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Published on January 26th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS


American Water Becomes First Water Utility to Join Alternative Fuels Renewable Energies Council

American Water Works Company, Inc., the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, today announced it has joined the Alternative Fuels Renewable Energies Council (AFREC). This makes American Water the first U.S. water utility to join AFREC.

“We are pleased to join this alliance of industry leaders to explore ideas and innovative practices that will benefit our customers, the environment and the balance sheet,” said American Water President and CEO Jeff Sterba. “As the only AFREC member representing the water and wastewater industry, we look forward to sharing our expertise in developing sustainable and environmentally sound solutions to power our highly energy-intensive operations – while learning from the experience of other AFREC partners.”

As an example, Sterba pointed to American Water’s partnership with ENBALA Power Networks. American Water is the first U.S. water utility to use ENBALA’s Smart Grid technology, which harnesses the flexibility of the company’s demand-side assets to deliver Grid Balance to the electric power system. The technology manages the manner in which electrical equipment – which in this case is American Water’s treatment plants and pumps – uses power without impacting the efficiency of its process or its operational costs.

“American Water’s acumen to implement sustainable water resource management practices and invest in water sector infrastructure exemplifies visionary leadership. Efficiency of water management with economic growth are inextricably linked. American Water’s adoption of water sustainability policies and practices serve as an inspiration to all corporations,” said Rosemary T. McAvoy, AFREC President.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada.

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Source: Business Wire 






Albany Times Union (Albany, NY) January 26, 2001 Byline: MARK McGUIRE Staff writer People are talking about Sunday’s New York Giants-Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl matchup as a throwback game. And what you see during this year’s edition — at least during the commercial breaks — will remind you of a game from a century past: the 1999 Super Bowl.

Computer chips are out, potato chips are in for Super Bowl XXXV (more on that designation later). While the dot-coms constituted an unprecedented one-third of the ads during last year’s game, the collapse of Internet stocks means the industry has less silly money (read: $2.3 million for a 30-second spot) to throw around.

This year, only one in 10 advertisements for the Super Bowl will be for an Internet-dominant business, according to CBS. That’s the same percentage that pertained for the 1999 Super Bowl.

The dot-com spots you’ll see during and around the game (pregame coverage on WRGB Ch. 6 starts at 3 p.m.; kickoff is slated for 6:18 p.m) include commercials by E-Trade,, and EDS. site keenan and kel

But according to the network, traditional sponsors will dominate the telecast. These advertisers include Anheuser-Busch, M&M/Mars, MasterCard, Levi Strauss & Co., Philip Morris, Visa, Federal Express, Pepsi (but not Coke), Cingular Wireless, Accenture, Volkswagen, Verizon Wireless, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Investco and Dr Pepper.

Movies will also be prominent, with ads from Warner Bros., MGM, Universal and Sony, CBS said. According to Advertising Age, Warner Bros. will be promoting “Valentine,” while MGM is pushing “Hannibal,” the sequel to “Silence of the Lambs.” Universal has “The Mummy Returns,” while Sony is looking ahead to the June release of “A Knight’s Tale.” “The history of the game was made by large, Fortune 500 companies,” CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said. The commercials are a return to the traditional, even as the network departs from the norm for halftime.

Rock and jocks While the advertisers are mostly old school, the halftime show will be cutting edge. There will be no marching bands or Disney galas here: Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will do a skit, and music will be provided by Aerosmith and ‘N Sync. If that sounds more like MTV than CBS, that’s because the cable sister station also owned by Viacom is producing the halftime presentation.

Fuzzy math While $2.3 million for 30 seconds of air time seems like a lot (because, well, it is), look at it this way: With an estimated 130 million viewers, the ads cost less than 2 cents per potential customer. That’s provided no one is running to the bathroom or the fridge. keenan and kel

In other words, chump change.

Oh, just give up The national holiday is upon us. Early Sunday evening, we’ll sit down in front of the television, beverage and munchies within arm’s reach, and watch the spectacle that everyone will be talking about for days.

That’s right: “Good Burger,” the classic 1997 comedy with Keenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, airs at 7 p.m. Sunday on WNYT Ch. 13.

The anticipation grows. A world waits.

“The children’s portion is just silly enough to keep the very young in high spirits during this briskly paced comedy of chaos,” WWLP Ch. 22 in Springfield, Mass., reported after the movie’s theatrical release. “And just hope your kids aren’t too inquisitive about why Keenan and Kel conduct their burger war espionage in drag.” In a word: Classic.

This Sunday offers a deli spread of viewing options that will keep VCRs burning. Who can pass on a “Murder She Wrote” marathon (8 p.m. to midnight, A&E)? How ’bout an entire day of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (9 a.m. to 11 p.m., TVLand) with some episodes of spinoffs “Rhoda” and “Phyllis” mixed in?

Sure, there’s some dreck on: TNT is digging into its vault to find some 62-year-old Civil War flick (“Gone With the Wind,” 6 p.m.), while Ken Burns presents Part VIII of “Jazz” in an episode titled “Kenny G. — Love in an Elevator” (6 p.m., WMHT Ch. 17).

But — duuuuuuuudes! — we’ve got “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” starting at 6:15 p.m. on Showtime. You can always bail at 7 p.m. for “Babe” (the ball of a movie about the pig, not the pig of a movie about the ballplayer) on WTEN Ch. 10.

Fine, fine: You want sports. You want the Giants. No problem: “Little Giants,” starring the brilliant Rick Moranis, airs at 9 p.m. on WNYT Ch. 13. If you can’t wait for your gridiron fix, check out “Varsity Blues” on TMC (7:10 p.m.).

ESPN scores with gymnastics (6:30 p.m.) and “Fitness America Pageant Finals” (9 p.m.). Yes, both are reruns, but the sports network is expecting a huge audience during that 6:18 to 10:30 p.m. block.

CBS seems to be the only broadcaster sitting out the night, choosing to air yet another football game followed by some reality show.

We’re not in Rome …

… So the heck with what the Romans do. And while we’re at it, the heck with the Super Bowl’s Roman numerals.

Quick, what did you think of Super Bowl XVII? Was it better than Super Bowl XXIV? I loved watching Super Bowl IX as a kid.

Yeah, like you know what games I’m talking about. Don’t worry: Without a notepad and some addition, I don’t either.

It’s time to shelve the haughty numerals. “Super Bowl 2001” (or 2002, etc.) sounds cooler, and at least you know what year the game was played.

For what it’s worth …

… And it ain’t much: Giants 20, Ravens 16.

Any Big Blue fans pumped over that prediction would be quickly deflated if they saw how I did in the rest of my picks this season.

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