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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

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EPA announces competitive cooperative agreements.

September 22, 2014

EPA announced competitive cooperative agreements with 12 community-based organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for non-profit and tribal organizations to partner with stakeholders from across industry, government, and academia to develop and implement solutions that significantly address environmental and/or public health issues in American communities. Read More

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Consumers Energy to install pollution control technology.

September 22, 2014

In settlement with U.S., Consumers Energy, a subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation, has agreed to install pollution control technology, continue operating existing pollution controls, and comply with emission rates to reduce harmful air pollution from 5 coal-fired power plants located in West Olive, Essexville, Muskegon, and Luna Pier, MI. Settlement will resolve claims that company violated Clean Air Act by modifying facilities in way that caused release of excess sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. Read More

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AEM Customer Support Seminar co-locates with AEMP Symposium.

September 22, 2014

To help equipment manufacturers tune in to customer needs on first-hand basis, AEM is co-locating its 2014 Customer Support Seminar with the annual Asset Management Symposium of AEMP. Key seminar themes will include: how customer service should be treated as an overall approach to systematic improvement for customer retention/growth; strategies OEMs must use to maintain long-term customer relationships; and how recruiting, training, and keeping diverse workforce is critical to future success. Read More