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US government approves world's largest solar plant
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Just last month, Canada was known as the country with the world's largest solar power plant, but now the USA is set to eclipse the 80MW Sarnia Solar Project with a 1,000MW (1GW) installation after receiving approval from the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Developed by Solar Millennium, the plant, known as the Blythe Solar Power Project, is set to become the largest solar power facility in the world. It will be located in Riverside County, California and will become the first parabolic trough solar facility approved on U.S. public land. More

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Visit the AFE virtual booth at NFMT Presents: Energy-saving strategies for facilities
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There is still time to register for NFMT Presents Virtual Expo and Conference - a truly interactive experience that allows you free access to the latest information on energy savings. Attendance is completely free, with zero travel cost or time away from the office. The event will be all online and all in one day. In addition to visiting AFE's virtual booth, your will have the opportunity to experience:

    •Demos of the latest product innovations designed to help you run your facility more cost-effectively

    •Best practices and case studies on energy savings

    •One-to-one and group connections in real-time with your peers

Plus, you'll have a chance to participate in five in-depth conference sessions:

    •Successful Energy Billing Audits and Alternative Options John Studebaker President, Studebaker Energy Consulting, LLC

    •Making the Case for Energy Upgrades Rick Lubinski, CEM, CEA, CDSM, CSDP, CEMSC, CBEP President, Think Energy Management LLC

    •Cool Roof Technologies Speaker TBA

    •How Lighting Retrofits Cut Costs Lindsay Audin President, Energywiz

    •Maximizing Energy Savings with HVAC Upgrades Laurie Gilmer, P.E., CFM, LEED AP Associate, FEA Associates

You'll also have access to innovative, cutting-edge exhibitors who will provide solutions for your toughest challenges.

The entire event is free. Register here.

Parking lots to do double duty as water heaters, chillers
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The parking lot adjacent to your building may soon be good for more than just parking cars. If Acton, Mass.-based Novotech, Inc. is successful in the development of its new technology, the heat energy in the pavement in your lot could soon be used to heat hot water or be used in absorption chillers to provide cooling. More

Promoting efficiency through transparency in the building sector
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It seems like a no-brainer that a building that has undergone an energy efficient retrofit should be more valuable. Compared to a conventional, less efficient building, a green or efficient building should sell for more because, over the course of its useful life, the building should cost the owner less to operate and provide other benefits such as reduced O&M costs and a hedge against fluctuating energy prices, right? More

Thrifty offices are the new energy stars
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Companies leasing commercial office space will have to disclose the building's energy efficiency rating for the first time from today, in a move designed to make Australia's thousands of brightly lit office blocks use less power. A star-rating system, similar to that used for electrical appliances, will now be a mandatory part of advertising for lease or sale of office space. The scheme is designed to make climate change a more important consideration in corporate decision-making, in part by naming and shaming companies with office space in energy-hungry buildings. More

How cities can crack the code to successful green branding
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Just before the Olympics kicked off in Vancouver, their mayor unveiled a new logo and tagline for the city. "Vancouver: Green Capital" was intended to focus the world on Vancouver's credentials as a green innovation hub. Instead of oohing and aahing at our scenery, Olympic visitors (and thousands of news cameras) would discover our prowess in greentech, urban planning and social justice. Unfortunately, this new initiative is simply the latest in a long line of disconnected green branding efforts from a long line of well-meaning Vancouver mayors. And its effectiveness will no doubt be hampered by our inability to stick with one horse. This scenario belies an innovation challenge for cities looking to establish themselves as green leaders. So what is the key to building a strong green brand for a city? And is it worth the trouble? More

AFE certification programs approved for GI Bill reimbursement
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The Association for Facilities Engineering recently announced that eligible veterans and dependents may get reimbursed for the cost of taking AFE's certification exams. Acting as the State Approving Agency, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services has approved all three AFE Certification programs—the CPMM, CPE and CPS—for reimbursement. Any applicant who is a veteran or eligible person is entitled to use GI Bill benefits to apply for reimbursement for the cost of the AFE Certification application and exam. "This is an exciting opportunity for AFE and for our veterans," said Larry Ross, Chair of the AFE Professional Development Committee. "We are pleased to be able to offer professional advancement and recognition to those who have served our country so well; facilities engineering is a career path for veterans with excellent growth potential."

For over 30 years AFE has been the exclusive provider of the industry’s most recognized and respected certification programs. The Association for Facilities Engineering offers three certifications:
    • Certified Plant Maintenance Manager. CPMM certification solidifies the facility engineer's leadership qualifications and recognizes the ability to manage a profitable maintenance operation.

    • Certified Plant Engineer. The CPE is the premier certification for plant and facility engineers and managers. CPE's distinguish themselves from their peers by achieving a standard of excellence in all the disciplines of facilities engineering.

    • Certified Plant Supervisor. The CPS program equips the rising supervisor with the professional skills, knowledge and confidence needed to execute and manage any situation.
For more information about AFE certification visit or call Wayne Carley at 571.203.7237. For information about GI Bill benefits, visit your state department of veterans affairs or the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Become AFE Certified This Month in Waltham, Massachusetts or Fayetteville, North Carolina
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Want improve your chances of making more money or getting promoted? Become AFE certified this month join the AFE Certified professionals whose salaries are $5,000-7,000 more than their peers! Upcoming classes include:
    Nov. 3-5, 2010
    Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Review Program Offered by AFE Region 8 in Waltham, Mass.

    Classes will be held Wednesday and Thursday, with the CPMM exam given Friday morning, November 5. A few spaces are still available, so call now to reserve your seat.
    Learn more at or 978-265-1702 or email

    Nov. 8-10, 2010
    Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Review Program Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, N.C.

    Earn your CPMM in this in person training course at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Classes will be held Monday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 10, with the CPMM exam given Wednesday afternoon. Limited space available, so reserve your seat now. More.

Korean tower boasts one of world's most efficient solar façades
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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture recently announced the groundbreaking of the solar-powered Federation of Korean Industries Tower in Seoul, which will incorporate an advanced photovoltaic wall system that reduces energy usage while generating power. The 800 foot-tall tower will feature one of the most efficient solar electric facades in the world, and the overall added cost to the client is nearly zero. More

Twisted Wind Tower will produce renewable energy for 2000 homes
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The rise in the cost of energy and the emissions associated with producing energy the conventional way has forced architects to think about next-generation buildings that can power themselves using renewable sources of energy. British architects David Arnold and Alexa Ratzlaff believe that the roof of a skyscraper is an ideal location to harness wind energy, which can be used to power the building. More

Job of the Week: Facilities Operations Manager at Leading Engineering Services Firm
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Able Engineering Services in Boston is looking for a highly qualified, full-time Facilities Operations Manager. More

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