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Ford's New F-150 To Get 26 MPG

November 24, 2014 2:19 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford said that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup. The Ram truck is the current leader among pickups, getting up to 25 mpg on the highway with a gas engine. The Ram gets up to...

Montana-Dakota Utilities To Buy ND Wind Farm

November 24, 2014 11:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. is buying a 43-turbine wind farm in southwestern North Dakota....

Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2B Each Year

November 24, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade association says that wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding...

Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 24, 2014 9:39 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In a blog from September, “NFL Team Takes A Stand On Sustainable Food Manufacturing,” I cited an...

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Fort Drum Powered By Wood In Renewable Energy Push

November 23, 2014 1:06 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bulldozers rumble up and down steaming mountains of wood chips 24 hours a day, stoking the boilers that provide electricity to all 168 square miles of Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division. The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the...

PA Senator: Obama Climate Change Plan Unfair

November 20, 2014 3:33 pm | by Hope Yen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania's Democratic senator is criticizing President Barack Obama's proposed climate change rules, urging revisions to a plan that he says imposes unfair costs and burdens on the state. In a 22-page letter sent Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency, Sen. Bob Casey makes clear he supports broad goals of combating global warming and agrees...

EPA Approves 2 Permits For TX Resin Plant

November 20, 2014 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two final greenhouse gas permits for a planned $1 billion resin processing plant in South Texas. The EPA on Wednesday announced the permits for M&G Resins USA for a facility in Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi...

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General Mills CEO: Water Conservation Is Critical

November 20, 2014 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wednesday evening, at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Global Water Summit, General Mills chairman and CEO Ken Powell addressed attendees on the company's efforts to conserve and protect global water resources critical to the business. He shared the company's journey of "uber-collaboration" with...

State Releases Proposed Air Quality Rules

November 19, 2014 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Proposed state regulations for meeting federal air quality standards include limits on what could be burned in wood stoves. In areas with chronically bad air, such as Fairbanks and North Pole, the regulations call for using dry wood, wood pellet products, manufacture-approved biomass fuels and...

When Fake 'Super Meat' Is Better Than The Real Thing

November 18, 2014 11:36 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can...

Chevrolet Supports Grassland Preservation Program

November 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale crop production, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said Monday. The automaker, a division of General Motors, said...

U.S., China Pledge To Limit Emissions

November 12, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and China are pledging to move faster to reduce or limit emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. China and the U.S. are the world's two largest polluters, and by taking action together, leaders from both countries hope to spur other nations to be equally...

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Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 11, 2014 4:21 pm | by Mark Adair, Avid Solutions | Articles | Comments

The triple bottom line is a term that was coined in the 90’s. In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet, and Profit. The conventional wisdom is that a combination of these three components leads to a successful company that retains...

OH Airport To Add Plants, Reduce Carbon Footprint

November 10, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southwest Ohio airport plans to plant hundreds of acres of grasses to help reduce its carbon footprint, officials said. About 270 acres of tall prairie grass will be planted near the Dayton International Airport, the Dayton Daily News reported. Officials said the grasses will offset...

Brazil: Rich Nations Must Reduce Carbon Emissions

November 5, 2014 5:15 pm | by Brad Brooks, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazil's environment minister said Wednesday that her nation will be a protagonist at an upcoming climate change conference in Peru and will hold developed nations accountable for strong commitments to reduce carbon emissions. Minister Izabella Teixeira said she wants developed...

Manufacturing Technology Trends Shaping The Industry

November 3, 2014 9:53 am | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

One of the most impressive changes in manufacturing is the renewed awareness of government officials and economists that manufacturing is the real engine behind a robust economy. President Obama has commissioned and funded various manufacturing hubs around the country to focus on...

Southwest Airlines Donates Leather LUV Seat Products

October 30, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southwest Airlines today announced the distribution of products made in Kenya and the U.S. as part of its global upcycling initiative LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose.  The distribution in Kenya completes the second phase of the multi-year environmental program, which will upcycle approximately 80,000 former airline...

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Colder Weather Drives Forecast Of 2014 Energy-Related CO2 Emissions

October 30, 2014 9:45 am | by Today In Energy | News | Comments

In the long term, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are driven by economic and efficiency trends and changes in the fuel mix. But weather fluctuations, which drive the level of energy use for both heating and cooling, are a very significant factor affecting year-to-year variation in fossil fuel consumption and their resulting...

EU Reaches Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

October 24, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Corder & Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The deal was aimed at countering climate change and setting an example for the rest of the world ahead of key international climate negotiations...

Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel

October 24, 2014 12:22 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel. Celtic Renewables, formed in 2011, has refined its process based on a century-old fermentation technique and is now taking the next step toward a...

Renewable Energy Group Completes Biorefinery Upgrades

October 23, 2014 4:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. celebrated Thursday the completion of upgrades to its 30-million gallon biorefinery in Mason City, Iowa, which allows the plant to produce biodiesel from a wide variety of raw materials. Several state and local government and business leaders were on hand for...

New Poll Reveals Concern Over Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations

October 23, 2014 4:26 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Polling data released today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a coalition of 175 members representing nearly every segment of the U.S. economy, finds that Americans have major concerns about the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations and are unwilling to pay even a...

Will Solar, Wind Generate Revolution Or Evolution?

October 21, 2014 4:21 pm | by Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association | News | Comments

Dramatically decreasing capital costs for solar and wind technologies present the prospect of an unprecedented boost for Texas companies. Sweetening the deal is the fact that "fuel" from the sun and the wind is free. Forever. No long-term contracts to negotiate and pay out over...

New Tool Will Help Find 'Gaps' In Global Crop Production

October 21, 2014 11:46 am | by Grant Schulte, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments, and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential...

Biofuels Plant Harbinger Of Renewable Fuel Future

October 17, 2014 12:06 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The $500 million biorefinery in Hugoton is one of only three commercially sized plants in the country that use only plant waste, such as...

Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

The Better Plants Program recently recognized eleven manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a...

Cogenra Sets Three World Records For Solar Module Power

October 16, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cogenra Solar, a provider of high-performance solar technology, today announced three world records using its Dense Cell Interconnect (DCI) technology. In a series of tests conducted by third-party laboratories, Cogenra’s DCI technology achieved up to a 15 percent increase in...

The IoT Uplink: More Data Means More Security

October 16, 2014 9:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

It's expected that data traffic will be more than 22 times heavier by 2020 thanks to the Internet of Things. That's why security and standards have become a growing concern in the world of industrial IoT, as well as the challenges that ...  

"Made In Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo" To Be Held Oct 21

October 15, 2014 4:50 pm | by Made In Elk Grove Expo | News | Comments

Elk Grove Villlage will host the 2nd annual regional manufacturing expo on Oct 21. The "Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo" champions the Chicagoland area as a "Midwest Supply Chain Solution."  Elk Grove Village, home of the largest industrial park in the U.S., invites manufacturers from throughout the Midwest to the Made in...

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