Archive for January, 2009

DuPont Installs its Largest Solar Panel Array to Generate Energy Needs at Research Facility

January 30, 2009

The Company’s Installation Advances Clean Renewable Energy

KAUAI, Hawaii, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ — DuPont today announced the installation of its largest photovoltaic solar energy facility at its Pioneer Hi-Bred Waimea Research Center in Kauai, Hawaii.

The Waimea photovoltaic installation is comprised of 1,500 panels – made from several DuPont photovoltaic materials — produced by Evergreen Solar and installed by REC Solar. The one-acre array is capable of generating about 85 percent of the energy needs of the research facility. It is expected to generate 706,205 kilowatt hours (kwh) annually, or enough power for 64 average-size homes. By using renewable energy, the facility will avoid the emissions (equivalent carbon dioxide) from approximately 100 cars annually, saving Pioneer about $200,000 per year in avoided purchased electricity costs. The installation was completed and fully operational in December 2008.

DuPont has already installed photovoltaic solar power systems for its R&D and business facilities in Wilmington, Del., and Taoyuan, Taiwan.

“This installation is a great example of our commitment to be both a key materials and technology supplier to the photovoltaic industry, and also a leader of solar power use,” said Marc Doyle, global business director – DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions. “Our products can help make clean renewable energy a reality while also powering our facilities as part of DuPont’s sustainability goals.”

REC Solar chief executive officer Angiolo Laviziano commented on the positive business and environmental reasons for companies to embrace solar power to meet their energy needs. “Companies like DuPont are turning to solar power because it makes good business sense and supports their environmental initiatives,” said Angiolo Laviziano, chief executive officer of REC Solar. “DuPont is an innovative business leader that has chosen the most reliable solar technology available today to maximize the amount of clean, renewable solar power generated at its Kauai facility.”

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a DuPont business, uses innovative technology to carry out crop seed research and development. Randal Francisco, President of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce, noted Pioneer recently celebrated their 40th year as part of Kauai’s business and agriculture community. “The Kauai Chamber of Commerce salutes and congratulates Pioneer Hi-Bred in its investment and commitment to renewable energy thereby reducing its dependence on fossil-fuel and returning energy back to Kauai’s power grid. It’s also economic sense that Pioneer Hi-Bred joins a growing list of Kauai Chamber of Commerce members such as Costco Wholesale Warehouse and Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa as Kauai companies who in the past year invested significant amounts of time and money to join Kauai’s ever growing list of businesses and residents who believe in the benefits of renewable energy and a sustainable Kauai future.”

Mattie Yoshioka, president and chief executive officer of Kauai Economic Development Board Inc. noted the enthusiasm of participants at its recent Kauai renewable energy conference, complimented Pioneer Hi-Bred International for continuing the momentum generated at the conference. “Pioneer is a committed member of the science and technology community on Kauai, and they are a demonstrated leader in advancing renewable clean energy here with the establishment of the largest ground solar panel installation on Kauai. What could be better for our island than a renewable energy project using one of Kauai’s best clean energy resources, sunlight.”

DuPont offers the broadest portfolio in the solar energy market with eight essential products. DuPont is a leading material and technology supplier to the photovoltaic industry with more than 25 years of experience in photovoltaic materials development. DuPont technologies enable higher power output with improved productivity and increased solar module lifetime. The company offers a broad and growing portfolio of materials solutions for both crystalline silicon and thin film cells and modules including:

  • DuPont(TM) Elvax(R) EVA resins for the encapsulant sheet: cushions individual cells from impact and enables the transmission of sunlight to the cells;
  • DuPont PV Encapsulant Sheets: Ranging from soft to structural, clear DuPont(TM) PV5200 and PV5300 Series encapsulant sheets offer proven safety and laminating performance, and deliver long-term protection for the most sensitive portions of photovoltaic modules;
  • DuPont(TM) Teflon(R) fluoropolymer film for front sheets and flexible panels: offers mechanical strength and durability against cracking and abrasion, flexibility and nearly 100 percent transparency;
  • DuPont(TM) Tedlar(R) polyvinyl fluoride films: delivers long-lasting UV and weather-resistant back sheets;
  • DuPont(TM) Solamet(R) thick film metallization pastes: increases the efficiency and yield of solar cells;
  • DuPont(TM) Rynite(R) PET thermoplastic resins: increases safety, eliminates corrosion, and provides long-lasting performance for junction boxes and structural supports in harsh environments;
  • DuPont(TM) Kapton(R) polyimide film for thin film substrates: provides excellent electrical and thermal properties to thin film modules;
  • DuPont Teijin Films (Mylar(R), Melinex(R) and Tetoron(R) polyester films) for backsheet interlayers: provides added protection from the environment;
  • Kalrez(R) perfluoroelastomer parts from DuPont Performance Elastomers: provides excellent resistance to aggressive chemicals and high temperatures to help reduce the risk of unplanned maintenance.

DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 19 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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Caption: DuPont has installed a 1,500 panel solar power system at its Pioneer Hi-Bred Waimea Research Center in Kauai, Hawaii.

For photos, graphics and more information on DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions visit: http://photovoltaics.dupont.com.

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Mylar(R), Melinex(R) and Tetoron(R) are registered trademarks of DuPont Teijin Films.

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California’s Water Supply Dries Up

January 29, 2009

Snowpack Levels at 61% of Average; State Water Contractors Urge Long-Term Delta Fix Along With Conservation

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ — The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released its latest snow survey results today showing Sierra Nevada snowpack levels at just 61 percent of normal, giving public water agencies a dismal outlook on weather conditions. The State Water Contractors member agencies rely heavily on snowpack runoff from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to supply water to millions of Californians and 750,000 acres of agricultural land. Today’s snow survey reinforces that light rain and snow will not make up for California’s severe dry conditions.

“Unfortunately, last week’s precipitation barely produced a drop in the bucket,” said Laura King Moon, assistant general manager of the State Water Contractors. “It would take a miracle to get the amount of rainfall we need in the next few months to get us out of this drought. And even then, regulatory constraints would keep us from accessing the water we need.”

California has faced a seemingly endless series of hits to its water supply since late 2007. Ongoing dry conditions have brought the state’s reservoirs to their lowest levels in years — some of the largest reservoirs are only near a quarter of their capacity. Drastic restrictions on how much water the state can deliver through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta), California’s primary water delivery hub, have prevented agencies from delivering enough water to replenish depleting reservoirs. The lack of water has triggered major economic losses throughout the state and leaves water agencies facing an uphill battle in 2009.

“Water agencies will be digging deep into their reserves, some for the third year in a row, to meet their customers’ needs, and many areas will see more and more restrictions on their water usage,” added Moon. “For now, we need to pray for rain — we also need to fix the system so we can get more environmental and human benefit out of the rain and snow when they happen.”

While Californians do their part to further conserve this year, state leaders are mapping out a plan to fix the ailing Delta estuary and our primary water delivery system. Through the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), public water agencies, environmental organizations, and state and federal agencies are exploring an eco-friendly way of conveying water around the Delta, rather than through it.

The BDCP is a comprehensive conservation plan for the Delta and will provide a basis for addressing the many threats to the Delta needed for fishery and ecosystem recovery, while finding a way to continue to deliver water to Californians throughout the state.

For more information on the BDCP, please visit http://www.resources.ca.gov/bdcp/.

The State Water Contractors is a statewide, non-profit association of 27 public agencies from Northern, Central and Southern California that purchase water under contract from the California State Water Project. Collectively the State Water Contractors deliver water to more than 25 million residents throughout the state and more than 750,000 acres of agricultural lands. For more information on the State Water Contractors, please visit http://www.swc.org.

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Allenergy Takes Steps to Become All-Energy; Diversifying Into Wind Power

January 29, 2009

INDEPENDENCE, Kan., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Allenergy, Inc. (Pink Sheets: ALRY), with an 18 year history of oil and natural gas development and production, today announces it has taken the key steps towards expanding its business to include wind power. It has been a longstanding plan of the Company to broaden its source of revenue by expanding into additional forms of energy.

Because of both the revenue and the Federal tax breaks, many land owners in the region are seeking to use their land for wind power generation. Allenergy is taking the necessary steps to sell, service, and install wind power generation. Allenergy can also benefit from wind power revenues on its current leases and on additional land leases.

“Though our core focus remains oil and natural gas production and well services, it has been a part of our long term strategic plan to diversify,” Larry Sanford, CEO, said. “With the incredible rise and fall of oil prices recently it seems even more prudent to open up additional revenue streams. Our plan will help to ensure Allenergy’s long term growth and profitability regardless of oil price fluctuations.”

Rex Horning, Allenergy’s Vice President of Operations, has been leading the strategic planning for Allenergy’s diversification. “We have the potential to take advantage of the new technologies for wind generation. The demand for wind generation has increased. In time Allenergy will have the opportunity to provide some of our existing clients with additional services,” Mr. Horning said.

Note: Certain statements in this news release may contain “forward looking” information within the meaning of rule 175 under the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Act of 1934 and are subject to the safe harbor created by those rules. All statements, other than statements of fact, included in this release, may include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.

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Statement from Andrea Kavanagh, Manager of the Pew Environment Group’s Salmon Aquaculture Reform Campaign, on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Voting to Allow Fish Farms in Federal Waters

January 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Andrea Kavanagh, manager of the Salmon Aquaculture Reform Campaign at the Pew Environment Group, today issued the following statement in response to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s vote on open ocean aquaculture.

“Rushing to allow open ocean aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico is an accident waiting to happen. If the council is going to create a series of fish farms in federal waters, a national system with uniform guidelines should first be in place.

“Environmental concerns must play a critical role if and when we create national standards for offshore fish farming. For too long, untreated waste, escapes and disease have plagued the aquaculture industry. We cannot ignore their impacts on our fragile ocean ecosystems.”

The Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmental organization that applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improving public policy, informing the public and stimulating civic life.

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Bion Announces PENNVEST Board Approves $7.8 Million Financing for Kreider Farms Dairy Project

January 28, 2009

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BNET) announced today that on Monday, January 26, 2009, the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) approved a $7.8 million loan to Bion PA 1, LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc.). Proceeds from the loan will be used to construct Bion’s previously announced Kreider Farms dairy project in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Bion release: http://www.biontech.com/news/pressreleases/release20080929.php).

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced on Monday a $94 million investment in water infrastructure that included the loan to Bion for “the construction of a livestock waste treatment facility at Kreider Farms that will reduce both nitrogen and phosphorous emissions to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The project is expected to generate a significant number of tradable nutrient credits that could be sold to other entities within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to help them comply with their own discharge limits for nitrogen and phosphorous.” The complete press release issued by Governor Rendell’s office can be viewed on the web at http://www.ctbpls.com/www/PA/library/2009/2009012682.HTM.

This is the first project approved by the PENNVEST Board that supports waste treatment infrastructure at a CAFO (confined animal feeding operation) for the purpose of generating nutrient credits. Based on this approval, Bion will move forward with engineering and permitting for the Kreider project while finalizing definitive agreements with PENNVEST.

Over the past two years, Bion has worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and representatives from Pennsylvania State University to establish an acceptable nutrient credit calculation and verification methodology for the Kreider Farm project, which was approved by the DEP in mid-2008. The DEP approval projects a credit total in the range of 140 nutrient credits per milk cow’s waste treated; and perhaps most significantly, a majority of these credits will be generated from airborne ammonia reductions. Ammonia air emissions from CAFOs are for the most part quickly re-deposited onto neighboring lands, which simply advances the nitrogen molecule’s travels towards the Chesapeake Bay. A listing of Bion’s credits is posted on the PA DEPs trading website at http://www.dep.state.pa.us/river/Nutrient%20Trading_files/ProposalRegistryandTradableLoadTracking.xls. Bion’s treatment system will not only reduce nutrient impacts on the Chesapeake Bay, it will also significantly reduce local environmental impacts such as odor, phosphorus releases to the local creeks, a host of air emissions such as hydrogen sulfide and methane (greenhouse gas emissions), as well as pathogens.

More than 40 states have announced plans to develop nutrient trading programs, with Pennsylvania’s program being the most advanced. Nutrient trading programs encourage nitrogen and phosphorous reductions from non-point source facilities (such as agriculture and livestock facilities) by providing a program to sell credits for those reductions. These certified nutrient credits can be used by point source facilities such as municipal wastewater treatment plants, with much higher remediation costs, to offset their own nutrient discharges. The premise is that the same nutrient reduction to the environment can be achieved at a significantly reduced cost to the community.

Bion has worked closely with both the federal and state regulatory agencies, as well as all other stakeholders, to develop policies that will support long term capital investment in livestock waste treatment facilities. The results of a recent study commissioned by the Pennsylvania state legislature projects an average nutrient removal cost of $28 per pound of nutrient per year to upgrade existing wastewater plants. Bion anticipates that it will be able to reduce that projected cost by as much as 75%, based upon its models and anticipated policy modifications.

Bion’s project at Kreider Farms will be the first comprehensive on-farm waste treatment plant installation in the state, generating a steady stream of more than 100,000 credits per year. In addition to this initial dairy installation, Bion is working on a second phase of the project that it believes will generate in excess of 1 million additional credits. Phase 2 is anticipated to include a renewable energy production facility that will convert cellulose in the waste stream into usable thermal energy. According to the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy, Pennsylvania’s municipal wastewater treatment plants that ultimately discharge into the Susquehanna River watershed are required to reduce or offset their nutrient discharges by 7.5 million pounds per year.

Mark A. Smith, Bion’s President, stated, “We are extremely pleased with the PENNVEST Board’s loan approval. This is a great example of what Pennsylvania’s nutrient credit trading program was designed to do: achieve nutrient reductions required under the Chesapeake Bay Strategy at a fraction of the cost to upgrade municipal waste treatment plants. This value proposition is the essence of what new technologies and solutions need to accomplish – doing more with less – one of Bion’s core principles. We look forward to working with PENNVEST, the PA DEP, US EPA and other stakeholders to achieve permanent, effective, and affordable solutions for the Chesapeake Bay.”

About Bion: Bion has provided solutions to the agriculture and livestock industry since 1990, with 30 first-generation systems installed through 2003. Bion’s next-generation technology results from 18 years of research & development, testing, commercial deployment, and further adaptation to evolving standards and opportunities. In addition to providing proven comprehensive environmental treatment, the system recovers cellulosic biomass from the waste stream to produce renewable energy in a process different and much more efficient than others that seek to exploit this energy source. The technology is scalable, proven and quickly gaining acceptance by regulatory agencies and other stakeholders as an effective solution to the environmental issues associated with concentrated livestock waste. For more information, see Bion’s website: http://www.biontech.com.

This material includes forward-looking statements based on management’s current reasonable business expectations. In this document, the word ‘potential’, ‘will’, ‘proposed’ and similar expressions identify certain forward-looking statements. These statements are made in reliance on the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, Section 27A of the Securities act of 1933, as amended. There are numerous risks and uncertainties that could result in actual results differing materially from expected outcomes.

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Cradle to Cradle(SM) Digs Beneath the Surface with New Ingredient Certification

January 28, 2009

New designation defines a material’s ecological intelligence at the chemical level, simplifying the process of designing safe, sustainable products

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC), a consultancy focused on helping clients implement the Cradle to Cradle(SM) design framework, today announced the addition of a Cradle to Cradle Approved Ingredient certification, which assesses the sustainability of product ingredients for human and environmental health, as well as their recyclability or compostability. The ingredient certification allows suppliers to position themselves as ready to meet the increasing Cradle to Cradle demands of designers, developers and companies seeking product and material choices that serve to eliminate the concept of waste.

“The Cradle to Cradle Approved Ingredient certification makes it easier at the design stage to create ecologically-intelligent products by choosing materials that meet key sustainability criteria for material health and material reutilization” said Jay Bolus, Vice President of Technical Operations for MBDC. “We invite material manufacturers to gain this designation and let their customers know about this as they qualify.”

The Cradle to Cradle Approved Ingredient designation is the second certification program developed by MBDC, which initially set out to identify end-products that met a series of environmental criteria with four levels of attainment, each requiring a higher achievement: Basic, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Certification benchmarks the product’s ecological impact against an internationally recognized assessment process providing companies with a new marketing and selling tool, as well as a way to demonstrate tangible performance and realize continuous improvement over time.

With the addition of the Cradle to Cradle Approved Ingredient certification, MBDC moves its assessment down the supply chain, evaluating chemicals that can be the building blocks of various products, applying MBDC’s 19 core human and environmental health criteria, including heavy metal content, organohalogen content, toxicity and biodegradability. To qualify for the designation, an ingredient must meet the “Gold” level criteria for material health and material reutilization, meaning it can be placed into either the technical cycle or biological cycle and not contain chemicals that are problematic for human or environmental health. Suppliers’ ability to offer pre-assessed materials suitable for Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM) products generates a competitive advantage as designers select materials for their products.

“MBDC’s new Cradle to Cradle ingredient designation adds a layer of transparency to the process,” said Andrew H. Dent, PhD, Vice President, Library & Materials Research for Material ConneXion “We’re pleased to work with MBDC to offer this additional level of certification expertise on materials and sustainability to companies all over the world.”

MBDC’s Ingredient certification is open to all manufacturers that make chemicals, materials or substances used in finished goods. Material assessments are conducted by an in-house team of scientists and project managers.

“There is a level of awareness of the need for this sort of information for finished products and now we are expanding its reach to the ingredient level,” said Bolus. “We need confidence that the everyday things we touch and use have undergone this degree of scrutiny of the materials used in them.”

About MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC)

MBDC was founded in 1995 by internationally recognized architect/designer William McDonough together with Dr. Michael Braungart, as a strategic environmental consulting and design firm, dedicated to revolutionizing the design of products and services worldwide by applying the Cradle to Cradle(SM) design framework to eliminate the concept of waste. McDonough and Braungart are co-authors of the book Cradle to Cradle – Remaking the Way We Make Things, published in 2002 by NorthPoint Press.

MBDC has two primary service offerings. Cradle to Cradle Certification is an eco-label for products that allows a company to tangibly, credibly demonstrate its achievements in ecologically-intelligent design, using a series of environmental and social criteria. Cradle to Cradle Consulting includes various activities to help clients integrate the larger design framework and optimize product life cycles, organizational operations and decision-making. MBDC works with innovative clients within various sectors and industries, to expand their definition and achievement of quality, spur creativity, differentiate their brands and recognize their market leadership, attract and retain customers, enhance competitive advantage, and reduce long-term risks.

Cradle to Cradle(SM) is a service mark of MBDC. Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM) is a certification mark of MBDC.

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Tampa Police & Fire Department, NBC Sports, AAA, and Tribe Productions Among Those Using Segway PTs to Go Green at Super Bowl XLIII

January 28, 2009

Riders Are Benefitting From Enhanced Maneuverability, Visibility, and Mobility

TAMPA, Fla. and BEDFORD, N.H., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ — The scurry of preparation activity for Super Bowl XLIII this year is a shade greener as Segway Inc. announced today that six important entities are using Segway(R) Personal Transporters (PTs) to move about the complex in and around Raymond James Stadium. More than 25 Segway PTs are in use to support public safety, television and event production, and even assist stranded motorists to get back on the road.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090128/NE63540-a )

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“This is our third year supporting the world’s largest single sporting event,” Jim Norrod, CEO of Segway Inc. said. “The expanded use of our product to these very distinct entities shows the versatility of Segway’s small electric transportation solutions. We’re honored to have these world class organizations seeking out and using environmentally friendly Segway PTs,” he continued.

Police and Fire Officials Using Segway PTs to Respond

The most significant users of Segway PTs at Super Bowl XLIII events will be public safety officials who are using the product to respond to calls and perform supervisory tasks. The Segway PT is part of a myriad of official police and emergency response equipment to enable public safety officers to perform their jobs more effectively.

“The Tampa Police Department’s number one priority is public safety and the Segway PTs are helping us accomplish that goal,” said Tampa Police Spokesperson Laura McElroy. “The Segway PTs allow officers to move around the secured area at the stadium much more efficiently and respond more quickly to potential public safety concerns. The motorized units give officers high visibility and the ability to navigate through crowded areas and over various types of terrain,” she said.

Medical Sports Group will also be using two Segway i2 models in support of emergency medical planning, prevention, and response services to the NFL.

NBC Sports Using Segway PTs to Green Production

In addition to public safety, production staff from NBC Sports are using Segway PTs to move about the complex. NBC Sports approached Segway about using Segway PTs during the two week period surrounding the Super Bowl to support operations tasks such as shuttling tape and scripts between four primary production locations – including the main stage within the stadium.

“We wanted to use the Segway PTs at this event so that we could use a few less gas-powered vehicles,” Nicole Barbier, production manager at NBC Sports said. “Using the Segway PTs instead of gas-powered golf carts is about 4.5 times more efficient. Plus, it’s putting a smile on everyone’s faces while they go about doing their jobs more efficiently,” she said.

The effort ties-in to other “Green is Universal” measures NBC is taking such as using biodiesel for generators, turning off monitors while not in use, and recycling everything that can be on-site.

Half Time Art Directors Use Segway PTs to Move Cleanly

While NBC Sports enjoys the efficiency and eco-friendly benefits of the Segway PT, the two art directors for the pre- and half time shows are doing the same. Mai Sakai and Sean Dougall from Tribe Inc. out of Venice, Calif. have been using Segway PTs to move between the event staging area and the field. They’re using the Segway x2 outfitted with universal cargo mounts to enable them to carry light cargo as they prepare for the main event.

AAA Uses Segway PTs to Deploy “Green Team” and Offer Roadside Assistance

AAA Auto Club South realized that gridlock will inevitably occur at the event and for the first time will be using Segway PTs to provide free roadside assistance to stranded motorists covering auto lockouts, won’t starts, flat tires and other services. The club recognized that the small profile Segway PTs – even when outfitted with side cargo bags – will be an invaluable asset for maneuvering between cars and trucks, people, and other festive obstacles. The added eight inches of height the Segway PT provides will enable “Green Team” riders to see above the crowds and cars.

“Each entity at Super Bowl XLIII is using the Segway PT for a unique purpose,” Norrod said. “They’re realizing they can be more productive and responsive while doing less harm to the environment. They’re doing all this while having a better experience getting ready for the big game,” he said.

Dave Holzapfel at Segway of Central Florida is supporting the effort here in Tampa by providing local assistance leading up to the event.

Members of the media are invited to visit http://www.segway.com/superbowl to watch a video of Segway PTs in use at last year’s Super Bowl and see additional photos.

About Segway Inc.

Segway is the leader in the small electric vehicle (SeV) category; marketing a full line of Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) that are sold worldwide through a network of dealers, distributors, and retail partners. The Segway PT is extremely maneuverable and carries a single rider up to 24 miles on a single charge over a variety of terrain. It has impressive energy efficiency, costing only about a penny per mile of travel. Police and security agencies use the Segway PT to connect with the people they serve while being more responsive and effective in their jobs. Consumers use the Segway PT to commute to work, run errands, and enjoy the outdoors in a whole new way.

Segway Inc., based in Bedford, N.H., has a worldwide distribution network of more than 250 retail points in 61 countries. For additional information about Segway and to find retail locations, please visit http://www.segway.com or call 1-866-4SEGWAY. Media materials and digital images are available at the Segway Press Center at http://www.segway.com/news.

Segway and the Segway ‘flyguy’ logo are registered trademarks of Segway Inc. (“Segway”). Other marks including InfoKey and LeanSteer, are trademarks or common law marks of Segway. Any other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Comverge Surpasses Half a Billion Dollars in Future Contracted Revenues

January 28, 2009

Future Contracted Revenues Increase 150% in Two Years Driven by Major AMI Related and Virtual Peaking Capacity(R) Contract Awards

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Comverge, Inc. (Nasdaq: COMV), a leading provider of smart grid, demand management, and energy efficiency solutions, announced today that its future contracted revenues have surpassed $500 million, a significant milestone recently achieved with the signing of contracts with Progress Energy Carolinas and Pepco Holdings, Inc. Comverge expects over $350 million, or 70%, of this contracted revenue to be earned by December 31, 2012 and the remainder to be earned through 2018.

Future contracted revenues represent Comverge’s estimate of total payments that it currently expects to receive in connection with providing demand response and energy efficiency solutions to utilities and grid operators under long-term contracts and pursuant to open market bidding programs. Regulatory approval is pending on contracts that total approximately 25% of the future contracted revenue referenced in this release. For a list of assumptions regarding future contracted revenues, see “Payments from Long-Term Contracts” in our most recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 12, 2008.

“At the time of Comverge’s initial public offering less than two years ago, our future contracted revenues were $201 million. Signing new long term contracts over the past two years has allowed Comverge to increase future contracted revenues by a net amount of more than $300 million, or 150%. As we have frequently stated, a large future contracted revenue base provides visibility to future operating performance and growth and it is one of the three key metrics that our management team and Board of Directors focus on in driving long-term value creation for our shareholders,” said Robert M. Chiste, chairman, president and CEO of Comverge.

“We believe our utility customers recognize the value of energy efficiency and demand management in building a smarter electricity grid to attain a more reliable, independent and clean energy future,” continued Chiste. “With half a billion dollars of future contracted revenue and what we believe is a strong pipeline of future projects, we are positioned to continue executing on growing our three long-term value creation metrics of megawatts owned under long-term contracts, megawatts sold in open market programs and future estimated payments from long-term contracts.”

About Comverge

Comverge, with over 2200 megawatts of clean energy capacity under management, is a leading provider of clean energy solutions that improve grid reliability and supply electric capacity on a more cost effective basis than conventional alternatives by reducing base load and peak load energy consumption. For more information, visit http://www.comverge.com. Virtual Peaking Capacity is a registered trademark of Comverge, Inc.

For Comverge Investors

This release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward looking statements include our assumptions and expectations regarding future contracted revenues, anticipated payments and timing of revenue recognition from long-term contracts, the receipt of regulatory approval of existing and future contracts and our success in consummating and performing under projects in the future. Additionally, you should be aware that we have made assumptions on which these forward-looking statements are based and our assumptions, while we believe them to be reasonable, may not be accurate. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance and involve a number of factors, including the accuracy of our assumptions, that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with Comverge’s business involving our products, the development and distribution of our products and related services, regulatory changes, grid operator rule changes, economic and competitive factors, our key strategic relationships, and other risks more fully described in our most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K. Comverge assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.

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    Comverge, Inc.
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Ricardo Launches Industry’s Most Comprehensive and Integrated Development Center for Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Battery Systems

January 27, 2009

VAN BUREN TWP., Mich., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Ricardo, Inc., a leading
independent engineering firm specializing in total vehicle fuel economy and
efficiency, has launched the Battery Systems Development Center at its Van
Buren Twp., Michigan, headquarters. The center provides the most
comprehensive and integrated range of capabilities in the industry for turnkey
development and application of complete high-voltage battery-pack systems for
hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.

“As a leading supplier of advanced technologies and alternative energy
solutions, Ricardo is at the forefront in developing renewable energy
applications that will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lead to
energy independence,” said Ricardo President Dean Harlow. “While there has
been a great deal of theoretical discussion and proposals on renewable energy,
Ricardo is actually applying the technology by taking it off the whiteboard
and into the real world. Last year we launched TVFE(TM) as a total vehicle
fuel economy solution. Now we open the Battery Systems Development Center
which will be among the industry’s most complete battery development and
system integration centers, working with a wide range of customers from cell
suppliers to the Tier 1 and OEM’s on battery systems for hybrid and electric
vehicles.”

The Battery Systems Development Center is the focal point of Ricardo’s
design, analysis, simulation and integration of advanced high-power battery
packs and their electronic management systems. Combined with the company’s
deep expertise in the development of electronic controls, hybrid transmissions
and vehicle systems, it provides Ricardo with the capability of providing
fully integrated, turnkey battery systems.

“Electrification of the vehicle is a critical element of automakers’
strategies for achieving the 35-mile-per-gallon CAFE regulations,” said Karina
Morley, Ricardo’s global vice president of Controls and Electronics. “The
Battery Systems Development Center is a state-of-the-art, benchmark facility
that enables Ricardo to evaluate and optimize batteries throughout the
development cycle, from the early stages through battery pack production and
integration into the vehicle.”

Ricardo’s Battery Systems Development Center is believed to be the only
supplier facility with a Virtual Vehicle Development Environment, making it
the industry’s most comprehensive battery development and systems integration
center. This allows for fully simulated vehicle integration to be conducted
in a safe, controlled and repeatable environment, positioning Ricardo as one
of the only suppliers equipped to deliver increased efficiencies by fully
optimizing a battery pack and control system.

“We’re very proud of the fact that Ricardo is playing a role in
positioning Michigan as the leader in electric vehicle technology
development,” Harlow added. We commend Governor Granholm, the Michigan
Legislature and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for creating
incentives that make it possible for companies like Ricardo to invest in
Michigan’s high-tech future. It’s an investment that will fuel jobs and
economic development for years to come.”

Ricardo’s extensive expertise in battery development can be applied to
non-automotive industries that can benefit from advanced battery pack
development. Applications could include agricultural equipment, military
vehicles and medium- and heavy-duty on- and off-road vehicles. This includes
any type of energy storage, such as ultra capacitors or batteries for
stationary or other applications.

In the Battery Systems Development Center, prototype battery pack systems
undergo exhaustive development in specially built development chambers
equipped with robust safety and filtration systems. Each will feature high-
capacity battery cyclers, high-voltage instrumentation, hardware-in-the-loop
systems and other equipment to enable the development of battery systems in
simulated vehicle environments. Once a battery pack design is verified in a
safe, simulated environment, the battery system can be integrated into and
further developed on a vehicle in Ricardo’s adjoining garage facility.

About Ricardo

Ricardo, the Eco-Innovation Technology Company, is a leading independent
provider of technology, product innovation, engineering solutions and
strategic consulting to the world’s automotive, military, transport and new
energy industries.

The company’s skill base represents the state-of-the-art in low emissions
and fuel-efficient powertrain technology, and can be best summarized: “Ricardo
is Fuel Economy.”

With technical centers and offices throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia,
Ricardo provides engineering expertise ranging from vehicle systems
integration, controls & electronics, hardware and software development, to the
latest driveline and transmission systems and gasoline, diesel, hybrid and
fuel cell powertrain technologies. Ricardo’s customers include the world’s
major automakers and suppliers as well as manufacturers in the military,
commercial, off-highway and clean energy sectors. The company also serves in
advisory roles to governmental and independent agencies. Ricardo’s U.S.
operation, Ricardo, Inc., is headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan.
Ricardo plc posted sales of $394 million in financial year 2008 and is a
constituent of the FTSE TechMark 100 index — a group of innovative technology
companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, visit
http://www.ricardo.com.

Ricardo offers TVFE(TM), its Total Vehicle Fuel Economy engineering
service, to transportation manufacturers worldwide to provide objective
evaluation of all available technologies to identify the most cost-effective
strategies to optimize fuel economy and CO2 goals. For more information on
TVFE, please visit http://www.totalvehiclefueleconomy.com.

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‘City of the Shark’ Explores San Francisco Bay’s Denizens of the Deep

January 27, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Little has been known about the
enigmatic shark species living beneath the waves of the San Francisco Bay …
until now. Aquarium of the Bay is pleased to announce the release of “City of
the Shark,” a mini-documentary by local filmmaker and shark conservationist
David McGuire.

“The San Francisco Bay is an incredibly diverse estuary ecosystem that
includes several shark species that swim just footsteps from the shore, but we
are often unaware of the impacts we have on our Bay and ocean life,” said
Filmmaker David McGuire. “‘City of the Shark’ emphasizes how not only
appreciating, but also protecting sharks and the San Francisco Bay habitat can
improve the health and diversity of marine life, as well as benefit humans.”

“City of the Shark” provides a close-up look at local species, with
emphasis on the sevengill shark; tags along with scientists out on the Bay;
and shares an overall look at the state of the local shark species and the
issues that endanger their existence. Since July of 2008, researchers from
Aquarium of the Bay Foundation and UC Davis have conducted groundbreaking
research on sevengill sharks, using acoustic tagging to monitor and learn more
about the species.

“Since we are a nature center focused on San Francisco Bay, one of our
primary missions is to research local sharks and learn more about their
behavior,” said Christina J. Slager, Director of Husbandry for Aquarium of the
Bay. “‘City of the Shark’ gives viewers a behind-the-scenes peek at our
animal care and our sevengill tagging and tracking research.”

Aquarium of the Bay Foundation will host a benefit preview screening event
on January 29. For additional information on “City of the Shark” or its
preview screening event, visit http://www.aquariumofthebay.com or call
415-623-5340.

About Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay is a unique nature center dedicated to creating
experiences that inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay and all marine
environments. It is the only aquarium featuring exhibits focused specifically
on the rich and diverse aquatic life and distinctive ecosystems of the Bay and
its surrounding waters. The Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos
and Aquariums, and certified as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco.
Additional information is available at http://www.aquariumofthebay.com.


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