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The Energetic Debate

EA’s Utilities department makes an online appearance! Utilities are getting a lot of press lately, from the battle over energy conversion to an increased demand for lineworkers, so we have a crash course for you this week to bring you up to date. Virginia Clean Economy Act. A progressive agenda scored a battleground victory February […]

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A “Five-Alarm” EV

Original LAFD vehicle will begin street rescues next year The Los Angeles Fire Department will help continue the electric vehicle wave after purchasing an all-electric, emission-free fire truck from Austrian manufacturer Rosenbauer this week. LAFD signed on the dotted line for $1.2 million dollars. The Rosenbauer model—said to be the first of its kind—is what […]

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Sorry, Just Venting

A little HVAC/R therapy to even out your Thursday temperature Following our AHR Expo item from last week—but preceding the full show report in the March issue of EA—we’re here to keep you up to speed on news from the HVAC/R world. HVACR in our March issue! Multipage @AHRexpo report, inside @alabamapower & @bevillstate's “One […]

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Blade Runners

Phased-out wind turbines are not so eco-friendly Progressive solutions are not without their ironies, and the wind power industry is encountering one of its first long-term hurdles as we enter 2020. A Bloomberg report earlier this week detailed how most wind turbine blades are not reusable—and are therefore starting to fill up landfills worldwide. The […]

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AHR 2020

Sights and sounds from this week’s HVAC/R convention in Orlando The International Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating Exposition (AHR) held its annual convention in Orlando this week. Electrical Apparatus‘ Managing Editor Selena Cotte and Advertising Director Naomi Clark were both in attendance this year at booth 9204—and hustling to and fro on the trade show […]

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End of the fuse box

New products from Span, Square D, and others may soon replace the boxes in our home closets “The home energy market is ripe for innovation,” writes Jonathan Shieber in Techcrunch, adding an obvious example: Fuse boxes haven’t changed in nearly 100 years and there are few startups looking to provide better ways to integrate and […]

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Puerto Rico in the dark

Two thirds of the island remains without power following Tuesday’s major earthquake It was the largest quake to hit the Island of Puerto Rico in a century: 6.4 magnitude, centered 9 miles from Guayanilla,  at 2:24 Tuesday morning, January 7   As documentyed in the ABC News video above, the destruction was widespread and devastating. In […]

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Siemens Adani Carmichael

Siemens CEO tweets out a promise to climate change protesters Few would disagree with James Thornhill, writing for Bloomberg News, that the Australian Carmichael coal project “has become a lightning rod for climate protesters” -it was even termed “The World’s Most Insane Energy Project” by a writer in Rolling Stone magazine,  Per Wikipedia, The mine […]

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Million mile battery

The battery Elon Musk has been talking about may be on the horizon … In April Elon Musk announced that Teslas would soon be powered by a battery with a lifespan of more than 1 million miles. In September, the Journal of the Electrochemical Society published a paper from a team of researchers at Dalhousie […]

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Fiery ideas

Are there smarter ways to fight forest fires?  Harebrained, harrowing, too expensive, impractical? Along with the sound, fury and fear sparked by this season’s wildfires came dozens of theories, ideas and demands that only seemed to fuel more controversy. The Wall Street Journal assembled a trio of experts to think outside of the flames. The […]

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