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Secretary Steven Chu visits NEMA Member Waukesha Electric Plant and National Clean Fleets Partnership
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  Employees of the Waukesha Electric Systems give Secretary Chu a tour of the transformer manufacturing plant, June 30, 2011. (Photo courtesy of Waukesha Electric Systems)
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu got a chance on June 30, to see the expansion of the Waukesha Electric plant in Wisconsin, which was made possible by a Department of Energy Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit of $12.5 million. The expansion, expected to be completed by the end of 2011, will enable Waukesha Electric Systems, a NEMA member, to incorporate large and extra high-voltage power transformers into its operations. The company currently produces medium- power transformers, which are more than 99.5 percent efficient at converting energy and help to advance the modernization of America’s electrical grid in the 21st century. The company’s new addition also offers economic benefits, as it is expected to create roughly 250 additional jobs over the next three years, not including the 100 construction workers already on site.

In related news, Secretary Chu named six new corporate partners who have joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership, a public-private partnership that helps large companies update their fleets to be more energy efficient. In total, the new partners—Coca-Cola, Enterprise Holdings, General Electric, Osram Sylvania, Ryder and Staples—operate nearly one million commercial vehicles nationwide.

He also announced the offer of a conditional commitment for a $105 million loan guarantee to support the development of Project LIBERTY, the nation's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant. When completed, the plant, located in Emmetsburg, Iowa, will produce up to 25 million gallons of ethanol per year using corncobs, leaves, and husks provided by local farmers. Project LIBERTY is expected to create 200 jobs during construction and 40 permanent jobs, and bring $14 million in revenue to the region’s farmers.

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National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid Kicks-off in Washington, DC
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LIFO Action Alert
NEMA has a TAKE ACTION alert posted and message points at NEMA “Take Action” website to contact your House and Senate members, but also direct calls to the White House comment line at 202-456-1111. Again, let me know any feedback you hear as we stay engaged in this important matter. —NEMA Government Relations

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Export Green Trade Mission to Brazil, August 28—September 02, 2011
The Department of Commerce is still looking for companies interested in participating in the Brazil Export Green trade Mission, August 28–Sept 2. They extended the deadline to submit application until the end of this month. The aim of this Mission is to  increase U.S. green technology exports and services to Brazil, hoping to take advantage of the major events that Brazil is gearing up for, including the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. —Brazil-U.S. Business Council

Commerce Webinar on RoHS on July 27 at noon in Washington D.C.
The Commerce Department will sponsor a webinar on July 27 covering the new RoHS Directive. Aidan Turnbull, a highly respected consultant from the UK who has written reviews of the WEEE and RoHS Directives for the Commission, will be the main presenter. The new RoHS Directive is a CE mark directive and this will give member states a stronger legal authority to stand on as far as enforcing the RoHS Directive than they had under the original RoHS Directive. It becomes very important for companies to be familiar with the documentation needed to prove compliance with RoHS.  
—U.S. Department of Commerce

Commercial News USA Offers Free Korean Translation and a 2-for-1 Special Promotion
Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce, offers exporters an inexpensive way to promote their products and services in 178 countries worldwide. Now, you can take advantage of a special offer: Buy two ads and get the third ad for free (based on one-time rates; does not include Showcase section). Moreover, you will receive a free listing ad in Korean in an online supplement. Commercial News USA reaches more than a quarter million buyers worldwide.

For more information, contact your U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist, call 1-800-581-8533 x 822, go online to www.thinkglobal.us, or send e-mail to advertise@thinkglobal.us. —Commercial News USA

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