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Passive House Certification is achieved by RMI consultant.

March 23, 2010

James Scott Brew, FCSI, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect at RMI achieved certification as Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) by Passive House Institute-US. As first in Colorado to achieve certification, Brew is currently working on research around lessons learned in applying Passive House standard in USA. He is also completing design documentation for retrofit of RMI's original headquarters in Old Snowmass, CO to achieve Passive House Certification. Read More

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Industry Leaders push for national renewable energy standard.

March 23, 2010

Wind energy industry executives called on Congress to pass strong national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) as best way to save and create U.S. jobs. As CEO of American Wind Energy Association, Denise Bode said there is potential for growth if long term support can be garnered. She also said that resulting national RES will enable new installations as well as new manufacturing. Industry representatives will hold 70+ meetings with lawmakers to urge passage of RES. Read More

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SBIC Selects Bud DeFlaviis as new Executive Director.

March 23, 2010

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) appointed Bud DeFlaviis to serve as Executive Director. In this position, DeFlaviis will work with SBIC membership to support organization's mission to promote high-performing commercial and residential buildings. He will also work on strategic fundraising, membership expansion and support, policy advocacy, and various special projects. Prior to joining, Bud DeFlaviis served as Director of Government Affairs for US Fuel Cell Council. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to debut more than 120 new products.

March 23, 2010

In a positive sign that economic recovery is on the upswing, more than 120 new products and services from companies in the electronics manufacturing industry will debut at IPC APEX EXPO(TM), April 6-8, 2010. Nearly 350 exhibitors serving electronics assembly and printed board industries will display the latest technologies, materials, and processes to help companies gain efficiencies and enhance their processes. Read More

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Guidance Announced for tax treatment of Smart Grid grants.

March 23, 2010

Department of Treasury and Department of Energy announced guidance on tax treatment for grantees receiving Recovery Act funding under $3.4 billion Smart Grid Investment Grant program. IRS is providing safe harbor under section 118(a) of Internal Revenue Code for corporations receiving funding under this program. With determination that Smart Grid Investment Grants are non-taxable, corporate utilities can launch investments with clear indication of tax status for their projects. Read More

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Secretary Chu announces funding for NRG Energy project.

March 23, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu announced today that a project with NRG Energy has been selected to receive up to $154 million, including funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Located in Thompsons, TX, the post-combustion capture and sequestration project will demonstrate advanced technology to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. It will also assist with enhanced oil recovery efforts from nearby oil field. Read More

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SCSI Trade Association will exhibit at FOSE in Washington DC.

March 23, 2010

SCSI Trade Association will be located in booth No. 2537 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Featured in said booth will be Serial Storage Wire Newsletter sign-up for anyone wanting to subscribe to STA's free, worldwide Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) e-newsletter. Martin Czekalski, Vice President of SCSI Trade Association and Interface Architecture Initiatives Manager of Seagate Technology, will speak March 24 on topic of SAS and SATA Change the Face of Enterprise Storage. Read More

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Conditional Commitment Made for Hawaii wind power project.

March 23, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that Department of Energy offered conditional commitment on $117 million loan guarantee to finance construction and start-up of 30 MW wind energy project - twelve 2.5 MW wind turbine generators and battery energy storage system - in Kahuku, HI. According to Chu, "This investment will create jobs and cut our dependence on oil, while promoting America's leadership in the global race for the clean energy industries of tomorrow." Read More

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Conditional Loan Guarantees announced for BrightSource Energy.

March 23, 2010

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced conditional commitments for more than $1.37 billion in loan guarantees under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to BrightSource Energy, Inc. to support construction and start-up of 3 utility-scale concentrated solar power plants. New plants will generate approximately 400 MW of electricity using company's innovative, proprietary technology. This would nearly double existing generation capacity of this type of renewable energy in U.S. Read More

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Transportation Fellow Anthony Perl endorses Obama rail plan.

March 23, 2010

Anthony Perl, Transportation Fellow of Post Carbon Institute, has endorsed President Obama's announcement of $8 billion in funding for national high-speed rail system. According to Perl, it is time to connect high-speed rail plan with emerging smart grid, since most major U.S. corridors will need to be electrified over next 25 yr. Perl also proposes partnership with Asia and Europe to share knowledge, which could generate more jobs and economic development. Read More

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE Expos are showing strong booth sales.

March 23, 2010

Despite uncertainties in manufacturing sector, companies continue to sign up to exhibit at next CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE expositions, set for March 2011. Shows will again feature specialized exhibit pavilions, including focus on information technology/management, and international exhibit pavilions. ICON Expo, with emphasis on concrete products industry, is also co-locating with shows. For added exhibitor value, shows bundle variety of services, such as drayage, into exhibit space rate. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report is released for March.

March 22, 2010

PMA Business Conditions Report shows 43% of participants expect improvement in economic activity during next 3 months, while 52% predict no change. Increased orders are anticipated by 48% of companies and 54% of participants report shipping levels above 3 months ago. Companies with workforce on short time or layoff decreased to 42% in March. William E. Gaskin, PMA President, said members are experiencing 20-30% increases in orders and shipments compared to last year. Read More

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Gases and Welding Blog gets fresh start.

March 22, 2010

Written by GAWDA Edge editor Dan Vest, GAWDA Edge Editors Blog continuie its effort to provide young gases and welding industry professionals with up-to-date, useful information. Entries, posted 2-3 times per week, cover topics such as breaking news, industry events, article previews, best practices, and industry hot topics. According to Vest, something is always happening in the gases and welding industry, and this blog will help provide industry with latest information. Read More

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IPC Whitepaper urges EU to consider science in RoHS recast.

March 22, 2010

'Recasting the RoHS Directive: An Opportunity to Solidify Its Scientific Basis in Support of Comprehensive Environmental Regulation" urges members of EU and Parliament to ensure revised directive be scientifically based and aligned with REACH. It addresses EU Parliament amendment that bans brominated/chlorinated compounds, which could weaken scientific basis of RoHS and REACH. Ban of TBBPA would have similar implications, since studies have found it safe for human health/environment. Read More

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NADCA President receives Ray H. Witt Award.

March 22, 2010

NADCA President Daniel Twarog has received Ray H. Witt Award given by Advanced Casting Research Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Award recognizes individual leadership in aluminum casting industry. Twarog became Executive VP of NADCA in August 1995, and was promoted to President in June 1999. In his time at NADCA, Twarog has worked with his staff to develop and improve many NADCA products and services to assist the die casting industry. Read More

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MHEDA Edge focuses on how to maximize ROI.

March 22, 2010

MHEDA Edge article, entitled "How To: Make The Most of Your MHEDA Membership," begins by offering advice to young professionals at MHEDA member companies. Three suggestions include: Go to convention offered free with each paid registration, keep current with latest industry information published in MHEDA, and take advantage of MHEDA's educational opportunities, many of which come at no cost. Read More

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Manufacturers say HomeStar will create jobs.

March 22, 2010

According to NAM President John Engler, manufacturers believe HomeStar program is effective way to encourage energy efficiency and immediately create jobs at time when nation is struggling with unemployment rate near 10%. Nearly one quarter of manufacturing jobs lost are in industries closely connected to housing. HomeStar program will help spur consumer demand for energy-efficient products and building materials by providing instant rebates for home energy-efficiency retrofits. Read More

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Men of the Road Feature interviews industry truck drivers.

March 22, 2010

In its Spring issue of Welding and Gases Today, 6 drivers who transport goods in the gases and welding industry share thoughts with GAWDA members and other readers. Each driver comes from different location and offers diverse array of experiences. All agree, however, that being on the road is the highlight of their jobs. Interviews conducted for the magazine feature will be offered in an expanded form on the magazine's online component. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Q1 2010 details forklift rentals consolidation.

March 22, 2010

MHEDA Journal Q1 2010 issue features article, Centralized Rental, which describes steps Liftech Equipment Companies has taken to improve its rental service over last 2 yr. In article, Liftech General Rental Manager Dave Aylward outlines process of consolidating rental operations of 6 company branches, located in 2 states, into one centralized department. By doing this, according to Aylward, company's trucking department turned 5-figure profit after expecting to break even. Read More

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Manufacturers support extension of tax credit.

March 22, 2010

According to NAM President John Engler, manufacturers are pleased with Vice President Biden's announcement to extend Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit by additional $5 billion. Program provides 30% tax credit for investments in facilities that manufacture clean energy technologies including wind, solar, batteries, advanced transportation, and advanced energy transmission. Initiative will spur manufacturing investment and has potential to generate thousands of jobs. Read More