September 21, 2016 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Upcoming Events

September 21st, 2016 - September 23rd, 2016 (*times vary, see agenda*)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001
Presented by: Association of Energy Engineers

The World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) is the largest energy conference and technology expo held in the U.S. specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users. It brings together the top experts in all areas of the field to help you set a clear, optimum path to energy efficiency, facility optimization and sustainability.  

September 27th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
9999 Hamilton Boulevard, Breinigsville, PA 18031
Presented by: Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association

Randy Sargent, Senior Researcher at Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab, will present a fascinating time-lapse visual exploration of planet Earth, viewing trends built from petabytes of historical satellite imagery and numerous other dimensions of data collected from across the planet. For this group, Randy will focus on the causes and effects of climate change and explore energy--including fossil fuel extraction and the deployment of renewable energy over time across the US and across the globe. Observing these chances geographically and over time, the presentation will explore connections between deployment rates, policy, and public opinion.  

October 26th (6:00 pm) - October 27th, 2016 (8:00 pm)
Tinkham Veale University Center
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
Presented by: Association of University Technology Managers

The AUTM Smart Power and Energy Storage Solutions Partnering Forum is a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the energy storage sector. Among the highlights will be presentations from our industry partners focusing on technological areas of interest and how to best work with their company; short panel sessions dealing with technology transfer topics relevant to energy storage solutions and related industries; and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one partnering.  

October 1st, 2016 (12:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Pittsburgh and surrounding regions
Allegheny County, PA 15222
Presented by: PennFuture

PennFuture's sixth annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour encourages solar and clean energy solutions by connecting the public to a variety of residential, public and commercial solar installations and solar installers. Each year, this free event attracts more than 200 participants from western Pennsylvania.

Look forward to:
  • Various stops with educational resources & knowledgeable solar owners and advocates at each location
  • Mapped bike paths on each route to increase accessibility and engagement
  • Children's activities & sustainable restaurants promoted on each route

October 25th, 2016 (7:00 am - 6:00 pm)
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg - Hershey
23 South 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Presented by: Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance


Why attend? With Governor Wolf's continued commitment to the Clean Power Plan and the beginning of Phase 3 of Act 129—a $1.2 billion investment in energy efficiency programs over the next five years—Pennsylvania has the potential to be a national leader in energy efficiency and other advanced energy technologies.

Nationwide, this sector of the economy generated $200 billion in revenue and added new jobs at a rate of 8.5% in 2015. Pennsylvania is a national leader in energy production, manufacturing, and GDP, and has significant potential to be a leader in this innovative and growing sector of the economy.

What new financing options should Pennsylvania explore? Could improved rate design help foster energy efficiency investments? How can Pennsylvania leverage the Clean Power Plan and the Clean Energy Incentive Program to maximize investments in energy efficiency and other advanced energy technologies? What opportunities exist for low-income customers and multifamily housing units? What can Pennsylvania learn from other states? What are our cities doing to lead the way?

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!

The paper discusses energy efficiency achievements in several countries over the past several decades and finds that energy efficiency improvements have reduced energy use by 0.6-2.0 % per year, varying by country and period studied. The paper then reviews a variety of recent studies that estimate how much energy efficiency potential remains, looking at studies that estimate efficiency potential out to at least 2030 and, in multiple cases, out to 2050.

As with most things in the energy world, the integrated grid should start with the bedrock of efficiency and demand response (collectively demand-side management or DSM). The benefits of DSM are realized by consumers through lower bills (both from avoiding the fuel needed to make the power and the infrastructure required to deliver it), by utilities through operational opportunities (managing demand opens up new opportunities such as electrification of end-uses without risking reliability), and by the environment (reduced GHG and criteria pollutant emissions help with local and global challenges). The integrated grid multiplies opportunities for DSM for all parties, which can then be seized, and depending on market structure, capitalized or leveraged to maximize benefits.

Global investment in energy fell by 8% last year to $1.8tn (£1.4), reflecting low oil and gas prices and cost falls in the sector, new data shows. Nearly half of the decline was accounted for by the US, where plunging oil prices and a recent boom in shale gas, along with cost deflation in the energy sector, have played an increasing role. China remained the world’s biggest investor in energy worldwide, with $315bn spent in 2015, despite a slowing in the pace of its headlong economic growth. Despite falls overall, investment in renewable energy in 2015 remained robust, according to the International Energy Agency, the global energy watchdog, which amassed the data. The move towards clean energy was driven by government policies, with countries pursuing low-carbon growth.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- There are many tried-and-true tools in the energy efficiency toolbox. Programs in the utility sector that offer customers a variety of rebates, incentives and technical services totaled more than $7 billion in 2014. In the private market, energy service performance contracts totaled more than $4 billion. And state energy offices loaned more than $74 million in revolving loans.

While these investments have led to substantial energy savings, there’s still enormous potential. One study estimated that more than $279 billion could be invested in energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades in commercial, residential and institutional markets in the United States, resulting in more than $1 trillion of energy savings over 10 years. But getting there may require expanding our toolbox. Green banks are one strategy gaining more attention from states and local governments.

Misguided approaches to the missing money problem often originate in a flawed understanding of how energy prices are meant to be formed in the energy market and how they are expected to support needed investment. It is often claimed that energy prices reflect only the instantaneous demand for energy and are limited by the short-run production cost of the highest cost generation to clear the energy market. It is then argued that, since this is the case, some form of additional payment is needed to support investment in reliability, especially as the resource mix shifts to capital intensive, low-operating cost resources.

Green building advocates say the current version of House Bill 568 might have been intended as a compromise but it does not alleviate their concerns. They dislike the bill because it establishes delays — four and a half years — between when the ICC publishes new building codes and when the changes can take effect in Pennsylvania. They also say it makes it too easy to mark an individual code provision as opposed, triggering the heightened standard for adoption.

Lindsay Baxter, the energy and climate program manager for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, said energy efficiency standards and some safety standards “are the measures that are most likely to end up in that opposed category,” because they increase the upfront cost of construction even if they reduce energy bills over the long term.
A study by the Building Codes Assistance Project found the average new home in Pennsylvania built to meet the 2012 model energy conservation codes — instead of the current 2009 codes — would cost an additional $1,400 to $3,400 to build, but would save the homeowner between $7,600 and $19,000 in energy costs over the life of a 30-year mortgage.
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