July 26, 2016 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Upcoming Events

July 25th - 29th, 2016 (*times vary, see agenda*)
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center

215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803
Presented by: Sustainable Energy Fund

Energypath is the region's largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and passion for sustainable energy in the leaders of today and tomorrow.

August 8th - 12th, 2016 (*times vary, see agenda*)
Sheraton Station Square Hotel
300 West Station Square Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Presented by: National Energy Technology Laboratory

For further information regarding the program content, please contact David Lang at:
U.S. Department of Energy
National Energy Technology Laboratory
P.O. Box 10940 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236
Phone: (412) 386-4881

For questions regarding conference logistics, please contact Karen Lockhart, CMP at:
NETL Event Management
P.O. Box 10940 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236
Telephone: (412) 386-4763
Fax: (412) 386-6486

September 10th, 2016 (11:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Cranberry Commons
Cranberry Commons Dr, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
Presented by: Marcellus Outreach Butler

Marcellus Outreach Butler (MOB), a grassroots group from Butler County dedicated to educating the public on the health and safety perils of unconventional natural gas development, is adding yet another facet to their mufti pronged approach. MOB is not only sponsoring the fourth annual GO Green Festival on September 10 proclaiming the economic and climate benefits of alternate forms of energy, they are incorporating an electric car show and cruise. The show is part of the National Drive Electric Week, sponsored nationally by the Sierra Club and Nissan among others.

The theme of this year's Fair is “Driving to a New Energy Future,” and will feature an electric car cruise whereby owners of any type of an all-electric or plug-in electric vehicle can show their cars and offer rides and drives to show goers. Manufacturers such as Tesla will be on hand displaying their latest offerings.

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?

Together, we'll explore opportunities during Phase 3, as well as additional programs and policies that could take us well beyond the Act 129 energy efficiency and conservation targets.

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!

Among businesses involved in the advancement of clean energy in Pennsylvania — defined as everything from making buildings more energy efficient to manufacturing wind mill turbine blades and large-scale energy storage — the assessment of the state’s policies has been mixed.

On one hand, more people than ever are finding jobs in the industry. In 2015, nearly 6,000 clean energy establishments employed roughly 66,000 people in the state, up 15 percent from 2014, according to a jobs census published last week. Four out of five of those workers were employed in energy efficiency trades: building materials and insulation, LED lighting and advanced HVAC systems.

Dubbed the Clean Energy Savings For All Initiative, the programme represents a tenfold increase on the Obama administration's previous target to install 100 megawatt of renewable energy on federally assisted affordable housing by 2020. . . The White House said that since Barack Obama took office, "solar electricity generation has increased thirtyfold and solar jobs are growing 12 times faster than the rest of the economy."

You probably don’t remember this, but 15 years ago people still debated whether the growth of distributed energy would fundamentally transform the U.S. electricity system.

Sure, there were a million operating solar projects. Google had purchased a smart home thermostat supplier for $3.2 billion. And Elon Musk had grand visions of turning his electric vehicle company into the world’s largest stationary battery provider and distributed solar company. But most Americans had no idea that the grid’s makeover had begun and would soon upend a century-old industry.

Why not? Because 15 years ago the major players in the electricity industry -- utilities, distributed energy providers, regulators and policymakers alike -- had not yet firmed their own approaches to the growing wave of distributed energy. And as a result, multiple potential futures lay ahead.


One of the distinctions we often make between energy and energy efficiency is that energy acts more like a cost, and energy efficiency acts more like an investment. Like most investments, energy efficiency works by using an up front expense to generate a stream of economic benefits. Every year, our Energy Efficiency Finance Forum conference looks at ways to manage these up-front costs and how to use that stream of benefits to turn energy efficiency into a viable investment market.

This upfront expense can often act as a significant barrier to energy efficiency. Buying a house used to have the same problem, but a long time ago, some smart people came up with the idea of a mortgage to help work around it.


The first time I was in Pittsburgh was as a business journalist, writing about labor issues and the decline of the steel industry.

Hulking mills stood lifeless and vacant; ghostly giants whose fall hurt everything around them. In the bars around the old Three Rivers Stadium, talk was not of batting averages but of record unemployment rates. It was a city on the edge of economic death, in a state with an uncertain future, in a country mired in recession.

That was nearly three decades ago.

This week, I’m back in Pittsburgh at a time when Pennsylvania is seeing record numbers of jobs created in a burgeoning new industry: clean energy.

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