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HP Announces Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 23, 2014 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of ongoing efforts to lower its carbon footprint across all phases of its business, HP today announced a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of its product portfolio by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels.       

Buffalo Expects Solar Project Announcement

September 23, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in western New York, where he's expected to make an announcement...

Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

July 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate...

American Perceptions Of Power

April 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

Does it matter if Americans understand the risks involved in the different kinds of energy...

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American Energy And Manufacturing Competitiveness

December 19, 2013 9:20 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | Videos | Comments

Top CEOs, including Chad Holliday of Bank of America and Eric Spiegel of Siemens USA, discuss the advantages that the U.S. offers for manufacturing, including the largest market in the world, low energy costs, and a strong technology infrastructure.

Japan Starts Up Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

November 11, 2013 9:18 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The wind farm near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant is to eventually have a generation capacity of 1 gigawatt from 143 turbines, though its significance is not limited to the energy it will produce.            

Advances In Air Rinsing And Static Removal

October 30, 2013 9:04 am | by Paxton Products | Product Releases | Comments

The more energy efficient static elimination aids bottling, canning, thermoforming, and other manufacturing and packaging processes.   

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Wyo. Coal-Fired Plants Top EPA New-Plant CO2 Limit

October 7, 2013 1:59 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The standards recently proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would require new coal-fired plants to exceed no more than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour.           

Water Injection Pump For Damaged Fukushima Reactor Halts

October 7, 2013 1:53 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that a pump to inject water into one of the severely damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant halted Monday, possibly due to a problem at a power switchboard.       

Ensuring Long-Term Success Of LEDs

September 27, 2013 9:07 am | by Clifton Lemon, Soraa | Articles | Comments

Like other innovations spurred by a combination of technology development and government mandates, solid state lighting (SSL) presents a real triple bottom line scenario – good for the planet, good for profit, and good for end users. Manufacturers play a key role in making sure LED adoption will hit its full potential.

Nation's Largest Wind Farm Proposed For TX

September 25, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dallas-based wind-power developer has proposed an array of as many as 650 wind turbines for 190 square miles of the Texas South Plains. Tri Global Energy LLC announced plans for Hale Community Energy on Tuesday. The vast wind farm would extend from Abernathy over much of eastern Hale County on land Tri Global says is controlled by more than 340 owners and has more than 450 shareholders.

"Practical" Solar Car Hits The Road In Sydney

September 18, 2013 2:16 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Among the teams competing in next month's 3000 kilometer World Solar Challenge race across Australia, is a group from the University of New South Wales that's built a solar-powered vehicle designed to look like a conventional car. In a field dominated by vehicles that look anything but conventional, the car provides a glimpse of what we could be driving on the roads in years to come. 

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VA Utility Top Bidder For Offshore Wind Leases

September 5, 2013 2:28 pm | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia Dominion Power submitted a successful $1.6 million bid Wednesday to lease nearly 113,000 offshore acres for the development of wind turbines that could power 700,000 homes. Virginia's largest utility beat out one other bidder, Apex Virginia Offshore Wind LLC of Charlottesville, in the nation's second lease sale of ocean bottom dedicated to the development of huge wind turbines.

Contractor Sues Over Failed $700M Plant

August 21, 2013 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Washington state-based contractor is suing the Chinese parent company of a defunct polysilicon maker over a failed $700 million plant in eastern Idaho that had been expected to supply the solar energy industry but never produced anything.

Harnessing The Power Of Wind And Waves

August 15, 2013 11:06 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Japanese company Modec is preparing to test the world's first hybrid wind and wave power generation turbine this autumn. It is designed to harness enough energy from wind and waves to power up to 500 homes. CBS News' Seth Doane has the story. 

AEMC Partnership Convenes Top Leaders At GE’s Global Research Headquarters

August 14, 2013 3:39 pm | by Council on Competitiveness | News | Comments

The Council on Competitiveness (Council) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) yesterday held the third in a series of high-level dialogues as part of the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Partnership, a three-year effort to bring together national leaders to address a rapidly shifting national and global energy landscape.

Wind Farm Coming To TX Nuclear Weapons Plant

August 14, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

America's only plant for disassembling and assembling nuclear weapons will soon be home to the largest federally owned wind farm. Ground was broken Tuesday for a wind farm that will have five turbines located on 1,500 acres east of the Pantex Plant, about 18 miles northeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle.

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Power To The People

August 12, 2013 4:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

It’s not uncommon to find an industrial worker with a power tool in their hands a dozen or more times per day. Power and speed are important – but perhaps most critical is the assurance of knowing the tool is ready to go at a moment’s notice. With reliability being top of mind for most users, power tool manufacturers place continued emphasis on improving the batteries that make a cordless tool go.

Behind The Wheel Of A 100-Year-Old Steam Car

August 8, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

These days, electric cars are making inroads against old-fashioned gasoline models. Well, there was a time when there were three ways to power your car: Gasoline, electric, and steam. This 1913 Stanley Steamer car takes almost 45 minutes to start up but it's quite a treat to drive.

Denmark Bomb Scare Was Inventor's Experiment

August 7, 2013 10:18 am | by Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swedish inventor's experiments with a new power source for electric cars caused a bomb scare that paralyzed parts of the Danish capital, Copenhagen, for three hours on Tuesday. Police said unusual wiring, copper pipes and suspicious objects found inside and outside Dan Zethraeus' car led them to believe it contained an explosive device.

August 2013: Bang for the Buck

August 5, 2013 10:58 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Accenture's managing director explains how to radically improve the performance of your legacy spares planning system without buying a new one, Houston-based Blackwell Plastics helps people do what they love and love what they do, HVLS and HVAC are together at last to improve employee comfort and save money, and more.

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.

Utility Begins Legal Dispute Against Mitsubishi

July 18, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern California Edison, an electric utility company that retired the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station last month, said Thursday it has served a notice of dispute to Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Ltd., holding the Japanese company accountable for manufacturing defective steam generators that led to the closing of the station.

IEA: Global Renewable Energy Growing Fast

June 26, 2013 2:20 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will be the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency. Developing countries are building more wind, solar and hydro-electric power plants to meet rising power demand and combat local pollution problems.

GE CEO: China Will Drive Energy Tech

June 18, 2013 12:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Fossil fuels are still the number one energy source. Andy Serwer, managing editor for Fortune asks GE what that means for the company today, as well as five years from now. At the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt says that future energy development will be focused in China.

New Fans Cut Lead Times

June 17, 2013 8:05 am | Articles | Comments

Located in the heart of Coppell, Texas, just outside of Dallas, Stone Panels Incorporated manufactures one of a kind, light-weight stone veneer panels used in new construction and renovations across the globe. The facility does not have a centralized air-conditioning system and working in close quarters in a humid, and often times dusty facility can lead to uncomfortable employees and a drop in productivity.

Fast Forklift Charging For Fast-Paced Environments

June 12, 2013 8:05 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

Corwin Will is the facility manager of The Pampered Chef, a Berkshire Hathaway company, which has benefited from tremendous savings and safety improvements from installing Minit Chargers across four warehouses. The Pampered Chef warehouses face a daily challenge similar to those of all industrial facilities: trying to pick and ship thousands of items a day in the most efficient way possible.

Government Sells 58.4M Shares Of GM Stock

May 13, 2013 10:01 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The government has sold another piece of its stake in General Motors Co. The Treasury Department said Friday in its April report to Congress that so far this year it has sold 58.4 million shares of GM stock and earned net proceeds of $1.6 billion.

CAT To Close Toronto Factory

May 6, 2013 10:25 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Heavy equipment giant Caterpillar Inc. says it is closing a tunnel-boring machine factory in Toronto by mid-2014, throwing 330 workers out of a job. Caterpillar acquired the facility in 2008 when it bought Lovat Inc. and got into the tunnelling business, but now says the plant is no longer a "strategic growth opportunity" and will be shut down.

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