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April 18, 2014: Reliant and EnTouch Offer Energy Management to Texas Businesses

Small- and Medium-Sized Companies Can Schedule and Control HVAC
April 18, 2014

Reliant has teamed up with EnTouch Controls to bring energy management systems to Texas small and medium-sized businesses. Through an easy-to-use controller, business customers have the potential to reduce their electricity usage by 15 percent, according to EnTouch.


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April 18, 2014: NRG Acquires Roof Diagnostics Solar

Move Significantly Expands NRG’s Residential Solar Business, Complements Existing Network of Installers
April 18, 2014

NRG Energy Inc. has announced the acquisition of Roof Diagnostics Solar (RDS), to support and expand the company’s residential solar business. NRG said RDS will complement its network of independent solar installers and dealers and significantly increase its ability to meet the growing demand for residential solar.


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April 18, 2014: Department of Commerce Looks at Duties on China R-134a Imports

Interim Plan Part of Effort to Control Questionable Refrigerants
April 18, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has joined the ruckus over questions about the importation of HFC-134a refrigerant from China. On April 14 the federal agency released what it calls a “preliminary Countervailing Duty Determination (CVD).”


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April 18, 2014: NYSERDA’s HVAC Business Partners Program Doubled Its 2013 Goals

Contractors Participating in HVAC Program Completed 1,227 Quality Maintenance Projects in 2013
April 18, 2014

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that its HVAC Business Partners program has more than doubled its 2013 project goal for implementing the national ANSI/ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180 for Quality Maintenance (Standard 180 for QM).


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April 17, 2014: Camfil APC Expands Corporate Headquarters

Headquarters Expansion Is the Latest Step in a Global Development Program
April 17, 2014

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) has expanded its corporate headquarters with the opening of a 13,600-square-foot office facility for sales and administrative staff. The facility includes space for 85 employees and a training center to be used for customer and internal training and education programs. 


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April 17, 2014: Johnson Controls to Acquire Air Distribution Technologies

Acquisition Adds a Broad Range of Air Distribution Products to Johnson Controls Portfolio
April 17, 2014

Johnson Controls announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to acquire its Air Distribution Technologies business, one of the largest providers of air distribution and ventilation products in North America, for approximately $1.6 billion.


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April 17, 2014: Support for Solar Energy Has Climbed to Nearly 80 Percent of Americans

Consumer Favorability Has Rebounded After Several Years of Decline
April 17, 2014

Between 2009 and 2012, there were steady declines in consumer favorability for energy and environmental concepts such as solar and wind energy, according to an annual national survey by Navigant Research. In the latest consumer survey, however, favorability has rebounded.


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April 16, 2014: New Era Continues Pressure on EPA over R-22 Production

Appeal Seeks to Overturn HCFC-22 Production Allowances
April 16, 2014

New Era Group Inc. announced that it has filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia over a ruling issued in mid-2013 allowing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue to allow production and importation of HCFC-22 refrigerant.


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April 16, 2014: GridPoint Named One of Most Promising Enterprise Software Companies

Firm Honored as a Leader in Energy Management
April 16, 2014

GridPoint, a supplier of energy management solutions, announced that it has been named one of CIOReview’s “20 Most Promising Enterprise Software Companies.”


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April 16, 2014: Americans Used More Energy in 2013

Majority of Energy Use Was for Electricity Generation, Followed by Transportation, Industrial, Residential, and Commercial
April 16, 2014

Americans used more energy in 2013 than the prior year, according to the latest energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Americans had used less energy in 2012 and 2011 than the previous year, but that trend has been reversed.


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