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Power Down for Earth Hour March 28

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In celebration of Earth Hour, ComEd is reminding its customers to power down for the hour, Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m., and join millions across the world in this global effort. Earth Hour is the world’s largest annual voluntary environmental action event to raise awareness about climate change. ComEd will be turning off nonessential lights at its office facilities across northern Illinois to mark Earth Hour.

In addition to turning off lights during Earth Hour, ComEd customers can take a number of steps to save energy and money and the environment year round through the ComEd Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program, including:

  • Set the thermostat up to 10 degrees higher during the summer, and up
    to 10 degrees lower during the winter, when you leave your home and
    before going to sleep. You could save up to 15 percent a year on
    heating and cooling costs.
  • Check the HVAC filter every month. If the filter looks dirty after a
    month, change it. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the
    system work harder thus wasting energy.
  • Inspect the caulking and weather-stripping around all windows, doors
    and openings, replacing as necessary. Also, check your ductwork for
    leakage to minimize energy lost. Sealing and insulating ducts can
    improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much
    as 20 percent.

And before customers turn their lights back on, it’s a great time to change out old energy-wasting incandescent light bulbs with new CFLs (compact fluorescent lamp) or LEDs (light emitting diode), which typically use about 75 percent less energy. CFLs also last about 10 times longer, while LEDs last about 25 times longer. The ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program provides instant in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR® certified CFLs and LEDs. Look for the ComEd “Lower Price” sticker to save on a variety of energy-efficient light bulbs at participating retail stores. Continue reading

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Novinda Joins Forces with PTS Power to Expand Market Reach

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Novinda Corporation, a provider of mercury emission control solutions, announced today that it has joined forces with PTS Power, Inc. to represent Novinda’s air quality products and services to coal-fired power utilities and industrial boilers in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. PTS Power, a professional manufacturers’ representative company, specializes in solutions to improve plant performance and reduce maintenance costs for power plant utilities in these regions.

AmendedSilicates™ products offer effective and economical non-carbon mercury removal solutions. Amended Silicates flagship products – AS-HgX and AS-HgX-ESP – have been successfully tested and used in numerous full-scale plants, demonstrating cost and performance advantages when compared to carbon-based products.

“PTS Power is a leader in working with power plant utilities with deep knowledge and experience that will support Novinda’s rapid market growth. Working with companies such as PTS Power enables us to continue expanding our geographic footprint and to gain valuable knowledge that is key to our success,” said Jay Crilley, vice president of sales at
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Nissan LEAF Battery Reliably Outperforms Cynics, Critics and Alternatives

ROLLE, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Five years and more than 35,000 European sales since the launch of its all-electric LEAF, proprietary data released by Nissan for the first time shows that 99.99 percent of its battery units remain entirely fit for purpose.

The failure rate of the battery power unit is less than 0.01 percent – or just three units in total – a fraction of the equivalent industry-widefigure for defects affecting traditional combustion engines.

To prove the long-term reliability of the battery technology, Nissan tracked down a rather infamous early model, whose owner is still enjoying fault-free motoring in her LEAF three years on: http://youtu.be/6V1bJJwJhEg

Electric vehicle advocate and presenter of online TV channel Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn commented: “This comes as no surprise. There was a lot of apprehension about electric technology in the beginning, but with sales climbing month-on-month I struggle to see how these myths continue to be regurgitated today.” Continue reading

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