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Cree Expands Portfolio of LEDs for Horticulture Lighting

New XQ-E Photo Red LED Enables More Efficient, Lower Cost SystemsNew XQ-E Photo Red LED Enables More Efficient, Lower Cost Systems

Cree, Inc. expands its industry-leading portfolio of LEDs optimized for horticulture lighting with the introduction of the new Cree XLamp® XQ-E Photo Red LED.  The XQ-E Photo Red LED is capable of providing very high levels of growth-promoting light wavelengths from a footprint that is less than one-third the size of its closest competitor with similar output.  The new XQ-E LED extends the family of smallest LEDs optimized for horticulture and enables lighting manufacturers to reduce the size of luminaires and lower their system cost.


130 Groups Call for Investigation of EPA in Methane Scandal

As 13 straight months break global heat record, groups call for rapid cuts in methane leakage and venting throughout the US natural gas industry

NC WARN sent the Inspector General of the US EPA a statement signed by 130 diverse organizations calling for an investigation into our June 8 complaint that scientific fraud and cover-up by agency officials has already wasted crucial years in slowing the climate crisis and has enhanced hazards for gas facility workers and neighbors. 


Alliance AutoGas Continues Alt Fuel Domination in Work Truck Market with Launch of Conversion System for Ram ProMaster®

Alliance AutoGas offers customers widest assortment of vehicle choice and options for their fleetsOffers customers widest assortment of vehicle choice and options for their fleets

The Alliance AutoGas engineered single-plug connector, no cut or drill fuel system, installed on a RAM ProMaster® was recently displayed at the Government Fleet Expo in Nashville.

The Ram ProMaster® in great demand in the government and service sectors and the second most popular European-style van in the market, features a 16-gallon underbody autogas tank with the conversion system. This adds to the Ram ProMaster’s front-wheel-drive system, and a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine. Alliance’s EPA and NFPA 58 compliant conversion system featured on the RAM ProMaster® can be installed on new or in-service vehicles in half the time of other products. These systems do not require any permanent vehicle modifications.


Charlotte on EPA’s List of Cities with the Most Energy Star Certified Buildings/Energy efficiency leads to a stronger economy and healthier environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its eighth-annual “Top Cities” list, which ranks the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified commercial buildings in the preceding calendar year with Charlotte ranking 21st. The Top Cities list illustrates how cities across America are embracing energy efficiency as a proven path to financial savings and a healthier environment.


Piedmont Natural Gas Announces Participation in Environmental Protection Agency's Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program

Company is a Founding Partner in national program showcasing efforts to track and reduce methane emissions

Piedmont Natural Gas announced its participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge program as a Founding Partner. The voluntary program is a collaborative effort between the EPA and the natural gas industry and is designed to provide a transparent platform for partners such as Piedmontto make, track, and promote commitments to voluntarily reduce methane emissions.  Thirty-seven natural gas utilities nationwide are participating as Founding Partners in the program.

Jane Lewis-Raymond, Piedmont's Senior Vice President and Chief Legal, Compliance, and External Relations Officer commented on Piedmont's participation, "Piedmont's commitment to the environment and to incorporating sustainability into all of our business practices extends far beyond a strategic directive for our company; importantly, it is one of our core values and drives everything we do. Our participation in this program is another indication of that commitment and also enables us to build on our ongoing commitment to public safety."

Piedmont's own focus through the STAR Methane Challenge will be in the area of reducing methane emissions that result from third party excavation damages to the Company's natural gas pipeline delivery system.  Piedmont has committed to develop a plan to reduce such emissions within five years by evaluating its ongoing damage prevention programs and identifying areas of process improvement.  Piedmont will submit its five-year plan to the EPA in the coming months.

More information about Piedmont's commitment to the environment and its sustainability efforts can be found by visiting the Company's website at

Governor McCrory Cites Environmental and Constitutional Problems in Senate Bill 71 Veto

Governor Pat McCrory vetoed Senate Bill 71 because it weakens environmental protections, delays water connections for well owners, ignores dam safety, hinders efforts to reuse coal ash and violates the state constitution.
“This legislation is not good for the environment or for the rule of law in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “This bill lacks a firm deadline to connect well owners to alternate water supplies.”


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