Volume 48, Issue 12- December 2013

Energy&Environment

Coalition Challenge to EPA Rules to be Heard by Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will accept a petition from a number of associations, including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gases. The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is a part of the coalition challenging the EPA regulations.

NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement following the decision:

“Manufacturers are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to review the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations from stationary sources—one of the most costly, complex and harmful regulatory issues facing manufacturers and threatening our global competitiveness. Without congressional engagement or approval, and through a severely flawed interpretation of the Clean Air Act, the EPA has invented an unauthorized regulatory universe that the agency itself admits leads to ‘absurd results.’ These regulations will be felt not only by the nation’s energy providers and manufacturers, but they also threaten to impose new stringent permitting requirements for millions of stationary sources, which will impact every aspect of our economy.”

In response to the Supreme Court announcement, Bill Yanek, GANA executive vice president, says, “This is potentially good news for our flat glass manufacturers. Over the past few years, NAM has been tirelessly battling the EPA over its greenhouse gas regulatory overreach. GANA is proud to be a part of the NAM-led coalition. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will eventually agree with our coalition and grant relief to North American manufacturers.”

The NAM coalition and the other parties to the EPA matter pending before the Supreme Court will complete their “briefing” of the designated issue to the Supreme Court on or about February 19, 2014. The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on that issue sometime during the last week of February or first week of March 2014 and is likely to announce its decision just prior to its summer recess at the end of June.

Heliatek and AGC Collaborate to Integrate Organic Solar Films

Heliatek GmbH, a manufacturer of solar films, has signed a joint development agreement with AGC Glass Europe, already active in traditional building-integrated photovoltaics. The agreement is focused on researching and developing the integration of glass and solar films, targeting the delivery of integrated solutions for the glass envelope of buildings.

“Once developed, this will open up all vertical glass surfaces for photovoltaics. They offer a much larger installation area than roof tops that are the focus of today’s solar building installations, plus there are no additional installation costs unlike conventional photovoltaic panels,” says Thibaud Le Séguillon, CEO of Heliatek.

“This agreement fits in perfectly with our strategy of providing affordable and environment-friendly glass solutions to our customers, the building industry and the community at large,” adds Marc Van Den Neste, chief technology officer for AGC Glass Europe. “I am confident that this solution will open up new prospects for creativity and energy efficiency to architects and designers.”


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