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Xcel Energy Awards Kaeser Energy Efficiency Partner Award

July 25, 2013 9:17 am | by Kaeser Compressors, Inc. | News | Comments

In 2012, Colorado businesses benefited from over $157,000 in rebates from Xcel Energy thanks to Kaeser Compressors, Inc. Kaeser has been named an Energy Efficiency Partner of Xcel Energy. This exclusive award is based on number of annual projects, kW/h savings, and rebates paid to mutual customers. By conducting numerous Air Demand Analysis (ADA) system audits in 2012, Kaeser helped customers save 1.1 million kWh.

U.S. Sets Date For VA Offshore Wind Auction

July 23, 2013 10:12 am | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight energy companies will bid Sept. 4 on a lease for a vast expanse of ocean off Virginia's coast set aside for the development of wind farms. The Bureau of Ocean Management on Monday announced the scheduled auction of 112,800 acres on the Outer Continental Shelf, 23.5 miles east of Virginia Beach.

Energy Intelligence Report: An Eye On Efficiency

July 22, 2013 4:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Our fourth annual Energy Intelligence Report has been designed to spark some ideas for cost savings measures, as manufacturers continue to face tightening budgets and competitive pressures. We hope you can find something of value as you look at your own plant floor and try to determine where to start.

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Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Pro Weld Inc.

July 22, 2013 3:11 pm | Articles | Comments

Pro Weld Inc., a Michigan manufacturer of material handling containers, set goals to improve the quality of their product, eliminate re-work, and reduce energy costs in their welding and painting operation that runs three shifts per day. A key improvement in the final painting and inspection portion of the building was increasing the levels and quality of light so the employees could clearly see their work.

Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Southeast Packaging

July 22, 2013 3:05 pm | Articles | Comments

Southeast Packaging has been on the fast track to lead its industry in energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, “green” programs. So when management began investigating ways to improve the efficiency of lighting at its packaging facility in Concord, NC, they turned to OEO’s “BIG LIGHT.”

Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Saint-Gobain

July 22, 2013 3:01 pm | Articles | Comments

With more than 15,000 people working at 58 manufacturing sites worldwide, the Saint-Gobain brand Verallia is a worldwide leader, specializing in high quality glass containers. When the time came to renovate a quality control and packing hall at its Neuburg  glass packaging plant in Germany, Verallia was looking for a more efficient lighting solution to replace its 250W HPS high bays that were actually drawing 300W.

Convenient, Efficient, Green Maintenance Chemicals

July 22, 2013 2:55 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial manufacturers across the world need to stay efficient, productive, and safe in an ever-increasing competitive global market. They turn to industrial cleaners and degreasers to quickly and effectively sanitize and disinfect, improve the appearance of their facility, prepare surfaces for plating or adhesive bonding, eliminate the potential for contamination, and more.

Food and Energy: Parallel Pyramids?

July 22, 2013 2:34 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Much like improving your health is a series of small steps, improving the health of your organization can be similar. This year’s series on energy efficiency kicks off with the same survey we’ve sent out to our readers for the past four years. In this survey, we ask them what they’ve been up to. Have they been investing in new equipment? If so, what kinds — and how much was the decision based on the energy efficiency of this product?

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China Hikes Tariff On U.S., Korean Solar Polysilicon

July 22, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has fired a new salvo in a global trade battle over solar panels by raising import duties on U.S.- and Korean-made polysilicon used to manufacture them. The Ministry of Commerce said the duties of up to 57 percent are in response to dumping, or selling at improperly low prices.

WY Governor Lambasts EPA Over Haze Plan

July 19, 2013 9:38 am | by Bob Moen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Matt Mead sharply criticized a plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce regional haze, saying it did more to kill the coal industry than clear Wyoming's air. The EPA plan seeks to reduce haze in national parks and wilderness areas by further limiting air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming. The state has offered its own proposal, but EPA has rejected parts of it as inadequate and has proposed changes.

EU Official: China Can Curb Pollution, Still Grow

July 18, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's environment commissioner says China can curb pollution without sacrificing economic growth. Janez Potocnik also says China's serious pollution problems are an opportunity for European businesses that have developed technology to clean up water and air pollution.

NM Reaches $920K Settlement With Gas Processor

July 17, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State environment officials have reached a settlement with the operator of a natural gas processing plant in southeastern New Mexico over alleged pollution violations. The Environment Department says the settlement with Occidental Permian Limited Partnership is worth more than $920,000. Most of the money will go toward installing pollution controls at the company's plant near Hobbs.

For Obama's Climate Plan, Devil Is In The Details

July 15, 2013 2:07 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frustrated by a recalcitrant Congress, President Barack Obama has vowed to take climate change into his own hands. Now he has to deliver. Three weeks after giving an ambitious speech to outline his proposal, the president begins the arduous task of executing it. Obama's plan is a complicated mix of rule-making and federal permitting that's tough to encapsulate in a neat sales pitch — and may be even tougher to put into action.

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China Scraps Uranium Processing Plan After Protest

July 15, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in a southern Chinese city on Saturday scrapped a plan to build a uranium-processing plant, one day after hundreds of local residents protested against it because of safety concerns. The city government of Heshan in Guangdong province said in an online statement that it would halt the 37 billion yuan ($6 billion) project by China National Nuclear Corp.

MA Gov To Back Wind Turbine Health Study

July 12, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he would back a proposal calling for an "independent scientific study" of the health effects of wind turbines. Critics of the massive energy-producing turbines say the sound and motion of the blades can cause health problems.

China Plans To Further Restrict Car Purchases

July 11, 2013 1:48 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China plans to increase the number of cities that restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported Thursday. With more than 13 million cars sold in China last year, motor vehicles and their emissions have emerged as the chief culprit for the air pollution in large cities.

Will Algae Fuel Your Next Car?

July 10, 2013 1:36 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Some of the top minds in the nation are working to find an alternative for oil, and Professor Juergen Polle is placing his bet on algae. What makes algae ideal is that it can be grown in non-arable land. And while it burns carbon dioxide (CO2) like fossil fuels, it requires CO2 to photosynthesize, making it carbon neutral.

Vermont Joins Push For Cleaner Vehicles

July 9, 2013 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont is joining 14 other states and cities in calling for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to adopt proposed new rules calling for big cuts in pollution from vehicles by 2017. The standards would cut smog-producing emissions from vehicles by 80 percent and soot by 70 percent.

NC Chemical Plant Blocked In Anti-Fracking Protest

July 9, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twelve activists who blocked a North Carolina chemical plant were arrested in a protest against the company's sale of products used in the natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Morganton Public Safety Chief Mark Tolbert said the protesters faced a variety of charges, including trespassing, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Industry Panning Obama's Climate Change Push

July 8, 2013 2:04 pm | by Steve Peoples, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's push to fight global warming has triggered condemnation from the coal industry across the industrial Midwest, where state and local economies depend on the health of an energy sector facing strict new pollution limits. But such concerns stretch even to New England, an environmentally focused region that long has felt the effects of drifting emissions from Rust Belt states.

Solar Powered Plane Finishes Its Journey

July 8, 2013 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-powered aircraft has completed the final leg of a history-making cross-country flight, gliding to a smooth stop at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Solar Impulse touched down at JFK at 11:09 p.m. Saturday, completing the final leg of the cross-continental journey that started in California in early May. For Saturday's final leg, the aircraft left Dulles International Airport a little before 5 a.m.

EU Lawmakers Back Cap-And-Trade Fix

July 3, 2013 2:10 pm | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament on Wednesday backed a rescue plan for the world's biggest cap-and-trade system for emissions of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent greenhouse gas from human activities. In a 344-311 vote, European lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, approved a proposal to delay an auction of allowances in the EU's emissions trading scheme.

White House Has Coal Country On The Defensive

July 2, 2013 10:15 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

After several years of taking a beating from the poor economy, new pollution rules and a flood of cheap natural gas, the coal industry was on the rebound this year as mining projects moved forward in the Western U.S. and demand for the fuel began to rise, especially in Asia.

Germany Blocks EU Carbon Cap To Protect Automakers

June 28, 2013 2:18 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany has blocked a European Union agreement on capping car carbon emissions because the deal could have cost jobs and harmed its domestic auto industry, officials said Friday. The blunt admission that Europe's biggest economy put business interests before environmental standards is at odds with Germany's image as a champion of green issues.

AR Wind Turbine Plant To Stop Production

June 28, 2013 2:13 pm | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A $40 million wind turbine factory in northeast Arkansas that opened in 2010 with plans to employ more than 700 people announced Friday it would end production and lay off 40 workers. Germany-based Nordex SE, parent company of Nordex USA, said the company had not received enough orders due to an uncertain U.S. market, overcapacity in the industry and an unstable outlook for a federal tax production credit.

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