Robert Wilkins

Robert Wilkins is vice president of public affairs for Danfoss.

ARTICLES

Converging Commercial Energy Use Trends

Uncovering the Trigger Point to Change
April 14, 2014

The country could be on the tipping point of a potential transformation in building energy efficiency and the role of the electric utility in serving commercial buildings. 


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Countdown Begins for HFC Phase Down

Move Away from Hydrofluorocarbon Refrigerants Guided Globally, Domestically
March 3, 2014

Many advocates and policy makers are taking action now to find and use refrigerants with much lower GWPs than HFCs to anticipate the phase down and avoid what could be a costly double transition. 


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A Whole-Building Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency

Trends and Innovations Offer New Opportunities for Progress
June 3, 2013

A multitude of trends and innovations offer new opportunities for progress increasingly converging on the prospect of a new basic concept: whole-building systems. 


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What the Election Results Mean for the HVACR Industry

November 26, 2012
The economy, the fiscal cliff, sequestration, and energy independence are just a few of the issues facing the winners of the 2012 election. But, as one of Washington’s leading pundits recently stated, “This isn’t the first critical election where the stakes are high, and it won’t be the last.”


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Election Outcome and Industry Implications

July 23, 2012
What happens after the election? What impact will election results have on energy efficiency in general and the HVACR industry in particular?


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Programs Lead Way on Energy Efficiency

March 5, 2012
The HVACR industry continues to introduce new technologies — and build upon existing technologies — that provide opportunities to improve energy efficiency. While new federal legislation hasn’t helped spur deployment of such technologies, state and local initiatives are moving ahead.


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Building Energy Efficiency into Our Future

April 4, 2011
As concerns about national security, economic growth, and environmental standards propagate, energy efficiency is no longer an option. The search for solutions to limited fossil fuel supplies, ever-increasing energy prices, and global warming has reached a new urgency.
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Legislative Agenda Jeopardizes Progress

May 31, 2010
The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the Home STAR legislation, which will invest $6 billion in a rebate program for homeowners who perform energy-efficiency upgrades. Meanwhile, a parallel bill is being considered, called Building STAR. Passage of a comprehensive energy/climate bill in 2010 remains uncertain.
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Home STAR and Building STAR Legislation to Stimulate Energy Savings and Jobs Creation

March 29, 2010
Congressional leaders have introduced two bills - Home STAR and Building STAR - that use short-term rebates to promote energy efficiency. Each of these programs is expected to create a minimum 150,000 jobs, many of them in the hard-hit construction sector and in related industries, including HVAC.
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Legislation Brewing for HFC

May 25, 2009
A discussion draft of legislation called the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) was recently released. One of the most significant issues to the HVACR industry in this draft is the HFC climate change title. If passed, this legislation will reduce HFC use by 85 percent and sharply limit its availability over several years.
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2014 MCAA Annual Convention

Scenes from the 2014 MCAA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief of The NEWS, hosted the 2014 ACCA CEO Forum. At the event, six well-known, highly respected company executives, Gary Michel, Ingersoll Rand/Trane; Chris Nelson, Carrier Corp.; Chris Peel, Rheem Mfg. Co.; Rod Rushing, Johnson Controls; Brent Schroeder, Emerson Climate Technologies; and Doug Young, Lennox; provided individual industry outlooks and fielded questions directly from attending contractors. Listen to the entire event on the NEWSMakers podcast. Posted on April 14.

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