Solar Powered Water Solutions for Uganda

Children on the farm in Gulu

Together we can help build a sustainable solar-powered water system on a farm in northern Uganda.

"Together we can help build a sustainable solar-powered water system on a farm in northern Uganda."

— Andrew Briggs

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2016 / — Freedom in Creation, a charity focused on clean water solutions, is working to build a sustainable solar-powered water system on a farm in northern Uganda. This will radically increase the water and food output and educational reach for the children in the Gulu community. In addition to leveraging solar power to pump potable water to an elevated tank, the system will supply a 250 fish aquaponics tank enabling us to grow Nile tilapia and use their waste to enrich our plant nursery and gardens.

Lack of consistent water supply for rural farm based education center and community

Solar Powered well pump to ensure water security (solar powered pump feed to an elevated tank 20ft stand)

• Increased food security for 100+ humans and animals
• Year round food production
• Introduction of aquaponics tilapia fish farming
• Increased educational advancement due to power access enabling computer-projector training along with other educational opportunities

Freedom in Creation is a 501c3 that inspires healthy sustainable community with art, water and global education. Through grassroots community development, we empower youth and women with art as therapy and entrepreneurship education, enabling them to bring vital resources to their communities. Connecting development programs with international classrooms, we enrich global education with participatory and service learning.

W.S. Darley & Company is a corporate sponsor’s of Freedom in Creation. W.S. Darley & Company is committed to support the world water crisis by providing high quality, safe and innovative products with unmatched commitment and service.
#FreedomIncreation #Water4Women #Thankful4water

Kevin Sofen
W.S. Darley & Company
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All Eyes on OPEC, For the Last Time?

Sun rises near a pump jack in the California desert.

OPEC has long been perceived as the single market balancer, but their influence is increasingly tempered by other forces – Trumponomics & demand from Asia.

OPEC has taken the price cuts on the chin.

— Dan K. Eberhart

HOUSTON, TX, USA, November 30, 2016 / — When OPEC members, led by Saudi Arabia, decided in 2014 to keep oil production high despite a global glut, it sent prices into a tailspin. It’s widely thought the move was intended more than anything to drive as many U.S. shale producers as possible out of business.

But the surprise was on OPEC: while American oil and gas companies have sweated out the past two years, cutting jobs and idling rigs – with a few firms leaving the market entirely — for the most part, they have proven to be exceptionally resilient. The same spirit of innovation that led to fracking – the technique that opened the shale plays to development in the first place – helped domestic producers shave costs and improve per-rig productivity. Those achievements are reflected in numbers from the U.S. Energy Department, which suggest that in 2017 domestic crude output will reach 8.7 million barrels a day in 2017, some 100,000 barrels a day higher than the previous estimate.

Oilfield service company Canary's CEO Dan K. Eberhart said, “OPEC, on the other hand, has taken the price cuts on the chin. Saudi Arabia has lost billions of dollars in revenue, and other members – most notably Venezuela, Iraq, and Nigeria – have encountered staggering budget issues.” Eberhart continued, “By their own reckoning, as reported in the OPEC Annual Statistical Bulletin, the member nations’ combined GDP is at a five-year low, dropping from $4.35 trillion in 2015 to $3.90 trillion this year.”

To stanch the bleeding, at their November 30 meeting in Vienna, OPEC members finally achieved consensus about a production cut that should prop up crude prices and restore a semblance of financial health to national coffers.

No longer a single market balancer

The headline about an OPEC production cut – 1.2 million barrels per day, more than most expected but still less than the 1.5 million barrel target that some nations pushed for – sent oil futures prices up 7 percent in the first hour after the news broke.

While so-called "Trumponomics” have yet to fully play out, President-Elect Trump has said that he wants America to be energy self-sufficient, explaining that America has been “held hostage by OPEC.”

OPEC has long been perceived as the single market balancer, but their influence is increasingly tempered by other forces – perhaps most strikingly by demand from Asia.

That region is OPEC’s biggest customer, and importers have said they won’t tolerate price increases related to what they view as supply being artificially suppressed. Instead, they plan to buy more oil from non-OPEC countries.

Since 2005, China has accounted for 46 percent of global oil demand growth. The International Energy Administration (IEA) estimates that China receives about 700,000 barrels of oil per day, effectively soaking up a lot of the excess that has been keeping prices low. However, China isn’t actively using the oil today; instead, it is going into storage in the country’s strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) where it is being stockpiled against a future crisis. So while that does take oil off the market now, it’s not a signal of continuing demand growth. Outside of its SPR, in fact, China’s demand growth is expected to be just 259,000 barrels per day, despite the fact that the nation’s energy-hungry middle class is booming.

But with oil prices on the rise after the OPEC decision, China may decide that rather than pay more for imports, it will begin drawing down from its reserves, which amount to an estimated 600 million barrels. And although China’s own oil production has fallen off considerably in recent years, the nation may ramp back up and begin exporting oil itself to take advantage of rising prices.

With all eyes on OPEC, it’s important to remember that they don’t wield complete control of the market.


About Canary, LLC

Canary, LLC, is one of the largest private wellhead service companies in North America. Canary serves its clients and the public through quality drilling and production services, local charitable endeavors, and educational campaigns concerning energy policies. Visit,, or @CanaryConnects

Jacob A. Eberhart
Canary, LLC
(281) 601-1844
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BOSS Controls Partners With West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund to Pilot its Energy Savings Management Solution

We will work together in this pilot program to identify potential end users who can benefit from the BOSS Controls plug load reduction technology and to quantify electric savings.

— Joel Morrison

PITTSBURGH, PA, UNITED STATES , November 30, 2016 / — BOSS Controls LLC, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) energy management and controls company, is working with West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund on a pilot program to deploy a BOSS Smart Plug Program in the West Penn Power service region. WPPSEF support will be used to further deploy and demonstrate BOSS’s technology in western Pennsylvania.

Long vacant periods with dynamic operating hours make plug load conservation challenging. BOSS is cloud based, WiFi enabled product solutions and software that enable reductions in building energy costs. BOSS Controls delivers a turnkey energy management solution with next generation IoT devices that can be remotely monitored and controlled to power off plug load electrical devices when they aren't in use.

“BOSS gives energy managers the tools and support they need to effectively and efficiently manage energy savings at the plug load. Our channel partners are all leaders in enabling energy and operational savings. We are eager to deploy our energy efficiency pilot within several higher education facilities and other institutions in the West Penn Power service region,” said Greg Puschnigg, CEO/Founder BOSS Controls.

“We will work together in this pilot program to identify potential end users who can benefit from the BOSS Controls plug load reduction technology and to quantify electric savings “ said Joel Morrison, Director, West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund. “Reducing energy usage fits well into the mission of the WPPSEF as the Fund reinvests in our communities with the placement of energy efficiency and conservation technologies.”

About BOSS Controls
BOSS Controls designs, markets, and sells patent pending, cloud based, Wi-Fi enabled product solutions and software. The product suite provides a seamless fully integrated virtual energy management and control system enabling reductions in building energy costs by up to 30 per cent and operational cost savings as well. The company manages the critical Wi-Fi hardware, software, and data on its cloud based platform called “Atmospheres®.”

For more information about BOSS Controls

About West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF)

The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in the deployment of sustainable energy technologies that benefit West Penn Power ratepayers in Pennsylvania. WPPSEF investments are focused in three broad categories:
• Deployment of sustainable and clean energy technologies;
• Deployment of energy efficiency and conservation technologies; and
• Facilitating economic development, environmental betterment, and public education as they relate to sustainable energy deployment in the WPP service region.

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The matters discussed herein may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations.


Paulette Duderstadt
BOSS Controls
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103 Countries and Growing!

Sustainability Experts Work to Fill Paris Accord Gaps…and more

In a relatively short period, we've organized over 40 events, built a community of over 2,500 people, and now have members from 103 countries.

— Janine Finnell

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, November 29, 2016 / — From energy conservation, sustainable architecture, and the transition to a clean energy economy, Leaders in Energy has grown in just four short years to become a renowned multi-discipline, global forum. The organization provides a community where private sector, academic, government, entrepreneurial, and non-government organizations proactively advance meaningful discussions around clean energy, water, waste management, vertical agriculture, green finance and green jobs…all in context of the circular economy and resource sustainability.

Are you interested in connecting with other professionals to further the use of innovative energy technologies, policies, and solutions for a more sustainable energy system and world? if yes, then you've come to the right place! Since our 2013 inception, we've organized over 40 events, built a community of over 2,500 people, and now have members from 103 countries.

Our goals are simple while also being far-reaching: Leaders in Energy fosters a community of green technology and conservation measures that will allow society to provision goods and services in a sustainable and resource-conserving manner.

While our operations are from Metro Washington DC, we've built a US base that spans most major metropolitan areas as seen in this membership chart. We're delighted to report that our monthly events are well attended, often ranging from 80-100 attendees. We see this as a testament to the topics and speakers…plus it underscores our stewardship efforts are being viewed favorably by our members.

Our final event for 2016 is our "Four Generations of Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainable Solutions" Awards and Holiday Event on Friday, December 2nd in Crystal City, VA. If you're in town, this is one you don't want to miss. See more information here on event registration.

We welcome you to join our Leaders in Energy Community and build a sustainable future.

Janine Finnell
Leaders in Energy
(703) 203-0766
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EVA Announces new head of Power Practice

EVA Announces new head of Power Practice

ARLINGTON, VA, USA, November 30, 2016 / — ARLINGTON – Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc. (EVA), announced today that Robert DiDona has joined the firm as a Partner, heading the Power Practice business unit. Mr. DiDona joins EVA from BNP Paribas where he was the Head of US Power Trading managing proprietary trading books, client flow and structured transactions.

Mr. DiDona's experience and knowledge of the power markets will help EVA improve its existing business in power market modeling and forecasting and expand EVA’s offerings into new consulting areas such as power asset valuations, power contract hedging strategies and investment advice.

Prior to BNP Paribas, he was a Director of Asset Optimization at PSEG Energy Resources and Trade managing the Northeast Asset Portfolio as well as proprietary books. Before PSEG, he was at Con Ed Energy where he managed a wide range of assets and wholesale/retail electric load contracts.

Mr. DiDona earned his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Pace University in New York. He will be based in EVA's Arlington, VA office.
Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc. is a world-class energy consulting firm offering in-depth knowledge and expert guidance to clients in the electric, natural gas and oil, coal, and renewable power industries

For more information about Energy Ventures Analysis contact

Erik schwartz
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Energy Ventures Analysis

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Dow and Electro Chemical Team Up to Save $2 MM in Maintenance Costs

Project Earns MTI (Materials Technology Institute) Global Value Award

We thought, if we can do this, it could extend the life of the scrubber another 10-15 years.

— Abiodun Olawepo, Process Improvement Engineer, The Dow Chemical Company

EMMAUS , PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, November 29, 2016 / — The Dow Chemical Company and Electro Chemical were recently presented with Materials Technology Institute’s (MTI) 2016 Global Value Award for applying MTI guidebooks as they collaborated on a scrubber repair project that solved Dow’s corrosion problem.

The two companies’ earned the award based on eight criteria, including the positive financial, reliability, and safety impacts that the project has had on Dow operations. Internal training opportunities as well as standards, procedures, and process improvements at Electro Chemical also factored into the MTI Value Award Committee’s decision.

The project team, which included materials engineering experts from both companies, used MTI’s Guide for the Repair & Modification of FRP Equipment and Guide for the Repair & Modification of Lined Equipment to help evaluate the option of installing a Kynar® PVDF thermoplastic liner in an existing FRP scrubber that was exhibiting end-of-life characteristics due to chemical corrosion.

Dow’s engineering group sought a long-term solution, and considered replacing the 13-ft. diameter, 30-ft. high vessel. “We talked about replacing the scrubber, but we looked at the potential project and estimated that it would be very expensive,” reports Abiodun Olawepo, a Process Improvement Engineer at The Dow Chemical Company.

Instead, the project team elected to investigate the potential of a thorough but less problematic solution. Dow’s engineers turned to the industry’s leading supplier of fluoropolymer coatings and linings, Electro Chemical, to evaluate the feasibility of applying a thermoplastic liner in the section of the scrubber experiencing the most deterioration from age and chemical exposure.

“We came to the conclusion that we could do a field test to see if the FRP that we had was going to bond very well with the Kynar® sheet liner,” explains Olawepo. “We thought, if we can do this, it could extend the life of the scrubber another 10-15 years. Ultimately, Dow engineers concluded that using the PVDF fluoropolymer liner could provide the protection the unit needed.

Dow selected ISO-9001-certified Electro Chemical for repair of its HR3 unit. The team finished the project on time and on budget. “What they did is already paying dividends for us. We no longer have to repair the scrubber year after year,” according to Olawepo.

By avoiding the costs of a replacement vessel, an extended shut down for its installation, and the associated costs of piping and foundation modifications, Dow realized significant cost savings.
Additional benefits include lowering the potential for loss of primary containment due to failure and possibly reducing emissions due to the wider chemical compatibility of PVDF versus polyester.

“With the help of Dow’s thorough planning prior to the start of work, our estimated costs, work hours/days and pricing were all in line with our standard expectations,” concludes Erick Olson, Project Manager at Electro Chemical. “This challenging field service job went according to plan, on schedule and on budget.”

“Every now and then, it’s nice to be recognized for achieving something, but this is not about Electro Chemical,” emphasizes company president Mike Bunner. “This is about collaboration between two companies that took knowledge that was available to them through their memberships in MTI, had brainstorming exchanges, crystalized the ideas, and put them into a plan. It demonstrates that if you plan things properly and you communicate, innovation can take place and save a significant amount of money.”

For more information about Electro Chemical’s corrosion protection products and services, visit or call 610-965-9061.

Kirk Richardson
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Smart Grid operators and their service providers must act now to achieve cyber resilience

SMi Reports: IT Governance urges the smart grid industry to adopt risk management practices and follow security standard to meet NIS Directive requirements.

To secure sensitive data… A good first step would be to look at security standards, technologies and procedures that have proven to be reliable

— Alan Calder

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, November 29, 2016 / — Following the rise of smart technology in the last decades, since January 2012, the European Commission put forwards the EU Data Protection Reform and the Network and Information (NIS) Directive to increase user’s control over their data and to protect critical infrastructure by achieving a high common level of security in network and information systems across the European Union. Having been approved, the NIS Directive came into force in August 2016 and this will be followed by the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from May 2018.

More than ever, utility companies and their service providers will have to act very quickly in order to meet the requirement established by the NIS Directive. Commenting on this, Alan Calder, founder and chief executive officer of IT Governance, leader in data protection and network security said:

“In the last few years, we’ve seen a significant growth in Internet-connected smart devices incorporated into our household appliances, and these devices are now essential tools to efficiently and effectively run our everyday activities. It is critical that organisations look at the security measures being taken, particularly as smart devices present considerable security challenges and cyber criminals’ tactics and methods are constantly evolving.

To secure sensitive data, the smart grid industry needs to focus on developing people, processes and technologies to meet this challenge. A good first step would be to look at security standards, technologies and procedures that have proven to be reliable.”

Alan Calder will be speaking at SMi’s Group 7th annual European Smart Grid Cyber Security Conference to shed light on the latest cyber security issues, the requirements imposed by European legislation and the role of international standards in achieving cyber resilience.

Taking place on the 21st-22nd March in London, European Smart Grid Cyber Security 2017 is a platform to meet and discuss latest regulatory standards, advances in technological solutions, the latest smart metering programmes, European utility market dynamics, advances in construction and technology, communication and human issues and how to overcome them.

Other notable presenters includes National Grid, Enel SpA, European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS), Energinet DK, ElaadNl & Enexis, Smart Energy Code Company (SECCo), MITRE, CPqD, Toreon CVBA, Norwegian Centre for Information Security (NorSIS) Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC), SecurityMatters, Smart Energy GB,ONRIZ gcv, Smart Homes and Building Associations.

For those looking to attend, there is a £400 early bird saving available online ending on 30th November 2016.

Further information is available at

7th Annual European Smart Grid Cyber Security
21st – 22nd March 2017
Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London, UK
Media: Contact Theresa Chung on
Sponsors/Exhibitors: Contact Sadia Malick on +44(0) 207 827 6168,
Delegates/Groups: Contact Andrew Gibbons on +44 (0) 207 827 6156,


About SMi Group:
Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the worlds most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at

Theresa Chung
SMi Group
0207 827 6068
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Launch Leads Ranks #94 of the Utah 100 Fastest Growing Companies of 2016

B2B Lead Generation is in high demand nationwide as businesses look to shorten sales cycles

SALT LAKE CITY , UTAH, USA, November 28, 2016 / — Launch Leads ( was ranked the 94th 2016 fastest growing company in Utah by MountainWest Capital Network (MWCN) ( at the 22nd annual Utah 100 Awards Program. The annual program recognizes the 100 fastest growing Utah companies, the Top Revenue Growth companies, and the "Emerging Elite" companies.

"Launch Leads' continued growth is very exciting. Internally we have dedicated a massive amount of resources to improving all facets of our organization and we're seeing positive results. Our process improvements and strategic hires continue to drive industry leading performance which translates into a positive ROI for our clients. Our amazing employees continue to be our greatest asset and we remain dedicated to their ongoing development," said Scott Smith, CEO of Launch Leads.

The 100 fastest growing companies in Utah are selected from thousands of eligible applicants throughout the state and represent a cross-section from all industries.

For more information please visit: or call (877) 466-0111

Scott Smith
Launch Leads
(877) 466-0111
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IT Governance’s ISO 50001 documentation toolkit helps businesses implement an energy management system

ELY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM, November 28, 2016 / — IT Governance, the leading provider of ISO management system expertise, is encouraging organisations to accelerate their ISO 50001 energy management system (EnMS) implementation projects by using its ESOS & ISO 50001 Energy Management System Documentation Toolkit.

ISO 50001 is the international standard for energy management systems. The Standard is designed to help organisations reduce costs, conserve resources and tackle climate change. It also ensures that the organisation considers its energy requirements in all facets of the business through the implementation of an EnMS.

A recent ISO Survey reported that nearly 12,000 organisations worldwide have achieved certification to the Standard, demonstrating the increasing popularity of ISO 50001 as a framework for energy management.

UK organisations with more than 250 employees and an annual turnover in excess of £33 million are required to demonstrate compliance to ESOS, the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme.

By implementing an ISO 50001-certified EnMS, organisations reduce the costs of energy consumption, promote energy management best practice and meet the legal, contractual and statutory requirements for energy management. Organisations with ISO 50001 certification are no longer required to carry out an ESOS assessment.

Alan Calder, the founder and chief executive officer of IT Governance, said: “To achieve compliance with ISO 50001 and implement an energy management system, organisations need to create policies and procedures to implement, operate and measure the EnMS, all under the auspices of an energy policy.

“As energy consumption reduction is becoming a priority for organisations, our ISO 50001 Energy Management System Documentation Toolkit helps people involved in compliance projects by providing templates and documentation to speed up implementation and reduce the room for error.”

The ESOS & ISO 50001 Energy Management System Documentation toolkit has been created and developed by ISO 50001 experts to be used by organisations of any size to develop their own 'green' management system.

To download a free trial version of IT Governance’s ESOS & ISO 50001 Energy Management System Documentation Toolkit, or to find out more, please visit our website, contact the team direct at, or call +44 (0)845 070 1750.

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IT Governance Ltd is the single-source provider of books, tools, training and consultancy for IT governance, risk management and compliance. It is a leading authority on data security and IT governance for business and the public sector. IT Governance is ‘non-geek’, approaching IT issues from a non-technology background and talking to management in its own language. Its customer base spans Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. More information is available at

Mihaela Jucan
IT Governance
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Attacks in Barrington, RI and Washington, DC Inspired by Fake News

…as though decency has been repealed, kindness put on hold and common sense sent to the jailhouse.

— Llewellyn King, Host-White House Chronicle

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, November 28, 2016 / — "There is an ill wind blowing across the nation," Llewellyn King, writes in his weekly column for the InsideSources syndicate.

In his column, which has been published in the online journal New England Diary,, King cites a verbal attack on young patron of the public library in Barrington, RI, by "a buffoon."

She was reading in the library on Nov. 10, when a man wearing "a Trump hat and T-shirt emblazoned with 'Racist Cracker 88' approached her chanting, 'Obama is out. We control this place now!' " King writes.

The librarians called the police, and the man was escorted out of the building.

"A fringe of the already fringy alt-right believes that the election victory of Donald Trump has established a new order of self-righteous bigotry, as though decency has been repealed, kindness put on hold and common sense sent to the jailhouse," King writes.

While lies, insinuations, fabrications and distortions are not new to politics, he writes, now they have an awesome delivery system: fake news on the Internet.

In his column, King also cites three small businesses in the Chevy Chase section of Washington, D.C., that have been targeted by fake news stories, claiming that they are linked to a pedophile ring led by Hillary Clinton and John Podesta, her presidential campaign manager. These business owners and their employees are attacked daily with threatening calls, e-mails and social media postings.

These businesses are being attacked because their owners have an association with Clinton and Podesta. The owner of Comet Ping Pong, a family pizza restaurant, which has borne the brunt of these attacks, knows Podesta; and the co-owner of Politics & Prose, a bookstore that features authors discussing their work and is a staple on C-SPAN, was a speechwriter for Clinton when she was first lady.

Terasol, a small French bistro, owned by King's friends, is being attacked because former secretaries of state Madeline Albright and Clinton have dined there.

"The problem, as I see it, is that people love to hate and once that infection has taken hold, it is resistant to cure," King writes, citing long-running hatreds in Africa and Europe.

He writes, "Hate is at work daily in the Middle East where it is the one thing people cling to: the paradoxical love of hating."

King is also host and executive producer of "White House Chronicle " on PBS and a commentator for SiriusXM Radio's POTUS, Channel 124, Satellite Radio. New England Diary, where his weekly syndicated column often appears, features artwork, photography as well as commentary.

Llewellyn King
White House Chronicle
(202) 441-2702
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