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Advanced Reciprocating Engine Provides High-Efficiency CHP

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Through its Advanced Reciprocating Engine Systems (ARES) program, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) seeks to help industry take advantage of reduced natural gas prices by introducing options for engine development for distributed energy and combined heat and power (CHP) applications.
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Parabolic Trough Solar Technology Provides Hot Water, Heating and Cooling

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Abengoa Solar is building large-scale parabolic trough solar installations in Arizona and New York. The hot water produced at the Arizona plant will be used in the treatment of contaminated water. In the New York application, solar energy will deliver heating, cooling, and humidity control for the manufacturing facilities at a piano factory.
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DuPont, DOE Partner on Innovative Thin Film Solar Program

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DuPont has announced plans with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a $9 million solar research program. The program is designed to accelerate commercialization of a protective film that prevents moisture from degrading the performance of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules, a key challenge in the past.
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TKDA Earns National Award for Innovative Steam Generating Facility

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TKDA, an employee-owned engineering, architecture, and planning firm, has received a national award for its design of an innovative, environmentally friendly steam generating facility for Andersen Corp. The award was given by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at an event held in Washington, D.C.
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NYSERDA Launches Energy $mart Focus Program for Health Care

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced a new initiative - the New York Energy $martSM Focus on Healthcare - to help health care facilities in identifying cost-effective investments in energy efficiency that will improve overall energy performance.
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Doubts About Fabric Ductwork Quelled by Computer Modeling

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When building officials questioned whether HVAC fabric air dispersion could outperform metal ductwork/register systems in a new $17 million community center, consulting engineering firm Millcreek Engineering Co. used its own custom-designed proprietary modeling software to demonstrate its performance.
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EPA Identifies Six Greenhouse Gases as Threat to Public Health

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposed finding that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare. The proposed finding, which now moves to a public comment period, identified six greenhouse gases that pose a potential threat.
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Macy's Estimates 20 Percent Cost Savings Through Energy Conservation Partnership

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Macy’s Inc. and Field Diagnostic Services Inc. (FDSI) have announced a plan to partner in California to optimize the air conditioning unit performance at Macy’s stores and distribution centers across the state. Macy’s analysis suggests the company could save approximately 20 percent on a/c related operating costs.
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AmerenUE Announces Energy Efficiency Program for Business Electric Customers

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Business customers throughout utility AmerenUE’s service territory now have $24 million in incentives available to them to help them save electricity and money. The new Business Energy Efficiency Program gives any nonresidential customer incentives to help cover the cost of making efficiency upgrades.
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Energy Star Program Helps New York Homes Use Less Energy

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For New Yorkers bracing against high home energy costs this heating season, relief is available through the Home Performance with Energy Star® Program. Implemented by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the program aims to improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and safety of existing homes.
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