May 31, 2016 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Upcoming Events

June 16th, 2016 (8:30 am - 11:00 am [Registration and Breakfast at 8:00 am - 8:30 am])
August Wilson Center / African American Cultural Heritage Center
980 Liberty Ave, Downtown Pittsburgh 15222
Presented by: Sustainable Pittsburgh

Commit to making the Pittsburgh region a better place to live, work, and play! Sign up for the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) and attend the kickoff celebration on June 16. The GWC enables employers in southwestern PA to participate in a yearlong, friendly competition where they can save money and receive positive public recognition for their sustainable actions. Since 2011, competitors saved more than $8.9 million in energy and enough water to fill Heinz Field 93 feet deep. Join the cohort of businesses driving Pittsburgh’ reputation for environmental transformation and sustainability. Sign up to compete at

June 2nd, 2016 (8:00 am - 9:00 am)
Presented by: International Energy Agency

As part of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Internal Webinar Series, the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office invites you to join a webinar on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 8 a.m. Eastern Time. During the webinar, participants will learn about the technologies and feedstocks that can contribute to reaching 100% green gas in the gas grid by 2050.

The international webinar—Green Gas—will be presented by Professor Jerry D. Murphy, task leader for IEA Bioenergy Task 37 on Energy from Biogas. IEA is an autonomous international organization that studies energy issues related to reliability, affordability, and sustainability.


June 23rd, 2016 (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
Carnegie Robotics
4501 Hatfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Presented by: Green Building Alliance

GBA's Race to Zero Energy series continues with this look at Technologies and Products: Enabling Building Performance. Compiled will be another wonderful group of speakers with knowledge and perspective to share with building owners, operators, and practitioners alike! Speakers include: Greg Puschnigg, Todd Sandford, Tim Thiel, Gary Sechler, and Azizan Aziz.

July 12th - 14th, 2016 (*times vary, see agenda*)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW Washington, D.C. 20001
Presented by: United States Department of Energy

On July 12–14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host its ninth annual conference—Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation. Partnering with the Clean Energy Research and Education Foundation (CEREF), this year's conference will focus on opportunities to grow future feedstock supplies and break through technology barriers to achieve a stronger bioeconomy.

Attendees will discuss critical bioenergy issues such as:
  • Innovation and emerging pathways
  • The vision for a national bioeconomy
  • Feedstocks forecasting and supply analysis
  • Marketplace Exploration
  • Strategic public engagement.

July 25th - 29th, 2016 (*times TBD*)
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center

215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803
Presented by: Sustainable Energy Fund

Energypath is the region's largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and passion for sustainable energy in the leaders of today and tomorrow.

August 8th - 12th, 2016 (*times TBD*)
Sheraton Station Square Hotel
300 West Station Square Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Presented by: National Energy Technology Laboratory

For further information regarding the program content, please contact David Lang at:
U.S. Department of Energy
National Energy Technology Laboratory
P.O. Box 10940 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236
Phone: (412) 386-4881

For questions regarding conference logistics, please contact Karen Lockhart, CMP at:
NETL Event Management
P.O. Box 10940 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236
Telephone: (412) 386-4763
Fax: (412) 386-6486

It is far from clear, said the University of East Anglia’s le Quere, that the world has yet reached peak emissions of CO2 from energy sources — still less that this translates into a peak in greenhouse gas emissions overall. But with the three largest emitters — China, the U.S. and the European Union — all showing evidence of decoupling, the signs are suddenly rather encouraging. . . But there are countervailing trends. The IEA’s emissions audit does not cover all CO2 emissions. Deforestation for the past half century has been a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, although that too appears to be declining. More worrying — because they are still increasing fast but were left out of the Paris agreement — are emissions from international aviation and shipping.

The increasing demand for energy — along with growing environmental concerns — have led to the engineering of modern power grids with the capacity to integrate renewable energy resources on a large scale. Although demand response and dynamic pricing are often considered a means of mitigating the uncertainties of renewable energy generation — and improving the system’s economic and environmental efficiency — the real-time coupling of supply and demand creates significant challenges for guaranteeing reliability and robustness in the power system.

China and India are building huge amounts of solar and wind power, but a lot of this capacity is wasted as it cannot be integrated into the grid. In China the problems stem mostly from rigid planning processes and compensation systems. In India, the stumbling block is state-owned distribution operators that have an incentive not to increase access to electricity. In both countries, reforms are contemplated but will be difficult to achieve. This important story is told by Max Dupuy and Ranjit Bharvikar of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP).

A renewable energy educator with Penn State Extension-Westmoreland, Mr. Johnstonbaugh is rolling out a program to install large solar systems at water and wastewater authorities in Armstrong, Greene, Fayette, Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland counties. The Renewable Energy for Municipal Authorities Project, or REMAP, is beginning to survey these entities to gauge interest with the goal of selecting the first five projects by early next year... The program was inspired by Broad Top Township, a rural speck in Bedford County that, in 2011, installed a solar system that generates about 50 percent of the electricity used to pump water at its treatment plants.
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