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Proposed settlement rescinds regional standards for residential gas furnaces
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In a settlement filed, the Department of Energy has agreed to withdraw the pending minimum energy conservation standards that include regional standards for residential non-weatherized and mobile home gas furnaces. ACCA, the nation's largest association of indoor environment professionals, joined the case last year as an Intervenor aligning with the American Public Gas Association who challenged the Direct Final Rule in a suit brought in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. More

Zero energy buildings: To retrofit or start fresh?
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Architects are increasingly designing zero energy buildings — buildings that create zero net carbon emissions and consume zero net energy annually — as a means of reducing the impact people have on the fragile environment. As significant contributors to greenhouse gases into the environment, traditional buildings consume almost half the total fossil fuel energy in Europe and North America. Eco-friendly ZEBs harvest energy on-site through solar and wind technology and can often operate completely off the power grid. More

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Dan Holohan presents Classic Hydronics, Tuesday, April 16
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The Lehigh Valley Chapter is hosting Dan Holohan at the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, 4500 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville, Pa. — the class will begin at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner followed by Dan speaking until 8:45 p.m.

You can register online — or by phone 888-552-0900. The cost is $129 to attend and seating is limited to 50.

Opening very, very soon
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Registration for our 2013 convention and trade show opens shortly. We're putting the finishing touches on our online registration. The variety of classes is exciting and it is a great way to pick up needed CEU's for NATE and NORA.

This year our Home Comfort Specialist Academy will be launched during our convention. We have a minimum of four of the modules available to those that wish to get into the program. To better understand the program, click here. Four of these sessions will be offered at our convention and will be taped and placed in our Online Training Center.

2013 Scholarship Program
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If you know of a student that could benefit from our scholarship program, let them know about it and refer them to our website. The deadline for receipt of the essays and completed paperwork is March 1.

For those in our Train-the-Trainer Program
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We are working with Time Begoske, Field Controls to do another Train-the-Trainer class. His topic will be "venting." This session will be offered Monday, May 20, during our convention. Attendees will learn from a professional trainer about venting and how they can pass this knowledge on to their own staff or others. That outline will be available on our site shortly.

 In The News

More energy efficiency incentives predicted for South, Midwest
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Spending on energy efficiency programs funded by electric and natural gas utility customers will double by 2025 to about $9.5 billion per year, according to projections published by researchers at Berkeley Lab. These funds, which come from a charge on utility bills, historically constitute the nation's largest source of spending on programs to foster the adoption of more efficient products and buildings. More

Energy efficiency aids utilities in reliable electricity delivery
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Spending on customer-funded energy efficiency programs by electric and natural gas utilities is on the rise, according to research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It's projected to double by 2025 to about $9.5 billion per year. These energy efficiency programs are expected to branch beyond the traditional energy efficiency hubs in the Northeast and West into the South and Midwest. More

Obama's inaugural address cites climate change, alternative energy
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President Barack Obama called for renewed efforts to address climate change and develop alternative energy in his 2013 inaugural address. He did so in the context of urging Americans to work together and pursue important national goals as previous generations did. More

US DOE publishes 2012 annual progress report
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The U.S. Department of Energy has published the latest in its series of annual progress reports covering its funded projects in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen. The fuel cell sub-program has reported continued reduction in cost for automotive fuel cells since 2002. Assuming mass production of 500,000 units per year, costs per kilowatt have reduced more than 80 percent since 2002 and 36 percent in the past four years. More

Alternative energy sources you never knew existed
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With the price of fossil fuels on the rise, the world is researching just about every avenue for a viable, renewable fuel source. We are fairly familiar with alternative energy, such as solar energy, wind energy and geothermal energy. However, there are other researchers out there looking for alternatives to the alternatives. More

Customer service: The face of maintenance
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In the daily life of a maintenance and engineering department, customer service is easy to overlook. It's a soft skill in a field of technical issues. It's also not the highest priority for most managers. Sustainability, energy efficiency, regulatory compliance, occupant safety and a thousand other issues seem more important than building stronger relations with customers. In fact, many of these issues are more important, mostly because they have a more direct and larger impact on the organization's bottom line. These days, the bottom line means a lot. More

Google investments in renewable energy top $1 billion
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Recently, Google has made an investment of $200 million into a wind farm in West Texas. This move is merely the latest in a growing movement of Google support for alternative energy sources. The wind farm, called Spinning Spur, is located in Oldham County, Texas. More

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