October 20, 2015 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Upcoming Events
September 15th - November 4th, 2015 [*time varies, see schedule*]
Locations vary: see details

Presented by: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced more than a dozen listening sessions and a 2-month comment period on the federal Clean Power Plan to hear from Pennsylvanians about the plan to cut carbon pollution. Six listening sessions remain in locations across the state that will take place between October and November.

The next session will be Thursday, October 22, 2015 starting at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Muhlenberg College.

Comment submissions can be made here: or emailed to or mailed to 400 Market Street P.O. Box 2063 Harrisburg, PA 17105.

Participants wishing to speak must register at 717-783-8727.
2nd EPA Clean Power Plan Implementation Summit
October 20th - October 21st, 2015 [*time varies, see agenda* (Registration 7:00 am)]
1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037
Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel
Presented by: Infocast

Infocast’s 2nd EPA Clean Power Plan Implementation Summit will provide the most up-to-date information on the final rule, explore implications of this significant regulatory undertaking and provide strategies on how to develop state plans on the road to compliance. Join environmental and state regulators, ISOs and RTOs, utilities, local distribution companies, IPPs, renewable energy providers, environmental engineering firms, legal experts and environmental consultants to discuss the final 111(d) rule and its direct impacts on power prices, system reliability, natural gas markets and infrastructure. Key stakeholders will receive an assessment of the final rule, hear major state perspectives on developing state implementation plans, address the impacts of BSER on energy markets and operations, and explore the legal ramifications surrounding this game-changing rule. Register [HERE]
2015 Intelligent Efficiency Webinar: Looking Beyond the Energy Efficiency Horizon

October 22nd, 2015 [12:30 pm - 2:30 pm]
Presented by: ACEEE

To learn more about this conference and intelligent efficiency in general, a webinar is being hosted on October 22nd at 1 pm (EDT). In the webinar, an overview of intelligent efficiency will be provided, and an explanation on how Boston has become a leader in using intelligent efficiency to improve city management and provide new services. These smart-city practices are one of the reasons Boston scored #1 in the 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, and why the city was chosen for the conference.

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:
  • Effective strategies to reduce energy costs & sound energy management
  • What's ahead in terms of natural gas prices & electricity rates
  • Energy efficiency & conservation plans
  • Electricity shopping & strategic energy procurement
  • Demand response
  • Financial incentives for solar energy
  • Energy assessments
  • Gas & electricity coordination
  • Creating value to your organization and proven techniques to reduce energy consumption
  • Best practices in energy management
  • Learn from some of Pennsylvania's leading energy experts!
TransTech Energy Business Development Conference

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! 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.
10th Annual Pitt Electric Power Industry Conference

November 16th - November 17th, 2015 [*time varies, see agenda* (Registration 9:00 am)]
123 University Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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 "Re-imagining 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.

November 18th, 2015 [8:30 am - 5:30 pm]
123 University Pl, Pittsburgh 15260
University Club, The University of Pittsburgh
Presented by: The League of Women Voters

Dr. Bruce Pitt will present new research regarding birth impacts. Nationally known speaker and MacArthur Fellow Wilma Subra will discuss environmental health issues, air modeling, and ethane crackers based on her experiences in Louisiana.

Register [HERE] or call 1-800-61-SHALE. Admission is free, but there is a charge of $14 for lunch.

Presented by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s “Straight Scoop on Shale Drilling” initiative and hosted by the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health
2015 Ohio Advanced Energy Economy Symposium

November 18th, 2015 [7:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration 7:30 am)]
75 E State St. Columbus, OH 43215
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
Presented by: Ohio Advanced Energy Economy

At this year’s symposium, you will hear from Megan Ceronsky, Senior Policy Adviser on Climate Change at the White House about the economic benefits of the Clean Power Plan.  You will also hear from Richard Kauffman, the Energy Czar of the State of New York, who is leading that State’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” a comprehensive reevaluation of electricity systems and infrastructure. You will also hear from Ohio business leaders and policymakers regarding the opportunities that lie ahead for Ohio energy users and suppliers.  If you’re in the energy business or an end user, this symposium is for you.

Today we are in the midst of a fundamental disruption of the utility sector, the birth of "energy 2.0," based on sustainable, renewable fuel sources, smart digital technologies and robust customer choice. The cumulative impact may well be a dramatic reduction in the role of monopolistic utilities.

Among the most recent — and potentially the most disruptive — developments related to this trend is America’s major corporations maneuvering around utilities, going directly to independent wind and solar generators to purchase thousands of megawatts of clean energy.

How are companies doing this, and will it prove to be a lasting shift or a mere blip in the long and complex history of power markets?


Low-to-moderate income communities are under-served markets that offer a win-win situation for enterprising energy businesses: an opportunity to gain position in an untapped market and to improve the lives and relieve the energy burden for millions of Americans.

Innovation is essential to improving access to renewable energy, but how can it be accelerated? An expert panel made these suggestions in a live online Q&A

PJM is looking at a major restructuring of its own market design to change how and when it pays for power to ensure the lights (and heat) stay on. But some believe those market changes come with some significant risks – particularly to the role of demand response, or emergency events during which buildings, homes, and industrial facilities are rewarded for reducing their electricity use.

Along the banks of the Mon, the traditional tri-state members committed to banking their energy futures on each other. Two governors and a lieutenant governor of the those states signed a three-year agreement to collaborate on initiatives to grow the shale industry in their region, grow downstream manufacturing – and, hopefully grow their respective economies.

Grid operators are looking for megawatts -- or at least, hundreds of kilowatts -- of flexible load to participate in energy and ancillary services markets. Even if lots of homes can be aggregated to reach those volumes, there are the costs of connecting them to real-time dispatch and verification systems to consider. There’s also the fact that most regulations to allow this kind of aggregated, grid-responsive activity are very limited.

Now a new pilot project being conducted by grid giant Schneider Electric and startup Ohmconnect is seeking to overcome these barriers. Under the pilot, customers of California’s big three utilities can apply to receive a full suite of Schneider’s Wiser home-energy management devices -- Wi-Fi-connected thermostats, smart plugs, remote-controlled pool pumps, and even smart electric-vehicle chargers -- at reduced cost.


"I would not say that anyone has fully adjusted," McAdams told me. "Almost all of the utilities are talking about doing things. But no consensus has emerged. And I'm not sure there is a single right response."

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday over a federal rule requiring that electricity providers give financial incentives to customers who slash power use in times of high energy demand.

The fight over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's demand-response rule will likely be the year's most important energy case.

Demand for electricity can spike during just a few hours a year, and typically 10 percent of our electric system capacity is built to meet demand in just 1 percent of hours during the year. This comes at a significant cost to consumers. The report, prepared for AEE by Navigant Consulting, finds that for every $1 spent on reducing peak demand, at least $2.62 can be saved by ratepayers in Illinois and $3.26 by ratepayers in Massachusetts.

The paper, Peak Demand Reduction Strategy, is available for free download

American Express, Alcoa, Facebook, Siemens, Best Buy, General Motors, The Walt Disney Co., Kellogg, Xerox are just some of the companies that signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge Monday, joining an original group of 13 similarly iconic U.S. multinationals that pledged in July to mitigate global warming and back a UN pact. The original group included Apple, Goldman Sachs and Google.

In announcing big carbon reduction pledges and supporting UN climate negotiations, the companies seemed to have intercepted the political football that climate change has become in Washington and carried it firmly into the economic zone
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