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Westerpark Wind

All-electric Dutch hotel powered entirely by wind A country famous for its windmills is living up to its reputation. The Netherlands’ first fully electric hotel, Conscious Hotel Westerpark, which will open in April, is now taking reservations. The all-electric hotel will get its juice entirely by wind power. The Westerpark location will become the fourth property […]

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Tragic Accident

Arizona family dies due to heating malfunction Carbon monoxide is inferred as the likely cause of death in a tragic fatal accident at an Arizona cabin where a family of four were found dead last week, including a three and four year-old. Police deputies are waiting on official feedback from medical examiners—but have said they […]

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Issues of Trust

A new study finds widespread worry about IoT data Common concerns are echoed in a recent report from Cisco about IoT usage and data security. The report confirms what many have gathered from their first 5~10 years of using the young innovation for their business. The Cisco study, entitled The Iot Value/Trust Paradox, contends that, despite believing that […]

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Train Derailment

Fatal Amtrak crash in Washington state exposes safety oversight An Amtrak train derailed in Dupont, Wash., along the Cascades route just outside Olympia and Tacoma, on Monday morning, killing three people and injuring more than 70. There were about 80 passengers total on board. Seven crew members were on duty. In the process of derailing, it […]

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ATLiens?

Exact cause of Hartsfield-Jackson blackout still a mystery The world’s busiest airport lost power for eleven hours this past Sunday, causing over 1,000 flight cancellations putting the spotlight on a major U.S. utility. Atlanta hub Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the primary connection site for all Delta flights and an airport that sees over 100 million passengers a […]

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Waste High in Electronics

Progress comes at a price The 2017 Global E-waste Monitor, a three-branch study produced by the United Nations University (UNU), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), was published Wednesday. Its results are quite illuminating. For all the benefits of energy conservation methods, they also have an adverse effect on […]

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Fatal Explosion

Dissolved filter separator cap ignites at Austrian natural gas plant A fatal explosion at an Austrian natural gas facility caused one death and left at least 18 others injured Tuesday. The plant’s operator—Gas Connect—is a major natural gas distributor for several European countries. Countries including Italy, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia are connected via the […]

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Spills, Approvals, and Actions

Updates on the Keystone pipeline situation The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a Corrective Action Order on Tuesday, requiring pipeline operator TransCanada Corporation (Calgary, Alberta) to take certain corrective actions “to protect the public, property, and the environment from a hazardous condition” following the widely publicized pipeline leak from a […]

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Powering the Powerless

Yamaha lends a hand in Puerto Rico Yamaha Motor Corp. USA’s Outdoor Power Equipment Division has announced that it is donating nearly 400 generators to the Red Cross for its disaster relief efforts. Yamaha announced in a press release Tuesday that it is donating both its 2000-watt and 2800-watt inverter generator models to the Red […]

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Put Up Your Dukes

Environmental lawsuit competes with groundbreaking project for utility Strategic sweetener or coincidence? Or the everyday shuffle of news—both good and bad—for one of the country’s largest utilities? Whatever the case, Duke Energy dominated Wednesday and Thursday with polarizing headlines: the negative being a lawsuit and public outcry over its coal ash practices, the positive being […]

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