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  • Transformer Core Steel A Problem in the Near Future

    At an IEEE PES Transformer Committee meeting I attended recently, there was a discussion on the impact of the DOE transformer efficiency rule for Medium-Voltage Dry-Type and Liquid-Immersed distribution transformers on core steel. It is expected that there will be an increase in demand in 2009 and price...
  • Brain Drain

    We’re not talking about the 1989 Ramones album (though it might make an interesting soundtrack here) nor even the classic concept of an emigration of trained and talented individuals from one nation to another due to lack of opportunity, conflicts, or health hazards. In today’s world of standardizations...
  • Digging for the Goods

    This week brought us a few key indicators: consumer spending, durable goods orders and home sales (both new and existing). Although the personal consumption report showed income growth accelerating at the same time inflation was easing, consumers apparently remained a cautious lot since real spending...
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  • Revolutionary Old North Church

    AP reported last week that Old North Church , of Paul Revere fame, has continued its “revolutionary” ways by installing Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to illuminate its ceiling vaults. This follows the installation of compact fluorescent lamps in the “one if by land, two if by sea” lanterns in the steeple...
  • Pinching Pennies

    Supposed signs of improving conditions for the consumer were obviously a bit premature. After last week's better-than-expected monthly sales reports from several of the nation's largest retailers, expectations were getting better-not a lot, but anything is an improvement. Unfortunately, any luster...
  • The Devil Is in the Details

    A hectic, roller-coaster week (yet mercifully short) on equity markets as everyone digested Bear Stearns collapse and its possible outcomes , a large interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve and piles of cash shifting away from commodities . On the data front, a handful of indicators offered a look at...
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  • Florida Moves to Promote Electrical Safety by Stopping Counterfeit Products

    Florida State Attorney General Bill McCollum unveiled Thursday proposed legislation that will combat counterfeit and pirated goods. Joined by two state senators and representatives from the U.S. and Florida Chambers of Commerce at the news conference, Attorney General McCollum noted that, “counterfeit...
  • "The Latest Watershed You Never Heard Of"

    It's not often these days that the U.S. and EU agree on something related to the environment.But last November they did come together to issue a joint proposal to "Liberalize Trade in Environmental Goods and Services." At its heart initially is a tier of 43 products -- including some turbine...
  • The Consequences of NIMBY: You Can’t Have it Both Ways

    Loudoun County , Virginia has been one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Nothing gets the residents’ blood boiling more than installing electric power lines. The demand for electricity has been growing, and the demand for power in western Loudoun County exceeds the current supply. There...
  • Back to the Stone Age?

    More dire news on the environmental front, according to the WaPo . (So what’s new?) Two recent journal articles – one in Geophysical Research Letters and the other in Global Biogeochemical Cycles – warn us that humans have to cut our greenhouse gas emissions to zero to prevent a “dangerous rise in global...
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