Hawaiian Electric Companies propose new ‘demand response’ programs for customer savings, more clean energy

The Hawaiian Electric Companies, Honolulu, are proposing a portfolio of programs to provide customers more options for saving on their electric bills while supporting the adoption of more clean energy, reducing the use of more expensive fossil-fueled Continue reading

Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke today about the Clean Power Plan, the piece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan that will cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants by using cleaner energy sources and Continue reading

LIGHTFAIR Afterglow–High-bay Shines

The 2013 LIGHTFAIR® International expo, held in Philadelphia in April, was impressive, as always. I was especially pleased to see all of the high-bay lighting innovations suitable for industrial applications.

Although LED has definitely ARRIVED for high-bay applications, other lighting Continue reading

Best of State of the Union Address

My favorite parts of President Obama’s Feb. 12 State of the Union address are the green parts. Not surprising. And the manufacturing parts. The flip side of the same coin, as I see it.

“Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.

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President: I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy

In his Jan. 24 State of the Union address, Pres. Obama pointed to “a future where we’re in control of our own energy,” and said he refuses to back down from supporting clean, green energy. “Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy.

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Green manufacturing jobs

With 9 percent unemployment, President Obama’s jobs plan, and another election year gearing up, one four-letter word has been tossed around a LOT…jobs.

An organization I like to call the Multinational Alliance for Offshoring and Exploitation claimed the green jobs initiative is a boondoggle, citing the recent bankruptcy filing of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra that had received a multimillion dollar loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. This same organization is also railing against living wages, Disneyworld, the Forest Stewardship Council, and “environmentalists, unions and corporations that are waging a secret pulp and paper trade war against the developing world.” Continue reading

Tough talk about leading the world in clean energy

It’s always gutsy for a Bears fan to fly into Green Bay anytime, but especially in the week after the famous rivalry game.

That’s where President Obama disembarked, on route to Orion Energy Systems, Manitowoc, Wis., on Wed., Jan. 26. It might have been rather a chilly reception, I imagine, if the Bears had won the Packers/Bears game the Sunday prior instead of the reverse. Continue reading

Hey! It’s the maid’s day off

Earth Day Cleanup

About the same time his daughter, Emily, was born, manufacturer Paul Rak viewed Al Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. He was impacted by the film and sufficiently convinced that he should do his part to lessen the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions — or at least not be a contributor of them. Rak’s daughter’s birth tapped that primal parental instinct to make her life and her environment better, healthier, cleaner. Read his story, Manufacturer finds lighting energy efficiency convenient, truthfully. Continue reading