As part of a company commitment to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, Sam's Club is the first retailer in the U.S. to install a significant number of micro wind turbines mounted on parking lot light poles to support the energy needs of its Palmdale, Calif., location. Construction is complete, and the 17 units are fully operational as of today.


"Walmart and Sam's Club are to be congratulated for taking on this major wind energy initiative and choosing the Palmdale store for their first wind installation," said  Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. "This kind of project, in addition to being good for the environment, helps reduce energy costs, which can be passed on to the consumer in the form of lower prices. This project is an outstanding example of the kind of sustainable practices the City of Palmdale is encouraging for the benefit of the environment and community as a whole."

The Palmdale Sam's Club was selected for the test project among all of the Walmart-owned properties in the U.S. because of the great wind resources in the area.  The micro wind turbines at the Palmdale Sam's Club are supplied by DeerPath Energy, a renewable energy company from Marblehead, Mass., and are estimated to provide 76,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy annually – enough to power more than six average American homes for a year. The completion of this project adds to the company's other renewable energy projects in the state, including solar installations at 28 Walmart and Sam's Club sites and fuel cell installations at two Walmart stores in the state.

"We are thrilled to be the first to demonstrate micro wind turbines in a retail environment and pleased this project complements other wind and solar installations in California," said Paul Stone, senior vice president, West Division, Sam's Club. "This project required a lot of collaboration and we appreciate the City of Palmdale for their efforts throughout the process and construction."

Wind power is one of the most environmentally friendly sources of renewable energy since there are no greenhouse gas emissions or pollution associated with energy generation. Wind turbines rotate to convert the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical energy.  

"We are optimistic that this exciting micro wind turbine project at the Palmdale Sam's Club and another pilot location will be successful and that the micro turbines will be installed, operated and maintained while helping to lower our operating costs," said Kim Saylors-Laster, vice president, Energy at Walmart.  "With each new project we learn more that can be applied to help us achieve our goal to be supplied by renewable energy."

In early May, Walmart will celebrate the completion of a similar micro wind turbine project at a new Walmart store in Worcester, Mass.  Moving forward, Walmart plans to consider other locations for micro wind projects as well.

In addition to reducing energy use at its facilities, Sam's Club is helping its members conserve energy and save money. In 2008, Sam's Club converted nine locations in Southern California to include Home Efficiency Centers.  These Centers provide a centralized location to showcase products that improve the efficiency of homes or businesses and include energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) and LED lighting, outdoor solar lighting, high performance furnace filters, high-efficiency toilets and water-saving showerheads. As a result of the success, these key items were rolled out to all clubs nationwide in spring of 2009.  As of June 2009, sales of GE CFLs and LED lighting are expected to help Members save more than $360 million over the lifespan of the bulbs, while preventing approximately 5 billion pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere – equivalent to taking more than 430,000 cars off the road.  

About Sam's Club

Sam's Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., ( WMT). The first Sam's Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Okla., in 1983. Today, Sam's Club serves more than 47 million U.S. Members with locations nationwide, as well as in Brazil, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam's Club saves its members on average 30.4 percent over grocery and specialty retailers by offering superior values on quality merchandise and services for home or work. Saving is made simple at Sam's Club. Visit for more information.

SOURCE Sam's Club

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Wuhan General Group (China), Inc. (Nasdaq: WUHN) ("Wuhan General" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of industrial blowers and turbines in China, operating through its subsidiaries, Wuhan Blower Co., Ltd. ("Wuhan Blower"), Wuhan Generating Equipment Co., Ltd. ("Wuhan Generating") and Wuhan Sungreen Environment Protection Equipment Co., Ltd. ("Wuhan Sungreen"), announced today the appointment of Mr. Ruilong Qi as the Company's new Chief Executive Officer, effective as of April 23, 2010. The former Chief Executive Officer Mr. Jie Xu resigned to devote more time to his other business interests. Mr. Xu will remain Chairman of the Board. In addition, Mr. Qi joined the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Qi replaces Mr. Ge Zengke, who will continue in his role as General Manager of the Company.

Mr. Qi has more than 14 years of experience serving as Chief Executive Officer and a senior manager at several multi-million dollar manufacturing organizations in China. Since May 2005, Mr. Qi has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zhong Xin Guo Lian Investment LLC, an investment and asset management company based in Beijing, China. From December 2000 to September 2004, Mr. Qi served as Chief Executive Officer of Wuhan Li Nuo Solar Energy LLC (SHA: 600885), which mainly produces solar thermal conversion materials and solar photovoltaic generation materials. From December 1997 to December 2000, Mr. Qi was employed as the Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Wuhan Cable (Group) LLC, which was the predecessor company of China Aerospace Times Electronics Co., Ltd. (SHA: 600879). Mr. Qi also served as Vice President of Tian Jing New Giant International Trade LLC from April 1996 to August 1997 and as Manager of China Mechanical Equipment LLC from July 1986 to March 1996. Mr. Qi received a Bachelor's Degree of Science in mechanical engineering from Tsinghua University in 1986.

"It is a great honor for me to join the management team of Wuhan General," said Mr. Qi, Chief Executive Officer of Wuhan General. "I have seen the Company evolve from a state-owned enterprise into the Company it is today and I am excited to lead our growth efforts going forward."

"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Qi to Wuhan General and I will work with him closely to ensure a smooth transition," said Mr. Jie Xu, Chairman of the Board of Wuhan General. "We believe that he will leverage his expertise in the areas of corporate planning, strategic development and operational leadership at large scale global companies in order to strengthen our market position and place us back on a growth path. I look forward to working with him in my current role as Chairman."

About Wuhan General Group (China), Inc.

Through its subsidiaries, Wuhan Blower, Wuhan Generating and Wuhan Sungreen, Wuhan General is a leading manufacturer of industrial blowers and turbines in China and the Company is based in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Wuhan Blower is a China-based manufacturer of industrial blowers that are principal components of steam-driven electrical power generation plants. Wuhan Generating is a China-based manufacturer of industrial steam and water turbines used for electricity generation in coal, oil, nuclear and hydroelectric power plants.

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Wuhan Sungreen manufactures silencers, connectors and other general parts for industrial blowers and electrical equipment and produces general machinery equipment. The Company's primary customers are from the iron and steel, power generation, petrochemical and other industries. Lead by a strong management team, Wuhan General is well recognized for its technological sophistication and quality construction of blowers and turbines. For more information, please visit .

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding our future growth, success of management transition and the abilities of our new Chief Executive Officer, may be forward-looking in nature or "forward-looking statements," as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including all business uncertainties relating to vulnerability of our business to general economic downturn, operating in the People's Republic of China (PRC) generally and the potential for changes in the laws of the PRC that affect our operations, our failure to meet or timely meet contractual performance standards and schedules and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described in such forward-looking statements. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on Wuhan General's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting Wuhan General will be those anticipated by the Company. Wuhan General undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

    For further information, please contact:

    Wuhan General Group (China), Inc.
     Mr. Philip Lo, CFO
     Phone: +86-27-5970-0067 (China)

    CCG Investor Relations
     Ms. Linda Salo, Financial Writer
     Email: [email protected]
     Phone +1-646-922-0894 (New York)

     Mr. Crocker Coulson, President
     Phone: +1-646-213-1915 (New York)
     Email: [email protected]

SOURCE Wuhan General Group (China), Inc.

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IPPAI (Independent Power Producers Association of India) and FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) co-organized an Indo-US Regulatory dialogue titled 'Public Good Vs Private Profit' today at NE Washington DC. The workshop was organized to bring together regulators and policymakers from both sides of the globe on a common platform to exchange the best practises in regulating entities across various sectors. The event was expected to initiate debate and dialogue on challenges faced by regulators and the way forward in policymaking and regulation in both the countries. Some of the key issues that were examined during the day-long workshop included: US and Indian industry perspectives on regulating integrated utilities and challenges faced by public utility regulators in striking a balance between "public good and private profit."

In her opening remarks, Dr. Phyllis Yoshida, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Energy Cooperation, U.S. Department of Energy announced that, "Next week, I will lead a delegation traveling to India for a US-India energy dialogue with the government officials in the Ministry of Power.  The visit intends to discuss the activity status and implementation status of the two MOUs already signed with the Indian Prime Minister earlier this year."  

The Regulators from both the countries opined that U.S. and India have a lot in common. Both India and U.S. have large democracies, both nations have embraced diversity, have been successful in establishing democracy and both the nations have embraced the public and private sectors. "Public Good and Private Profit should not be seen as opposing forces that need to be balanced," remarked Dr. Pramod Deo, Chairman, CERC. It is the duty of the Government to protect the poor and not that of the regulators. From the regulators' perspective there is always a conflict in balancing public good versus private profit. "Should the goal of a regulator be to provide lowest possible prices or continuity of supply that stimulate the private prices?" asked Mr. Lawrence Brenner, Maryland State Commissioner former FERC Administrative law Judge. He further said that the prices may not always be the cheapest at a given point of time. There should be a balanced policy; however, there are always top-down and bottom-up compromises. Mr. S.L. Rao, Former Chairman, CERC pointed that India has tried to move command oriented scenarios to market oriented situations. CERC tried to grow Merchant power market, which was an ingenious solution as it enables private profit and public good. The gas market should also look at a similar solution. Mr. Scott Hempling, Exc. Director, National Regulatory Research Institute asserted that affordability of energy has nothing to do with Regulators that should be the concern of the Government. The Political branches should intervene and see how the prices can be brought down in the public good. There could be a market-based approach, wherein a capacity market should be created to encourage long term investments. It is important that there is always a need of independent regulatory body so that long term strategies could be evoked to harmonize the balance between public good and private profit. Mr. S L Rao, Former Chairman, CERC citing the example of price movement in Indian spot market questioned that when market and trading in India was opened for the first time, prices started moving up and down because the supply was less. In such a situation should the regulators intervene to bring down the prices of electricity?

Mr. Anil Razdan, Former Secretary, Ministry of Power, suggested that India should have a time-of-day tariff as this consumer gets an opportunity to judge its demand and would automatically opt for demand management.  

Concluding the session, Mr. John Shelk, President and CEO, Electric Power Supply Association, said that the Regulators should not make over-promises on price reduction as it is not always feasible to do so in different time frames.

SOURCE Independent Power Producers Association of India

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Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President and CEO of FedEx Corporation, co-Chairman of the Energy Security Leadership Council, and a member of the Electrification Coalition, testified today at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. Smith spoke about the dangers posed by our nation's dependence on petroleum, the Electrification Coalition's detailed plan to end that threat through the electrification of the ground transportation system, and FedEx's new all-electric delivery vehicles. Following are excerpts from the testimony as prepared:

"There is truly only one way to end our nation's dangerous dependence on petroleum, and that is by ending oil's chokehold on our transportation system."

"Now, some may say we are being unrealistic, that electric cars are a pipe dream. But I want to make it very clear: This is not a question of technology. The technology is here. And by here, I don't just mean that it exists. I mean it is right here on Capitol Hill with us today. On Maryland Avenue, just a few blocks from here, is one of FedEx's first all-electric delivery trucks."

"I'm proud of what we at FedEx are doing, but it is not enough. Four vehicles, or four thousand, or even four hundred thousand, will not be enough. What we need is the support to create in a few short years an entirely new transportation system with millions, and then tens of millions, electric cars and trucks. That is why we need to take action. This is not pie-in-the-sky. It's simply a matter of organization, and—more importantly—a matter of national will and a matter of execution.

"Here is what I know, as the leader of a company that both depends on and helps to strengthen the mobility upon which our global economy is built: If the government supports this new path, if it helps to build these concentrations of electrification that are so crucial to jumpstarting a new, national transportation system, then that is a game changer. It is a game changer for businesses like mine, for employees, for consumers, for the economy, and for the country. A new future is ours for the taking, but only if we choose it and support it."

The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization committed to promoting policies and actions that will facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale in order to combat the economic, environmental, and national security vulnerabilities caused by our nation's dependence on petroleum.

SOURCE Electrification Coalition

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Juhl Wind Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: JUHL, the "Company"), the Leader in Community Wind is pleased to announce that Dan Juhl, Chairman and CEO of Juhl Wind, Inc. presented the benefits of Community Wind at the U.S. Senate's Rural Summit held on April 28th in Washington D.C.  The Summit was hosted by U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, the Chair of Rural Outreach for the Senate Democratic Caucus and included business leaders from various sectors.  The keynote speaker was former President Bill Clinton whose remarks particularly focused on creating jobs in rural America through new and sustainable sources of energy like wind power.  

As a long-standing leader in the renewable energy industry, Mr. Juhl represented the wind power industry and specifically extolled the benefits of Community Wind.  "As our government considers ways to stimulate our rural economy, I stressed how local ownership through Community Wind development, not only provides initial construction jobs, but more importantly it provides the long-term economic activity for 20 plus years as our wind farms are owned and operated by our farmer partners," stated Dan Juhl.  "While it may cost $4 plus million to install one 2 megawatt turbine, there is only about $500,000 of local construction activity.  However, that same turbine derives $500,000 a year in revenue – or $10 million over each 20 year period.  That is why we are so committed to ensuring that our wind farms our owned by the people of rural America vs. larger utility conglomerates based hundreds of miles away – and sometimes from other countries."

More information on the Rural Summit can be found at

About Juhl Wind Inc.

Juhl Wind is an established leader in Community Based Wind Power development and management, focused on wind farm projects throughout the United States and Canada.  Juhl Wind pioneered community-based wind farms, developing the currently accepted financial, operational and legal structure providing local ownership of medium-to-large scale wind farms.  To date, the Company has completed 14 wind farm projects and provides operations management and oversight across the portfolio. Juhl Wind services every aspect of wind farm development from full development and ownership, general consultation, construction and system operations and maintenance.  Through its Next Generation Power Systems subsidiary, Juhl Wind now provides full sales and service to smaller, on-site wind and solar projects in addition to its larger Community Wind Farms.  Juhl Wind is based in Woodstock, Minnesota with offices in Minneapolis and Chicago and is traded on the OTCBB under the symbol JUHL.OB.  Additional information is available at the Company's website at or by calling 877-584-5946 (or 877-JUHLWIN).  


This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including statements that reflect Juhl Wind's current expectations about its future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. Juhl Wind has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words and phrases such as "may," "will," "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "plan," "should," "typical," "preliminary," "hope," "approximates," or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Juhl Wind and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause Juhl Wind's actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities in the remainder of 2010 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. These risks are referenced in Juhl Wind's current 10K or as may be described from time to time in Juhl Wind's subsequent SEC filings; and such factors as incorporated by reference.

For more information contact:

Juhl Wind Investor Relations

Contact: Jody Janson

(888) 438-JUHL (5845)

Fax:  (585) 232-5457

Email: [email protected]

SOURCE Juhl Wind, Inc.

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