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Feb. 3, 2009
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$819 Billion Stimulus Bill Gives Renewables a Boost
from Technology Review Online
The $819 billion stimulus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives contains much to make renewable-energy supporters happy. But things could change in the coming days as work continues in the Senate on a similar bill. More


AFE Deal Helps Members Earn Credits in Reliability and Resiliency
from BusinessWeek
AFE has partnered with Power Management Concepts to offer members valuable online courses. PMC has developed specific educational material to meet the needs of Professional Engineers who require PDHs to maintain licensure. The courses are focused on providing updated content on the challenges of reliability and resiliency of critical infrastructure. They provide a comprehensive set of instructional materials, covering fundamental to in-depth knowledge of essential components such as generators, transfer switches, UPS and cooling systems, as well as sound engineering practices.
All students are given an added value by receiving two Essential Knowledge courses with the purchase of their first course. The concepts in these Essential Knowledge courses are important for students to grasp in order for them to fully understand other related material.
Also, an AFE-approved certificate program is available to allow students to purchase all of the courses at a discounted price. After completing all the courses provided, the student will receive a certificate in the "Foundations of Mission Critical Infrastructure."
Power Management Concepts is a registered provider and sponsor for PEs’ Professional Development Hours as approved by The State Education Department of New York and The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) under the Registered Continuing Education Providers Program (RCEP) for all other states.
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Can Energy Efficiency Brighten a Dark Economy?
from Building Design & Construction
After a decade working in the lighting industry in Singapore and the United States, Govi Rao decided to strike out on his own. His idea? To turn LEDs, those funny glowing lights in video games and digital watches, into a mainstream, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional lighting. More

Historic Structure Uses State of the Art Power
from NY1
A historic building in Manhattan’s Lower East Side is utilizing one of the newest forms of energy technology available. Described as one of the cleanest engines on the planet, two microturbines have infused the 19th century building with 21st century technology, generating enough electricity to power half the massive structure, and using what’s left over to heat or cool the store downstairs and education rooms above. More

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U.S. Gets Top Grades on Tech-savvy Scorecard
from Reuters
The United States and Scandinavian countries top the annual rankings on the usage of telecommunications technologies such as networks, cellphones and computers, a report shows. More

Mobile Robots Ahead for Automated Buildings
from Automated Buildings
“Robots in every building? Not in my lifetime,” you may be thinking. Still, how many people, ten years ago, would have guessed that by 2009 your average electrician would be pulling CAT6 cable for VOIP lines? Or that your mom would be downloading grandchildrens’ photos to her home PC? Or that WiFi connectivity would be a requirement in every new commercial space of consequence? More

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