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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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Exelon to Split Businesses

Utilities subsidiaries “Remain”, while power generation businesses “Spin” off Exelon Corp. announced yesterday that its board of directors has approved a plan to separate Exelon Utilities (RemainCo), comprised of the company’s six regulated electric and gas utilities, and Exelon Generation (SpinCo), its power generation and customer-facing energy businesses into two publicly traded companies. The move […]

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Stormy Weather

Stormwater sector falls short on funding; awaits infrastructure package When snow melts, who handles the runoff, drainage, filtering…who essentially cleans up the mess? As the country restores power and hope following a nationwide cold snap, folks in the stormwater sector await a federal infrastructure package with nervous stomachs. While higher-profile sectors get mass attention in […]

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A Greener Garden

N.J. establishes Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy, comprehensive goals If any state should be striving to be “green”, it’s the Garden State. From Newark on Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced an investment of more than $100 million in clean transportation projects aimed at improving air quality and reducing the effects […]

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Winter Storms Trigger Energy Crisis

Texas, other areas hit with snow; legislators call for ERCOT reform Consecutive winter storms, including Winter Storm Uri and a cold snap, blindsided nearly half the country over the past week. While multiple states dealt with unexpected, unseasonal weather, Texas remains the most harshly affected as it grapples with grid issues. From roughly February 11-15, […]

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The Golden State Gas Cap

Sales of new gas-powered cars banned in California by 2035 California’s state legislature made waves with an announcement two weeks ago banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order to do so might be welcome news to EV nuts…but it has not gone over well in other factions. […]

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The Latest Blow to Restaurants? A Heater Shortage

Patio dining remains the main source of customers as weather turns cold As the restaurant industry continues to grapple with COVID-19 regulations, lukewarm attendance, and a rattled market, the approaching winter already poses a new threat it can ill afford: a shortage of affordable outdoor heating units. While this appears to be a crippling blow […]

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WEFTEC Incoming

Your monthly virtual conference alert features excellent diversity WEFTEC, like so many of its trade show contemporaries, is fully virtual this year. The conference airs October 5-9 and is available to non-members for a $60 registration fee, with free options for students as well as free viewing available for the opening, awards, and closing sessions. […]

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