This Week in Energy News – February 8, 2013

German PV Installations Set New Record


The Federal Network Agency of Germany (Bundesnetzagentur) photovoltaic solar (PV) installation counts that set new records at 7.6 GW of PV power plants installed and connected to the grid.

First Solar Acquires New Mexico Solar Power Project


The 50-megawatt solar power project First Solar has acquired from the solar division of Element Power is billed as the state’s largest and raises questions about solar energy as a commodity.

Siemens Energy Launches New Offshore Wind Turbine


With a generating capacity of four megawatts and a rotor diameter of 130, the new design was launched at at the annual conference of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) in Vienna.

NRG Solar Starts Operation of Alpine Solar Generating Station


NRG Energy, Inc. announced its 66-megawatt (AC) photovoltaic facility has started commercial operation, which is now California’s largest fully operational solar plant.

New Australian Proposal for Solar Use on Public Housing


Western Australia Greens have announced their $68 million plan for the installation of solar PV panels on roofs of public housing homes and apartments

Scotland to Invest in Low Carbon Action Plan


The Scottish Government announced plans to invest over $1.8 billion in the next three years on climate change strategies with goals to “cut carbon emissions from electricity generation by more than four-fifths by 2030.”

Spain Breaks Wind Farm Energy Record


The Spanish Wind Energy Association says that Spain’s wind farms produced more electricity than other power sources, delivering over 6 terawatt hours during January.

Minnesota Utilities to Phase Out Coal Plants


Minnesota Power, the state’s second-largest utility, will be phasing out coal production at two facilities and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered Otter Tail Power to stoop burning coal at one of their plants.

UK Investing in Wind Farms


The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is investing £50m on six wind farms through a stake in a renewable energy fund.

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World’s Largest Modeling and Simulation Exhibition Sells Out for ’08

Orlando, FL (Vocus) November 5, 2008

The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) has sold all its available space at the huge Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. In fact, numerous exhibitors were unable to obtain space, even though the event occupies almost 200,000 square feet. “This makes I/ITSEC the biggest exhibition of modeling and simulation technology ever worldwide”, according to Fred Lewis, president of the National Training and Simulation Association, the event’s organizer.

Lewis, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, says the reason for the dramatic expansion in size over the past decade is the simulation industry itself. “We’re witnessing a surge of this technology into many areas where it was not used before. We’re long past the time when simulation and virtual reality was just used to train people how to fly airplanes or drive vehicles. Today, modeling and simulation are critical training tools in a host of new areas, many vital to our personal and national well being.”

Examples of how the technology is spreading include medical training, which can now place students in a hyper-realistic virtual operating room before taking the next step with actual patients. “Today we stand at a critical juncture in medical modeling and simulation, according to Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), co-chair of the Congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus. “As partners in this endeavor, medical professionals, elected officials, businesses, academia and military consumers of modeling and simulation…can harness the power of M&S in support of (this) new technology”. At I/ITSEC, demonstrations of remote and virtual surgical procedures will coincide with panel discussions and other events aimed at further expanding the frontiers of this critical M&S application.

One event will navigate through the human body, incorporating presentations on physiology modeling, distributed medical training environments, tele-medicine and VR for behavioral health, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) .

Another important aspect of I/ITSEC for 2008 will be emphasis on Serious Games. Over the last several years, Serious Games and virtual worlds have emerged as powerful tools for communication, collaboration, training and education in a wide variety of enterprises and organizations. A special event at I/ITSEC will focus on how multiplayer games and associated technologies are being leveraged to help train and educate the existing and future workforce. Participants will include representatives from Qwaq, Inc, Lockheed Martin, Digital Garage, BP America, North Carolina Virtual Public Schools, and PowerU to name a few. In addition, I/ITSEC will feature a “Serious Games” competition, where entries from students and researchers, small firms and large corporations are entered in a number of categories, judged and displayed in the exhibition hall. All applications, from “mods” to mobil, virtual worlds and original development will be included.

In all, 575 exhibitors will cram the exhibit hall floor, demonstrating the state of the art of modeling and simulation across the board. Exhibitors range from giant corporations to small companies displaying fascinating and in many cases ground-breaking niche technologies. In 2007 20% of I/ITSEC exhibitors were non-us – representing 49 countries from around the world. I/ITSEC 2008 will run from December 1-4, and large crowds are expected.

I/ITSEC is typically attended by professionals in the modeling and simulation fields as well as military and defense industry personnel. Attendees also include medical training professionals as well as students and others interested in modeling and simulation. More information about attending the conference can be found at


Accessible Services in America’s Five Largest Convention Centers

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) March 4, 2009

Scootaround Inc. recently signed two multi-year contracts to become the exclusive provider of accessible services at both the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) and Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With the addition of these two facilities, Scootaround now directly supports the nation’s five largest convention facilities.

“Enhancing the convention experience for all attendees is our goal,” said Tim Scott, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We service dozens of large events each month, many with 50 to 100,000 attendees each. It’s rewarding that convention center managers have recognized the need to partner with us, the industry leader in mobility rental solutions.”

Along with the LVCC and the Sands Expo, Scootaround also services Chicago’s McCormick Place (the largest U.S. center), the Orange Country Convention Center (America’s 2nd largest) and the Georgia World Congress Center. Scootaround’s onsite services include customized rentals programs that provide scooters that reside at each facility on a permanent basis along with qualified staff to run rental programs at larger events.

Scootaround’s Corporate Event Services division facilitates the on-ground service giving event planners full access to Scootaround’s “Total Mobility Management” solution — a comprehensive list of services that includes scooter and wheelchair rentals, assistive staffing and attendee shuttling for all types of events including conventions, meetings, seminars, and expositions.

“The convention industry continues to acknowledge and support the needs of the disabled and those with mobility issues,” said Scootaround President and COO Kerry Renaud. “We are particularly proud to be their company of choice and we are continuing to work hard at providing a “one-stop” solution for these first-rate establishments.”

With the results of the Travel Industry Association of America’s (TIA) recent study showing that a potential 2.2 million convention attendees may have required mobility assistance at a convention last year, Scootaround is consistently developing programs and services to meet the growing needs of each facility.

About Scootaround Inc. –

Since 1997, Scootaround Inc. has been North America’s only nationwide mobility equipment company, providing scooter and wheelchair rentals and sales to all customer types from individual travelers through to Fortune 500 companies. They also provide mobility enhancement services for conventions and tradeshows through fleet rentals and onsite-programs. Scootaround is a proud sponsor of the Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH) and an accredited member of both the ARA and CRA Rental Associations.

Scootaround special needs services include rentals for motorized scooter, wheel chair, ECV, and powerchair equipment types. Disability services are available for the elderly and those with mobility issues for convention, vacation, business, cruise, convention travel.


Wild Sheep Foundation Helps Reintroduce Desert Bighorns in Northern Nevada, Largest Conservation, Mountain Hunting Convention in Reno January 19-21

Reno, NV (PRWEB) December 16, 2011

The Wild Sheep Foundation Convention and Sporting Expo, The Sheep Show?, returns to Reno at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and the Silver Legacy January 19-21, 2012.

WSF is the largest conservation and mountain hunting convention and recently helped reintroduce desert bighorn sheep in the Virginia Mountain Range of Northern Nevada in cooperation with conservation partners Nevada Bighorns Unlimited and the Nevada Department of Wildlife. It?s the first step in an effort to re-establish a population of Nevada?s state animal in this range for the first time since the 1880?s.

“We?re grateful to be a part of Nevada?s efforts,? said Gray N. Thornton, WSF President and CEO. ?Our 2011 convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Silver Legacy Resort was a grand success for our exhibitors, attendees and WSF conservation funding goals, generating a 43% net increase over the 2010 event.”

For the 2012 convention, the WSF expects to generate even more revenue for conservation. Sheep and other permits, from Alberta to Nevada and Texas, and Colorado to California, will be available. With the support of auction bidders, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and donors, the WSF expects to raise more than $ 5 million in gross revenue to help wild sheep, and other wildlife across North America and around the globe. For a complete listing of the special sheep and other permits offered visit

Celebrating its 2012 event, the WSF has again partnered with MidwayUSA as the Official Sponsor of the convention.

In addition to the special permits dedicated to state, tribal, and provincial conservation, the 2012 WSF convention will offer an auction of nearly $ 2 million in hunts, trips, wildlife art, fine sporting arms, hunting gear and accessories for the wild sheep and hunting enthusiast. Funds generated at The Sheep Show will help wild sheep conservation efforts throughout North America and the world.

The three-day convention and expo is open to the public, Thursday through Saturday, January 19-21 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Show hours are 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. ? 5 p.m. Saturday.

Daily admission is only $ 10 with $ 5 off coupons available at Reno-Sparks Cabela?s, Scheels, Sportsman?s Warehouse, and Scolari?s Food and Drug Company stores. As an added incentive to attend the show ?floor credit? drawings will be offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday for credits valued at $ 1,000 to $ 5,000 to be used with Expo exhibitors. Five $ 1,000 credits will be drawn Thursday, two $ 2,500 credits drawn Friday and one $ 5,000 credit Saturday. Attendees must be present to win. Daily passes are available at Expo Registration.

The banquet and live auction events kick off Wednesday evening January 18 at the Silver Legacy?s Reno Ballroom downtown. WSF will hold their legendary auctions Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. In addition, a Ladies Luncheon, International Night party, Ram Awards breakfast and Life Member Breakfast will be held at the Silver Legacy.

Other events include a Sporting Clays Shoot with USA Shooting Team members Thursday morning at Sage Hill Clays, and a wine tasting in the expo hall Saturday. Visit the Foundation?s website for a full schedule and details on the events.

“We look forward to returning to Reno again in 2012 and are pleased to announce that in 2013, WSF will host the Sheep Show? under one roof at the Grand Sierra Resort” said Thornton. “The Grand Sierra Resort property was the home for the Sheep Show? for nearly two decades. We look forward to the January 30-February 2, 2013 homecoming event as well.”

Nevada is home to nearly 10,000 bighorn sheep, which is more than any other state. This conservation success is due the exceptional work of Nevada wild sheep advocates, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited and Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and other WSF partners

The Wild Sheep Foundation, formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, was founded in 1977 by sheep and mountain hunting enthusiasts and conservationists. With a membership of more than 6,000 worldwide and a chapter network in North America, WSF is the premier advocate for wild sheep, wild goats, other wildlife and their habitat

The Wild Sheep Foundation has raised more than $ 80 million for conservation and educational programs in North America, Europe and Asia. In 2011, the Wild Sheep Foundation has raised and put on the ground more than $ 3 million for wildlife conservation and other mission programs.

For a full schedule of events and to join as a member, or for more information on the Foundation and the conservation and education programs, please visit, contact 800-OK-FNAWS or email info(at)wildsheepfoundation(dot)org. FollowWSF on


Universal Steel Buildings To Exhibit At The Greater Peoria Farm Show, Illinois? Largest Farm Show

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) November 17, 2011

Universal Steel Buildings Corp will showcase their Olympia Steel Buildings pre-engineered buildings at Booth A417 at the 30th anniversary of the Greater Peoria Farm Show, Illinois? largest farm show. “As the first major show after harvest, both exhibitors and farms alike attend the show to make plans for the coming year,? state Farm Show organizers. ?Innovations are being unveiled by nearly every exhibitor, making this a ?don?t miss? event.?

Admission is free to the agricultural public as the Greater Peoria Farm Show celebrates its 30th year in Peoria, Illinois. The Farm Show opens November 29 at The Peoria Civic Center and runs through December 1, showcasing more than 300 companies exhibiting over 1,000 products and services in more than 950 booths. The Peoria Civic Center is the largest exhibition facility in downstate Illinois with the 110,000 square foot Exhibit Hall the size of two footballs fields. Exhibitors include manufacturers, distributers, jobbers and dealers from 14 states and Canada.

This is Olympia?s first year at the Greater Peoria Farm Show, where company reps will man an eight-foot interactive pop-up kiosk where visitors will see detailed information on the Olympia Steel Buildings quality metal building product line, showing ongoing videos of their best farm buildings, residential buildings, recreational buildings, industrial buildings, metal building construction, advantages for ag construction and more. The vibrant in-house created HD video includes approximately twenty customer testimonials describing each building in the customer?s own words, how easily it went up, how it withstands the weather and what is it being used for. Building uses run the gamut from garages, to barns and crop storage, to machine sheds and workshops, office buildings, strip malls and even churches.

Olympia Steel Buildings is interested in getting their brand recognized throughout the Midwest and attendance at the major trade shows helps to accomplish this goal. ?We?re very excited about meeting our Midwest customers and getting the word out about Olympia Steel Buildings, and state fairs are a great place to do just that,? states Arnold Davis, company president. ?Once they see what Olympia has to offer, they can?t help but be impressed by the quality of our buildings and the fact that we care about the customer. Quality and customer service ? that?s what Olympia Steel Buildings are all about.?

The Peoria Farm Show has earned a reputation as one of the finest indoor shows in the United States and the largest indoor farm show in the state of Illinois. Attendees will see everything new in agriculture from large implements to farm business management software to the use of environmentally friendly and cost-effective pre-engineered steel buildings for agricultural building construction. Show hours are 9:00 – 4:00 PM each day of the show.

About Olympia Steel Buildings

Olympia Steel Buildings are supplied by Universal Steel Buildings Corp, an industry leader in pre-engineered steel buildings for over 40 years, and sole supplier of Olympia Steel Buildings

Bobby Berk Home Opens Largest US Store in Atlanta, GA

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 18, 2011

Bobby Berk announces the opening of his newest 8,000 square foot store at 805 Peachtree Street in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. This is the latest retail location for a signature brand that?s a fixture on Time Out NY ?Top 10 Best Home Stores in New York City? list as well a valuable product resource on the past two season’s of HGTV’s Design Star. Bobby Berk Home brings a refreshing, city vibe to a landmark Atlanta building, synonymous with good design.

?Sophistication, love for design and a vibrant downtown not found in many American cities, makes for an inviting location for our third and largest store,? says Bobby Berk, company founder and creative director. ?We are excited to be here welcoming old and new friends. Many of our New York clients spend time in Atlanta and are excited to know that they can now find the same high-quality, affordable furnishings and home decor as well here in Atlanta.?

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