firm capacity when sun is below horizon. According to this report by NREL, CSP can thusly add additional value of 5 or 6 cents per kilowatt hour to utility-scale solar energy in California. This means that at peak demands, CSP can help lower electricity bills. Read More