June 29, 2016 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Upcoming Events

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 14th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
Presented by:Advanced Energy Economy

There have been a lot of discussions around the country of late about the regulatory changes needed to create a 21st century electricity system. New regulatory approaches and utility business models are needed to integrate higher levels of distributed energy resources, take advantage of new technologies, meet environmental goals, and address changing customer needs and expectations. In an industry that has been slow to change historically, there is a lot at stake for utilities, advanced energy companies, and consumers. In order to understand what transformations are needed, it’s first necessary to understand how electric utilities make money today.

In this webinar we will take a look at utility business models and explore the fact that one size does not fit all.

  • Hannah Polikov, Director, Public Utility Commission Program, AEE
  • Larry Kellerman, Managing Partner, Twenty First Century Utilities
  • Coley Girouard, Associate, Public Utility Commission Program, AEE

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 vary, see agenda*)
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

October 26th - 27th, 2016 (*times vary, see agenda*)
Waterfront Place Hotel
2 WaterFront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501
Presented by: TransTech Energy Research & Business Development Program

Who should attend:
  • 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!

Low-income households in Pittsburgh spend an average of almost 9.5 percent of their household incomes on energy bills, more than double the average rate citywide, according to an April report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Energy Efficiency for All coalition. . . The cost can be daunting for many homeowners, but Pennsylvania’s solar policies and the resulting shortcomings in the solar industry here can make the financial hurdle seem practically insurmountable for low-income residents.

The greater Pittsburgh region reflected in this chart includes 32 counties in southeastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania, western Maryland, and northern West Virginia. This interactive diagram is based on the regional energy flow diagram produced for Sustainable Pittsburgh in 2014 by Ethos Collaborative and Fourth Economy, the first-ever analysis of the region’s balance of energy production, consumption, and net imports and exports.

Cheaper renewable energy is allowing more corporations to look at options for generating their own power. But corporate sustainability mandates, rather than price alone, remain the primary driver of those purchasing decisions, according to a new survey from PwC. Seventy-two percent of companies surveyed said they are actively procuring renewable energy, mainly wind and solar. For those that are buying renewables, nearly half have specific renewable energy goals, although the attractive payback was the second-biggest driver for seeking out clean energy.

In an announcement this morning, Pitt said the new Energy Grid Research and Infrastructure Development Institute, or the Grid Institute, will be housed in its laboratory space in the Energy Innovation Center. In March, Pitt began construction on four individual laboratories and administrative offices covering 18,600 square feet of the building, formerly the Connelley Trade School on Bedford Avenue in the Lower Hill District.

Given the tally is from year-end 2014, the most recently available data from utilities' renewable portfolio standards filings, and with regulators, and that 2015 was a record year for utility investment in renewables and that according to the report, "utilities plan to install three times as much solar in 2016 as they did in 2015,” there are clearly some geographies very favorable to finding renewable power and others not.
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