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IEEE-USA Commends 2021 Endless Frontier Act

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The EFA utilizes one of America’s greatest strengths – technological innovation – to stimulate economic growth across our country and workforce. Focusing on ten broad areas of research, the bill invests in our universities and national labs to produce the ideas and insights necessary to fuel our technology-centric economy.

But the EFA is much more than just a research bill. Ideas are important, but to realize the full value of innovation, those ideas must become products, companies, and industries. The EFA recognizes this by creating and expanding America’s technology transfer infrastructure to move ideas developed in our universities into the marketplace quickly, and by insisting that this new infrastructure be built all across the country, not just in areas that are already global leaders in innovation.

Crucially, the EFA will invest in American workers across the technology spectrum, developing their specialized skills through grants and scholarships. America’s technology-based economy needs all types of skilled professionals, and the EFA will make sure that we have them. In doing so, the EFA will ensure that the benefits of American innovation are spread widely across the country and deeply across the American workforce.

“The Endless Frontier Act recognizes that America’s technological and national security are tightly linked to our economic competitiveness,” said Will Robinson, 2021 Vice President of Government Relations, IEEE-USA. “Investments in research and technology transfer are among the most effective and important economic development tools we have as a nation, and the EFA is a welcome step in the right direction.”

The full text of the Endless Frontier Act can be found here.

About IEEE-USA:
IEEE-USA serves the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of 150,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization.

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Helmsley Grants $20 Million To EMI For Improvements To Water, Sanitation, And Hygiene (WASH) In Rural Alaska

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust today announced a new $20,434,374 grant to Engineering Ministries International (EMI) for improvements to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in rural Alaska. This three-year grant will support efforts for sustainable and affordable water and sewer services at the state, regional, community, and household level. The work includes installing and improving remote monitoring equipment in 139 communities statewide to improve operation and maintenance of water and sewer utilities; establishing a regional utility assistance program in partnership with the Norton Sound Health Corporation to benefit 15 target communities in the Bering Strait Region; and construction of community and household water and sewer projects within the targeted region.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that approximately 3,300 rural homes lack access to safe water and basic sanitation. For domestic water supply, many of these residents have no other option than to haul water to their home with a five-gallon bucket. For toilets, a separate five-gallon bucket (commonly called a honey bucket) is used in the home and dumped outdoors when filled.   

EMI has worked in over 100 low- and middle-income countries around the world and is familiar with the tremendous WASH needs in many of these locations, which are similar to the needs in parts of Alaska.

“We are excited about partnering with the Helmsley Charitable Trust to make a positive impact in these remote, rural communities,” says John Dallmann, president of EMI. “Sustainability and affordability are some of the greatest challenges for WASH community development in any context,” according to Jason Chandler, EMI’s WASH program manager. “Appropriate design and technology are critical to success, but even the simplest solutions will ultimately fail if they are not addressing a felt need in the community and cannot be maintained long-term, which is why we are so pleased to have local support and enthusiasm for this effort.”

In remote areas of Alaska, these challenges exist and are particularly compounded by harsh Arctic conditions. To keep water from freezing at 50 degrees below zero and contend with permafrost, unique system design and installation are required that can come at a very high cost. Some of the greatest difficulties are the continual operation and maintenance of these systems. 

EMI is working alongside the Norton Sound Health Corp. (NSHC) and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) to help address these challenges. The NSHC and ANTHC are the regional and state nonprofit Tribal health organizations working in the Bering Strait region to meet the unique health needs of Alaska Native and Native American people. This includes the need for water and sewer services in rural communities and homes. According to John Nichols, the Rural Utility Management Services director for ANTHC, “Alaska has worked for decades to provide sustainable and affordable water and sewer services to its rural communities. In 1995, the Alaskan governor promised to ‘put the honey bucket in the museum.’ While many communities have been provided services, 32 Alaskan communities still rely on honey buckets.”

Norton Sound Health Corp. President and CEO Angie Gorn went further to say, “In the Bering Strait region alone; 370 homes lack potable water, and over 450 homes have no water or sewer. This is a silent public health crisis and many of these deleterious health impacts could be prevented if all residents had access to basic sanitation. This funding opportunity will help our communities repair aging systems, prevent emergencies, and make progress toward the dream of having piped water and sewer service. Joanne Keyes, who represents the Native Village of Wales on the NSHC Board said, “We have been promised that our honey buckets will be hung in the museums, and my community is still awaiting this day!”

The need for water and sanitation improvements is one that Alaska’s own Rasmuson Foundation highlighted in 2019 when hosting philanthropies from around the country, including the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Many groups and individuals are unaware of how their philanthropic strategic interests align with community needs in the state of Alaska, and Rasmuson Foundation works to bridge that gap while making investments of their own.

“At Helmsley, we are committed to supporting holistic solutions that build health and resilience at the community level, and a safe, reliable water supply is at the heart of this,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “In 2021, nobody in the United States should have to live without running water in their homes, especially amidst a pandemic. We are excited to support the transformation that EMI, the NSHC and the ANTHC have planned for families living in the Bering Strait Region.” Helmsley supports WASH improvements across sub-Saharan Africa, and during his 2019 Alaska visit Mr. Panzirer saw first-hand how great those same needs are here, too.

EMI is a Christian nonprofit made up of architects, engineers, surveyors, and construction managers. Since 1982, its worldwide mission is to develop people, design structures, and construct facilities which serve communities and the Church. It says “together, we are designing a world of hope.”

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the United States and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $3 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes.

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S&C Electric Company Introduces New Sustainable Switchgear Design

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CHICAGO, June 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — S&C Electric Company, a leading grid innovator improving power reliability and delivery worldwide, today announced the launch of a new version of its Vista® Underground Distribution Switchgear to support sustainability goals. A sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas-free switchgear alternative, S&C’s Vista green designs use a mixture of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 3M™ Novec™ 4710 Insulating Gas that offers a more than 97 percent reduction in CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, versus SF6 gas.

Presently available in ratings up to 38 kV and 25 kA, Vista green designs are an ideal solution for utilities planning for an alternative to SF6 gas switchgear without compromising on performance. The insulating gas blend meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements for SF6 gas phase-out and does not require Federal EPA reporting for utilities. The switchgear’s robotically welded, stainless steel tanks are hermetically sealed during production, eliminating the need for crews to handle gas in the field.  

“Utilities around the world are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and adhere to regulations designed to track and limit the use and emission of gases such as SF6,” said Mark Stavnes, S&C chief product development officer. “We developed this new version of Vista switchgear to support our customers as they navigate this changing landscape and reinforce S&C’s commitment to sustaining the planet.”

Features and benefits of Vista green designs include:

  • Three-position switches and arc-resistance increases safety
  • Vacuum interrupters and visible disconnects for improved line crew safety
  • Same performance, reliability, ratings, and footprint as Vista switchgear using SF6 gas
  • Lowest total carbon footprint available for submersible, medium-voltage switchgear

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with S&C to provide a sustainable switchgear alternative using 3M Novec 4710 Insulating Gas,” said Erik Olson, 3M global marketing manager. “As SF6 alternative gas technologies continue to advance and become more widely used, 3M is proud to help pave the way toward a greener grid and a more sustainable future.”

For additional information on S&C Vista green designs, including product ratings and specifications, visit sandc.com/vistagreendesigns.

About S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric Company, with global headquarters in Chicago, is applying its heritage of innovation to address challenges facing the world’s power grids and is thus shaping the future of reliable electricity delivery. The mission of employee-owned S&C Electric Company is to continually develop new solutions for electricity delivery, fostering the improved efficiency and reliability required for the intelligent grid. Additional information about S&C is available at www.sandc.com.

About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily as our employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to global challenges at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews. 3M and Novec are trademarks of 3M Company.

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TXU Energy Kicks Off 2021 Beat the Heat Program, Providing Thousands of Fans and A/C Units to Those in Need

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IRVING, Texas, June 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As Texans work to build back from the hardships of 2020, TXU Energy remains committed to helping fill the gaps – supporting the health and well-being of our neighbors. The company’s 23rd annual Beat the Heat program includes drive-thru distributions of new air conditioning units and fans,  summer energy conservation tips, and information on financial assistance available both at the state level and for TXU Energy customers.

“For too many Texas families, the summer season brings stress. Whether that’s worrying about how to pay their electricity bill or facing the dangerous reality of not being able to keep cool, TXU Energy wants to lighten the load,” said Scott Hudson, president of TXU Energy. “This summer, there’s a record amount of assistance available – but you have to know where to look. Our team is dually focused on helping provide immediate relief from the heat and spreading the word about a range of bill-payment assistance options for those in need. We want people to know that help is available.”

TXU Energy’s latest $75,000 Beat the Heat contribution directly supports 10 social service organizations assisting people across Texas. With donations to be distributed throughout the summer, Beat the Heat giving highlights include, among others:

  • Dallas – The Senior Source: $25,000 will go toward the purchase of new window air conditioning units for older adults. This donation helps The Senior Source achieve its goal of giving away at least 200 air conditioning units this year. The drive-thru distribution event takes place on July 17.
  • Houston – BakerRipley: $10,000 will fund the purchase of 550 fans for neighbors across the Houston area. BakerRipley will distribute the fans, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, during a drive-thru event on June 15.
  • Tarrant County – Meals On Wheels: $7,500 will help purchase fans and air conditioning units for seniors and homebound Meals On Wheels clients across Tarrant County.
  • Corpus ChristiMission 911: $5,000 will go toward purchasing box fans for neighbors in need. Fans and box lunches will be distributed at a Mission 911 event on July 26.
  • Abilene – United Way of Abilene: $5,000 will fund the purchase of box fans to be distributed to partner agencies in West Central Texas’ Basic Needs Network.

Summer 2021 bill-payment assistance is available:

  • State Relief:  Stimulus funding has significantly increased the assistance dollars available to Texans, including an additional $134 million to the state’s Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and $1.3 billion to the Texas Rent Relief Program. These programs can help customers pay current, past due, and even future electricity bills. Customers do not need a disconnect notice to apply. For information about Texas Rent Relief visit texasrentrelief.com or call 1-833-989-7368.  For information about CEAP and other assistance programs call 211 or visit 211texas.org and type “electricity bill assistance” in the search box.
  • TXU Energy Customer Relief: TXU Energy continues to provide bill-payment assistance to customers in need through its TXU Energy AidSM program. For over 35 years, these funds, donated by employees, customers, and the company, have been distributed by TXU Energy Aid partner agencies. For information on which social service agencies are providing assistance, Texans should call 211 or visit 211Texas.org and type “electricity bill assistance” in the search box. 

About TXU Energy
More Texans trust TXU Energy to power their homes and businesses than any other electricity provider. We’re passionate about creating experiences and solutions tailored to fit the needs of our customers, including electricity plans, online tools to help save, renewable energy options and more. TXU Energy is also committed to cultivating a dynamic and enjoyable workplace where all our people can succeed. Visit txu.com for more. TXU Energy is a subsidiary of Vistra (NYSE: VST).  REP #10004

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Grupo Simec, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: SIM) significant event (unusual movements)

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Subject: unusual movements in the negotiation of the shares comprising the share capital of “SIMEC” series “B”

GUADALAJARA, México, June, 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Regarding the unusual movements presented today in the operation of identified with ticker symbol “SIMEC” (NYSE: SIM;NYSE-MKT: SIM; Mexico: SIMECB) values, the issuer company reports: are not the causes of our knowledge that could give rise to them and that they correspond to conditions of the market.

Is not of knowledge presented in the movements had been involved members of its board of directors, executive officers or repurchase fund.

Contact:
Mario Moreno Cortez
+52-33-3770-6734
[email protected]

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