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HUD Healthy Homes Program recognizes RIA certificants.

April 9, 2010

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) certificants holding Certified RestorerSM and Water Loss SpecialistSM) certification have been recognized by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and National Center for Healthy Homes. Individuals holding credentials will be included in website designed to help consumers make informed decisions when considering contractor or consultant to help resolve any healthy home issues. Read More

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BIO asks Congress to fund reverse auction for biofuels.

April 9, 2010

BIO released letter to House and Senate appropriators asking them to fund Section 942 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Production Incentives for Cellulosic Biofuels, at the $25 million level in Fiscal Year 2011. This program, if closely coordinated with other federal programs, can stimulate the private investment needed to build large-scale biorefineries to meet the energy production and greenhouse gas reduction goals of the United States. Read More

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Competition seeks best transportation projects of 2009.

April 9, 2010

Applications are being accepted for 2010 America's Transportation Awards in categories of On Time, Under Budget, Innovative Management, and Best Recovery Act Project. Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, awards are selected by panel of independent judges at regional level and then Top Ten vie for Grand Prize and People's Choice Award. Both carry $10,000 prize that can be used for education grant in transportation field or to support community project or charity. Read More

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Department of Energy releases Open Government Plan.

April 9, 2010

Open Government Plan highlights DOE initiatives to maintain and increase transparency; increase participation between Department, its program offices, sites, and American public; and increase collaborative efforts between Department and stakeholders. One initiative, OpenEI.org open-source web platform, opens DOE resources and data to public. Free, editable, and evolving wiki-platform will help to deploy clean energy technologies across the country and the world. Read More

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Grants Awarded to HBCUs for science and technical research.

April 9, 2010

US Department of Energy Assistant Secretary, Inés Triay, joined by US House Majority Whip, Congressman James E. Clyburn, awarded nearly 9 million dollars to 9 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in SC and Northeast GA. Funding will foster academic programs that promote minority involvement in science and technical research fields. Participating HBCU institutions committed to developing programs for 2010 that promote training, education, and hands-on activities. Read More

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ASHRAE Annual Conference to focus on energy conservation.

April 9, 2010

Scheduled for June 26-30, ASHRAE 2010 Annual Conference will provide guidance on how to improve building systems, from moisture issues to ventilation. Technical program addresses existing technology, systems, and equipment, giving attendees hands-on knowledge that they can use daily. It is divided into 7 tracks, including High Efficiency HVAC/R Systems, Energy Facts vs. Simulation, Living with HVAC/R Systems, Energy Conservation vs. New Generation, and Ventilation Systems. Read More

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NAM Official speaks about arbitration tribunal ruling.

April 9, 2010

International arbitration panel ruled in favor of Chevron in claim of company against government of Ecuador under U.S.-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). Ruling emphasizes importance of U.S. BIT program as way to ensure U.S. investors are treated fairly in partner countries, according to Frank Vargo of NAM. Vargo also said foreign competitors have advantages like access to international arbitration, and program will level playing field in foreign markets for American companies. Read More

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BSA publishes brief on linear motors.

April 9, 2010

BSA's latest Bearing Brief, "A Guide to Linear Motors," distinguishes between voice coil, force tube, stepper, hybrid, brush dc, induction, and synchronous linear motors. Publication includes Quick Selection guide and chart on properties of each motor type. Like all BSA Bearing Briefs, "A Guide to Linear Motors" is available for free download from Tools You Can Use on BSA website www.bsahome.org. Read More

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Automate Show to collocate with ProMat 2011.

April 9, 2010

AutomateSM, the new name for the International Robots, Vision, and Motion Control Show, will be collocated with ProMat® 2011 from March 21-24. Automate has potential to teach prospective customers how to successfully apply robotics, machine vision, motion control, and related technologies used in automated solutions. Front of show will feature pavilion of leading system integrators who will demonstrate solutions for wide range of industries. Read More

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SIIA and OpSource to host forum on cloud computing solutions.

April 9, 2010

"All About the Cloud," to be held May 10-12 in San Francisco, will combine SIIA and OpSource annual conferences. It will allow 750 executives, analysts, and venture capitalists to gather to explore, debate, and discuss development and future of cloud computing. All aspects of the cloud will be covered, highlighting trends and strategic opportunities for SaaS ISVs, developers, C-level executives, and government agencies. Event will also provide networking opportunities for attendees. Read More

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MHEDA Edge Article explains US/China wire deck industry fight.

April 9, 2010

MHEDA Edge's April issue article titled "All Hands On Deck" focuses on legal battle between US and Chinese wire decking industries. Tension has risen over ways Chinese government has offered tax breaks and subsides to its manufacturers, enabling them to sell exported products at low prices, leading to influx of Chinese-manufactureed products into U.S. market. Details of legal battle and how it turned out can be found in current issue of online journal found on MHEDA website. Read More

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IPC announces updates to IPC-6012 and IPC-A-600.

April 9, 2010

IPC-A-600H, Acceptability of Printed Boards, features 95 new and updated photos and illustrations, which help inspectors understand anomalies that can impact performance and those that are cosmetic. Standard offers expanded coverage on topics such as solder mask coverage, etchback, via fill, and flexible circuits. Determining how many boards and/or test coupons to check is addressed by IPC-A-600's companion document, IPC-6012C, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards. Read More

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Lead-Safe Contractor Certification required by EPA rule.

April 9, 2010

EPA announced it expects more than 125,000 renovation and remodeling contractors to be trained in lead-safe work practices by April 22, which is the effective date for Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule that requires such training. So far, EPA has certified 190 training providers who have conducted over 4,900 courses. To expedite training and certification progress, EPA initiated print and radio campaigns to highlight benefits of hiring lead-safe certified firms. Read More

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ICAC helps evaluate bids for activated carbon injection systems.

April 8, 2010

ICAC has released guidance on selecting and evaluating bids for activated carbon injection systems for coal fired power plants. Developed by ICAC's Mercury Control Technology Division, Bid Specification and Information Requirements and Bid Evaluation Form document will help purchasers compile information necessary to procure meaningful bids from suppliers of activated carbon injection systems. Read More

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UN Climate Change Negotiations to take place in April.

April 8, 2010

Following conference in Copenhagen, next round of formal UN climate change negotiations under UNFCCC is scheduled to take place April 9-11 in Bonn, Germany. According to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, decision to intensify negotiating schedule underlines commitment by governments to move negotiations forward towards success in Cancun. This is further strengthened by number of countries that have written to the secretariat with their country communications since Copenhagen. Read More

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October Date Announced for IREC's annual meeting.

April 8, 2010

Offering information on pressing renewable energy issues as well as opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, IREC's 2010 Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. It will highlight work in key program areas of connecting to grid and regulatory activities, green workforce education, ISPQ credentialing, and small wind certification. Also, colleagues from DSIRE database will provide information on latest trends in incentive and rebate policies across U.S. Read More

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EPA announces restrictions on pesticide phosphide fumigants.

April 8, 2010

U.S. EPA is requiring new restrictions on aluminum and magnesium phosphide products to better protect people, especially children, from dangerous exposures. Phosphide fumigants are used primarily to control insects in stored grain and other agricultural commodities. New restrictions prohibit all uses of products around residential areas, increase buffer zones for treatment around non-residential buildings that could be occupied by people or animals, and create more protective product labeling. Read More

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UNFCCC receives climate change pledges following Copenhagen talks.

April 8, 2010

Fifty-five countries that account for 78% of global emissions from energy use have submitted national pledges to UNFCCC to cut and limit greenhouse gases by 2020. Pledges were received following conclusion of climate change talks in Copenhagen. "They are clear signals of willingness to move negotiations towards successful conclusion," said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC. Next round of formal negotiations is scheduled for end of May, 2010, in Bonn, Germany. Read More

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CITES Conference ends without agreement on marine species.

April 8, 2010

Intense 2-week meeting of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora closed without agreeing on new trade measures to protect marine species. However, over 150 governments adopted decisions to strengthen wildlife management for several reptiles, combat illegal trafficking in tigers and rhinos, and update trade rules for wide range of plant and animal species. During meeting, 24 proposals were accepted, 10 were rejected, and 7 were withdrawn. Read More

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IREC issues ISPQ Accreditation and Certification awards.

April 8, 2010

IREC announced that 17 awards of Institute for Sustainable Power Quality accreditation/certification have been presented in first quarter. Candidates include Electric Education Center, Solar Living Institute, Infinite Solar Inc., David Compaan of AltE University, MREA, Clay Sterling, Matt Parks, Mark Morgan, Andy DeRocher, Christopher LaForge, Christine Hulet, Edward Zinthefer, Kurt Nelson, and Chris Folk. To achieve award, each candidate has gone through comprehensive application/audit process. Read More