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Study: Recession sparks new era of energy diligence

Source: Deloitte LLC, New York City

A new study from auditing firm Deloitte shows the emergence of a diligent new attitude toward energy consumption in the United States. According to the study, 52 percent of companies are working to reduce their energy costs by 25 percent on average over the next two to three years. Concurrently, an increasingly sophisticated consumer demographic is looking for household savings in a tight economy. The study, “reSources 2011,” conducted by Deloitte with strategy and market research firm, The Harrison Group, polled more than 400 business decision-makers responsible for their company’s energy decisions or energy policy and 3,200 household decision-makers.

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Sakrete posts archival material, contests on anniversary website

Source: Bonsal American Inc., Charlotte, N.C.

To celebrate the 75-year legacy of one of its leading brands, Bonsal American will launch a microsite—www.Sakrete75.com—later this month offering vintage content and anniversary-themed contest entries. Currently, Sakrete has two 1966 radio jingles on YouTube as a teaser for the upcoming launch.

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Rebar suppliers see slow recovery from 40 percent shipment drop

Source: Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Schaumburg, Ill.

Prior to the Transportation Construction Coalition’s 2011 Legislative Fly-In and (separately organized) Rally for Roads, May 24–25 in Washington, D.C. (companion item), CRSI surveyed rebar producers on near-term market conditions, the results supporting a TCC-targeted six-year, $500 billion highway and transit bill

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EPA: Review continues on 450,000-plus coal ash disposal rule comments

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

EPA staff is poring over reams of responses submitted during the June–November 2010 public comment period for a proposed rule on coal ash disposal and handling. “The target date for release of a final rule will be determined, pending a full evaluation of all the information and comments received on the proposal,” the agency notes in mid-May update.

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Duke researchers confirm cement industry’s energy thrift

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

An Environmental Protection Agency-commissioned survey finds energy intensity in cement production dropped 13 percent from 1997–2007. Duke University researchers compared producer-collected energy usage data against Department of Commerce figures, confirming a 1 percent-plus improvement trend per year to factor into EPA’s cement industry energy curve. The power savings equate to a reduction of almost 1.5 million metric tons of energy-related carbon.

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