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Duke Energy Awaits Decision on Repair Costs for New Plant

Duke Energy Awaits Decision on Repair Costs for New Plant

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s utility customer advocate is studying whether Duke Energy should be allowed to pass along costs of repairing its new $3.5 billion coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana to consumers.

Tim Stewart, a lawyer for Lewis Kappes in Indianapolis, which represents the utility interests of large industrial companies around the state, told The Indianapolis Star that Duke Energy put the power plant near Edwardsport, 70 miles north of Evansville, in service before it was ready because of a 2012 settlement agreement limiting how much the company …

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Court Strikes Down Rules Aiming to Cut Coal Plant Pollution

Court Strikes Down Rules Aiming to Cut Coal Plant Pollution

By Matthew Brown

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze from coal that is burned in Montana to provide electricity for people in the Pacific Northwest.

Haze reduces visibility and is caused by tiny particles of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide. The Clean Air Act requires companies to use the best available technology on older coal plants to reduce the pollutants, which can cause health problems such as respiratory …

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Governor Sees Merit to Central Indiana Reservoir Proposal

Governor Sees Merit to Central Indiana Reservoir Proposal

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence said he sees merit in the proposal for construction of a reservoir on the White River in central Indiana that could cost $450 million.

The prospects are uncertain for the proposed Mounds Lake between Anderson and Muncie, but Pence said the project could offer both an important water resource and an economic development opportunity.

“The vision for that reservoir serves both the long-term water interests of the state of Indiana, something we’re …

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New Lightweight Aluminum Strap Wrenches From Lowell

New Lightweight Aluminum Strap Wrenches From Lowell

West Boylston, MA — Lowell Corporation has added four new lightweight aluminum models to its line of strap wrenches. Designed for use in industrial, construction, water, and high-line utility work as well in home applications, the tools make it possible to turn any shape without scratching, denting, or crushing.

 

Industrial and construction uses include loosening and tightening oddly shaped and/or frozen fittings, machine and vehicle oil filters, small handwheels, PVC pipe, knurled fasteners and knobs, and turned …

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Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies’ Cat 6A Cabling System Meets 100-Watt Standard for Power Over Ethernet

Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies’ Cat 6A Cabling System Meets 100-Watt Standard for Power Over Ethernet

Cabling Systems Support Enhanced Power and Data Transmission Capabilities

 

Bothell, Wash. — Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies today announced that its CX6850 Cat 6A Premium+ UTP System was successfully tested to deliver 100-watt Power over Ethernet (PoE), enabling the transmission of power and data to a wider range of remote devices. The ability to deliver 100 watts supports emerging PoE standards, such as the draft IEEE 802.3bt (type 4) PoE standard scheduled for ratification in 2017.

 

“Next-generation powered devices, such as …

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J.W. Winco, Inc. Shock Absorption Mounts Have Conical Shape

J.W. Winco, Inc. Shock Absorption Mounts Have Conical Shape

NEW BERLIN, WI — J.W. Winco, Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 453.1/GN 453.2 Vibration/Shock Absorption Mounts with Stainless Steel Components, Conical Type, in inch sizes. These RoHS-compliant mounts, also known as shock absorbing mounts, vibration mounts, anti-vibration mounts, vibration bobbins, or rubber bumpers, are frequently used as end-stop bumpers, e.g., for conveyor trolleys. Absorbing most of the accumulated kinetic energy on impact, they act as dampers and …

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Honeywell and TPDDL Deploy First-of-its-Kind Smart Grid Project to Improve Energy Reliability

Honeywell and TPDDL Deploy First-of-its-Kind Smart Grid Project to Improve Energy Reliability

MINNEAPOLIS — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) recently announced that they have successfully implemented the first-ever automated demand response (ADR) project for commercial and industrial facilities in India.

 

TPDDL is using Honeywell technology and services to link more than 160 buildings in its distribution network, and call for temporary reductions in energy use when demand threatens to outpace supply. This includes power management during periods of peak consumption, as well as other grid …

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Quietyme Launches Sensor Tech Solution for Property Managers

Quietyme Launches Sensor Tech Solution for Property Managers

MADISON — Quietyme, a sensor technology company that creates smarter environments, recently announced the availability of its sensor technology for property management. The solution helps managers monitor noise, temperature and humidity to both identify residential problems when they happen and prevent future property issues.

 

“Our technology gives property managers the eyes and ears they need to monitor their investments,” said John Bialk, CEO at Quietyme. “We make it easy for busy property owners and managers to monitor everything, …

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Apple’s Siri Has New Role in New ‘Smart’ Home Systems

Apple’s Siri Has New Role in New ‘Smart’ Home Systems

By Brandon Bailey

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hey Siri, turn off the kitchen light.

 

The first “smart” home gadgets that can be controlled by Apple’s voice-activated digital assistant are going on sale this week, just days after rival tech giant Google announced it’s building its own software for Internet-connected home appliances and other gadgets.

 

The new products could be an important step forward for the emerging industry of “smart” or “connected” homes, where appliances, thermostats and even door locks contain …

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Intel Buys Into Chips Powering Cloud Computing, Smarter Cars

Intel Buys Into Chips Powering Cloud Computing, Smarter Cars

By Bree Fowler

NEW YORK (AP) — Intel is buying chip designer Altera for about $16.7 billion in cash to expand its reach into new chip markets that are powering the wireless revolution, smarter cars and more.

 

The deal is the biggest in Intel Corp.’s 47-year history. It is the latest in an industry that is looking to acquisitions to boost lackluster sales and cut costs. Sales are falling for personal computers because people are increasingly turning to smartphones …

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Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

By Brian Wallheimer

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Grace Hoening sold 800 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies last year, but that will look like a drop in the bucket if the Rockford 12-year-old has her way.

“My goal is 2,500,” Hoening said.

That’s because any scout who hits that magic number wins a free trip to Disney World. And while more than tripling her best year of cookie sales might seem overly optimistic, Hoening thinks she has a new …

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Pioneer Of Video Games, Simon Dies At 92

Pioneer Of Video Games, Simon Dies At 92


MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to “Pong” and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.

Baer, a longtime resident of Manchester, died at his home, the Goodwin Funeral Home in Manchester confirmed.

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Born in Germany, Baer escaped the Holocaust with his family.

He started thinking about what later became the home video game console while …

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Engineers Embark on a Mission to Bring Humanity to the Field of Engineering

Engineers Embark on a Mission to Bring Humanity to the Field of Engineering


David E. Goldberg, President of Big Beacon and emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Mark Somerville, professor of engineering and associate dean at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, – are two men on a daring mission. Their goal is to transform the entire world of engineering. Their objective is simple – they aim at humanizing the engineering profession.

Their new book, A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education, …

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Digital Effort Increases Access To Rare Books

Digital Effort Increases Access To Rare Books

By Dave Gong
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – Stepping into the rare books room at the Allen County Public Library is like stepping back in time.

Antique furniture complements the character of a room devoted to the library’s ever-expanding collection of rare and antique – even ancient – books and artifacts.

Display cases containing replicas of important Lincoln documents line the walls in front of the hall windows, while a rocking chair – a replica of the one Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated – sits in the …

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