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Birds are to blame

Augusta Montana’s disruptive power outages are traced high, in the sky – it’s a bird!  Half a century ago,  it was the osprey that fell prey to humans – or more accurately, to the DDT that humans used to control crops.  The species was officially deemed endangered.  Then DDT was banned and the osprey population […]

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A first for Colorado and the US

The Centenenial State is the first in the nation to pass labor-backed electrification legislation for home energy efficiency Legislation that was signed June 22 by Colorado Governor Jared Polis makes Colorado the first state in the nation to pass an electrification policy with support from both climate change groups and organized labor. The Colorado BlueGreen […]

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Peel ‘n Stick Solar!

The burning ideas never stop in the world of sun power What’s your favorite solar innovation? We’ve seen “spray-on” solar of the perovskite variety, floating photovoltaics, solar doghouses and golf carts, windows that utilize the technology, and even claims for a “water-purifying solar panel”. That’s just what we’ve uncovered in this newsletter alone! The latest […]

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A Warm Embraco

Nidec incorporates HVAC/R aftermarket into its U.S. Motors structure Nidec announced what it considers “a step forward in its brand cooperation in the United States” this week, extending the line of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) solutions it offers for the aftermarket segment. “The existing HVAC/R aftermarket U.S. Motors structure will now include the […]

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Politics as Usual

Cleanpower keynote lineup emphasizes green energy’s need for federal support Update 6/3/21: Sticking with the political power lineup card, ACP announced today that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) have joined the list of speakers. The American Clean Power Association (formerly AWEA) is gearing up for its next trade show in […]

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Mahle Motor

German manufacturer developing magnet-free traction motor with no rare earths As the crusade for higher efficiency motors continues, some experts are expressing concern about the availability of rare-earths to build them. German manufacturer Mahle says it is making progress on that front, the company detailed in a May 5 press release. Mahle “is currently developing […]

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Colonial Pipeline Hack

Pipeline hack exposes infrastructure security weak points Friday news is bad for this newsletter, because we can’t include it until six days later. It’s especially unwelcome when that news is negative. It’s decidedly morale-crushing when it has a direct effect on our readers, such as the May 7 hack on the Colonial Pipeline that occurred […]

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EPA Moves On HFCs

Department calls proposed rule on hydroflourocarbons “among the most significant environmental laws in recent years” In an announcement that could have a major impact on the HVAC/R industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is officially proposing its first rule under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 to phase down the production […]

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Coal Conversions a Success

CPV says it channeled over 400 MW to traditional sites in PJM region Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), the Silver Spring, Md., subsidiary of OPC Energy, commemorated Earth Day 2021 by “underscoring the tremendous contributions their employees, partners and shareholders have made to address climate change,” it said, and is providing impressive data to back it. […]

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NIBS Leaders

Organization appoints leaders for Steering Committee The National Institute of Building Sciences has announced the built environment leaders who will serve on the National BIM (Building Information Management) Program Steering Committee, the organization said in a press release sent to Electrical Apparatus April 20. The NIBS BIM Council began the launch phase for the U.S. National BIM […]

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