August 25, 2015 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
Energy Innovation (EI) is a biweekly newsletter of the Energy for the Power of 32 initiative.

Energy Innovation

news and events accelerating sustainable development for the power of 32
Details: Upcoming Events
September 2nd, 2015 [5:00 pm]
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, College Park, MD 20740

University of Maryland
Presented by: The University of Maryland
A proposition that a solar device made from a strain-engineered monolayer will capture a broad range of the solar spectrum and increase the amount of energy that can be stored.
September 12th, 2015 [11:00 am - 5:00 pm]
Cranberry Commons, Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Kohl's Lower Parking Lot
Presented by: Marcellus Outreach Butler
Marcellus Outreach Butler (MOB) in cooperation with Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator (SEA) and Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Committee (BMAC) announce the 3rd annual Fossil-free Energy Fair will be on Saturday September 12, 2015 in the Kohl's lower parking lot at Cranberry Commons Shopping Center, Cranberry Township, PA.

This year's fair will incorporate an electric car show in conjunction with National Drive Electric Week (NDEW).  Owners of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars are invited to register to display their vehicles by logging in to:
September 20th - September 23rd, 2015 [Times TBD]
530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Omni William Penn Hotel
Presented by: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME)
The second conference in the series intends to bring together interested parties from around the world to exchange ideas on energy production, including mining, oil and gas production and electrical power generation, and the impacts on the environment and society. The goals of this meeting are to discuss existing and emerging problems, appropriate and innovative solutions, and best practices and techniques; and to develop collaborations and open dialog on the impacts of energy production on the environment. Many of the issues relate to how environmental impacts and energy production in general affect community well-being and human health.
September 22nd - October 22nd, 2015 [10:30 am & 12:30 pm]
Locations vary: see 
Presented by: FirstEnergy PA Utilities
The Energy Efficiency Incentives from FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utilities are entering the last lap. Phase 2 programs will come to close May 31, 2016, so it's important to act now.

Please join for lunch to learn:
  • What is energy efficiency? Join for a deeper understanding of what it means to be energy efficient and why it's so important.
  • Funding options available: Listen to guest speakers from the Sustainable Energy Fund and The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection explain how to obtain funding for energy efficient improvements.
  • The future is Phase 3: There will be discussions on how the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is structuring Phase 3 programs which begin June 1, 2016.
October 6th, 2015 [7:00 am - 6:00 pm]
23 South 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg - Hershey
Presented by: The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance
The KEEA Conference 2015 connects energy efficiency and advanced energy experts involved in utility program planning, energy policy, customer engagement, and emerging energy technology.

This year represents a number of key turning points in energy efficiency and advanced energy in Pennsylvania, from a new phase of Act 129 to new priorities from the state’s new governor. With these changes ahead, now is the ideal time to exchange ideas with other leaders and innovators in the energy industry.
October 28th, 2015 [7:30 am - 3:15 pm]
1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
Presented by: Manufacturer's Education Council

Receive priceless insights into:
1.) Effective strategies to reduce energy costs & sound energy management
2.) What's ahead in terms of natural gas prices & electricity rates
3.) Energy efficiency & conservation plans
4.) Electricity shopping & strategic energy procurement
5.) Demand response
6.) Financial incentives for solar energy
7.) Energy assessments
8.) Gas & electricity coordination
9.) Creating value to your organization and proven techniques to reduce energy consumption
10.) Best practices in energy management
11.) Learn from some of Pennsylvania's leading energy experts!
November 5th - November 6th, 2015 [8:15 am - 7:00 pm *varies, see agenda* (Registration 7:30 am)]
2 Waterfront Pl, Morgantown, WV 26501

Waterfront Place Hotel
Presented by: TransTech Energy
This conference targets the following:
  • Innovators and entrepreneurs: Pitch your company or project to investors, potential strategic partners, and project developers
  • Investors: Find emerging transitional energy and environmental technology companies with near term payback potential
  • Energy companies and manufacturers: Develop strategic partnerships with start-up companies and project developers
  • All: Join the discussion! Let’s build on the momentum of TransTech and generate some excitement about the possibilities for new companies, advanced manufacturing, and competitive industries!
November 16th - November 17th, 2015 [8:30 am - 6:00 pm *varies, see agenda* (Registration 8:00 am)]
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington DC 20001

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
Presented by: The Maryland - Washington DC - Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association

Maryland - Washington DC - Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association's (MDV-SEIA) Solar Focus Conference is the East Coast’s premier solar energy conference.
November 16th - November 17th, 2015 [*time varies, see agenda* (Registration 9:00 am)]
123 University Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

University Club, Pitt-Oakland Campus
Presented by: Swanson School of Engineering & the Center for Energy
In celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Electric Power Industry Conference (EPIC) and its core value of creating industry-government-community-academic partnerships, this year’s conference theme is “Reimagining Our Energy Future – Building Upon 10 Years of Public-Private Collaborations."

The Swanson School of Engineering & the Center for Energy are also very pleased to announce that this year’s conference keynote speaker will be City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.
March 14th - March 18th, 2016 [Time TBD]
5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Carnegie Mellon University
Presented by: Carnegie Mellon University
In 2012, Carnegie Mellon announced a new era of energy research through the creation of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the construction of Scott Hall. Three years later, CMU will celebrate the opening of Scott Hall with its first Energy Week! This event will take place from March 14-18, 2016 at Carnegie Mellon University.

This five-day event will include:
Details: Resources

Upgrading the current systems, turning some into combined heat-and-power plants, and creating brand new energy districts as microgrids, provide the backbone of Pittsburgh's highly efficient, highly reliable, and highly resilient energy offering to commercial and residential developers. In all, seven energy districts are targeted or planned...Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald are the political leaders driving this energy-focused vision of Pittsburgh's future. Pittsburgh's foundation community, led by the Heinz Endowments, and nonprofits like Sustainable Pittsburgh and the Green Building Alliance are key partners in the overall initiative, which is called "p4" -- for planet, people, place, and performance. The goal of p4 is to make Pittsburgh a model of sustainable, innovative, inclusive development... It is all part of Pittsburgh's ambition not just to catch up to what's happening elsewhere in energy-focused development but to leapfrog to the head of the pack. "We don't want to get just the best example and follow it," said Mayor Peduto. "We want to lead."
On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement, the final Clean Power Plan is fair, flexible and designed to strengthen the fast-growing trend toward cleaner and lower-polluting American energy.

With strong but achievable standards for power plants, and customized goals for states to cut the carbon pollution that is driving climate change, the Clean Power Plan provides national consistency, accountability and a level playing field while reflecting each state’s energy mix. It also shows the world that the United States is committed to leading global efforts to address climate change.

In the absence of federal policy, states and cities have tailored rating and disclosure policies according to local needs and political considerations. This has resulted both in policy innovation and widely varying requirements among jurisdictions.

To keep real estate professionals informed of the energy bench-marking and reporting policy landscape, CBRE and IMT have partnered to develop this summary guide that provides a brief overview of the performance rating regulatory mandates in each jurisdiction.
Now that the emissions targets are set, energy efficiency plays a prominent role as a proven strategy that states can use to reduce energy, cut emissions, and boost the economy.  There have been some significant changes from the proposed version of the Clean Power Plan, which includes revised CO2 target calculations, a pushback and expansion of pathways to compliance, and incorporating low-income and under-served communities and stakeholders during the planning process.

Monongalia County Schools is the first in West Virginia to reduce emissions and experience the savings other districts have experienced through its purchase of the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision from their local dealer, Blue Bird Bus Sales of West Virginia...School districts that have replaced older diesel buses in their fleets with propane autogas buses are experiencing a combined savings in maintenance and fuel costs from $4,000-$5,000 per bus, per year.

On average, a gallon of propane autogas fuel costs about half that of diesel and is a clean-burning fuel.

The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization, today released a new report on Maryland solar schools, finding 1,867 public and private K-12 schools in the state could cost-effectively deploy solar energy systems. Combined, these systems could generate electricity valued at over $18 million per year, equivalent to 421 teacher salaries, and produce 165,000 megawatt-hours of electricity – enough to offset the carbon emissions of 24,000 passenger vehicles.

It is time to ask what the summit means for fossil fuel firms. Will it be business as usual, regardless of any deal, or does Paris spell the beginning of the end for those global players who refuse to adapt?

Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), recently highlighted how there was no future emission reduction scenario under which oil and gas do not play "a significant role." She said that fossil fuels still will account for 60 percent of primary energy demand in 2040 even if the world proves successful at getting on a pathway to limiting temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius. Will the carbon bubble pop?

For the past five years, international climate change negotiations have been guided by the principle that the rise in global average temperatures should be limited to "below 2C above pre-industrial levels".

Is this goal adequate? Probably not, according to a report conducted by the UN and launched at the climate change negotiations in Bonn.

The 2C temperature goal was the product of the UN's 2010 climate conference in Cancun, Mexico.

It is often painted as a scientific threshold, but the decision was, ultimately, a political one. For some of the most vulnerable nations, it was a compromise. Scientists say that a 2C world will severely impact agriculture, sea levels, coral reefs and Arctic ice, with the world's poorest people hit first and hardest.

Wind energy in the U.S. is now at 66 gigawatts of installed capacity, according to the report — providing roughly 5 percent of total U.S. electricity demand. 66 gigawatts is enough electricity to  power 17.5 million homes (a gigawatt is a billion watts)...

In the meantime, wind now provides 73,000 jobs, the new report finds. And most striking, it found that the wholesale cost of wind energy — bought under a “power purchasing agreement,” or PPA, in which a utility or company buys power from a wind farm under a long term contract — is now just 2.35 cents per kilowatt hour. That’s the lowest it has ever been.
Deutsche Bank last week released a report which said the renewable energy finance vehicles – known as “YieldCos” – were likely to rapidly outgrow their oil and gas industry equivalents, and become an order of magnitude bigger than their fossil fuel rivals.
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