IEC Industry Update
Dec. 9, 2009

New technologies emerge for storing grid electrical power
Natural News

Obama touts tax breaks for small biz hiring
In a speech delivered at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Obama outlined in broad brush strokes a plan to accelerate job growth. Helping small businesses was one of three key areas that Obama targeted, alongside investing in America's infrastructure and in green energy. More

Green Tide: Tennessee taking big steps toward energy-efficient future
The Knoxville News-Sentinel via TMCNews
The idea of a national building code is gaining momentum, having been included in a climate-change bill that was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives in June and forming part of a climate proposal currently being worked out by Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana. Having a one-size-fits-all minimum standard of how efficiently buildings should use energy, among other things, would force the hand of builders, who currently operate under a patchwork of state and local rules and voluntary standards. More

Los Angeles gets $60-million stimulus grant for 'smart grid' electric power system
Los Angeles Times
The federal government today awarded Los Angeles a $60-million grant to help modernize the city’s electrical power system. The money will be used for "smart grid" demonstration projects at USC and UCLA. The projects will allow the city's Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in the nation, to use advanced meters and other technology at the universities to chart how power is being consumed, forecast demand and potential outages, and seek ways to reduce energy use. More

Missouri will use solar power to keep bridges clear of ice and snow
Cooler Planet
Solar power will replace snow-melting chemicals on two bridges in Missouri, the state Department of Transportation announced this week. Pave Guard Technologies, a Lee's Summit, Missouri firm, will be tabbed to design the solar power systems. They will be installed on two bridges on Route 10 near Excelsior Springs, a town near Kansas City. More

IRS offers end of the year tax tips
The Daily Citizen
Tax year 2009 is quickly nearing an end. The Internal Revenue Service reminds Georgia taxpayers to avoid putting off important financial tasks until the last minute. The important deadline of Dec. 31 is fast approaching for many tax-planning issues. More