Monthly Archives: October 2012

Conflict Minerals: The Rule’s ‘Gray Areas’ That Will Matter in Implementation

Two months after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its final conflict minerals rule, the initial shock may be wearing off, as companies increasingly recognize that the rule’s lack of a de minimis exemption and its January 1, 2013 … Continue reading

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Italy Helps US Move Forward on Natural Gas Vehicles

Despite or, perhaps, because of the austerity budget in Italy, Turin-based Fiat (Fiat, Ferrari, Maserati and Chrysler) has seen big growth in natural gas and propane powered cars.  Sales of these passenger vehicles grew 90 percent

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U.S. Wind Industry Installations Sharply Up Through Third Quarter 2012

In results reported by the American Wind Energy Association on October 17, the U.S. wind industry saw installations rise 40%

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100% Geothermal Heating and Cooling for Pennsylvania Project

Can you build a 58 unit residential building in western Pennsylvania and not use conventional HVAC systems?  The answer is “yes.”  The newly opened Retirement Residence at Plum is such a building. The building is

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The best laid schemes of Mice and Men oft go awry, And leave us nothing but grief and pain, For promised joy! Robert Burns, To a Mouse (Poem, November, 1785) Scottish national poet (1759 – 1796) Renewable energy was to … Continue reading

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