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Timeline No Longer Requires Expedited ProcessPortland General Electric Company has withdrawn a petition requesting a one-time waiver of Oregon Public Utility Commission competitive bidding guidelines for new energy resources. The petition was filed September 2, 2010, and reflected PGE's need to execute a time-sensitive agreement with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) for PGE's acquisition of the development rights assets for the Rock Creek Wind Farm in Gilliam County, Oregon."Based on our preliminary evaluation, this project has excellent wind energy potential, but new regulatory developments affecting the entire wind energy industry make it unlikely that we will be able to complete a transaction on the timeline both PGE and RES Americas had expected, so our request for a waiver is no longer necessary," said Jim Lobdell, PGE vice president for power operations and resource strategy.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently issued new guidance for development of renewable energy facilities that could require wind developers to complete additional surveys and develop plans to avoid or minimize wind farm impact on certain avian species, potentially extending the time required to evaluate and develop new renewable projects in areas likely to include select species. The Rock Creek project area occupies

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Tentec is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative range of low profile, direct drive hydraulic torque wrenches. Developed for a host of applications throughout industry, the CD Series of versatile tools incorporates a unique non-circular drive piston that gives the wrenches their slim profile, enabling engineers to reach those awkward, restricted bolts.Although these new wrenches display a low profile cylinder and cassette width, they are extremely robust, being manufactured from high grade, high strength aircraft alloy.Built by engineers, for engineers, this range of torque wrenches offers versatility, reliability and speed of use. Each wrench in the series can not only be fitted with a range of cassettes to suit differing hexagon nut sizes, but each cassette is attached to the cylinder by a single, high-strength locking pin. This means that no special tools are required and the changeover for different nut sizes is quick and easy. A considerable advantage when time is money.For further versatility, the dual hoses can act independently, offering full 360º x 360º manipulation and quick connect, non-drip threadless safety couplers are an integral part of the tools to ensure "one way only" connections. This avoids the common problem in competitors' products of incorrect hose

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The Annual Conference and Exhibition "RenewableUK 2010" - the UK's premier renewable energy event - will be held from November 2nd through to the 4th, at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow. SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, will be demonstrating a wide scope of Renewable Energy Services at stand no. 270A. ---From November 2nd through to the 4th, SGS will be attending the Annual Conference and Exhibition "RenewableUK 2010" at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre in Glasgow. At stand no. 270A SGS experts will be promoting SGS's extensive Renewable Energy Services for all phases of the wind farm project life cycle, including Technical Due Diligence, Risk Management, Project Finance, PAS55 Asset Management System Certification as well as Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental (QHSE) Management.The Annual Conference and Exhibition "RenewableUK 2010" is widely regarded as the UK's premier renewable energy event. Organized by RenewableUK, the UK's leading renewable energy trade association, the event attracts key leaders from the UK's wind energy industry. The exhibition encompasses onshore and offshore wind, small wind farm systems as well as wave and tidal energy.The scope of SGS Renewable Energy Services showcased by SGS UK includes, but is not

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Having recently celebrated two decades of innovation in the thermal technology arena, the team at Rehm Thermal Systems is preparing to mark the occasion with a series of Technology Days in Blaubeuren-Seißen. Open to anyone with an interest in how the company's thermal technologies could transform their electronics or photovoltaic production processes, the events will be held over October 7th - 8th 2010.Delivering an engaging programme of events, the Rehm Technology Days will feature specialist seminars on a wide range of topical industry issues, an exhibition of leading-edge technologies supported by partner companies and a fully functioning SMD line. The event will include presentations such as ‘Causes of Assembly Group Failures' by Weptech's Oswald Maurer, ‘Multifunctional Convection Soldering Systems' by Rehm's Dr. Hans Bell, ‘Backside Reflow Soldering' by Endress & Hauser's Dietmar Birgel, ‘New Developments in Silicon Photovoltaics' by Fraunhofer ISE's Dr. Daniel Biro and ‘Advantages and drawbacks of immersion-tin surfaces' by TechnoLab's Lutz Bruderreck.Commenting on the forthcoming technology days, Rehm Thermal Systems CEO, Johannes Rehm, explains: "The past two decades have seen us grow from our origins as a two-man company working out of 45 square metres, to a global force in electronics and solar energy with factories in

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On September 1, 2010, SGS announced Michael Ruiberriz as the new Business Development Manager for Renewable Energy Services in Scandinavia. Michael will focus on creating competitive strategic plans for the growth of Renewable Energy Services revenue within SGS Industrial Services and identifying and securing new contracts and projects. In addition, he will be responsible for flawless project execution and leadership as well as cultivating and forging client relationships. Michael will also be in charge of leveraging and capitalizing SGS's cutting-edge global technical certification capabilities to address unmet market needs.Having graduated from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration with a diploma in the Program for Leadership Development, Michael made a start in the wind energy industry within the Siemens Professional Development Program in 2006. After a thorough introduction to wind power services, Michael began executing various onshore and offshore projects as installation manager worldwide. In 2009, Michael joined FORCE Technology for business development within corporate cross sales, as sales manager in the renewable energy sector.Michael has now joined SGS Scandinavia as the new Business Development Manager for Renewable Energy Services. In his new role, he will be in charge of the development of Renewable Energy Services in the region.About SGS

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Torresol Energy, a leader in the concentrated solar power (CSP) sector, has selected IFS Applications to manage the entire lifecycle of its engineering projects and to maintain its solar thermal energy plants.Torresol Energy's objective is to become a worldwide leader in the solar thermal energy industry. Every new project that the company develops, regardless of its location--Southern Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East or the United States--will introduce new technologies. The aim is to make CSP a viable, ecological and sustainable alternative to traditional power sources.At present, Torresol Energy is developing two projects in Cadiz and Seville, Spain, with cylindrical-parabolic trough collectors (CPTC) technology. Torresol Energy will add an overall productive capacity of 67 MW and 460 GWh/year, the equivalent of the average consumption of 65,000 homes. Gemasolar in Seville is the first project to be developed with a central tower system and heliostat farm technology, and is the first commercial-scale plant in the world to apply this kind of technology.Given the magnitude of the planned investments, Torresol Energy decided to look for an ERP solution that would support project and asset management, and that could be used at the different Torresol Energy plants worldwide."We have chosen IFS Applications because

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Today, the Bulgarian company Sunservice Ltd. is commissioning its first photovoltaic power plant fitted with SolarMax inverters in the western Bulgarian town of Ihtiman . The system delivers an output of 2 megawatts. Beside amorphous silicon modules the Sofia based company has also installed six central inverters of the type SolarMax 330C-SV. The devices each have a rated output of 330 kilowatts and achieve a maximum efficiency of 98 percent.When selecting the inverters, the head of Sunservice, Rumen Christov, attached great importance to high quality and know-how. "Sputnik has a lot of experience with central inverters," says Christov. He expects the solar plant to produce 1,250 kilowatt hours per kilowatt annually. Based on the present Bulgarian infeed rate for power, the plant operator will be paid 37.2 euro cents for every kilowatt hour produced.Because of the good irradiation conditions and the attractive price, Christov expects rapid growth in the Bulgarian solar market. "At present, in Bulgaria , less than 10 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity is installed,“ says Christov. "This year, new plants with an overall capacity of 10 to 50 megawatts will be built. By 2015, in Bulgaria , plants will be producing a total output of 500 to 1,000

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From December 7th through to the 9th, SGS will be attending the International Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference 2010 in Dsseldorf, Germany. During the three day event, SGS experts will present a wide array of Wind Turbine Blade Testing services, including live demonstration of static and fatigue tests.From December 7th until the 9th, SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, will attend the International Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference 2010 in Dsseldorf, Germany. Held at the Maritime Hotel, the conference provides a unique opportunity for wind blade manufacturers, end users, researchers and materials and technology suppliers to gather together and discuss the latest issues from production technology, materials, monitoring and testing for wind turbine blade manufacture.With the global expansion of alternative energy markets, wind farms are extending offshore and onshore, leading to increased demand for turbines and blades. The size of the turbines required is also growing, which provides new challenges for blade manufacturers. The Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference 2010 aims to discuss this and more of the industry's latest challenges, from design, materials and composites processing, to qualification and testing of the wind turbine blades. Organized by Applied Market Information Ltd (AMI), a specialist market

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Home owners using the new Solar Home Loan Calculator can determine how to leverage their home equity to install solar power and gain a secure and cheap power source, said ZEN Home Energy Systems Chief Executive Officer, Richard Turner."We've known for some time now it is cheaper to produce your own energy at home than buy, but one of the biggest barriers facing householders is finding the cash to finance installation of a whole home solar energy system," Mr Turner said."Currently the only other solar funding alternatives in the market are consumer finance packages which still can put strain on the household budget as the high interest rates offset the savings." "But by using equity instead, you can effectively make the bank your power company with no change to household cash flow."The Solar Home Loan Calculator can show home owners how to take 10 years off an average mortgage and save up to $100,000 in interest payments." ZEN Home Energy Systems created the calculator in alliance with financial services Company, Bernie Lewis Home Loans.ZEN's fortunes have been riding high during the past 18 months, exceeding a budget sales forecast of 600 percent growth. "There's huge demand for better quality energy

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Solar Energy Limited (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with an arms'-length vendor by which the Company can earn a 100% interest in the West Carswell Property (the "Property"). The Property consists of two contiguous mineral dispositions, covering an area of ~2000 hectares, in the western Athabasca Basin, 8.3km west of the Cluff Lake Mine and 12.7km northwest of AREVA/UEX's Shea Creek Project. Over 22 years, AREVA operated the Cluff Lake Mine and produced over 62M lbs of U3O8. The mine was decommissioned in 2002. The Athabasca Basin is the most productive uranium producing region in the world, producing approximately 1/3 of the world uranium each year.The Company can earn a 100% interest in the property by paying $100,000 and issuing 2,000,000 common shares to the Vendor in year one. In addition, the company may issue 12,000,000 common shares over 48 months or 9,000,000 common shares with 12 months. The Company must also complete $2,500,000 in exploration expenditures within 24 months. A 1% NSR has also been granted to the Vendor, which may be purchased by the Company for $1,500,000.The West Carswell Property is ~12 km northwest of UEX's Shea Creek Project, the

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