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R&D Investments to speed developement of cutting-edge solar technologies.

June 3, 2010

US Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced selections of projects for investment of up to $62 million, distributed over 5 years, to research, develop, and demonstrate Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems capable of providing low-cost electrical power. According to Chu, investing in development of low-cost solar technologies can create new jobs and help create clean-energy future. Specifically, award selections cover CSP Systems Studies and Component Feasibility Studies. Read More

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Global Leaders Collaborate to advance energy efficiency goals.

June 3, 2010

Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary of Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, joined leaders from 15 countries and European Commission at first Policy Committee meeting of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) to promote global collaboration on energy-saving programs and policies. U.S. participation continues efforts to address climate change, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and grow global clean energy economy. Read More

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NREL picks 20 leaders for national executive education program.

June 3, 2010

Focused on educating business, community, and government leaders throughout U.S., 5-month 2010 Executive Energy Leadership program provides in-depth look at renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Briefings by NREL technology experts, research laboratory tours, and visits to field applications are part of classroom experience. At conclusion of program, participants present viable project on clean energy application. Read More

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New Permit Requirement for Pesticide Discharge is proposed by EPA.

June 3, 2010

EPA-proposed permit requirement would decrease amount of pesticides discharged to US waters, subsequently protecting human health and environment. This action would require all operators to reduce pesticide discharges by using lowest effective amount of pesticide, prevent leaks/spills, calibrate equipment, and monitor/report adverse incidents. Additional controls, such as integrated pest management practices, are built in for operators who exceed annual treatment area threshold. Read More

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World Clean Air Congress scheduled for Sept 12-16.

June 2, 2010

International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations' World Clean Air Congress will offer latest advances in science, policy, and management and will provide open forum for high-level discussion of pressing environment issues. Specialists will present ways to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize environmental impacts. Technical program will address Congress theme, "Achieving Environmental Sustainability in a Resource Hungry World." Read More

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ZigBee and IPSO Alliance collaborate on wireless HANs.

June 2, 2010

ZigBee® Alliance and IP for Smart Objects Alliance announced agreement to collaborate on wireless home area networks (HAN) using ZigBee IP specification and ZigBee Smart Energy(TM) v2.0 standard. Developed by industry leading utilities, suppliers, and technology companies, ZigBee Smart Energy is a wireless HAN standard that connects everyday household devices to Smart Grid. Common HAN devices include utility meters, thermostats, pool pumps, water heaters, appliances, and plug-in electric vehicles. Read More

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Building Groups offer protocols for performance measurement.

June 2, 2010

Published by ASHRAE and developed in collaboration with Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers and U.S. Green Building Council, Performance Measurement Protocols for Commercial Buildings provides standardized set of protocols over range of accuracies and costs that can be applied consistently to assessment of building performance. Book identifies what to measure, how to measure it, and how often it is to be measured for inclusion in buildings' operation and maintenance plan. Read More

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MHEDA Edge examines material handling regulatory updates.

June 2, 2010

MHEDA Edge's May issue features, Safety Standards Stiffening, which outlines recent and relevant government regulations related to safety in material handling industry. One topic concerns top 10 OSHA violations for 2010, featuring complete lists of most-cited OSHA violations and violations with highest average fine. Article also features previews of several pieces of forthcoming legislation that will effect material handling businesses. Read More

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DOE announces funding for clean energy innovation projects.

June 2, 2010

At White House Energy Innovation meeting, Under Secretary of Energy, Kristina Johnson announced that $60 million in funding from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is available to continue supporting innovative small business research and development leading to deployment of clean energy technologies. This is a Phase II funding opportunity under SBIR/STTR program for companies that have already demonstrated successful results with new technologies and show potential to meet market needs. Read More

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Passage of Biodiesel Tax Incentive was hailed by NBB.

June 2, 2010

Speaking on behalf of National Biodiesel Board (NBB), Vice President of Federal Affairs Manning Feraci was pleased with the House's passage of the biodiesel tax credit, which was part of American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act. Feraci cited results - green jobs creation, money added to US GDP, and generated tax revenue - attributed to initial tax incentive's inception 6 years ago and said reinstatement will counter job loss and plant closings attributed to incentive lapse. Read More

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Release of Funds for Passenger Rail welcomed by AASHTO.

June 2, 2010

AASHTO executive director John Horsley applauded funds released to state departments of transportation for high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects worth nearly 80 million dollars. According to Horsley, "31 states and the District of Columbia...are ready to put these investments and thousands of people to work today, building a passenger rail system America will use for generations." Specific projects cited included those in FL, CA, WI, NM, and NY. Read More

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State Bioscience Initiatives Report shows state economy impact.

June 2, 2010

Impact of the Biosciences in State Economic Vitality: MichBio Life Sciences Survey and the BIO/Battelle Report on State Bioscience Initiatives will be presented in Mackinac Island, MI on June 3. Event will spotlight key performance metrics for Michigan's biosciences economy as well as discuss relevance to state policies and programs designed to accelerate industry growth. Data will be based on 2010 BIO/Batelle State Initiatives Report and MichBio/Honigman/Crain's Life Sciences Survey. Read More

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BIO Report highlights value of biotechnology to society.

June 2, 2010

Titled "Healing, Fueling, Feeding: How Biotechnology Is Enriching Your Life," BIO report underscores how biotechnology is benefiting society and is poised to help address some of world's most pressing challenges. Report contains information on how biotechnology helps people live longer, healthier lives; have a more abundant and sustainable food supply; use safer and more efficient industrial manufacturing; and reduce greenhouse gas footprint. Read More

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DOE Small Business Conference draws over 1,700 participants.

June 2, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy convened its 11th Annual Small Business Conference & Expo in Atlanta, GA, from May 10-12, 2010. Event presented information to help small businesses capitalize on Recovery Act Funding, grant opportunities, contracting openings, and subcontracting options. Funding opportunities were discussed by Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, while award luncheon honored Fiscal Year 2009 Secretarial Small Business Award recipients. Read More

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Industrial Energy Efficiency Grand Challenge Winners announced.

June 2, 2010

U.S. DOE announced that 48 R/D projects have been selected as winners of Industrial Energy Efficiency Grand Challenge. Grantees will receive total of $13 million to fund development of transformational industrial processes and technologies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout industrial sector. Funding will be matched by more than $5 million from private industry to support total of $18 million in projects that will enhance energy security and strengthen economy. Read More

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English High Court permits ATA legal challenge to proceed.

June 2, 2010

ATA is pleased that the English High Court will allow ATA permission to proceed with legal challenge to unilateral extension of EU emissions trading scheme to international aviation. ATA's view is that the unilateral approach taken under EU ETS not only violates critical international law principles, but also imposes costly policies on international aviation that siphon away funds from airlines that are needed for continuous environmental improvement. Read More

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FAA Demanded to Demonstrate benefits of equipage costs.

June 2, 2010

Air Transport Association of America (ATA) issued statement in response to release of new FAA regulation requiring aircraft operating in U.S. airspace to be equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) equipment. Taking into account FAA's cost estimate of 2.5-6.2 billion dollars, ATA President and CEO James C. May said that "ATA is carefully reviewing the ADS-B rule released today, and will have no further comment until that in-depth review is complete." Read More

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AIA applauds issuance of final ADS-B rule by FAA.

June 2, 2010

AIA applauds release of FAA's final rule mandating ADS-B out equipage by 2020. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast equipage makes use of GPS signals via satellite to broadcast airspeed and location data to air traffic controllers and pilots. In order to defray significant cost of new rule and to accelerate NextGen Air Transportation System, AIA will continue to advocate financial incentives for operators. Read More

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FAA announces performance standards for NextGen avionics.

June 2, 2010

FAA announced performance requirements for aircraft tracking equipment that will be required under NextGen Air Transportation System. Avionics will allow aircraft to be controlled and monitored with greater precision and accuracy by satellite-based system called Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast. Final rule requires aircraft flying in certain airspace to broadcast their position via ADS-B by 2020, and mandates that broadcast signal meet specific requirements. Read More

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ASTM Committee helps FAA with sUAS standards development.

June 2, 2010

ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), as requested by FAA, is assisting development of industry consensus standards to support small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) integration into U.S. national airspace system (NAS). Members of F38 built framework, assigned technical leads, and committed to execution timeline. Resulting standards development program includes 14 new standards to be forged by October 2010 as well as additional standards. Read More