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enLIGHTen: IES International Year of Light Photo Contest 2015
In celebration of 2015 as the International Year of Light as proclaimed by UNESCO, the Emerging Professionals of IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) are giving you a reason to share your love for lighting for the next 6 months. Every month we will announce a “Theme of the Month” to which you will post “lighting” photos related to the chosen theme. You can post as many photos as you wish and at the end of each month, for bragging rights only, we will announce our favourite photo of the month. In August, a group of industry professional judges will select the top 3 entrants based on their photo originality, uniqueness, relevance to the theme of the month, activity and interaction with the public.
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The Richard Kelly Grant
2015 Call For Entries - Grant proposals must be submitted by June 30, 2015.
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The Lighting Handbook, 10th Edition
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Advanced Energy Design Guides: Free Download >

Model Lighting Ordinance – 2011:
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Undocumented Changes - Memorandum >




Roadway Lighting Committee Meeting >
March 26 – 27, 2015 | Houston, TX
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Update on the 2012 Federal Budget for Energy Programs

Yesterday the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water approved a fiscal 2012 spending bill that would provide the Department of Energy (DOE) with $24.7B, $5B less than the Obama administration is seeking $900M below current spending. The measure passed in a voice vote with no objections and no amendments. The bill now goes to the full Appropriations Committee and the House, and eventually faces reconciliation with a still undrafted version in the Senate. The bill focuses on sharply cutting energy-efficiency and research spending that is an administration priority. The proposal would cut $1.9B from DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, a 60% reduction from the $3.2B requested.

The reductions target a wide range of initiatives that have been a priority for the White House, including cuts of $290M cut to solar power, $321M to building energy efficiency funding and $287M to the Weatherization Assistance Program, which funds energy-efficiency improvements to the homes of low-income families. The Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability program also saw a big cut, and to no one's surprise, Fossil Energy R&D saw a significant cut of nearly 20% from last year's level. The subcommittee provided only $160M of the $1.06B sought for DOE’s loan guarantee program, in addition to providing for no new loan-guarantee authority in any technology area. The $160M would cover the credit subsidy cost for renewable energy projects that have already applied for a DOE loan guarantee. Only $100M was provided for the agency's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program, which is $450M below the requested level. In the Vehicle Technologies Program, funding is $254M; $46M below FY11 levels, and the subcommittee declined to fund the President’s request of $200M for a new plug-in vehicle deployment program. These cuts to DOE’s budget crystallize the on-going debate in Congress between Republican priorities (deficit reduction) and Democratic priorities.

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