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German Solar-Heating Market ‘Collapsing,’ Industry Group Says

une 3 (Bloomberg) -- The German market for solar-heating systems is “collapsing” after the government cut incentives for making heat from renewable energy, an industry lobby group said. Demand for equipment that warms water using radiation from the sun fell an annual 33 percent last month, the German BSW solar industry lobby group said today in an e-mailed statement. Demand for geothermal heat pumps and wood-burning heaters has also suffered, the group said. (more) Read More

Carrier Corp. unit acquires RCMS Controls

Carrier Corp.'s Automated Logic Corp., which makes control systems for heating, ventilation and energy management of buildings, said Wednesday it bought RCMS Controls. (more) Read More

Utility firm banned from claiming gas power is greener than electricity

Jersey Gas has lost a battle with utility rivals Jersey Electricity Company (JEC) over claims that electric power costs three times more carbon equivalent than gas. In a regional press ad, Jersey Gas publicly challenged a decision by the island's Environment Department to rely on electricity as the sole source of heating. The advert claimed: “...the States of Jersey Environment Department think that electricity is low carbon and good for the environment. They are wrong. On island electricity generation is high carbon. about 3 times that of gas. The JEC will confirm this. (more) Read More

China to Subsidize Makers of Energy-Efficient Motors, Generators

une 2 (Bloomberg) -- China will provide financial subsidies for the manufacturers of high-efficiency electric motors and power generators, according to a statement today by the Ministry of Finance. (more) Read More

Star Gas buys Hoffman Fuel

Stamford-based Star Gas Partners has acquired Hoffman Fuel and its sister companies of Champion Energy Corp. for $50.2 million and estimated working capital of $11.3 million. The deal was finalized May 10 and announced in Star Gas' second-quarter earnings release. Hoffman Fuel has offices in Trumbull, Danbury and Rye, N.Y. It has been in business for more than 100 years and provides heating oil and related services to residents and customers throughout the region. Star Gas bought Hoffman as part of the Champion family of companies, which includes five other heating oil companies serving New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maryland and northern Virginia. (more) Read More

Broken HIPS 'to cost 10,000 jobs'

Tory plans to ditch the controversial Home Information Packs will cost up to 10,000 jobs. The coalition government has made it a "top priority" to scrap the packs, designed to speed up the property-selling process. Former Tory party chairman Eric Pickles, now Communities Secretary, is thought to be drawing up plans to suspend HIPs within days. But industry experts warn the move will dump 3,000 people on the dole "overnight", with a further 7,000 at risk as work dries up. They include an army of selfemployed inspectors who spent thousands of pounds gaining professional qualifications. (more) Read More

U. K. Government confirms HIPs will be scrapped

The new coalition government confirmed yesterday that it will be retaining energy performance certificates but scrapping Home Information Packs. Mike Ockenden, director-general of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers says it anticipates that the government will not act immediately.He says: “It is not just as simple as scrapping HIPs. From our consultation with the government before the election we had agreed that a consultation on the subject would be the best approach. (more) Read More

WILO SE: continuing course of success despite of crisis

Dortmund. Despite the economic crisis, WILO SE (Dortmund) has strengthened its position. WILO SE with its 63 fully consolidated production and sales companies in 43 countries is one of the leading manufacturers of pumps and pump systems for heating, cooling and air-conditioning technology, for water supply and drainage and sewage. On 4 May of this year, Oliver Hermes, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Wilo group and responsible for Finance, Controlling and Human Resources, and Dr.-Ing. Holger Krasmann, member of the Executive Board responsible for Technology and Production presented the annual accounts 2009 at the annual press conference. (more) Read More

Home Depot charging for tax-exempt items

Retail giant Home Depot has been mistakenly charging customers seven per cent provincial sales tax on dozens of tax exempt items for the past year and a half, the company said Tuesday.In a statement issued to CTV News, the company apologized to customers that may have been impacted by the error. "We encourage customers to visit their local Home Depot store with their receipt to see if they are eligible for a refund on the PST that may have been incorrectly charged," Dan McAreavey, VP of Contract Services and Canada West Operations, wrote. "We truly value our customers and their business." The company says it has not benefitted financially from the error and that all PST collected from customers has been remitted to the B.C. government. (more) Read More

HVAC Growth Seen In March Shipments

March was a good month for water heaters in the U.S., with factory shipments of gas units up 21% and shipments of electric units up 16%, according to figures just released by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).  The number of U.S. residential gas water heaters shipped in March 2010 was 421,303 units, up 21% from the 347,852 units shipped in March 2009. Residential electric water heater shipments increased 16% to 383,318 units, compared with 331,751 units in March 2009. (more) Read More
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