July 28, 2015 - Sustainable Pittsburgh

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Register Today! Green Workplace Challenge Workshop #8
"Renewable and Alternative Energy"

July 30th, 2015 [8:30 am - 11:00 am (Registration 8:00 am - 8:30 am)]
799 Pinkerton Run Rd., Oakdale, PA 15071
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Presented by: Sustainable Pittsburgh

Come to this workshop to find out what exciting renewable power related activities leading organizations are doing and to learn about the expansion and affordability of regional renewable sources of power. Renewable power has gained in significance and urgency this year with pending final rules related to the federal Clean Power Plan, updates at the state level to ACT 129, and Pittsburgh's work in resiliency and climate action planning. Attendees need not be participants in the challenge.
Featured Speakers:
  • Lonnie Mattison - Sustainability Engineer, FedEx Ground
  • Sharon Pillar - Project Director, Solarize Allegheny and Vice President, SmartPower
  • Marc Portnoff - Manager, New Technology, Thar Energy
  • Laura Quinn - Sustainability Manager, Scalo Solar Solutions
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The Health Effects Institute (HEI) Special Scientific Committee on Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

July 30th, 2015 [8:30 am - 3:30 pm (Registration 8:00 am - 8:30 am)]
510 Market Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Fairmont Pittsburgh
Presented by: The Special Scientific Committee on Unconventional Oil and Gas Development in the Appalachian basin

Purpose: This third and final public workshop provides an opportunity for HEI’s Committee to present its draft Strategic Research Agenda and to receive comments and questions before finalizing it in early Fall 2015.

The Committee defined research questions that:
  • Collectively indicate data gaps in the literature; they are not findings of impacts;
  • Are linked to the ultimate goal of understanding and preventing or minimizing potential impacts on human and ecological health and well-being; and
  • Apply broadly to Appalachia and other regions
There is still time to register HERE!
Nonprofit Energy Summit with the Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF)

August 4th, 2015 [8:00 am - 1:00 pm]
33 Terminal Way, Suite 331, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The Green Building Alliance
Presented by: The Green Building Alliance and Sustainable Energy Fund

This summit will educate, equip, and empower nonprofits to save time and money on their energy bills, and to enhance their understanding of energy management options. The program will include 20-minute presentations about energy audits, lighting, HVAC, building envelope, plug loads, and energy efficiency. After the morning, presentations, don't miss out on lunch provided by the Sustainable Energy Fund!
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency and sustainable energy
  • Explore effective energy reduction practices that will decrease a nonprofit's overhead expenses
  • Develop a structured plan for achieving meaningful energy reduction
  • Learn about challenges and opportunities in energy reduction that are unique to nonprofits
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Deep Direct Use Geothermal Workshop

August 17th, 2015 [9:00 am - 4:30 pm (Registration 8:30 am - 9:00 am)]
1000 Corporate Dr. Canonsburg, PA 15317
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Presented by: The Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, National Energy
Technology Laboratory, West Virginia University, and Cornell

Topics will include:
  • Geothermal resources (in the Eastern U.S.)
  • Direct-Use technologies including large-scale ground source heat pumps, hybrid geothermal-biomass, and district heating and cooling
  • Geothermal marketplace
  • Geothermal opportunities in the region
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2015 Carbon Storage RD Project Review Meeting

August 18th - August 20th, 2015 [8:00 am - 6:00 pm *varies, see agenda* (Registration 7:00 am)]
300 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Sheraton Station Square Hotel
Presented by: The Department of Energy

The Carbon Storage R&D Project Review Meeting features over 75 DOE sponsored projects from the Carbon Storage portfolio. Projects will span all program technology areas, including:
  • Core R&D
    • Geologic Storage
    • Simulation and Risk Assessment
    • Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting (MVA)
    • CO2 Use/Re-Use
  • Infrastructure
    • Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs)
    • Large-Scale Field Projects
    • Small-Scale Field Projects
    • Fit for Purpose Projects
  • Strategic Program Support
    • National Laboratory Research Network
    • Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research Crosscut Technical Team (SubTER)
    • National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP)
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KEEA Conference 2015: Turning Points in Energy Efficiency

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 our 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.

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5th Annual Pennsylvania Energy Management 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!

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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.

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Renewables Outpace Nuclear in Economies Making Up 45 Percent of World Population: Report

Solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy besides hydro-electric dams now supply more electricity than nuclear in Japan, China, India and five other major economies accounting for about half the world's population, an atomic industry report shows.

Nuclear power generation increased by 2.2 percent globally in 2014, even with the first extended shutdown of Japan's atomic industry for 45 years, but with solar power increasing 38 percent and wind power up by a tenth, energy from the sun, wind and other renewable sources is outpacing that from the atom.

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The $520 Million White House Bid to Widen Access to Solar

Goals include; deploying 300 megawatts of solar electricity on federally-subsidized housing, training 76,000 people in solar jobs and spurring investment in 260 solar projects that would help low-income communities. . .

New figures released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance this week indicated that solar investment is up 23 percent this year over last as of the second quarter.  Investors, companies and consumers all want to be in. According to Wiser Capital, one in three corporate investors say they plan to invest in solar over the next five years while 83 percent have said doing so is a priority. Why? Because solar is now seen as a money saver and a safer bet.

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The New Fracking - How Shale Gas May Yet Transform the European Energy Market

Shale gas in Europe – it’s a revolution that does not seem to be happening. Even in countries like Poland and the UK, where governments are pushing it. However, European shale gas may get a second chance – if US company eCorp is to be believed. CEO John Thrash of eCorp says his company can frack without using any water, with no chemicals and much cheaper… Thrash feels the same. He is convinced Europe needs a shale gas revolution – not instead of an energy transition, as Ségolène Royal put it, but to finance the transition. “This was Montebourg’s idea”, he says, “to use the revenues from shale gas as a route to the energy transition. Everyone knows you cannot instantly go to zero fossil fuels. That would impose impossible financial burdens. Our plan holds the greatest promise of funding the energy transition to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.”

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Swamp Power: How the World's Wetlands Can Help Stop Climate Change

Globally, ‘paludiculture’ (literally, swamp cultivation) could also help to save the world’s disappearing peat swamp forests, which account for around 5% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and an immeasurable loss in biodiversity.

Peatland is waterlogged land with a 30cm top layer of decomposing plant material. Conventional use of the land in agriculture requires draining and clearing, which releases locked in CO2 back into the atmosphere and degrades the land.

“Paludiculture could turn the tide on deforestation in the most literal sense of the phrase,” said Professor Hans Joosten of Germany’s Greifswald University.

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Retail Choice Has Doubled in the US - Does It Matter for Electric Industry Innovation?

Retail environments are encouraging energy players and other consumer-facing customers to get creative. In Pennsylvania, for example, Comcast piloted a partnership with NRG -- and NRG has become one of the top U.S. home solar providers, after acquiring leading independent installers.

It’s not simply about the question of regulated versus deregulated markets, but also about shifting customer relationships. People can choose a third-party solar provider in many states, largely circumventing the regulated utility.

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Company Gets Federal Approval for Hydroelectric Plant on Mon River

If the project is built, Hydro Green Energy would be the first company to operate a hydroelectric power plant in Allegheny County. The project would produce enough power for about 5,250 homes, according to the company.

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Dean Oskvig, CEO Black & Veatch: Physics Not Policy Will Dictate Energy Future

What should policymakers and industry leaders be doing to mobilise the huge investment that will be needed over coming decades to meet energy demand fairly, securely and sustainably? In this exclusive interview Dean Oskvig – President and CEO of Black & Veatch Energy, part of Black & Veatch, the US-based global engineering and consulting company – gives his views based on four decades of experience in the energy industry.

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