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Aluminum Industry Partners with DOE to expand workforce.

April 29, 2015

Aluminum Association's partnership with Department of Energy (DOE) aims to increase number of aluminum industry jobs in USA and explore new, sustainable technologies to advance U.S. manufacturing. DOE's Aluminum Industry Jobs Partnership will identify opportunities to expand plant capacity and improve workforce development systems in order to bring qualified candidates onboard. Goals also include improving industry workforce development systems and exploring cross-cutting technologies. Read More

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NEMA Supports QER as congress undertakes energy legislation.

April 29, 2015

NEMA commended administration's release of its first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which focuses on improving U.S. energy infrastructure. Specifically, NEMA thanked Department of Energy and other contributors to QER for its inclusion of NEMA's recommendation for strategic siting of spare transformers to enable rapid response to electrical outages. NEMA also laid out several other considerations for policymakers moving forward with energy legislation. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard covering insulated cable requirements.

April 29, 2015

NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA WC 57/ICEA S-73-532-2014 American National Standard For Control, Thermocouple Extension, and Instrumentation Cables, which will be useful to users and producers of insulated cable. This standard applies to materials, construction, and testing of multiconductor control, thermocouple extension, and instrumentation cables rated up to and including 125°C. Read More

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IREC Website supports program to grow clean energy expertise.

April 29, 2015

As National Network Administrator of GEARED - Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment website, IREC is helping to facilitate and support efforts of Distributed Technology Training Consortia created by U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. Goal is to build national framework for power systems training and curriculum that will grow the power engineering workforce. GEARED is also helping foster student interest and expertise in the utility sector. Read More

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NREL Report estimates market potential of shared solar.

April 29, 2015

According to NREL's report, Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation, by making shared solar programs available to households and businesses that currently cannot host on-site photovoltaic systems, shared solar could represent 32–49% of distributed PV market in 2020. Shared solar could lead to cumulative U.S. PV deployment growth of 5.5-11.0 gigawatts from 2015–2020 and represent $8.2–16.3 billion of cumulative investment. Read More

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Electronics Industry Leaders urge full funding of NNMI.

April 28, 2015

Top executives from leading electronics companies are calling on Congress to provide robust funding for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, as they gather in Washington, DC for IMPACT 2015: IPC on Capitol Hill. Global Policy Framework includes support for robust funding for public-private partnerships authorized by RAMI Act; increased long-term funding for basic R&D programs; comprehensive tax reform; education/training programs in STEM fields; and bipartisan efforts to reform TSCA. Read More

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ASTM Standards will help educate nanotechnology workforce.

April 28, 2015

Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Network initiated development of two new standards designed to educate existing and future nanotechnology workers. E2996 provides basic educational structure in health and safety aspects of nanotechnology, describing minimum knowledge base needed for individual involved in nanomanufacturing or nanomaterials research. E3001 establishes basic structure for education in characterization of nanoscale materials at undergraduate level. Read More

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NFPA and CCEFP form collaborative staffing plan.

April 28, 2015

Months after launching a new giving and recognition society within NFPA Education and Technology Foundation to increase support for fluid power education and research, NFPA and Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power have formed collaborative, synergistic staffing plan to provide administrative support for those activities. Plan will allow CCEFP to increase its focus on core strengths of research and education, and connect it more seamlessly to marketing and communication functions of NFPA. Read More

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AAMA updates fiber reinforced thermoset profiles document.

April 28, 2015

AAMA has released updated document establishing performance requirements for fiber reinforced thermoset profiles for use in fenestration products. AAMA 305-15 references test procedures and requirements for standard weathering performance, as well as requirements covering design criteria, finish and appearance, and physical properties. Read More

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Atlanta, Portland Adopt Policies on building energy benchmarking.

April 28, 2015

Atlanta City Council unanimously passed building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance on April 20. Likewise, Portland, OR City Council unanimously adopted benchmarking ordinance on April 22. In comment, NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff expressed support on behalf of NEMA and its members, "because they will increase transparency and give building owners and occupants information about the true cost of operating their buildings." Read More

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ASABE Develops Standard for drawbar hitch pin design/testing.

April 28, 2015

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) completed development of standard for designing and testing drawbar pins on agricultural equipment. ANSI/ASABE S625, Drawbar Pin Dimensions and Requirements for Towed Equipment, establishes dimensional and minimum strength requirements for agricultural drawbar hitch pins used in single point attaching of towed machine to towing machines or leading machines. Read More

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BIO commends Judiciary Committee's review of Innovation Act.

April 27, 2015

According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO supports the efforts of the House Judiciary Committee to curb abuse of the patent system. However, BIO is concerned that H.R. 9, the Innovation Act of 2015, goes beyond targeting abusive practices, including with respect to its excessive pleading requirements, mandatory stays of discovery, and mechanisms for joinder of third-party investors, licensors, and collaborators in all patent-related cases. Read More

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BIO Supports Trade Promotion Authority on multiple issues.

April 27, 2015

Upon introduction of Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2015, statement released by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood commended Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Paul Ryan (R-WI) for introducing a "carefully crafted bill." Greenwood specifically noted reauthorization of Trade Promotion Authority, effects regarding ongoing U.S. trade negotiations in Asia and Europe, and return of U.S. to global trade leadership. Read More

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BIO Deems Gregory Crawford 2015 Everyday Superhero finalist.

April 27, 2015

BIO announced Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science at University of Notre Dame, as one of 5 finalists (out of 100+ nominations) in University/Research category of Everyday Superheroes program. According to BIO International Convention president Scott Whitaker, Crawford was recognized "for his efforts in raising awareness and more than $1M in research and clinical trial funds … for Niemann-Pick Type C disease." Read More

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BIO World Congress showcases growing Canadian biobased economy.

April 27, 2015

During BIO's 12th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology (July 19–22 in Montréal, Canada), plenary and breakout session programs will feature executives, industry experts, and academics from Canada-based organizations, companies, and universities. Success Stories Plenary will host industry leaders to discuss steps taken to gain commercial success in their sector of biobased economy, and breakout sessions will include panelists representing several Universities and organizations. Read More

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FASTPORT's JobMaps named newest ATA Featured Product.

April 24, 2015

Developed by industry veterans, from trucking company owners to drivers themselves, FASTPORT's JobMaps allows carriers to create unique job postings call JobMaps, which tie trucking-specific job attributes to carrier's hiring areas. Using this data, system then sends postings to new cities, niche job sites, pay-per-click boards, and veteran hiring locations. Then FASTPORT ties entire process together with tracking and reporting features, allowing carriers to constantly improve results. Read More

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Representative Conyers honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

April 24, 2015

According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) understands the value of Michigan's life science industry, not just on an economic scale, but through the benefit it delivers to patients facing devastating diseases. BIO applauds his commitment in leading the charge to protect patent owners from dangerous patent litigation reform and for continuing to be a champion of intellectual property policies that incentivize innovation. Read More

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Senator Toomey honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

April 24, 2015

According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) has distinguished himself as a champion of America's biotechnology industry. BIO particularly appreciates his sponsorship of the Start-up Jobs & Innovation Act and co-sponsorship of the COMPETE Act. Through his important work on the Banking Committee, he has been a champion of legislation important to the biotech industry, such as the JOBS Act, which has created an environment in which biotechnology industry can thrive. Read More

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Representative Lance honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

April 23, 2015

BIO announced its selection of Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ) as Legislator of the Year for 2015. In addition to calling Lance "a champion of America's biotechnology industry," BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood noted Lance's leadership on such critically important issues as Medicare Parts B and D as well as introducing FDA Safety Over Sequestration Act. Latter protects privately-paid user fees paid to the FDA from any future sequestration. Read More

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BIO Honors Senator Coons as BIO Legislator of the Year.

April 23, 2015

BIO selected Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) as Legislator of the Year for 2015. Calling Coons "a steadfast champion" concerning important industry matters, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood offered thanks for introducing STRONG Patents Act of 2015, "championing legislation" of benefit to renewable energy investors, as well as continuing support for 12 years of data exclusivity in international trade talks.

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