September 22, 2015 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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news and events accelerating sustainable development for the power of 32
Upcoming Events
September 15th - November 14th, 2015 [*time varies, see schedule*]
Locations vary: see details

Presented by: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is announcing 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. Fourteen listening sessions in locations across the state will take place between September and November.

The next session will be Wesnesday, September 22, 2015 starting at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Greene County - Waynesburg Central High School.

Comment submissions can be made here: or emailed to or mailed to 400 Market Street P.O. Box 2063 Harrisburg, PA 17105.

The listening sessions will begin September 15. Participants wishing to speak must register at 717-783-8727.
FirstEnergy's "Racing Towards the Finish Line" Lunch & Seminars
September 22nd - October 22nd, 2015 [10:30 am & 12:30 pm]
Locations vary: see details

Presented by: FirstEnergy PA Utilities
The Energy Efficiency Incentives from FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utilities are entering the last lap.  Phase 2 programs will come to close May 31, 2016, so it's important to act now.

Please join for lunch to learn:
  • What is energy efficiency? Join for a deeper understanding of what it means to be energy efficient and why it's so important.
  • Funding options available: Listen to guest speakers from the Sustainable Energy Fund and The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection explain how to obtain funding for energy efficient improvements.
  • The future is Phase 3: There will be discussions on how the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is structuring Phase 3 programs which begin June 1, 2016
Oil and Natural Gas Air Pollution Standards - Public Hearing
September 29th, 2015 [9:00 am - 8:00 pm]
1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
William S. Moorhead Federal Building
Presented by: The Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing three public hearings to be held for three proposed rules titled, "Source Determination for Certain Emission Units in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector," "Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources," and "Review of New Sources and Modifications in Indian Country: Federal Implementation Plan for Managing Air Emissions from True Minor Sources Engaged in Oil and Natural Gas Production in Indian Country." [Registration]

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 the 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.
October 20th - October 22nd, 2015 [*time varies, see schedule*]
123 University Place, Pittsburgh PA 15260
University Club, The University of Pittsburgh
Presented by: The University of Pittsburgh

Why Attend?
  • Insightful keynote addresses from research, government, industry, environmental, university and regulatory perspectives.
  • Informative presentations and Q&A on critical challenges led by subject matter experts.
  • Interactive exhibit and poster sessions on emerging technologies and valuable services.
  • Unique networking opportunities in an intimate setting.

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!
TransTech Energy Business Development Conference

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
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! Let's build on the momentum of TransTech and generate some excitement about the possibilities for new companies, advanced manufacturing and competitive industries!

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.
10th Annual Pitt Electric Power Industry 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.

Like football, legislation can be a rough sport, and any season will have its highlight reel and its blooper reel. We hope that Congress won’t drop the ball, but will instead score some big wins this year with effective energy efficiency legislation—wins for consumers, the economy, and the environment.

The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that, on average, producing the electricity you use in your home results in more freshwater withdrawals than all of your daily water-related tasks, like sprinkling lawns and washing dishes. Where that electricity comes from makes a big difference in how much water is involved, though. Thirsty energy sources like coal can take 20,000 gallons per megawatt-hour to 50,000 gallons per megawatt-hour, while wind power requires almost no water at all.

Twenty regional, provincial and state governments from around the globe committed to reduce their carbon emissions within 15 years by 7.9 gigatons — an amount similar to the total yearly emissions from the United States.

After all this success with energy efficiency, what’s left? Have we reached the limit of how much energy efficiency we can squeeze out of our economy? This is a particularly vexing question for utilities and organizations that run efficiency programs for utility customers. While we're achieving higher overall savings from energy efficiency than ever before, a variety of factors are limiting the amount of such savings that efficiency programs can harvest:
  • Building energy codes have become more stringent—requiring higher energy efficiency for new construction and major renovations.
  • Appliance and equipment standards have increased.
  • The number of customers who haven’t participated in relevant energy efficiency programs has diminished due to the success of some programs serving large numbers of customers.

Known as the Long Island Community Microgrid Project, this effort will rely on local solar and energy storage to meet the area's growing electricity needs. Through this approach, renewable energy will provide nearly 50% of the local electricity consumed and set the stage for the utility to avoid investing hundreds of millions of its customers' dollars into new generation and transmission.

"By transforming the built environment to be more energy-efficient and climate-friendly," the report states, "the building sector can play a major role in reducing the threat of climate change."

The idea is to give designers a clearer picture of the resources their project will use—things like storm-water impact, water and energy usage, and greenhouse gas emissions—while they are in the design phase.


“Governments and NGOs have for years been talking about how energy-efficiency is the low hanging fruit, which can bring a healthy return on investment,” says Steven Fawkes. “But, despite the actions of a few market leaders such as M&S, investing in it is not as easy as it’s made out to be, otherwise everybody would be doing it. We want to change that. We want to make it become a standardised product and then an indispensable part of every institutional investor’s portfolio.”

Cole said she’s worried that many laid off miners aren’t serious enough about pursuing other types of work, opting to hold out for callbacks.

She noted that earlier this summer, when Murray Energy Corp. idled 170 miners at the Blacksville Mine No. 2, just over the Greene County border in Blacksville, W.Va., her office launched a “rapid response” program to reach out to the affected miners, renting a VFW hall for the day and lining up employment counselors and others to help with everything from finding new jobs to earning a general education development diploma.

She said just eight of the idled miners came to the event.


If Pennsylvania is to take full advantage of its shale boom, industry leaders and observers say it needs projects such as a revitalized Marcus Hook Industrial Complex to move products across state lines and overseas while attracting manufacturers to set up close by.
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