November 3, 2015 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Upcoming Events
November 4th, 2015 [6:00 pm - 9:00 pm]
One College Avenue, Williamsport PA, 17701
Penn College - Williamsport

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 final session will be Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Penn College – Williamsport.

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.

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
The TransTech Energy Business Development Conference is being held to promote investment in new companies that can provide solutions to energy, environmental, and economic development challenges such as creating new jobs and more competitive industries.

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!
An Energy Policy Summit Shale Gas Development And The Local Economy: Opportunities & Challenges For Municipal Leaders

November 5th, 2015 [10:00 am - 2:30 pm]
60 S. Lincoln St., Washington, PA 15301 
Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center; Washington & Jefferson College
Presented by: Washington & Jefferson College and The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in partnership with The Local Government Academy
Shale gas development in southwestern Pennsylvania has taken place largely in small communities throughout the region. The development presents economic benefits for those communities through employment opportunities, creation of new public funds, and growth in personal wealth for owners of natural gas. The development also presents challenges for local governments, including additional service and infrastructure pressures, fiscal uncertainties that make planning difficult, and the need to identify ways to diversify their economies.

Speakers will examine these issues by exploring historical and international experiences with resource development activities, discussing public finance issues, examining fiscal stress and identifying best practices for diversifying economies. This program will address what local governments can do to promote financial stability and economic growth, including use of long-range planing, prudent spending of impact fees and investments in community development.
November 10th, 2015 [10:30 am - 12:30 pm]
185 West Airport Road, Butler PA 16002
Succop Nature Park
Presented by: The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF)

Registration & Light Refreshments: (10:30-11:00)
Interactive Presentation (11:00 – 12:00)
Working Lunch and Wrap-Up (12:00 – 12:30)

This workshop is being developed in collaboration with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.


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.

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

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.

December 2nd, 2015 [5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Registration, Reception & Tours 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm]
117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh 15212
The Andy Warhol Museum
Presented by: Sustainable Pittsburgh - Green Workplace Challenge


Keynote Speaker: Tom Szaky, Co-Founder and CEO of Terracycle and author of Outsmart Waste and Revolution in a Bottle

You are cordially invited to join Sustainable Pittsburgh for the 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge Finale and Awards Ceremony. Regardless of whether you are involved in the GWC, during this special evening, you will enjoy being on hand for the revealing of the competition's top scorers and share inspiration from the positive impacts these hard-working participants have had on our region.

For the past 12 months, 87 employers from around the region took actions in their workplaces to be more sustainable and measure improvements over time in energy, water, waste, transportation, and employee engagement. Gather your coworkers and join us at the Finale to find out the cumulative impact of their efforts. See how every action makes a difference for a better southwestern Pennsylvania!

Now that the final Clean Power Plan has been released and posted in the Federal Register, it’s time to get to work. By including energy efficiency in their compliance plans, states can reduce emissions and compliance costs while boosting local economies and reducing household utility bills. Many states are already benefiting from energy efficiency policies and programs, while others are just getting started. Regardless of the past, it is now up to people in states to ensure that their state officials plan for a future where these benefits can be achieved. Here are some ideas for how to get involved.

Our region’s emergence as one of the world’s leading energy centers — sitting atop the planet’s second-largest gas reserve — is established, but gas development is just part of the opportunity before us. What’s the rest of the formula that could unlock even more growth and diversification of our economy and community? How can we fully realize the potential of the shale gas phenomenon?

After 10 years of drilling, shale operators have more natural resources than the infrastructure to deliver it. There’s now more supply than demand, and pipeline builders are seizing the opportunity and submitting plans for an underground network to move through Pennsylvania.

Tens of thousands of miles worth of pipeline are proposed for Pennsylvania during the next 10 years, according to state officials.

Given President Obama’s focus on the climate and green jobs, it may be a surprise that much of what the Obama administration has done on those issues is implementing a bill that Congress passed with bipartisan support and President George W. Bush signed: the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). And it may be equally surprising that eight years later, parts of that bill still remain on the shelf.

. . .Vehicle fuel economy standards, equipment efficiency standards, major new efficiency programs, and federal energy management have helped change the trajectory of energy use in the United States.

Last week nearly 2,000 policymakers, technology developers, and utility representatives from over 1,000 organizations and 42 countries gathered at the Energy Storage North America conference (ESNA 2015) in San Diego, California. Rocky Mountain Institute organized a track on distributed energy storage, where key questions were explored around aggregating DERs in wholesale markets, the role of electric vehicles in the electric grid of the future, and evolving tariffs and their impact on behind-the-meter assets.

In recent years, a compelling on-site power and heat alternative is being adopted which is ultra-clean, affordable and highly efficient fuel cell power plants. These leading-edge systems generate virtually-pollutant free electricity and heat via an electrochemical process, without combustion, where the power is used. They economically address facility management priorities while supporting sustainability initiatives and providing key societal benefits of clean air and low carbon emissions.

Renewables are powering a rare bright spot in the energy industry, with record job hiring in solar, wind and hydro partly offsetting the biggest round of job losses in the oil and gas sector in almost two decades.

The boom in new green jobs is being led by Asia where governments in countries such as China and India are embarking on massive programs to use more renewable energy.


Microgrids have become the darling of the distributed generation movement, which is challenging the old-school electric utility model. As the cost of solar goes down and the capacity of energy storage goes up, these mini versions of the traditional power grid are sprouting up in communities across the world.

. . . Utilities and microgrid developers have a mutual interest in working together directly or indirectly, as many microgrids will be connected to the grid, which can create a slew of technical and regulatory issues — many which still are being worked out by regulators. If an off-grid microgrid is connected to the grid, for example, who should be held accountable — the utility or the microgrid operator? There’s a fine line.


At its core, the BYOB model finds locational hotspots – places where the electric grid needs upgrades or maintenance to meet changing conditions. It then uses customer-owned batteries like electric vehicles, Tesla’s new Powerwall home battery, or industrial-scale batteries instead of new grid investments, to meet that need. This works because utilities can aggregate individual batteries, first in these locational hotspots and, once expanded, throughout their service territory to provide technical services to the grid. The utility will coordinate these services through some degree of direct control, but it will also include something more innovative: it will employ storage-incentivizing electricity rates. These rates will send price signals to communicate when customers should charge or consume from their batteries, and helps them save money in the process by giving them the information they need to most cheaply use energy, both for themselves and for the electrical system as a whole. Thus, the customer, the grid, and the utility all win.
That initiative gained significant momentum at the recent Tri-State Shale Summit in Morgantown, W.V., on October 13, when Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia, Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor of Ohio and Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania signed a three-year agreement to enhance regional cooperation and job growth through the continuing development of shale gas in the Appalachian Basin. The agreement is built upon the understanding that ultimate prosperity flows to where value is added to a raw material, and that this region needs to maximize opportunities to develop modern manufacturing and other "downstream" activities related to shale gas.

As part of the new agreement, the three neighboring states within the Appalachian Basin will discuss ways to cooperate in marketing efforts to attract new businesses, strengthen workforce development programs, spur investments in expanding infrastructure and delivery of natural gas and liquids, and encourage its academic institutions to expand and collaborate on research.
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