December 2, 2015 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Upcoming Events

December 4th, 2015 [1:30 pm - 2:30 pm]
10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
Nord 356, Case Western Reserve University
Presented by: Case Western Reserve University

Carl Imhoff: Manager, Electric Infrastructure Market Sector Vice Chair, Grid Modernization Consortium Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Mr. Imhoff manages the Electric Infrastructure market sector within Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Energy and Environment Directorate. The market sector conducts advanced electric infrastructure research and product development with the U.S. Department of Energy, state governments, vendors, and commercial energy firms. In this role he is responsible for PNNL's research and development programs on innovations in the areas of advanced power transmission reliability concepts, demand response, development of improved integration concepts for renewable energy generation technologies, policy and strategy for smart grid concepts, and cross-cutting grid analytic tools in visualization and high performance computing.
WEBINAR: Learn about the newest release of the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB)

December 8th, 2015 (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
Presented by: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The NSRDB (V2.0.0) is a serially complete collection of meteorological and solar irradiance data sets. The data are publicly available at no cost to the user and provide foundational information to help solar system designers, building architects and engineers, renewable energy analysts, and many others to improve and expand solar energy technologies. 

There have been substantial improvements in solar data collection and modeling technologies throughout the NSRDB's more than 25 years of existence. As better technologies became available, NREL migrated to these new technologies and updated the NSRDB. In this new update, the NSRDB changed from using mainly empirical modeling and data collected at stations to using a physics-based modeling approach called the Physical Solar Model (PSM). Using this model, the new NSRDB provides data for the years 1998 to 2014 and comprises 30-minute solar and meteorological data for approximately 2 million 0.038-degree latitude by 0.038-degree longitude surface pixels (nominally 4 km²). The area covered is bordered by longitudes 25° W on the east and 175° W on the west, and by latitudes 20° S on the south and 60° N on the north. Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) data sets are also included with this release.


December 10th, 2015 (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
Presented by: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Sandy Glatt with the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) will present a summary of a recent SEE Action publication titled "Sustained Energy Savings Achieved Through Successful Industrial Customer Interaction with Ratepayer Programs: Case Studies". This informative webinar presentation will discuss the experiences of large manufacturing companies that benefited from participation in its utility energy efficiency program offerings. Rick Pettibone, senior energy advisor with Franklin Energy, will also share his behind-the-scenes experience helping industrial companies find success in achieving energy savings in partnership with utility programs.

December 17th, 2015 (10:00 am)
Presented by: Ohio Environmental Council

Presenters: Trish Demeter, Meegan Kelly, and Jennifer Kefer

On August 3, 2015 the US EPA finalized the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which requires states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants using a variety of strategies, including Combined Heat and Power (CHP). The US EPA gave states a great amount of flexibility in how to meet carbon reduction goals, creating an opportunity for the state to take advantage of Ohio's great CHP potential.

As Ohio moves forward with developing a state plan, this webinar will examine precisely how the Clean Power Plan treats CHP and what options the state has to include CHP as a carbon-reducing strategy. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of presenters and review presentation materials after the conclusion of the webinar.

Pittsburgh and other cities are on the front lines of the climate change crisis, and it is our responsibility to address the deep challenges it is creating for us, our children and our grandchildren,” Peduto said in a statement. Peduto is expected to outline city initiatives over the next 15 years for reducing emissions through renewable energy consumption, energy and water conservation, vehicle fleet conversion, landfill diversion and transportation emission reductions. The mayor has pledged by 2030, among other things, that the city will reduce energy and water consumption by 50 percent and convert its fleet to fossil free fuel for a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
“This commitment demonstrates our continued efforts within the city of Pittsburgh to build resilience, and it allows us to think strategically and concretely in regards to our allocation of resources in our budgets,” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said, according to a press release.

More than a century ago, the fight between George Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, and Thomas Edison in West Orange New Jersey, over whose power system was better, ended with Westinghouse and alternating current as a clear winner...

...Now fast-forward 125 years, past the discovery of semi-conductors that make it possible to send DC power long distances more efficiently than you can AC power, past the advent of all those electronic gadgets and LED lights in your home that actually are run on DC power.

Find out more, as 90.5 WESA Radio's Mark Nootbaar and David Conti of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review Interview Gregory Reed and Jill Jonnes

Bill Gates launched a multibillion-dollar public-private partnership today to fund research and development of innovative clean energy technologies intended to lower carbon emissions and improve access to energy worldwide.

Gates, a billionaire philanthropist with an interest in energy, introduced the initiative to kick off the United Nations climate talks in Paris. The partnership was established with 27 other prominent investors from 10 countries.

The Breakthrough Energy Coalition -- which includes Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla and Alibaba founder Jack Ma -- seeks to complement government investments in basic and applied research with long-term financial commitments to commercializing early-stage technologies.


Three professionals in their respective fields discussed how the electricity industry, housing developments and the general population can benefit from more efficient energy while helping to create jobs to offset those lost to a slumping coal industry.

Each presenter spoke at the Jobs in the New Energy Economy forum held Monday evening in Clarksburg. The forum was sponsored by the North Central West Virginia Democracy for America and the West Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club.


In the past decade, wind energy production has soared in Spain, rising from 6 percent of the country’s electricity generation in 2004 to about 20 percent today. While that is certainly good news for boosters of clean energy, the surge in renewables has come with the challenge of ensuring that electric power is available when customers want it, not just when the wind blows.

Analysts propose that variable renewables will depress wholesale prices when they run, thereby limiting their own economic success.

But are these concerns really justified, or do they rely on outdated assumptions about the grid and about electricity markets? These critiques are argued, assuming a static grid and unchanging market mechanisms, can be used to make any innovation look bad. However, more integrative assessments of a least-cost, clean, and reliable power system of the future will factor in high fractions of variable renewables, along with more-efficient markets (and usage) and new technologies to integrate these resources seamlessly and resiliently.

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