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NEMA publishes standard for uninsulated conductors.

December 12, 2012

NEMA published ANSI/NEMA WC 67-2012 Standard for Uninsulated Conductors Used in Electrical and Electronic Applications, which covers variety of conductor types, including single end and stranded, coated/uncoated copper, coated copper alloy, coated copper-clad steel, aluminum, and thermocouple extension conductors. These conductors are used primarily in insulated wires for aerospace, electrical, electronic, and other high performance applications.   Read More

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NREL teams with Berkeley Lab to analyze solar pricing trends.

December 11, 2012

According to report titled, "Photovoltaic Pricing Trends: Historical, Recent, and Near-Term Projections," system prices in U.S. have been falling rapidly during past decade, and are likely to continue downward trend through 2012 and into 2013. Second report, "Benchmarking Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs for U.S. Photovoltaic Systems Using a Data-Driven Analysis from PV Installer Survey Results," shows total soft costs constituted 40-50% of residential and commercial PV prices in 2010. Read More

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Coalition sends letter to Senate urging support of two bills.

December 10, 2012

Coalition for Derivatives End-Users sent letter to every U.S. Senator asking that they support two common sense, bipartisan pieces of legislation. S. 3480/H.R. 2682 would exempt nonfinancial end-users — who did not contribute to the financial crisis — from onerous, costly, and unnecessary margin requirements. H.R. 2779 would exempt purely internal, inter-affiliate derivatives trades from clearing and other requirements more appropriately applied to street-facing, speculative swaps. Read More

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NASA, GA-ASI Agreement expands unmanned aircraft capabilities.

December 10, 2012

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) partnered to allow development and flight testing of command and control satellite link capabilities on Predator B unmanned aircraft system. Parties will upgrade command and control system of NASA's MQ-9 Predator B (Ikhana) to enable aircraft operations in more remote geographical regions. Subsequent activity will let NASA and GA-ASI reach mutual goal of demonstrating advanced capability. Read More

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EPA Awards Grants to students developing sustainable technology.

December 10, 2012

U.S. EPA awarded grants to 45 college teams in phase I of its People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) annual student design competition. Each grant, totaling up to $15,000 per team for overall amount of $675,000, is applied to designing and developing sustainable technologies to help protect people’s health and environment while promoting economic development. According to EPA's Lek Kadeli, P3 grants encourage development of innovative technologies to combat environmental issues. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending rises 0.5% in October.

December 10, 2012

According to December 3 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction industry in USA experienced modest gain in October as spending increased to $571.3 billion. Total nonresidential construction spending, which includes private and public projects, is up 5.1% compared to one year ago. Encompassing nonresidential and residential spending, total construction spending was up 1.4% for month and 9.6% from 2011. Also, 11 of 16 nonresidential construction subsectors posted increases. Read More

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PTDA Spring Leaders Conference builds skills of all levels.

December 10, 2012

Scheduled for March 21-23, 2013, PTDA Spring Leaders Conference will include committee meetings for PTDA volunteers and elected directors, General Education Session for all PTDA members, and Leadership Development Conference designed to prepare up-and-coming leaders. General Educational Session will feature interactive program titled "Building Profitable Partnerships Between Distributors and Manufacturers Through Understanding," by Kevin Boyle, President, Industrial Distribution Consulting, LLC. Read More

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ASTM Pipe Committee approves practice for precast box sections.

December 10, 2012

ASTM C1675, Practice for Installation of Precast Reinforced Concrete Monolithic Box Sections for Culverts, Storm Drains and Sewers, covers initial excavation procedures, foundation specifications, construction of a leveling course, placement and joining of box sections, and proper use of sidefill and overfill around structure. Other sections of standard describe sheathing removal and trench shield advancement, precast concrete appurtenances, and adequate protection from construction loads. Read More