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Here's the lasted on the Dan & Lovely Marianne tour:Dead Men's Steam Night School, July 20 in Kingston, NYClassic Hydronics Night School, July 21 in East Syracuse, NYClassic Hydronics Night School, August 30 in Astoria/Long Island City, NYEach session closes when we reach 50 people. Hope to see you then! Read More

National Grid to seek another rate hike in 2012

National Grid customers could wind up with a double whammy in 2013. The British utility, which announced a 25 percent increase in its pre-tax profit Thursday, says it will likely seek rate increases for its electric and natural gas customers in upstate New York as soon as possible next year.Because the process of asking state regulators for a rate hike takes 11 months, any increases wouldn't take effect until 2013. But National Grid just spent most of last year trying to justify a $360 million electric rate increase, although the state Public Service Commission only allowed $119 million. And in 2009, the PSC approved a $39 million increase in natural gas rates. (more) Read More

In Tennessee, Heat Waves Diminish Nuclear Power Output

On July 8, 2010, as the temperature in downtown Decatur, Alabama climbed to a sweltering 98°F, operators at the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant a few miles outside of town realized they had only one option to avoid violating their environmental permit: turn down the reactors. For days, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which owns the nuclear plant, had kept a watchful eye on the rising mercury, knowing that more heat outside could spell trouble inside the facility. When the Tennessee River, whose adjacent waters are used to cool the reactors, finally hit 90°F and forced Browns Ferry to run at only half of their regular power output, the TVA hoped the hot spell would last just a few days. (more) Read More

Taco’s new Solar Water Heating Course Available Online

The design and installation of solar water heating systems is a growing segment of the market.  More homeowners are interested in and willing to budget for renewable energy sources, especially with the offer of federal, state, local government and utility incentives.  Taco’s newest FloPro University course is designed to provide plumbing and heating contractors with a basic understanding of residential solar water heating components, systems, system configurations, how to choose systems for specific homes, and how solar water heating technology works. The first course, titled Solar Water Heating Theory and Application, includes: How solar works - the amount of solar energy available at various locations and times of the year Why you can’t “dabble” in solar water heating, but have to commit to learning all the skills required How to determine the solar potential in your locale; how to do a preliminary site evaluation; what to look for in solar ... Read More

Taco moves ahead with expansion plan.

Cranston manufacturer Taco Inc. plans to launch an expansion and renovation within the next two weeks, a project that will cost about $18 million and better position the company for future growth, said Taco president John Hazen White Jr. “This building project is all about setting this business up to go to the next level of growth,” White said in a telephone interview Monday. Taco, the prominent maker of pumps, valves and accessories for heating and air conditioning worldwide, has its headquarters and principal manufacturing operation at a 165,000-square-foot facility at 1160 Cranston St., Cranston. (more) Read More

Wood set to become a traded commodity

Wood is set to join oil, gas and metals as a crucial global commodity product as emerging sectors push demand to an all time high, a leading forestry consultant warned at an industry seminar on Friday, 6 May 2011. A group of forest industry investors, including the chief executives of Stora Enso and Drax Power, met in London to discuss ways to sustainably address rising demand for wood, as this demand is expected to outstrip supply in EU27 by 30 per cent in 2020. Many in the energy sector believe wood, as biomass, will help replace fossil fuels in the production of electricity, heat and fuels. And, according to Pöyry Management Consulting, this new demand for wood for energy generation is set to radically transform the forestry industry. (more) Read More

Webstone Pro-Connect Brochure is available

A new edition of Webstone’s Pro-Connect Brochure is now available, showcasing a wide array of valves with push, press or other solder-less connections for the plumbing and heating trades. Learn how to save time & money by choosing step saving Webstone products over the labor intensive alternatives. Founded in 1954, Webstone is recognized as an industry leader for innovative design of residential and commercial valves used in plumbing, hydronic, radiant, solar and geothermal applications. These designs focus on time and space saving concepts that simplify future maintenance and upkeep of all piping systems. Some of Webstone's trademarked and patented items include; The Isolator®, Isolator® EXP™, Pro-Connect™ and Pro-Pal® step saving valves. View Webstone Pro-Connect Brochure Read More

Bosch Launches New Geothermal Product Line for US Market

Bosch Thermotechnology North America, a leading provider of energy efficient heating and air conditioning comfort systems and high quality solar thermal systems and water heaters for homes and businesses, announced today a series of enhancements to its product portfolio and HVAC professional support network for its geothermal heating and cooling systems in the United States. (more) Read More


Since introducing the Copper-Fin family of commercial gas boilers and water heaters nearly 50 years ago, Lochinvar has continued to refine and perfect it to meet the needs of the industry.  This commitment to ongoing product enhancement continues today, with several recent updates to the time-proven Copper-Fin design.  Available in models from 495,000 to 2,065,000 Btu/hr, the Copper-Fin line offers the same advanced technology and innovative features that have set the bar for superior water heating performance, with enhancements that further improve its serviceability and ease-of-installation.Increased Flexibility + Versatility With compact sizes and the unique Stack Frame option that allows for installation of two units in the area normally required for one, the Copper-Fin line is known for user-friendly flexibility.  To further simplify installation and servicing, the control panel, Building Management System connections and other field connections are now positioned on terminal boards at the front of the unit to ... Read More

Wilo’s 2010 sales exceed €1bn

German pump manufacturer Wilo SE says that 2010 was the most successful year in its 139-year history, with sales exceeding €1 billion for the first time. (source) Read More
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