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Top US states for wind power — hey, someone's missing!
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In the wind-rich Midwestern United States, one state — Nebraska — is missing the boat on wind. Now a new report suggests getting on board could be a big economic and health boon for Cornhuskers. First the current state of affairs: According to the American Wind Energy Association, all the states that have substantial borders with Nebraska get more than 5 percent of their electricity from wind, usually much more, with Iowa (18.3 percent), South Dakota (14.7 percent) and Wyoming (10.1 percent) all in double figures on wind. More

Perception that greening costs a lot more holding back sustainable designs
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A major barrier to developing more sustainable buildings in South Africa was the perception that green developments came at a significantly higher cost than standard developments, Green Building Council of South Africa CEO Brian Wilkinson said. "Research showed that the perceived cost premium on green buildings was 17 percent. Reality showed premiums were far less. Some of the early starters in South Africa had premiums of up to 10 percent, but the more recent developments are showing pretty insignificant premiums of 1 percent or 2 percent and in some instances even less than 1 percent for four-star [Green Star SA] certification," he told delegates at the organization's 2012 conference in Cape Town. More

Investors worth $800 billion lobby for wind energy tax credit
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Two dozen investors with more than $800 billion in assets under management are urging an immediate extension of the production tax credit for renewable energy, which expires Dec. 31. The investors say this tax credit supports the U.S. wind industry by creating economic benefits for wind power producers and their suppliers. In a letter delivered to Congressional leaders, the investors ask Congress to extend the tax credit before it expires. First passed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992, the credit amounts to 2.2 cents for each kilowatt-hour of renewable power generated. More

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AFE offers CPMM preparation and exam across the country
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Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Then now is the time to become AFE Certified! AFE announces the Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Review Course and Exam at three different locations this fall to make it convenient for everyone to earn one of the most widely recognized credentials in the facilities professions. The three-day review course and exam will be offered in: San Francisco on Nov. 7-9; Waltham, Mass., on Nov. 7-9; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla, on Nov. 9-11. Don't miss this opportunity to advance in your profession while learning the most up-to-date information about how to manage and operate today's complex buildings and facilities. Register today so you'll be sure there is still space available. More

Tips for cost-effective high thermal insulation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Building professionals focused on health care and education facilities face some of the greatest challenges when it comes to reducing energy use. Hospitals spend more on energy per square foot than all other building types, except for food service and food sales, according to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. U.S. schools spend more on energy each year than they do on computers and textbooks combined, with much of that energy used inefficiently, notes the U.S. Department of Energy. More

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Solar-tracker plant set; 130 jobs coming to San Antonio
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OCI Enterprises has finalized a joint venture with ERCAM Energy of Spain to create a dual-axis solar tracker manufacturing facility in San Antonio. The business venture will create about 130 jobs — part of the more than 800 permanent jobs expected to be created in San Antonio under a deal to supply CPS Energy with 400 megawatts of solar energy. OCI Enterprises, through its subsidiary OCI Energy LLC, will be a majority owner in the new entity, ERCAM Tracker LLC. More

Third-hand smoke affects carpet industry
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Second-hand smoke is a term that generally refers to inhaling tobacco smoke coming from someone else's burning cigarette or smoke that has been exhaled. Many people are shocked to learn that, according to the American Cancer Society, this kind of smoke can have even higher concentrations of carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) than smoke inhaled directly by the smoker. Third-hand smoke, on the other hand, is a relatively new concept. Third-hand smoke refers to the residue of nicotine and other chemicals that is left behind on surfaces after coming in contact with tobacco smoke. More


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