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PG&E, American Standard Offer Cash Back

This summer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) customers in Northern California may earn as much as $500 in cash-back rebates on new installations of American Standard cooling and heating systems in their homes.
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AZ Registrar’s Enforcement Efforts Are In Process

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors has begun issuing warning letters and citations to contractors who are not in compliance with the new contractor advertising laws. A notification will also be sent to the publication where the non-compliant advertising appears.
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Colorado Student Awarded SMACNA Scholarship

Helping to educate the leaders of tomorrow, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) College of Fellows awarded a $1,200 scholarship for the 2002-2003 academic year to Sarah Keating, who resides in nearby Littleton, CO.
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Air Conditioning Distributor Signs Up With CrossCheck

CrossCheck Inc., a privately held check guarantee company, announced an agreement to provide its services to Southern California Air Conditioning Distributor Inc. (SCACD Inc.), a privately owned HVAC distributor.
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California Energy Commission’s Amendments Challenged

The California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) recently disapproved the California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) amendments of its Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Regulations and related amendments of its Title 24 Building Standards.
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First 'Zero Energy Home' Goes Up In California

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that the first home in the nation to be built under its new “Zero Energy Homes” program is scheduled to be completed soon. The DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have joined with Davis Energy Group and Centex Homes to construct the home in the Los Olivos development in Livermore, CA.
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Edwards Air Force Base Goes Green And Saves Big

Edwards AFB was facing major rate increases and a decision by the California legislature to prohibit customers from obtaining power from an ESP. These events highlighted the urgency of finding an ESP to provide power at a fixed price for a term of 3 to 5 years. Paul Weaver, Energy Manager for Edwards AFB’s 95th Civil Engineer Group, made contact with ESPs that indicated an interest in such an arrangement, and which also offered renewable power at a price comparable to its original frozen tariff rate.
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Postal Service Installs Largest Federal Roof-Integrated Solar Photovoltaic System

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) recently installed a landmark photovoltaic (PV) demonstration project at its Marina Processing and Distribution Center in Southern California.
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Performing Labor Of Love

Sheet metal apprentices, SMACNA members, and retired members of SMWIA Local 359 recently combined to donate and install a new air conditioning system at St. John’s Indian School, located on the Gila Indian Reservation south of Phoenix, AZ.
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Energy Department Awards Weatherization Grant

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona was recently awarded $90,231 in weatherization grants by the Department of Energy (DOE).
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