Articles by Peter Powell

Evaluating Low GWP

January 23, 2012
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is moving forward with an ambitious project to identify low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. What does that mean?

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Key Benefits Yield South’s Best Contractor

January 23, 2012
When The NEWS accepts nominations for its Best Contractor to Work For contest, applicants are asked to include answers to 23 “yes” or “no” questions that have been developed as a way to measure what makes a contractor the best. When the application for Casteel Heating and Cooling came in, 22 of the 23 questions were answered with “yeses.”

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Lots of Refrigeration to See

January 9, 2012
About this time of year, editors and columnists in the HVACR industry do editorials and columns encouraging attendance at the annual International Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), this year taking place Jan. 23-25 in Chicago. It’s on the ‘R’ that I want to focus.

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HFCs Stay the Course After Global Meeting

January 9, 2012
The long-term availability of HFCs survived another effort at phase-down during the 23rd Meeting of the Parties (MOP23) to the Montreal Protocol held in November 2011. Participants did not reach agreement on taking any action to control HFCs.

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Destruction Process Gears for 2012

January 9, 2012
Midwest Refrigerants’ approach to the destruction of unwanted refrigerants has gained approval that will now allow startup of the process in the United States in mid-2012. What is the company's process?

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Media Event Gives U.S., Global Perspectives

January 9, 2012
Why did Schneider Electric bring 40 members of the media from the United States, Canada, and Mexico to a hotel meeting room near Chicago O’Hare Airport?

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New Training, New Ways

January 9, 2012
New educational materials and e-learning are forming the basis of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society’s (RSES) efforts to introduce “publications of interest to members and the industry at large on timely topics and recent trends.”

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Rogue Refrigerant Blend Linked to Fatalities

January 9, 2012
Recent reports from overseas have revealed that rogue refrigerants were used in hundreds of transport HFC-134a refrigeration systems, which resulted in a number of explosions and at least three deaths. World trade press, industry manufacturers, and watchdog websites have been issuing statements in recent weeks as part of this ongoing story.

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Seminar Teaches Contractors Green Tech

January 9, 2012
The role of air conditioning and heating contractors — as well as those in the refrigeration sector — played a big part in a seminar called “Going Green and Paying for It: Green Tools for Municipalities” presented by the Illinois Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Aiming Blame Higher

January 9, 2012
When it comes to encouraging high school students to pursue post-secondary studies in vocational programs such as HVACR, the fall guys for failure to do so are usually the high school counselors. Well, it just might be the blame rests not with the counselors but with those who are telling the counselors what to push and promote.

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


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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