November 1, 2016 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Upcoming Events

November 2nd, 2016 (10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
WestPennPower State College Service Center
2800 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801
Presented by: Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania

Resources are Available For Multi-Family Housing Energy Efficiency with First Energy Utilities and Duquesne Light Company.  Learn about these two companies' Act 129 Programs for multi-family housing that provide no cost or low cost energy efficiency measures and rebates for energy efficiency measures. These meetings will also include a dynamic discussion with comments from the audience about the merits and challenges of the Act 129 programs.

November 9th, 2016 (4:30 pm - 6:00 pm)
Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201 CMU
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Presented by: Siebel Energy Institute

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with a talk by Siebel Energy Institute Chairman Thomas M. Siebel who will discuss the Institute's activities. The Siebel Energy Institute, a global consortium for innovative and collaborative energy research, funds cooperative and innovative research grants in data analytics, including statistical analysis and machine learning, to accelerate advancements in the safety, security, reliability, efficiency, and environmental integrity of modern energy systems.

Siebel is also the chief executive officer of C3 IoT, which provides a full-stack IoT development platform (PaaS) that enables the rapid design, development and deployment of even the largest-scale big data / IoT applications that leverage telemetry, elastic cloud computing, analytics and machine learning to apply the power of predictive analytics to any business value chain.

November 14th, 2016 - November 15th, 2016 (*times vary, see agenda*)
University Club, Pitt-Oakland Campus
123 University Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Presented by: Swanson School of Engineering & the Center for Energy

The Electric Power Industry Conference welcomes industry leaders, regional investors, researchers, academics and students to a two-day event to discuss and debate the opportunities and challenges of our industry. As the Pittsburgh region transforms into one of the nation's centers for energy production and delivery, the Power and Energy Initiative at the Swanson School of Engineering continues to lead the way in exploring the industry's potential.

The Conference is presented by the Electric Power & Energy Initiative, established in 2007 to provide innovative education and collaborative research that benefits both academia and industry. The Conference would like to especially thank the University of Pittsburgh, the Swanson School of Engineering and the Center for Energy for their continuous support.

November 16th, 2016 (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)
University of Pittsburgh University Club, Ballroom B
123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA
Presented by: League of Women Voters

Among the highlights of the conference: Brian Schwartz MD, of Johns Hopkins University and the Geisinger Center for Health Research, will present the study on fracking and asthma recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine (Journal of the American Medical Association)

November 30th, 2016 (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
Presented by: United States Department of Energy

The Office of Indian Energy has co-funded a variety of energy-related projects on tribal lands that can sustain long-term economic growth. Through these projects, tribes have built the institutional capacity to manage their energy needs, assessed the feasibility of energy efficiency and renewable energy installations, and demonstrated the viability of clean energy on tribal lands. Attendees will hear about successful projects that contributed to over 320 buildings being audited or retrofitted, moved more than 580 MW of renewable energy projects towards development, assessed the potential for more than 4000 MW of renewable energy generation, and trained more than 170 tribal members on energy topics.

NETL has completed the 1st in a series of three videos highlighting the DOE/NETL-City of Pittsburgh Memorandum of Understanding to assist the City in creating a new energy generation and distribution infrastructure. The 1st video provides a number of perspectives on the effort from key city and regional stakeholder organizations including Duquesne Light, Peoples Gas, Urban Innovation 21, and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as introductory and closing remarks from Mayor William Peduto. The videos are part of the Laboratory’s broader outreach and communication efforts under the MOU.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission might have narrower authority to regulate some facets of alternative energy generation than the agency has asserted, according to a recent decision by a state appellate court.

In a 5-2 decision last week that cheered alternative energy advocates, a majority of judges on the state’s Commonwealth Court cast doubt on the PUC’s ability to place limits not explicitly defined in state law on the types of alternative energy generators that qualify for above-market-rate reimbursements for the excess electricity sent back to the grid.

United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Senator Joe Manchin, Congressman David McKinley, and Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin joined President Gordon Gee at the WVU College of Law on September 12 for the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum, sponsored by the WVU Energy Institute. It was one of only 13 Regional Innovation Forum events held across the country.

The event brought together leaders from state and local governments, industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations to discuss paths forward to accelerate energy innovation in the region.

Through this forum the United States Department of Energy sought to engage leading researchers, policymakers and thought-leaders in a dialogue about how these central states will play a vital role in the nation’s energy future.

From managing flooding events to air quality concerns, mayors can’t wait idly by for federal and state government to act. Both of our cities are advancing ambitious, achievable sustainability agendas that are rooted in improving environmental and public health, increasing social equity, and driving economic competitiveness. . .

. . .In Pittsburgh, 30% of the municipal energy is purchased from renewable sources, enough to power 3,500 homes a year. The Pittsburgh 2030 District is an exciting public-private collaborative working to create high-performance buildings that will increase the competitiveness of our downtown. Partnering with the Department of Energy, several migrogrid and district energy projects are advancing across the City.

Washington, D.C.—A diverse alliance is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to expand incentives for energy efficiency in the Clean Power Plan. Led by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), it argues that energy efficiency should receive access to the same credits as renewable energy through the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). The CPP’s early-action program, as currently drafted, puts efficiency at a disadvantage.

“Recognizing the importance of the CEIP as an opportunity to spur early investment in low-cost emission reduction strategies, we recommend that the Renewable Energy Reserve (RER) be expanded to include energy efficiency policies and measures,” states the letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Signatories include a broad array of businesses, policymakers, localities, environmental groups, health advocates, and faith communities.
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