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North American EBCI indicates continued improvement in April.

May 6, 2013

NEMA's April 2013 Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions indicates continuing improvement in business environment, rising to 66.7 from 65.9 in March. Confidence in future business conditions, however, declined in April but remains firmly in positive territory. Also, EBCI for North American conditions 6 months hence dropped to 80.6 from 90.9 in March. Read More

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NIST announces plan to sponsor first cybersecurity FFRDC.

May 3, 2013

To help the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence address industry's needs more efficiently, NIST will sponsor its first Federally Funded Research and Development Center. FFRDCs are independent nonprofit organizations that operate in public interest and provide a highly efficient way to leverage and rapidly assemble physical resources and scientific and engineering talent, both public and private. They have no bias toward any particular company, technology, or product. Read More

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RIA releases position on Florida HB 909.

May 3, 2013

RIA has announced its support of Florida House Bill 909, which addresses the practice of Assignment of Benefits. RIA believes that the use of an AOB is in the best interest of the policy holder, and any prohibition will result in delaying work needed for proper restoration of damage. Current language in HB 909 has the potential to allow insurance providers to remove the rights of consumers to assign benefits within policies and RIA recommends that this language be eliminated in its entirety. Read More

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Manufacturers welcome nomination of Penny Pritzker.

May 3, 2013

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement on the nomination of Penny Pritzker for secretary of commerce. Penny has partnered with manufacturers on important initiatives to address nation's critical need for skilled workers and understands the severity of the skills gap. NAM is looking forward to working with Penny on policies to increase trade promotion, reduce tariffs, reform export control system, and improve enforcement of trade rules. Read More

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Handbook details steps for preserving biological evidence.

May 3, 2013

The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook: Best Practices for Evidence Handlers, by NIST and the National Institute of Justice, provides forensic laboratories and law enforcement agencies with guidelines for preserving biological evidence so that it is available at any time to solve cold cases, confirm guilt of criminals, or exonerate the innocent. Handbook is divided into 5 main sections: retention, safe handling, packaging and storing, chain of custody and tracking, and disposition. Read More

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NEMA Solid State Lighting Standard addresses compatibility.

May 3, 2013

NEMA SSL 7A-2013 Phase Cut Dimming for Solid State Lighting: Basic Compatibility provides compatibility requirements when forward phase cut dimmer is combined with one or more dimmable LED Light Engines (LLEs). Using synthetic loads and waveform generators to represent products, to reduce testing burden, standard also provides power supply current requirements for LLE and digital dimmer compatibility. It is suited for global use and is available in physical and electronic copies. Read More

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EPA Announces Winner of building energy conservation competition.

May 3, 2013

By demonstrating 52% energy use reduction, Demarest Elementary School in Bloomfield, NJ won EPA's 2012 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings competition. Over 3,000 schools, businesses, and government buildings across USA competed to see which could reduce its energy use by most in one year. Together, this year's competitors cut energy costs by $50+ million, saved 3+ billion kBtus of energy, and reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions equal to amount of electricity used by 43,000+ homes. Read More

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EPA Proposal targets power plant toxic pollutants discharge.

May 3, 2013

In accordance with consent decree and in line with requirements under Clean Water Act, U.S. EPA will propose options to help reduce dangerous pollutants, including mercury, arsenic, lead, and selenium, released into America's waterways by coal ash, air pollution control waste, and other waste from steam electric power plants. Proposal includes options for whether and how said waste streams should be treated, and EPA will take comments on all of these options to help inform most appropriate final standard. Read More

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IREC updates Model Interconnection Procedures for power grid.

May 3, 2013

IREC update to Model Interconnection Procedures addresses Pre-Application Report for developers, use of location-specific criteria during interconnections, establishing timeframes for technical criteria during Supplemental Review Process, and electronic signatures. Update also includes footnotes with key provisions and information on state alternatives. Procedures specify technical requirements, timeframes, fees, and review process for connecting renewable energy systems to utility grid. Read More

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NIST to hold second cybersecurity workshop.

May 2, 2013

On May 29-31, NIST is holding second of 4 planned workshops to develop voluntary framework to reduce cybersecurity risks for critical infrastructure. During spring and summer workshops, attendees will be asked to identify, refine, and guide the many interrelated considerations, challenges, and efforts needed to build framework. Participants in working sessions will analyze and discuss framework's initial inputs, including RFI responses and preliminary analysis conducted by NIST. Read More

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NIST Revises Computer Security Guide to address current threats.

May 2, 2013

NIST published fourth revision of Security and Privacy Controls for Federal information Systems and Organizations, known to federal computer security and contractor community as SP (Special Publication) 800-53. Motivated by expanding and increasingly sophisticated and persistent threats being faced with greater frequency, Revision 4 integrates state-of-the-practice security controls and control enhancements while taking more holistic approach to information security and risk management. Read More

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Demand Bumps Up WESTEC Expo Date to October of 2013.

May 2, 2013

While previously scheduled as spring 2014 event, WESTEC will now take place October 15–17, 2013 at Los Angeles Convention Center due to increased industry demand and participant feedback. Christine Longroy, WESTEC event manager, noted American manufacturing sector's "renewed strength and economic vitality" and expressed desire to capitalize on this progress. Moving event up to fall of 2013 from Spring of 2014 was deemed necessary; exhibitors and attendees agreed. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for March 2013.

May 2, 2013

According to March 2013 findings from IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, total North American PCB shipments and bookings were down 2.1% and 2.3%, respectively, from March 2012. Year to date, PCB industry shipments and bookings were down, respectively, 4.4% and 5.1%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments and bookings saw respective increases of 20.0% and 22.2%. Book-to-bill ratio for North American PCB industry continued to strengthen in March, reaching 1.08. Read More

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BIO responds to white paper on Renewable Fuel Standard.

May 2, 2013

In letter addressing House Energy & Commerce Committee’s white paper, "Agricultural Sector Impacts," Brent Erickson wrote, "Congress established the RFS to encourage the use of existing biofuels and the development of advanced biofuels in order to reduce our reliance on the rising cost and price volatility of foreign oil. Therefore, it is crucial we maintain the RFS in order to spur on alternative energy production to stabilize and lower both energy and food costs." Read More

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ANSI President Signs MoU to support U.S.-Ecuadorian cooperation.

May 2, 2013

Formalizing standardization activities cooperation commitment, ANSI and Instituto Ecuatoriano de Normalización (INEN), Ecuador’s national standards body, signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in support of greater U.S.-Ecuadorian cooperation. Under this agreement, ANSI and INEN will work to develop mutually supportive positions related to international standardization, encourage dialogue between Ecuadorian and U.S. experts on standards activities, and exchange senior management visits. Read More

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EPA Honors Winners of Campus RainWorks Challenge.

May 2, 2013

U.S. EPA announced 4 winners of Campus RainWorks Challenge, which was created to inspire next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers to develop green infrastructure systems that reduce stormwater pollution and support sustainable communities. Comprised of undergraduate and graduate students working with faculty advisor, winners included University of Florida; Illinois Institute of Technology; University of Arizona; and Missouri University of Science and Technology. Read More

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EPA Continues Climate Change Conversation for Earth Day.

May 2, 2013

In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. EPA expanded conversation on climate change through public engagement and education concerning importance of protecting air, water, and land. Activities included announcement of District Sustainability Award and honorees for Green Ribbon Schools program, Earth Day event at Union Station, and announcement of Campus RainWorks Challenge winners, focused on stormwater infrastructure. Multiple activities were planned for Washington, DC area and other regions. Read More

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NREL teams with Navy to cut energy use.

May 2, 2013

During first phase of partnership, NREL worked to identify what technologies would help meet Navy energy goals, along with best locations to demonstrate them. Eight technologies were chosen with roughly half in Hawaii and other half in Guam. Technologies being installed fall into 3 general categories: advanced HVAC, building efficiency, and advanced renewables and facility integration. Final phase will be to report on technologies and help transition them to other sites and commercial market. Read More

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SPE ANTEC® 2013 opens amidst new era of opportunity.

May 2, 2013

In addition to world's largest plastics technical conference, SPE ANTEC® 2013 included "Business of Plastics" conference focusing on non-technical issues of business management. ANTEC 2013 consists of more than 500 original, peer-reviewed technical papers in 35 topic areas, plus more than 30 business presentations. In addition, 19 special presentations focused on emerging technologies, new advanced materials, shale gas boom, and key market sectors such as medical and wire/cable. Read More

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SPE names Jon Ratzlaff as President during ANTEC® 2013.

May 2, 2013

At ANTEC® 2013, SPE installed Jon Ratzlaff, technical services manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, as President. Ratzlaff has been SPE member since 1995, is SPE Certified Plastics Technologist, and is an author of SPE Injection Molding Technicians Toolbox guide. Society also named Vijay B. Boolani as President-elect, who is President of Boolani Engineering Corporation in Mumbai, India. Boolani, SPE member since 1981, was Chair of ANTEC® Mumbai held in December 2012. Read More