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KEMA (www.kema.com) has finalized the line-up of keynote speakers and panelists featured at the firm’s second annual Utility of the Future executive conference. Senior executives, regulators and other key stakeholders across the utility and energy industry will be discussing the changing rules and relationships underlying the transformation of the energy future and how the industry can position itself for continued success in the future. KEMA’s second annual Utility of the Future executive conference, “Navigating energy sustainability,” is being held June 17 – 19, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel, Washington DC. Discussions will cover regulatory and policy directions, operating a smart grid infrastructure, developments in generation, energy storage, plug-in vehicles, and implications for utility products and customers. Keynote speakers feature: Terry Bost... (more)

Epson Introduces World's First Aqueous-Based White Ink Proofing Technology for Packaging Designers and Flexographic and Gravure Printers

LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Epson America Inc. is announcing an all-new contract-quality proofing system that is designed to dramatically improve how package designers and flexographic and gravure printing professionals produce packaging mock-ups and proofs. The Epson Stylus® Pro WT7900 takes advantage of the world's first aqueous-based white ink printing technology and Epson's latest achievements in high-resolution ink jet technology. Together, these advancements produce a new way of printing with the color white on a broad range of substrates including ink jet coated transparent and metallic films. "For years, proofing products in this market have been very expensive for customers to purchase, maintain and operate," said Mark Radogna, group product manager, Epson America. "When a white ink is required in the printing process, the Epson... (more)

UL Environment to Develop Sustainability Standards For Plastic

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- UL Environment, Inc. (ULE), a global leader in environmental evaluation and certification, announces a collaborative effort to develop sustainability standards for plastic materials used in consumer and manufactured goods. These standards will establish environmental requirements for common plastics based on scientific assessment and broad stakeholder collaboration. This year, more than 300 million tons of plastic will be produced and ten percent of all generated waste will be plastic--much of which ends up existing in landfills for centuries. Evidence is mounting that some chemicals in plastic pose health risks when absorbed by humans through food, water, air, dust and contact with consumer products. Environmentally preferable plastics can lead to fewer harmful chemical emissions being released in our environment. "... (more)

Joint News Release Pengrowth Energy Corporation and NAL Energy Corporation Announce Strategic Business Combination

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/23/12 -- Pengrowth Energy Corporation ("Pengrowth") (TSX:PGF) (NYSE:PGH) and NAL Energy Corporation ("NAL") (TSX:NAE) (TSX:NAE.DB) (TSX:NAE.DB.A) (TSX:NAE.DB.B) are pleased to announce that they have entered into an arrangement agreement (the "Arrangement") that provides for the strategic combination of Pengrowth and NAL. Under the terms of the Arrangement, NAL shareholders will receive 0.86 of a Pengrowth share for each NAL share held (the "Exchange Ratio"). Based on the March 22, 2012 closing prices on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") of Pengrowth and NAL, the Exchange Ratio reflects a premium of 9.7% for NAL shareholders. Based on the 20-day volume-weighted average prices on the TSX of Pengrowth and NAL, the Exchange Ratio represents a premium of 11.0% for NAL shareholders. Upon completion of the Arrangement, the former... (more)

605 Colleges and Universities Nationwide Recover 92 Million Pounds of Organic and Recyclable Materials During RecycleMania

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ruckus heard across college campuses this spring was not just because of the NCAA collegiate basketball tournaments. It was also RecycleMania season at 605 colleges and universities. The RecycleMania Tournament, which wrapped up its 12th annual competition at the end of March, is an eight-week challenge that ignites classic college rivalries, rallying students, faculty and staff to increase on-campus recycling rates beyond their collegiate competitors. This year, 92 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials were recovered, which prevented the release of nearly 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E). This reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 25,840 passenger cars; electricity use of more than nearly 16,406 homes; or the burning of near... (more)

Enhanced GSA Carbon Footprint Tool Simplifies Measuring, Managing, Tracking, and Sharing of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Data

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the leader in federal sustainability initiatives, continues its commitment to a clean energy economy and a more sustainable government with the release of a new version of the GSA Carbon Footprint Tool. GSA will continue to offer the GSA Carbon Footprint Tool to all federal agencies to assist them as they compile their annual comprehensive GHG inventory and track progress towards achieving their GHG reduction goals. There continues to be no charge to use this tool. New advanced analytics features will help users to verify the validity of data, identify underperforming facilities, and take corrective actions. The redesign was based on extensive internal user experience audits, focus groups, and input from over 30 federal agencies. The redesigned GSA Carbon Footprint Tool is easier to navigate, helps users find and share k... (more)

Sagemcom Reinforces its Energy Offer by Acquiring Fröschl

PARIS, October 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  Sagemcom, European Leader for Communicating Meters, has Announced its Acquisition of The Fröschl Group, German Leader in Metering Data Management Software, Thursday 25 October. Thanks to this acquisition, the Sagemcom group, for which energy management is one of its three major activities via its subsidiary, Sagemcom Energy & Telecom, has enriched its range and confirmed its aim to become one of the world key players in smart metering solutions.      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121017/568139 )      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121029/570837 ) The addition of Fröschl's expertise in metering data processing software ideally completes the current portfolio of Sagemcom and should boost group growth via the acquisition of new customers. By covering the entire value chain, from communicating meters to ... (more)

New Maine Poll: 74 Percent of Young Adults Plan to Vote in Presidential Election, Only 4 Percent Will Base Vote on Charisma, Likeability

Facebook called top GOTV tool as young Mainers 'Pledge to GO Vote' in the nation's newest battleground state WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Generation Opportunity, with over 4 million fans on Facebook and direct grassroots engagement with over a quarter million young Americans, today released additional results from their comprehensive Maine-specific survey of young adults ages 18-29. The poll found that 74 percent of young Mainers plan to vote in the presidential election, only 25 percent are satisfied with elected officials in Washington, and that 82 percent believe key life decisions have been delayed by the poor national economy. The poll also found that of the "Get Out the Vote" (GOTV) reminder tools that will have an impact on young voter turnout in Maine, Facebook was ranked most effective at 42 percent. Only 9 percent of Maine's Millen... (more)

API Healthcare Further Expands into New Healthcare Segments in Second Quarter

API Healthcare, architect of the revolutionary Healthcare Workforce Information Exchange (HwIE), today announced that in the second quarter of 2013 the company signed contracts that further expand their market reach to include behavioral health and rehabilitation centers. API Healthcare’s robust list of clients spans the entire healthcare continuum as shifting revenue and care delivery models create new challenges for every type of care organization. Seeking solutions that help make adjustments to an evolving marketplace while preparing for long term sustainability, non-acute care providers are looking towards deployment of comprehensive and innovative technology solutions to improve staff engagement and reduce labor costs across their entire span of organizations. “The Affordable Care Act has created new challenges for all healthcare organizations regardless of wh... (more)

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) Selects Benefitfocus HR InTouch

CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ: BNFT), a leading provider of cloud-based benefits software solutions, today announced that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) has adopted BENEFITFOCUS HR INTOUCH® to support their employee benefits program and communication strategy. Benefitfocus was selected to deliver a flexible and scalable technology solution to serve AEG's growing workforce and simplify compliance and business rule requirements for their benefits team. AEG is headquartered in Los Angeles and owns and operates facilities, sports franchises and sports & entertainment programming and events across five continents with more than 26,000 employees worldwide. Of those, 1,800 full-time employees located in the U.S. will enroll in benefits under the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the first time in November. ... (more)

Picacho Self Storage in Las Cruces, New Mexico Adds U-Haul Truck and Trailer Rentals

LAS CRUCES, N.M., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- U-Haul rental equipment and moving supplies are now available at Picacho Self Storage, located at 1760 W. Picacho Ave. Owner Jonathan Boldt has been operating his 220-room storage business since 2008. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090622/LA34860LOGO-b) "Self storage and U-Haul are a natural fit," said Boldt. "By offering truck and trailer rentals along with an array of moving supplies, we are a one-stop moving center for customers."  Reserve your equipment today! Picacho Self Storage has storage units available for rent and is a U-Haul Self-Storage Affiliate utilizing WebSelfStorage Business Platform. This provides their business with access to confirmed reservations from the world's largest moving and storage reservation system including emove.com, uhaul.com, and 1-800-GO-UHAUL, along with being able to di... (more)