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PEM Technologies Taps Green Room PR for North American Launch of Precision Electrolytic Machining (PEM) Process

September 16, 2010 4:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.greenroompr.com () —PEM Technologies, an electrolytic machining company, has selected Green Room Public Relations as its agency partner for the North American launch of its Precision Electrolytic Machining (PEM) technology. Green Room is currently spearheading strategic ...

THE INFLUENCE GAME: Renewable energy goal stalls

September 15, 2010 11:35 pm | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A powerful lobbying coalition is campaigning to require more electricity to come from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal. But the effort hasn't gotten any traction in the Senate this year, despite the push by environmental groups, renewable energy providers, more than...

3 ultra-efficient cars win $10M innovation award

September 15, 2010 8:35 pm | by DEE-ANN DURBIN - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

An ultralight, gas-powered car that can get 102 miles per gallon is among the winners of the $10 million Automotive X Prize, a contest to develop highly efficient, production-ready vehicles.While it's not likely to go on sale in its current form, Edison2's "Very Light Car No. 98" was cited for...

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TFX Ultra

September 15, 2010 12:25 pm | by Dynasonics | Product Releases | Comments

The advanced TFX Ultra is an ultrasonic flow and energy meter that clamps on the outside of existing pipes without contacting liquids.

Serial Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Develop Standards-Compliant Software Platform Enabling Faster Time to Market for Smart Energy Products

September 15, 2010 2:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Grid2Home, developer of Smart Energy G2H-SE2 Software (http://www.grid2home.com/products.html) , announced today that it has completed a round of seed funding, led by Granite Ventures. The funding will enable the company to customize the G2H-SE2 Software for multiple platforms and expand...

FACT CHECK: Brewer can claim some credit on jobs

September 14, 2010 11:35 am | by PAUL DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, trying to turn away a general election challenge by Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard, has moved to stake out high ground on an issue of concern to many voters: the ailing Arizona economy.Brewer does that partly by regularly taking credit for business...

The First Annual Conference and Expo Promoting Economic Growth in the Orange County Clean Technology Industry

September 13, 2010 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.cleantechoc.org () —WHO:Steve Westly, former California State Controller, Managing Partner, the Westly GroupMiguel Pulido, Mayor, City of Santa Ana, Co-Chair CleanTech OCBill Campbell, Supervisor, County of OrangeSukhee Kang, Mayor, City of IrvineDavid Jones, Managing Partner, SAIL...

Obama hails production of stimulus-aided batteries

September 13, 2010 8:35 am | by KEN THOMAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama celebrated the opening of an advanced battery plant on Monday as a critical boost for hybrid and electric cars — and a success for his administration's economic stimulus program.But even as mass-produced advanced batteries start rolling off assembly lines, costs are high...

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Analysis: Helplessness fuels Kansas anger over EPA

September 13, 2010 6:35 am | by JOHN HANNA - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas legislators opposed to regulating greenhouse gases are doubly upset because the federal government is forcing the state into limiting emissions, and they don't yet see a good strategy for preventing it.Some members of a legislative committee reviewing new rules from the federal...

Analysis: Helplessness fuels Kan. anger over EPA

September 12, 2010 9:35 am | by JOHN HANNA - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas legislators opposed to regulating greenhouse gases are doubly upset because the federal government is forcing the state into limiting emissions, and they don't yet see a good strategy for preventing it.Some members of a legislative committee reviewing new rules from the federal...

Production of stimulus-aided car batteries revs up

September 12, 2010 4:35 am | by KEN THOMAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The first wave of mass-produced advanced batteries funded by the Obama administration's economic recovery program are starting to roll off assembly lines, setting the stage for new hybrid and electric vehicles.So how will consumers respond?Fending off criticism of the $787 billion stimulus...

Brunswick's Mr. Joe won't stop inventing

September 11, 2010 12:35 am | by TERRY DICKSONAssociated Press | News | Comments

Joe Iannicelli's employees call him Mr. Joe.And his company headquarters beside U.S. 17 is nothing fancy. It has a nondescript lab, some old equipment under a tall lean-to and an unassuming office lobby.You wouldn't know from appearances that Iannicelli, 81, holds a doctorate in organic...

Union Says China Violates Trade Rules In Clean Energy

September 10, 2010 5:27 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

USW is asking Washington to crack down on various Chinese trade practices that it says are robbing American workers of jobs in the field of clean energy.

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EPA officials: Kan. must revise air permit process

September 9, 2010 3:35 pm | by JOHN HANNA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials told Kansas legislators Thursday that the state will be expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions as it considers air-quality permits for power plants, large factories, and oil refineries — and if it refuses, the Environmental Protection Agency could step in.Regional EPA...

Reactor parts start arriving at proposed Ga. plant

September 9, 2010 1:35 pm | by RAY HENRY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The first major parts have begun arriving in eastern Georgia for what could become the country's first nuclear reactor in a generation, although uncertainty remains over when safety regulators might grant it final approval.Flatbed trucks started delivering metal plates Tuesday to Plant Vogtle,...

Hyundai Unveils South Korea's First Electric Car

September 9, 2010 5:20 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker showed off its first electric car Thursday -- the BlueOn -- as it moves to catch up with Japanese rivals that have jumped ahead in the field.

The 66,000 Square-Foot Facility Receives Silver Certification From LEED for Its Green Impacts on the Environment

September 8, 2010 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A little over a year after Medline Industries, Inc., the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies in the U.S., completed and opened its new environmentally conscious service facility center in Dubuque, Iowa, the building officially received Leadership in...

Haiti Prime Minister and ECCO2 Corp Enter Talks for $1.5 Billion Cleantech Project to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Stimulate Economy

September 8, 2010 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Haiti Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and ECCO2 Corp (www.ecco2usa.com (http://www.ecco2usa.com/) ) have begun discussions regarding the launch of the "ECCO2 Haiti Project" in efforts to reduce carbon emissions and stimulate the Haitian economy following the catastrophic earthquake...

Alexander agrees with Obama on electric vehicles

September 8, 2010 10:35 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has been a vocal critic of several of Democratic President Barack Obama's policies, but he said Wednesday that encouraging the development of electric cars is not one of them.Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, said there is bipartisan agreement on the need to spur the...

Renewable energy touted at Nevada policy 'summit'

September 7, 2010 12:35 pm | by CRISTINA SILVA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

With clean energy legislation trapped in a political deadlock, renewable energy advocates called big business the new leader in the nation's green revolution at a national summit meeting Tuesday.John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress, said untapped business potential in the...

Haiti Government and ECCO2 Corp Enter $1.5 Billion Dollar Cleantech Project Discussions to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Stimulate Economy

September 6, 2010 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Haitian Senate president Kely Bastien and environmental innovators ECCO2 Corp (www.ecco2usa.com (http://www.ecco2usa.com/) ) have entered into talks regarding the launch of the "ECCO2 Haiti Project" in efforts to reduce carbon emissions and stimulate the Haitian economy following the...

EPA considers first-time rules for coal ash

September 1, 2010 2:35 pm | by CATHERINE TSAI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to federally regulate, for the first time, the disposal of the residue that comes from burning coal at power plants is getting a public hearing in Denver.It's an issue that gained urgency after the Tennessee Valley Authority plant spill in 2008, when 5.4 million cubic yards of coal...

Ky. Senate candidate Paul tours plant to tout coal

September 1, 2010 2:35 pm | by DYLAN LOVAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul visited a power plant Wednesday to tout the importance of coal to the state's low energy rates.Paul said recent climate legislation that would place a fee on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, sometimes referred to as cap-and-trade, would kill...

Dow Chemical spent $2.71 on 2Q gov't lobbying

August 31, 2010 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dow Chemical Co. spent $2.7 million in the second quarter to lobby Congress and several federal agencies on issues ranging from energy efficiency to defense, according to a recent disclosure report.The chemical manufacturer's total lobbying cost compares with the $1.2 million it spent in...

Government of Canada Investment in Manufacturing Facility Provides Significant Market Opportunities for Farmers

August 31, 2010 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Government of Canada has invested nearly $4.4 million to help Nutra Canada develop a facility for producing fruit, vegetable and medicinal plant extracts that will benefit Canadian producers.The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State...

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