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Executive Energy Leadership Program:
2017 Call for Applications

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking applicants for its 2017 Executive Energy Leadership Program-Energy Execs.

Energy Execs provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders throughout the country an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related decisions and planning.

Leaders in the private sector, communities, non-profits, and government are eligible to participate in the program. The program requires travel to Golden, Colo., June 21 - 23, July 19 - 21, Aug. 16 - 18, and Sept. 20 - 22.

Participants will be selected from a national pool of candidates. Since 2007, representatives from more than 250 industry, government, and non-profit organizations have completed the program.

Apply online at the Energy Execs Program website. The application deadline is March 31, 2017.

For more information, contact Sarah Barba at 303-275-3023 or email energyexecs@nrel.gov.

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WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8:00 A.M.-6:30 P.M.

WHERE: The Fletcher School at Tufts University, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

The conference this year will offer a forum for cross-sector discourse on the challenges and opportunities associated with global energy access.

What is the Tufts Energy Conference?

The Tufts Energy Conference is an annual event that brings together professionals, students, and experts from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to discuss critical global energy issues. The conference is organized entirely by students from a broad range of backgrounds including engineering, international affairs, urban planning, and economics. From a two-panel event in 2006, TEC has grown into one of the largest entirely student-run energy conferences in the region, attracting nearly 400 attendees each year.

This year, we seek to spur thought, conversation, and creative action around the topic of Innovation for Global Energy Access. The event will explore the essential role of innovation in expanding global energy access through three avenues: Partnerships & Funding, Technological Innovation, and Policy & Regulation.


What has the Tufts Energy Conference done in the past?
For more information about previous conferences, visit:


Update from the Marrakech Climate Change Summit

When: Monday, December 12, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Room G11, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE, Washington DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing discussing the outcomes of the recently concluded international climate change summit (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco. The summit drew representatives from more than 190 countries to discuss the implementation of the historic Paris Climate Agreement, making it a vital discussion that will impact everything from global commerce and foreign relations to electricity generation and agriculture.

Christo Artusio

The speaker for this forum is Christo Artusio, Director, Office of Global Change, U.S. Department of State

Countries ratified the Paris Agreement at a rate unprecedented for an international treaty of such magnitude, allowing it to enter into force on November 4. Over 110 nations accounting for nearly 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions have joined the growing coalition that has already ratified the agreement and are working to limit manmade climate change. The United States remains a key leader in advancing climate solutions on the international stage. During COP22, it announced a cross-cutting domestic plan for meeting its obligations under the Paris Agreement. The presentation will delve into core components of America's long-term climate strategy, how the proceedings at COP22 may influence that strategy, and the important ongoing partnerships between the United States and other nations to pursue climate-related goals.

At the Department of State since 2001, Christo Artusio currently leads its Office of Global Change. He is an expert in international climate diplomacy and the United States' role in climate treaty negotiations. The Office of Global Change focuses on addressing a variety of international climate change issues by pursuing collaborative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions both domestically and internationally. The Office operates under the guidance of the Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing.

25th Annual Bingham Greenbaum Doll LegCon:
Indiana Convention Center, Dec. 14

When: December 14, 2016
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46225

About: The 25th Annual Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP (BGD) Legislative Conference has been approved for 8.0 General/1.0 Ethics CLE hours. Confirmed speakers and agenda topics are listed below. Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA).


Featuring the following elected officials (in alphabetical order):

  • Rep. Robert Behning (R), Chair, House Committee on Education
  • Rep. Brian C. Bosma (R), Esq., House Speaker
  • Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R), Esq., Chair, Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services
  • Rep. Bob Cherry (R), Vice Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Mayor Scott Fadness, City of Fishers, Indiana
  • Rep. Randy Frye (R), Chair, House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee
  • Sen. Brandt Hershman (R), Esq., Senate Majority Floor Leader
  • Curtis Hill, Esq., Attorney General-Elect
  • Eric Holcomb, Governor-Elect
  • Sen. Luke Kenley (R), Esq., Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee
  • Sen. Dennis Kruse (R), Chair, Senate Education & Career Development Committee
  • Sen. Tim Lanane (D), Esq., Senate Minority Leader
  • Sen. Jim Merritt (R), Esq., Majority Caucus Chair
  • Rep. Scott Pelath (D), House Minority Leader
  • Rep. Greg Porter (D), House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Rep. Ed Soliday (R), Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Chair, House Committee on Roads and Transportation
  • Sen. Karen Tallian (D), Esq., Ranking Minority Member, Senate Appropriations

Featuring the following confirmed panelists (in alphabetical order):

  • Matt Bell, President & Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Casino Association
  • Eric Berman, WIBC/Network Indiana Statehouse Bureau Chief
  • Cristal Brisco, Esq., Corporation Counsel, City of South Bend
  • Dan Carden, Statehouse Bureau Chief, Northwest Indiana Times
  • Dr. Frank Chaloupka, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Wendy Dant Chesser, President & Chief Executive Officer, One Southern Indiana
  • Rich Cooper, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ports of Indiana
  • Gerry Dick, President, Grow Indiana Media Ventures, LLC; Creator and Host, Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick
  • Ed Feigenbaum, Esq., Publisher, INGroup
  • Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee, EdD, Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Mark Fisher, Vice President of Government Relations and Policy Development, Indy Chamber
  • Ian Flanagan, Esq., Infrastructure Advisory Director, KPMG
  • Sara Gonso Tait, Esq., Executive Director, Indiana Gaming Commission
  • Brian Gould, Government Affairs Director, Indiana Associations of Cities and Towns
  • Matt Greller, President & Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Associations of Cities and Towns
  • Bill Hanna, Esq., President & Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority
  • Chuck Harris, Esq., Executive Director/General Counsel, Indiana Lobby Registration Commission
  • Niki Kelly, State Government & Political Reporter, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
  • Dr. Timothy Kelly, MD, Medical Director of Addiction Treatment Services for Community Hospital Behavioral Care Services
  • John Ketzenberger, President, Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Teresa Meredith, President, Indiana State Teachers Association
  • Tiffany Mulligan, Esq., Chief Legal Counsel, Indiana Office of Inspector General
  • Jim Shella, Statehouse Political Reporter, WISH-TV (Ret.)
  • Jon Schwantes, Host, Indiana Lawmakers, WFYI-TV
  • Tristan Vance, Director, Indiana Office of Energy Development
  • Dr. Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH, Deputy State Health Commissioner
  • John P. Warren, Tribal Council Chairman, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians​

Keynote Address by Doris Kearns Goodwin:
"How Did We Get Here? A Historical Perspective on Our Wild 2016 Election"



  • Healthcare: The Opioid Addiction Crisis
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Ethics Update
  • Assuring Utility in our Utilities; Analyzing Indiana's Utility Policy and Framework
  • The Budget
  • Legislative Leadership
  • Gaming
  • Infrastructure
  • Local Government
  • Statehouse Press/Journalist Panel

Plenary and breakout sessions will be held in the morning and afternoon; view the full agenda for details.

Join NYSERDA and energy industry partners in the cleantech arena for a two-part event dedicated to solutions harnessing the integration of distributed generation clean energy technologies.

Day 1 - December 7
Take part in a conference focused on the benefits of integrating solar PV, CHP, and battery/fuel cell technologies. Conference will explore the value proposition and market potential of integrated/hybrid solutions, market hurdles, and possible corrective action strategies and interventions.

Day 2 - December 8
Exhibit your products, systems, and services to hundreds of building owners and operators looking for new ways to save energy and money.

For information on exhibiting and participation, please contact NYSERDA at On‑SitePower@nyserda.ny.gov.

17 Columbia Circle  |  Albany, NY 12203-6399
1359 Broadway, 19th Floor  |  New York, NY 10018-7842
726 Exchange Street  |  Suite 821  |  Buffalo, NY 14210

HOMER International Microgrid Conference

WHEN: November 7-8, 2016 

WHERE: Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY 

Two-day program that examines the business models, optimal technology mix, and critical steps for successfully deploying microgrid systems in remote, island, and grid-connected environments. The emphasis is on refining the business model as well as effectively planning, designing, and deploying microgrids.

Pyrolysis Oil Markets: B2B Conference

WHEN: Nov. 22-23, 2016

WHERE: Beurs World Trade Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Description: First conference focused on pyrolysis oil markets. Pyrolysis oil is a renewable liquid fuel made from biomass. Twice as energy dense as wood pellets, it can replace fossil oil in many industrial, commercial and residential applications. Conference organizer: World Bioenergy Association.

Agenda overview: One-day B2B Workshop on Nov. 22, followed on Nov. 23 by a tour of world's newest pyrolysis oil plant, the 100 tpd Empyro plant at Hengelo.

IEA-DHC International Symposium on District Heating and Cooling

Overview: The 2016 International Symposium on District Heating and Cooling is the world's gathering place for district heating and cooling experts from academia and industry. It's where new networks are built and newest knowledge is shared: in the event halls, in and around sessions, along the industry tour and in various special events. The symposium brings together academic and industrial researchers from different countries to keep in touch with the latest research and development trends in the field of district heating and cooling.

WHEN: September 4–7, 2016 

WHERE: The-K Hotel (Seoul, Korea)

Important Dates:

  • Submission of Abstract for Review - February 26, 2016
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification - March 18, 2016
  • Submission of Paper - April 29, 2016
  • Notification of Paper Acceptance - May 27, 2016

Categories for papers for 2016 Symposium

  • Urban energy systems, planning and development
  • Resource efficiency and environmental performance
  • Key elements in District Heating and Cooling systems
  • Customer relations and market issues



Korea District Heating and Cooling Association

Email: info@DHC2016.kr

Tel :+82-070-7858-0611 Fax :+82(0)2-555-4447

Categories for papers for 2016 Symposium

  • Urban energy systems, planning and development
  • Resource efficiency and environmental performance
  • Key elements in District Heating and Cooling systems
  • Customer relations and market issues


WORKSHOP: Combined Heat and Power Opportunities for Michigan Healthcare Providers

OVERVIEW: Join the US DOE Midwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Center, the Michigan Agency for Energy and members of the Michigan Society for Healthcare Engineering and the Southeast Michigan Society for Healthcare Engineering to discuss how CHP can benefit the healthcare industry. 

This workshop will explore the steps necessary for end-users to implement a successful CHP project, from initial screening to equipment installation.  The workshop will also outline the complimentary technical assistance provided by the TAP to any and all end-users interested in CHP solutions.  Representatives from all across the healthcare and CHP industries will be on hand to speak and answer any questions you might have. 

Your $29 registration includes full hot breakfast buffet, networking break, and plated lunch.

WHEN: Mon., August 22, 2016, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, 2 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226

CONTACT: Graeme Miller,U.S. Department of Energy's CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships:  gmille7@uic.edu, 312-996-3711

2016 Energy Efficiency Global Forum


In 2007, hundreds of international leaders and delegates came together for what has become the most influential gathering of energy efficiency professionals in the world: the Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global). Over the last nine years, EE Global has traveled the world and earned an international following of experts and leaders responsible for driving the future of energy efficiency.

In 2016, this exclusive forum will explore how utilities, regulators, legislators and companies are incorporating cost-effective energy efficiency measures into their business to help meet increasing demand. Attendees will experience the same brand of high-level networking, partnership building, and action inspiring energy efficiency discourse they have come to expect all while discussing how energy efficiency can be made into a sustainable and scalable business strategy.

EE Global is an invitation-only opportunity to join hundreds of executives and policymakers from across sectors, disciplines, and borders. The energy efficiency elite will convene in Washington, D.C. for two days with a goal of advancing the productivity and profitability of energy efficiency. Learn More »

EE Global is hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy - a nonprofit coalition of business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders. Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and energy security. For more information about the Alliance, including our Associates membership program, please visit www.ase.org.

WHEN: May 11–12, 2016

WHERE: EE Global will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center: 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW

Washington, D.C. 20001-3614 www.dcconvention.com; 202.249.3000 • 800.368.9000


New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids with Lessons Learned in New York: "Industry Peers Chart a Course to Advance Microgrids"

"New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids Nationally with Lessons Learned in New York" is a one-day gathering on May 19, 2016 of the most noted leaders in the microgrid industry.

Leading this discussion, Rob Thornton, President & CEO of IDEA and his panelists will chart a course to advance microgrid adoption. Microgrid leaders will have the opportunity to discuss policies and programs that will remove the hurdles to distributed energy. The session welcomes audience participation via instant polling. The results, shown immediately, will be used to spur discussion and set a course to advance microgrids. Click Here to See the Full Agenda

WHEN: May 19th, 2016 | 8:00AM - 6:00PM

WHERE: The Millennium Broadway, New York City

WHY: Connect with over 100 utility executives, microgrid financiers, commercial and campus energy managers, prospective microgrid customers, regulators, policymakers, developers and suppliers of microgrid products and services. 

Special Offer for IDEA Members:

IDEA MEMBERS: Members of the International District Energy Association get 15% off their conference registration. 

Use Promo Code: IDEA



The Power Behind High-Performance Hospitals


Discover how an integrated energy system can help:

  • Enhance reliability and provide 100% redundancy for power needs
  • Improve traditional system efficiency - from 30-35% to 70-73%
  • Provide tangible environmental and sustainability benefits
  • Reduce overall energy costs

Join us on June 15 for lunch, a productive healthcare dialogue and a tour of Princeton Healthcare System's new facility.

When: June 15, 2016 from 12 - 4 p.m.

Where: University Medical Center of Princeton Campus, Plainsboro, NJ 08536: Meet at Punia Blvd. and Plainsboro Road. Look for event signage to shuttle.


Contact:  Kimberly.carpenter@nrg.com

OSEA Policy Workshops in
Ottawa, Paris, Sault Ste. Marie and Markham

Oh behalf of our colleagues at the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA):

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is conducting a workshop series to review its policy positions and long-term policy strategy. The goal of the workshop series is to get feedback from the OSEA membership and the larger OSEA network on its current positions to ensure that they reflect the interests, needs and views of the membership.

You are cordially invited to join us for one or more of the upcoming sessions held in Ottawa for Eastern Ontario, in Paris for Western Ontario, in Sault Ste. Marie for Northern Ontario and in Markham for the GTA area. If you are currently a member of OSEA, this is an important opportunity for you to weigh in and help shape the direction of the organization. If you are not yet a member of OSEA, this is your chance to get to know the organization and to find out, if we are the right fit for you.

The basis of discussion will be this Draft Policy Positions Document. We kindly ask that anyone planning to attend review it in advance to be ready to discuss those topics that are of most interest and importance to them during the meetings.

While the main purpose is to gain input from OSEA members, non-members are invited to share their thoughts with us. The session will be professionally facilitated, using a modified "open space technology" approach - this will ensure that every participant has the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution.

You are invited to join us for any of the following sessions. Please follow the provided link to register for the session(s) you wish to attend:


Date: February 25, 2016 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: La Charrette, 460 West Hunt Club Road (at Merivale)
Registration Link: http://oseaworkshop-ottawa.eventbrite.ca 


Date: February 29, 2016 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: The Brant Sports Complex, 944 Powerline Road
Registration Link: https://osea.wildapricot.org/event-2169065


Date: March 3, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, 1520 Queen Street East, Suite BT 200 (Boardroom)
Registration Link: https://osea.wildapricot.org/event-2169064


Date: March 9, 2016 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Blvd, Canada Room
Registration Link: https://osea.wildapricot.org/event-2170036

The feedback from the sessions will be gathered and consolidated into a final policy position draft document that is to be ratified by the membership during the upcoming Annual General Meeting on March 31, 2016.

We look forward to seeing you! If you have questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us at 416.977.4441 x 3 or email Nicole@ontario-sea.org.


Nicole Risse
Interim Executive Director


Where: Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass.

When: March 9-10, 2016

Presented by: Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

Decision makers from business, industry and government must now seek integrated energy solutions - solutions which assure both a secure and affordable energy supply to meet today's and tomorrow's needs, and effective management of energy and overall operational costs. The event includes a technical conference, technical training seminars and the GLOBALCON Expo. The Expo will emphasize four critical areas of leading edge technology and related services:

  • Energy Management, HVAC and Smart Building Systems
  • Renewables, Alternative Energy and Onsite Generation
  • Lighting Efficiency and Integrated Energy Solutions
  • Plant and Facilities Management

More information and registration.

NREL Exec Energy


NREL 2016 Executive Energy Leadership Program

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Executive Energy Leadership Program. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Program, also known as Energy Execs, provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders throughout the country an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related decisions and planning. Leaders in the private sector, communities, non-profits and government are eligible to participate in the program. The program requires travel to Golden, Colorado for participation in monthly three-day sessions from June through September.

Application deadline: March 31, 2016.


Combined Heat and Power: Project Development and Related Technologies

Where: Midwest Conference Center — 401 N. Lake St., Northlake, IL 60164

When: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 7:15 AM to 1:00 PM CST

Presented by: Midwest Cogeneration Association (MCA) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Join the MCA and IEEE as we spend a half day discussing the concepts, benefits, and opportunities of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) that generate electricity and thermal energy for commercial, institutional, and industrial applications. 

Get more information


Cities of Tomorrow Feb 2-3, 2016 — Showcase and Student Ideas Competition

Where: Daniels Spectrum | MAP
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 2B7

Tuesday, February 2, 2016:  Registration opens at 12 Noon; Program runs from 1PM - 5:30PM
Wednesday, February 3, 2016: Program runs from 8AM - 5:30PM


The Cities of Tomorrow Showcase is Ontario's Big City Mayors celebration of municipal policy innovation, in partnership with the Canadian Urban Institute and our founding sponsor IBM.
Just prior to the event, the mayors will hold an on-site meeting to discuss the issues facing Ontario's big cities. Following this, the mayors hope you will join them for the two-day event featuring keynote presentations, the student competition, and several panels discussing infrastructure planning and development policy in Ontario.

See the agenda online for the most recent details.

The Competition
Watch as Ontario post-secondary students compete to find the best innovative policy ideas that can help meet the urban challenges of tomorrow. Student teams submitted proposals over the course of the 2014-2015 school year to be considered for the Showcase. Our expert judging panel selected 12 teams from the submitted projects, placing each in one of 4 categories: Infrastructure, Job Creation, Affordable Housing, and Financing Infrastructure. Click to read the student submissions online. Winners will be selected by a judging panel at the Showcase in 'dragon's den' style, based on 15 minute presentations and a 10 minutes Q&A with judges. Judges will include Ontario mayors, industry experts and academe.




27th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre


When: November 17 + 18, 2015

The electricity sector is entering a phase of unprecedented change. New drivers in technology, policy and regulation are transforming the determinants of success. What are the new rules of engagement? How will the new entrants affect your business in the sector?

Be part of the process as the managers of the system address market evolution, the design of Ontario's cap-and-trade system, adapt to the potential for widespread growth of DG, DR, storage and microgrids, the challenges of the duck curve, and much more.

Hear from these important Keynotes speakers:

  • Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Energy
  • Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
  • Hon. Joseph T. Kelliher, Executive Vice President, NextEra Energy Inc.; Former Chair of FERC
  • Rosemarie Leclair, Chair & CEO, Ontario Energy Board
  • Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO of Bruce Power

The Canadian power industry's networking hub for power professionals, APPrO 2015 is a comprehensive event spanning all commercial technologies. With unrivalled content and top-notch speakers APPrO 2015 provides the big picture for power in Canada.


Registration assistance: Soraya Rivera soraya.rivera@appro.org 416-322-6549 ext. 223

Sponsorship + Exhibit: Carole Kielly carole.kielly@appro.org 416-322-6549 ext 226

APPrO Office: 416-322-6549


Organized by American Ground Water Trust

When: December 8, 2015,  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
FHI350 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave NW, Floor 8, Washington, DC 20009



Underground Thermal Energy Stores (UTES) includes Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) and Borehold Thermal Energy Storage (BTES) designs for large-scale building heating & cooling.

FREE WEBINAR: Case study on the benefits of installing CHP in the particle board industry

OPRA Turbines is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced radial gas turbines and gas turbine powered generator sets for institutional, industrial and oil & gas applications. OPRA is pleased to invite you to join our webinar on installing a combined heat and power (CHP) system. The example in this webinar is an installation for the particle board industry.

This webinar will familiarize you with smaller gas turbine technology and provide ideas and solutions for cogeneration, in this case at particle board mills. You are welcome to pass on this invitation to anyone you feel might find this interesting.

Date:   Thursday, September 10, 2015

Duration:   45 minutes

Presenters:   Anshuman Pandey (Application Engineer) and Ahmet Yöntem (Lead Application Engineer)

Key learning objectives:

  • Learn about CHP at particle board mills, exemplified by a case study and feasibility studies.
  • Learn about the advantages of combined heat and power (CHP).
  • Learn about the basic layout of a CHP system and options for the use of the exhaust heat.
  • Learn about fuel flexible and clean gas turbine power.
  • Learn about the advantages of CHP with the OP16 gas turbine for the particle board industry.

Times:  The presentation will be held twice for different time zones. Please select the time that suits you best:



Amsterdam 10.00AM

New York 4.00AM

Jakarta 3.00PM

Click here to register for Session 1

Password: OP16session1


Amsterdam 5.00PM

New York 11.00AM

Jakarta 10.00PM

Click here to register for Session 2

Password: OP16session2

More information: webinar@opraturbines.com; tel: +31 (0) 74 245 21 21;  www.opraturbines.com


Global Learning Forum

WHEN:  May 13-15, 2015

WHERE: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver,  Vancouver, BC,

Join Rob Thornton, President & CEO, International District Energy Association, and other district energy leaders in Vancouver, BC for the Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum from May 13-15.

Learn from leading jurisdictions, network, and participate in small group capacity building sessions and site visits to clean energy projects around Vancouver. Leading cities, private sector innovators, NGOs, and researchers will be gathering in one of the world's greenest cities to take part in a solutions-focused dialogue towards implementing renewables and energy efficiency in the urban heating & cooling, electricity, and transportation sectors.

Secure your space by registering at forum.renewablecities.ca

About the Forum

The Global Learning Forum takes place over three days and the event launches with "Powered by PechaKucha" evening event to showcase the cultural shift to 100% renewable energy in cities. Over the next two days, participants will have access to small group capacity building sessions that are expertly facilitated as well as panel discussions. Outside of the Forum, networking and optional site visits to Vancouver's cleantech and RE installations will take place.

Capacity building sessions make up the core of the Global Learning Forum. These sessions take three main forms: Knowledge Mobilization, Peer-to-peer, and Intent-to-action. Throughout these sessions, participants will share their own experiences while learning from other leaders working in cities, utilities, businesses, NGOs, and researchers on the challenges of implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency in cities. The sessions have been developed through the lenses of legislation, building political will, finance, and technology with an eye on themes that cut across these fields.


The draft Global Learning Forum schedule is available online, but check back frequently as it is regularly updated. Click here to download it. (PDF format).


Contact: Keane Gruending, Communications and Program Manager

keane.gruending@renewablecities.ca | 1-778-782-8851


Engineering & Operations Conference & Expo

When: June 3 - 4, 2015
Where: Danvers Doubletree, Danvers, MA

Registration deadline: Tuesday, May 22, 2015

The NEPPA Engineering & Operations Conference provides a unique opportunity for electric utility vendors, manufacturers and service providers to represent their companies to public power officials from the entire New England region.  Typically, NEPPA attendees include a wide range of operations and line personnel along with technical, engineering and management staff. To see the detailed agenda for this years conference, please download the brochure here!

NOTE: David Morrissey, P.E. and Ryan Bolduc, P.E., both power engineers at Wunderlich-Malec, a member of the International District Energy Association, are hosting an Engineering Roundtable featuring; Practical Distributed Generation Solutions at the event. The event is open to non-members.

Participant Fee: 

Member: $150
Non-Member: $225

To register, click here!

Westminster Briefing—Community Energy 2015: Building Partnerships & Delivering Successful Projects

Date & Venue: Wednesday 8th July | Westminster, London (Zone 1, venue tbc)
11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)
£225 per place or £175 for two or more places (per place)
How can we boost our community energy in 2015? What tools and techniques will allow our partnerships and projects to be built successfully and efficiently?
Attend this Westminster Briefing event to:

  •   Understand how partnerships between the private, public & third sector can be strengthened  
  •   Learn to overcome the barriers in delivering successful community energy projects
  •   Share good practice and innovation to take back and implement in your setting

Confirmed to Speak:

  •   Fiona Booth, Head of Community Energy, DECC
  •   Sarah Harrison, Senior Partner - Sustainable Development, Ofgem
  •   Emma Bridge, Chief Executive, Community Energy England
  •   Dr Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association
  •   Agamemnon Otero, Founder & Director, Repowering & Brixton Energy
  •   Jim McClelland, Senior Consultant, Chelgate (Chair)

Event Page: http://dmail1.westminster-briefing.com/c/1Oa66lCrza7zScdug7nksomgw
Agenda: http://dmail1.westminster-briefing.com/c/1Oa6akXMZTt4QaXG7GLGbmYm7
Register: http://dmail1.westminster-briefing.com/c/1Oa6ijEtRma4M8s3QPynDkcxj
Booking Form: http://dmail1.westminster-briefing.com/c/1Oa6miZPi5vzK7cfIoWJmiOCU


2015 ACEEE National Symposium on Market Transformation

WHEN: April 20- 22, 2015

WHERE: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC



ACEEE and CEE will host the 19th annual National Symposium on Market Transformation. The symposium will offer an opportunity for a diverse group of attendees to network, compare programs, learn about new MT approaches, and discuss the latest issues facing the energy efficiency and market transformation communities.  

Likely Participants: Policymakers; energy efficiency program implementers; local, state, and federal agency personnel; utility staff; NGOs; energy efficiency professionals; consultants; and behavioral scientists.

For more information and to register for ACEEE's upcoming conferences please visit: www.aceee.org


2015 National Energy Forum (NEF) and Small Business Industry Days

WHEN: April 13 to 16, 2015

WHERE: Rosemont Expo Center and O'Hare Hilton, Chicago, IL

Sponsored by The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the conference will draw more than 2,000 local and national level federal and private sector attendees and include more than 200 exhibitors in the trade show portion. Among the Federal agencies partnering with SAME on this event include:

  • General Services Administration
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of the Interior
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Homeland Security

Technical Programs

The National Energy Forum will include topics from initial project financing and feasibility through development and operations.  Technical tracks will include Renewable Energy, PPAs, Commissioning, Basics of Energy Contracting, Metering, Cyber Security, and Tax Credits.  The NEF Trade Show will present the latest in program technologies, objectives, and solutions in the federal energy management marketplace.




2014 ACEEE Behavior Energy and Climate Change Conference

WHEN: December 7-10, 2014

WHERE: The Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC


Now in its eighth year, the Behavior Energy and Climate Change Conference is the premier event focused on understanding individual and organizational behavior and decision-making related to energy usage, greenhouse emissions, climate change, and sustainability. The year's event will feature around 42 different topical sessions and host around 600 energy behavior related attendees.


WORKSHOP: CHP Stakeholder Meeting #4—"Education/Training, Synthesis of Information, Next Steps"

WHEN: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104 

CHPA Heat 2014

WHEN: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WHERE: Hotel Russell, Russell Square, London, UK

For further information, CLICK HERE

2014 ACEEE Intelligent Efficiency Conference

WHEN: November 16-18, 2014

WHERE: Hyatt Regency San Francisco, San Francisco, CA


The ACEEE Intelligent Efficiency Conference will bring together the energy efficiency and technology communities to explore new opportunities to save energy. These two, largely distinct communities will come together to facilitate the sharing of ideas and forming of partnerships that can advance the adoption of intelligent efficiency in the marketplace. The Conference will provide a forum for thought leaders and innovators to discuss what is happening in this rapidly evolving world, and to serve as a crucible for the formation of new policies, program strategies, and commercial ventures. 

Likely Participants: Energy efficiency program developers and administrators, service providers, investors, entrepreneurs, hardware and software developers, ICT solution providers, building automation providers, smart manufacturing and smart transportation leaders.

APPrO—26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre

WHEN: November 18 & 19

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre


APPrO 2014—26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre—will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto this year. APPrO (Association of Power Producers of Ontario) 2014 is the leading annual event of its kind in Canada. Save the date for the Canadian Power industry's premiere event.

Join us for two days of information sharing by the industry's most knowledgeable and expert speakers, stimulating discussion among the key players and innovators and prime networking opportunities at hosted events including the Power Networking Centre!

APPrO's annual conference hosts delegates and exhibitors from across the spectrum of the power generation business. No other event brings you this critical mass of power professionals. Be there on November 18 & 19, 2014.

Add us to your calendar now and watch your inbox for information coming early in the new year!

More information: http://conference.appro.org/conference2014/


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WHEN: December 1-3, 2014


WHERE: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

Cities and communities have a key role to play in energy! Get in to the action by joining local governments, energy utilities, the real estate sector, technology & service providers, the energy industry, provincial & federal governments, and other community energy stakeholders at QUEST2014: Innovation to Implementation, December 1-3 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC. QUEST's 8th annual Conference & Tradeshow will feature cutting edge panels, interactive roundtables, extensive networking opportunities, the annual QUEST Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, and Canada's only tradeshow dedicated to building a market place for smart energy communities.

"Beyond the Building: Strategies for District-Scale Energy Systems" (EcoDistricts Summit)

When: September 25, 2014, 3-4 p.m.

Where: Washington, D.C.

IDEA is chairing a technical session at the DC EcoDistricts Summit on Thursday, September 25 from 3-4 pm. This session is aimed at helping community leaders to better understand the process of deploying local district energy/CHP/microgrids by assessing local energy requirements; aggregating thermal (heating and cooling) loads; identifying local resources (i.e. surplus industrial heat; renewable cooling; etc); modeling business opportunities; and early stage screening tools. The session will explore technology options including microgrids for enhanced resiliency and feature cases of district energy development activity in the District and nearby Arlington County.


2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

WHEN: August 17-22, 2014  

WHERE: Asilomar Conference Center Âź Pacific Grove, California

CO-CHAIRS: Patrick Hughes, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Sila Kiliccote, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


The 2014 ACEEE Summer Study is the 18th biennial ACEEE conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. A diverse group of professionals from around the world will gather at this preeminent meeting to discuss the technological basis for, and practical implementation of, actions to reduce energy use and the climate impacts associated with buildings. The 2014 Summer Study allows for the sharing of ideas and for the engagement in dialogue with leading thinkers, visionaries, and luminaries in the field, while providing the experience of the magnificent natural setting of Asilomar.

Likely Participants: Policymakers; utility staff; architects; builders; financial and insurance professionals involved with buildings; clean-tech investors; building products, equipment, and appliance manufacturers; building owners and operators; engineers; local, state, and federal agency personnel; energy researchers; NGOs; consultants; and behavioral scientists.


WORKSHOP: CHP Stakeholder Meeting #1—"CHP Baseline, Value Proposition, and Path Forward"

WHEN: Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104 


WORKSHOP: "Meeting on Standby Rates: Scoping for Generic Proceeding"

WHEN: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 12:30–4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Maplewood Public Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr, Maplewood, MN 55109

(This workshop content is applicable to all distributed generation [DG]. This is not technically part of the CHP stakeholder process, but is relevant to the process)

PUC Smart Grid Workshop—"Renewables on the Distribution Grid"

WHEN: Friday, April 11, 2014

Included presentations on: steps to interconnect an on-site generator, distribution system, planning, advanced inverter functionality, plus data and forecasts on distributed generation interconnections in MN. 

  • More information: PUC Smart Grid Workshop

  • Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) Forum

    Where: Warsaw, Poland

    When: May 22, 2014

    To implement the resolutions of the Industrial Emissions Directive, the Polish Council of Ministers adopted at 14th January 2014, a draft law concerning changing of the Environmental Protection Act and other laws. The requirements of this law could cost Polish plants some € 20.2 bln to implement solutions that meet the requirements of the new directive. The industry sectors affected by the IED include:

    • Energy industry, enterprises in the field of production and processing of metals
    • Mineral industry, steel industry, chemical and cement industry
    • Waste management, waste-to-energy plants

    To address the requirements of the IED, Polish local power plants are looking for new - but proven technologies and solutions. This creates opportunities for new investments in Poland for foreign companies to establish commercial and cooperation relations with the Polish industrial sector. This Forum will feature Polish and foreign experts discussing how to adapt business activities to the requirements of the implemented rules.

    Among the issues discussed will be:

    • timetable for implementation of the IED Directive into Polish law
    • analysis of the National Transitional Plan
    • BAT Conclusions
    • the most interesting implementations and examples of good practice in the face of new regulations - presention of the best technologies and deplopments
    • investment and modernization plans of the enterprises - as operators are preparing to implement the requirements of Directive
    • risks associated with coming investment
    • discussion about proposed installations controlling system and possible penalties

    More information: IED FORUM

    Contact: Anna Radkiewicz, anna.radkiewicz@cbepolska.pl, mobile: +48 792 27 40 75


    MCA Dinner Meeting-Illinois Utility Energy Efficiency Programs & the Opportunities for CHP

    When: Wednesday May 7, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM CDT
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    Where: Buca di Beppo Lombard, 90 Yorktown Road, Lombard, IL 60148 (York Town Mall); Tel: 630-932-7673630-932-7673  

    Join the Midwest Cogeneration Association (MCA) on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 for a network and informational dinner meeting.  


    "Networking Social Hour" begins at 5:30PM, Italian Family Style Dinner at 6:30PM, and the Presentations at 7:15PM.


    Stephan Baab, ComEd. As manager of Smart Ideas for Your Business, Steve has overseen the program from initial launch in 2008 to a program that offers a wide spectrum of customer solutions in both energy systems and market segments. 

    Steve has been at ComEd for 23 years and held positions in Account Management, Marketing, Customer Operations and Energy Engineering, where he worked with business customers on energy efficiency recommendations, combined heat and power projects, and renewable projects. Mr. Baab received a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University and an MBA from Loyola.

    John J. Cuttica, Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois at Chicago. John is the Director of the Energy Resources Center (ERC) located at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The ERC is engaged in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and bio-energy projects. Mr. Cuttica and the ERC staff work with the Illinois State Energy Office in the development and implementation of the State's Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard as it applies to the public sector. The ERC manages the US DOE Midwest Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP), which provides support in CHP, District Energy, and Waste Heat to Power in the 12 State Midwest Region. 

    John has been in the energy field for over 30 years, including the End Use Research Department at the Gas Research Institute, and the Consumer Product R&D Program at the US Department of Energy.  Mr. Cuttica holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC and a Masters in Engineering Administration from the George Washington University. 

    Advanced Registration: $45

    Registration for MCA Members: $35




    Northeast Clean Heat and Power Initiative (NECHPI) Annual Meeting

    Where: Albany, New York

    When: Tuesday, May 13

    The meeting will feature a roundtable session with New York State energy leaders including:

    • John B. Rhodes, NYSERDA President & CEO
    • Audrey Zibelman, NYS Public Service Commission Chair
    • Kenneth Daly, National Grid New York President
    • Alfred Griffin, NY Green Bank President
    • Rick Gonzales, NYISO Senior Vice President & COO

    Early bird rates end on May 3rd.

    2014 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum

    WHEN: May 11-13, 2014

    WHERE: Capital Hilton Hotel Âź Washington, DC


    The 8th annual ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum is a must-attend event to learn about the latest in financing, capital, and deal sourcing for energy efficiency. The conference will explore the latest opportunities in financing and investing in energy efficiency. Over the past 7 years the conference has grown to become one of the premier venues for discussions of energy efficiency financing policies and an important networking opportunity.

    Likely Participants: Clean-tech and energy efficiency investors; financiers; utility staff; local, state, and federal agency personnel; energy service company personnel; policymakers; NGOs; and energy efficiency professionals.


    New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA):
    Combined Heat and Power Expo

    When: Tuesday, May 13 and 14, 2014

    Where: Holiday Inn, 205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY


    • May 13Northeast Clean Heat and Power Initiative's (NEHPI) Annual Meeting: For CHP practitioners to hear about the latest market trends and NYS Energy Leadership Policy. Event includes a New York State Energy Leader Roundtable and other informative sessions. Registration fee applies. If you would like to attend, please register at NECHPI.eventbrite.com.

    Contact:  Dr. Dana L. Levy, D.Eng., P.E., Program Manager, Manufacturing Technology Development & On-site Power Applications; NYSERDA, Albany, NY; Office: (518) 862-1090 ext. 3377; DLL@nyserda.ny.gov


    • May 14—CHP Expo:  For owners/operators of buildings that might be good candidates for CHP and would like to learn how to seek incentives from the NYSERDA $100 million funding pool, attend the NYSERDA CHP Expo.  There is no charge to attend the May 14 event; pre-registration is requested. Register: chpexpo.eventbrite.com

    Hotel lodging reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY and mentioning NYSERDA or NECHPI to receive the group block rate of $111 per night plus tax for the Holiday Inn Wolf Road Albany NY at 205 Wolf Road.


    Geothermal Conference II

    WHEN: April 10, 2014

    WHERE: Ball State University

    To best serve the industry, Ball State University has organized a single day conference in which participants will be able to exchange technical notes, develop understandings and share experiences with design, drilling, and equipment issues related to geothermal ground source heat pump technology.

    Guided tours are included to showcase the nation's largest geothermal heating and cooling system of its kind on the Ball State University campus. 

    NOTE: Registrations must be made on-line. There will not be on-site registration.

    Register HERE

    International Geothermal Showcase

    WHEN: Tuesday, April 22

    WHERE: Washington, D.C.

    The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA )will be holding a one-day "International Geothermal Showcase" in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The program will showcase geothermal projects, trends, and governmental policies in the U.S. and around the world. Topics covered will include; the geothermal market today, major public funding entities, how to address and reduce geothermal project risk, projects under development in the U.S. and internationally, outlook for the future of the geothermal market, policies driving geothermal development, and more. 

    2014 ACEEE National Symposium on Market Transformation

    WHEN: March 30- April 1, 2014
    Hyatt Regency Baltimore Âź Baltimore, MD


    ACEEE and CEE will host the 18th annual National Symposium on Market Transformation. The symposium will offer an opportunity for a diverse group of attendees to network, compare programs, learn about new MT approaches, and discuss the latest issues facing the energy efficiency and market transformation communities.  

    Likely Participants: Policymakers; energy efficiency program implementers; local, state, and federal agency personnel; utility staff; NGOs; energy efficiency professionals; consultants; and behavioral scientists.

    Adventures in Engineering: District Energy

    WHEN: April 2nd, 2014

    Drinks and Hors d'oeuvres to begin at 5:30pm

    Presentation to follow at 6:00pm 


    WHERE: Arup

    560 Mission Street, 7th Floor

    San Francisco, CA 94105



    Join Arup on April 2nd for an interactive discussion on district energy design, financing, and implementation. Our panelists, Afaan Naqvi and Jordan O'Brien of Arup and Timothy Danz of California Center, will explore what district energy can mean for architects, building owners, and the community on this topic, which is gaining tremendous momentum in cities.


    • Afaan Naqvi leads district energy conceptualization and "optioneering" for Arup's San Francisco office
    • Jordan O'Brien leads district system projects with a focus on feasibility and delivery options as part of Arup's Transaction Advice group
    • Timothy Danz is the chief engineer at the California Center and a district energy advocate 

    RSVP to event@arup.com.

    ​Energy Storage Workshop

    WHEN: March 19, 2014, 8am–4:30pm  

    WHERE: University of Oregon, White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch St., Portland, OR

    The Oregon Department of Energy and Public Utility Commission will host an energy storage workshop on March 19, 2014.  The event, to be held at the White Stag Building in Portland, is also supported by the University of Oregon School of Law and the U.S. Department of Energy.   What: Oregon Energy Storage Workshop  
    Portland, OR 97209    In the first half of the workshop, two expert panels will address the latest in deploying projects and the unique values of energy storage applications.  The second half will consist of roundtable discussions with an opportunity to report-back and summarize recommendations.

    Register HERE

    The deadline for registration is February 28, 2014 or until the conference space is filled. We will attempt to accommodate a small wait-list of participants. Cancellation requests should be made immediately to Eric Lowe, Oregon Department of Energy, 503-378-4298. ​Coffee and refreshments will be provided, but participants will be on their own for lunch. There are many nearby food options and conference staff will be able to provide that information at registration. For more information about workshop venue and registration, please contact:

    • Eric Lowe, Oregon Department of Energy, 503-378-4298.

    For information about workshop content, please contact:



    United States Energy Association (USEA) 10th Annual State of the Energy Industry Forum

    When: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

    Where: The National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW—13th Floor, Washington, DC  20045


    Draft agenda includes a Special Presentation on Power Africa, CEO speakers from the American Petroleum Institute, American Gas Association, National Mining Association and Nuclear Energy Institute, and panel discussions on the state of Oil & Natural Gas, and Electric Power.

    Click here for more information and to register


    Contact: USEA, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 550, Mailbox 142, Washington, DC 20004-3022; Phone: (202) 312-1230, Fax: (202) 682-1682; http://www.usea.org

    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Svenskfjarrvarme 14th International Symposium on District Heating and Cooling

    When: September 7-9, 2014

    Where: Stockholm, Sweden

    Take part in the latest research. Exchange ideas and results. Build networks with researchers and industry leaders.

    The Call for Abstracts ends on February 28, 2014. Acceptances will be announced on March 31, 2014. You will find all relevant information on the Symposium website, svenskfjarrvarme.se/DHC14.

    The Swedish District Heating and Cooling Association (Svenskfjarrvarme) will hold its 14th International Symposium, which will gather the international research community around issues important for District Energy development.

    District heating and cooling are proven urban infrastructures for capturing, moving and using heat and cold efficiently. They hold great potential to be key factors for a more resilient and sustainable energy system. Ensuring the future success of District Heating and Cooling calls for a multi-disciplinary approach to research and development since the use and integration of heating and cooling networks are interconnected in society through economic, environmental and energy considerations. This multi-disciplinary approach is reflected in the framework of the next International Symposium on District Heating and Cooling.

    During the Symposium researchers will present and discuss their findings. There will be a peer review process by the scientific committee to ensure high quality of the presentations.

    Call for Abstracts

    The Scientific Committee invites researchers to submit abstracts in the following areas:

    • Urban energy systems, planning and development
    • Exploring the systems of District Heating and District Cooling as a driving force for city planning and development.
    • How does city planning influence the development of the District Heating and Cooling Systems.

    Resource efficiency and environmental performance
    Exploring the future energy supply issues in District Heating and Cooling, including the integration of renewables, primary energy savings, CO2 emissions and the use of thermal storage. Development of large or regional heat networks. Combined heat and power and District Heating.

    Key elements in District Heating and Cooling systems

    Developing the next generation's district heating technology notably low temperature systems. Developing the systems of today and the key elements in the technology: for example the piping systems, sub stations and metering techniques. Also issues regarding cost reduction and the increase of service life and asset management. Simulation, modeling and optimization. Demand side management.

    Customer relations and market issues
    Exploring the role of the District Energy Company, the role of the customer and how these roles interact. Business and infrastructure management and development. Overcoming the challenges for establishing District Heating and Cooling on a commercial basis.

    Open Arena, District Heating and Cooling

    In line with the broad and multi-disciplinary approach needed to overcome the sector's challenges, we offer the opportunity to submit abstracts with importance to ensure the future of District Heating and Cooling.


    More information: CLICK here.

    Contact: Anna Land, Project leader for DHC14; email: dhc14@svenskfjarrvarme.se

    Website: Svenskfjarrvarme.se/DHC14


    EESI BRIEFING: Energy Efficiency: a Win-Win

    When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Where: B-338 Rayburn House Office Building (Basement floor)

    Free and open to the public.  Lunch will be available.

    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing hosted in coordination with the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus on the best energy source of all: energy efficiency.

    There is no cheaper, cleaner energy than energy that isn't needed. Not only does energy efficiency save money and reduce emissions, it also promotes innovation and creates jobs in a large value chain that spans the country, making our economy stronger and more competitive.

    The United States is already much more efficient than it was 40 years ago, when the first oil crisis hit. It takes about 52 percent less energy to produce the same amount of GDP than it took in 1973.

    And we can do even better.In a 2012 study, ACEEE ranked the world's 12 major economies (including Brazil, China and Germany) based on how energy efficient they were. The United States came in ninth.

    Our speakers will discuss some of the innovative solutions businesses have developed to cut their energy usage, and to design highly energy efficient products and services for our buildings and industrial sectors. They will also consider what policymakers can do to further promote energy efficiency gains.

    Speakers will include:

    • Ross E. Eisenberg, Vice President, Energy & Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers (invited)
    • Paul Hamilton, Vice-President, Government Affairs, Schneider Electric
    • Maria Kingery, Co-founder and CEO, Southern Energy Management Company

    Please RSVP to expedite check-in. Live webcast will be streamed at 11:30 am EST, Wednesday, November 20 (wireless connection permitting)

    More information: Amaury Laporte at alaporte@eesi.org or (202) 662-1884. Environmental and Energy Study Institute

    Following this briefing: ASE Great Energy Efficiency Day

    When: November 20, from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
    Cannon Caucus Room (Room 345)

    Free and open to the public.

    The Alliance to Save Energy's Great Energy Efficiency Day (GEED) will follow the EESI Briefing. Speakers will include Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Dr. Kathleen Hogan.

    Register free at http://bit.ly/GEED2013. Please RSVP to expedite check-in Materials from this briefing will be posted here after the event.

    EESI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus to provide timely information and develop innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path. Now an independent organization, EESI is funded primarily by foundations and other private donors. www.eesi.org

    QUEST 2013 Conference & Tradeshow - Integrated Energy Solutions for Every Community

    When: November 11 - 14 (includes pre-conference workshop on Nov. 11)

    Where: Markham, Ontario

    You are invited to participate in Canada's only conference and tradeshow dedicated to Integrated Community Energy Solutions!  

    QUEST 2013 will attract up to 450 delegates from across Canada and internationally, up to 50 exhibitors, and will feature leading practitioners and decision makers from all levels of government, utilities, the energy industry, the real-estate sector, economic regulators, the professional service sector, non-profits and academia.  

    The International District Energy Association will present a workshop on "The Canadian Guide to Community Energy: Planning, Development and Delivery," on Monday, Nov. 11, 1-5:30 p.m. More info:

    This year's event is called "Integrated Energy Solutions for Every Community". It will feature cutting edge discussions about the integration of energy across land use, buildings, transportation, water and waste in order to use energy more efficiently at the community level.   

    Currently, hundreds of communities in Canada - including urban, rural, and northern and remote - are implementing Integrated Community Energy Solutions. From district energy to smarter power grids, from integration of renewables to capturing biogas from waste and wastewater to power vehicles and heat homes, and from innovative design and planning to leadership in governance, Integrated Community Energy Solutions of all kinds are on display across Canada.

    What lessons do these applications hold? And what opportunities lie ahead for communities of every size and geography?  

    QUEST2013 offers the opportunity to showcase achievements, explore leading innovations, build networks, and forge ahead with the implementation of Integrated Community Energy Solutions in every community across Canada.

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    Cogeneration Course

    When: November 13-15, 2013

    Where: Riviera Hotel and Casino-Las Vegas,  2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Professional Development, will offer the course, Cogeneration and District Energy Systems, in Las Vegas, NV.

    One of our most popular courses, this course is your opportunity to:

    • Examine the utilization and benefits of current cogeneration technology, distributed generation, and combined heat and power plant (CHP) concepts
    • Focus on the specific operating characteristics and economics of using gas turbines, reciprocating engines, and steam turbines
    • Understand the combined needs of heating, cooling, and power loads
    • Increase your understanding of the application of cogeneration technologies, distributed generation, combined heat and power (CHP) plants, and microturbines
    • Learn how to conduct a feasibility analysis and make sound economic decisions

    IDEA members receive a $100 discount.

    Information: http://epd.engr.wisc.edu/webP984

    ONLINE Course from University of California, Davis:
    "Cogeneration and District Solutions"

    It has been estimated that about 20 percent of U.S. electricity could be made with heat that is currently wasted by industry. Gain an overview of micro-cogeneration and district energy solutions for commercial and district applications. This course offered by the University of California, Davis covers cogeneration system selection and sizing, preliminary feasibility study approaches, heat to power ratios, computer programs, economic and environmental issues, emerging technologies and regulations. Explore the economics of micro-cogeneration life cycle assessment, breakeven analysis, incentive programs, heat and electricity supply scenarios, and interconnecting with your local utility. Examine environmental impacts such as co-products, impact assessments and pollutant emissions.


    Doug Williams is a mechanical engineer who specializes in anaerobic "oxygen-free" digestion, biogas energy utilization, energy conservation and farm machinery systems. He is owner and principal engineer of Williams Engineering Associates. He has served as project manager and design consultant for several covered-lagoon-type digester projects throughout California including three organic dairies in Sonoma and Marin counties. Williams served as a professor of Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering for 23 years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he originated and taught Energy for a Sustainable Society, an upper-division course about all types of renewable energy including biomass, wind and solar.


    Enroll through October 17 and complete by November 7, 2013. Passwords issued October 15.


    Online. You will receive your password via email on the start date. If you do not receive your password on the start date, please visit the Online Learning Campus Support Center at www.extensiondlc.net/helpdesk. Open a new ticket, and select "Password Issues" from the Help Topics. Log on during the designated live online class sessions as published in the course description.

    Technical requirements:

    A stable Internet connection, a current version of a web browser, an email account. Ability to modify Microsoft Word 2007/2008 documents (including forms) and view MP4 and other video file formats. You also need to be able to view PDFs and Flash-based presentations, and have speakers/headphones for audio presentations. If you plan to access an online course using an iPad/iPod/iPhone, a variety of Flash web browsers are available in the App Store that enable viewing of Flash content with them.


    $495.00 ($595.00 if postmarked after 10/03/2013).

    Special Discounts:

    10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.
    10% discount for members of AEE, AICP, BIA, IDEA.


    1 quarter unit academic credit, X421.11

    Required textbooks:

    Small-Scale Cogeneration Handbook, 4th Ed by Kolanowski ISBN 978143987624. Buy this book from the UC Davis Bookstore.



    Enrollment policies:

    You must attend all course meetings in order to receive a passing grade. Requests to withdraw with a refund (less a $30 processing fee) must be received seven days prior to the start date.

    WEBINAR: Are Energy Prices Seasonal?

    When: October 26, 2013

    Energy professionals actively follow consumption in the winter and summer months due to elevated heating and cooling demand.

    With summer coming to a close and the fall shoulder season on the horizon, it is the ideal time to look at the perceived correlation between seasonal demand and its effect on energy pricing.

    Join Fellon-McCord, a member of IDEA, for a free live webinar that reviews historical domestic energy demand behavior in the United States and answers the question of how closely energy pricing follows the demand curve.

    This webinar is part of Fellon-McCord's Knowledge in Energy® series. Attendees of the live webinar will receive a copy and recording of the presentation.



    2013 Combined Heat & Power Waste Heat to Power Conference and Trade Show

    When: October 7-9, 2013

    Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas

    This Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative event will feature a wide range of presentations and unique industry perspectives along with networking and business development opportunities. 

    Agenda topics include financing projects, accessing competitive markets, chilled water storage, new technologies, the planned expansion of chemical plants and processing facilities in the United States, new federal programs and the new state legislation expected to spur multiple projects in the commercial and industrial sector. 

    NOTE: Pre-Conference WORKSHOP: PACE Financing for Energy and Water Conservation Projects

    All are invited to attended this important workshop. You don't have to be a conference attendee to register for this PACE workshop!

    Newly enacted legislation in Texas (SB 385) authorizes municipalities and counties in Texas to work with private sector lenders to enable owners of commercial and industrial properties to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for water conservation, energy-efficiency improvements, and renewable retrofits. 

    Property owners repay the loans using contractual assessments voluntarily imposed on the property by the owner.

    The loan program is known as PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), and it has the potential to significantly increase the market for energy and water saving projects in Texas. Robust efforts are underway to assist counties and municipalities with the creation, design, and implementation of locally-administered PACE programs. 

    This workshop, led by attorneys from Thompson and Knight and other PACE experts, will provide participants with a working knowledge of the PACE program, the status of PACE implementation and the projects that will qualify for PACE financing.

    Combined Heat and Power Waste Heat to Power Conference & Trade Show

    When: October 7-9, 2013

    Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas

    Industrial competitiveness, recent federal initiatives and various state policy changes have spurred great interest in combined heat and power and waste heat to power technologies. Addressing these interests the Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative (TXCHPI), Heat is Power Association (HIP) and World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) are joining forces to convene CHP2013 & WHP2013 to be held October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza in Houston, Texas.

    In its fourth year, this conference brings business and energy leaders together with industry experts, project developers, policy specialists and end-users to examine new technologies, market opportunities and installation case studies of CHP2013 & WHP2013. A call for presentations has been issued for the wide ranging agenda, and the conference also includes a vibrant exhibit hall.

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    BT101: Basic Steam Boiler Operator Training

    Hosted by Spirax Sarco, Inc

    When: August 19 - 23, 2013; 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (eastern standard time)

    Where: 1150 Northpoint Blvd, Blythewood, SC 29016

    Last chance to register: RSVP August 9 

    This 5-day seminar hosted by Spirax Sarco is designed to instruct Steam Plant Operators, Steam Plant Maintenance Personnel, Steam Plant Supervisors/Managers, Facility Operations/Maintenance Personnel, and anyone associated with energy conversion, how to operate, maintain and troubleshoot your boiler safely and efficiently.  This will result in increased confidence and the elimination of outside service contractors.

    Cost: $1525.00 (includes exam, licensing, and handbook)

    Instructor: Byron Nichols

    Why Should I Attend?
    - To obtain the knowledge to advance professionally
    - To ensure a safe working environment for myself and for the facility
    - To improve the efficiency of the boiler
    - To help reduce the overall costs of operating the boiler and related systems

      Click here for more information and to Register Online













    International Bioenergy Exhibition & Conference

    When: September 4-6, 2013

    Where: Centre Paviljonki, Jyväskylä, Finland


    The International Bioenergy Fair and Conference will focus on the factors affecting the future of the bioenergy and biobased modern technologies and business solutions. This will include logistic systems, management, total procurement chains, the effects of the energy markets, the influence of green marketing, international trade and other trends affecting forestry, agriculture, industry and climate.


    For Whom?

    International Bioenergy Exhibition & Conference in organized by Benet Ltd. and Jyväskylän Messut Ltd., this event brings current and future bioenergy and biofuel users and producers and biobased products together with bioenergy business people, developers, financiers, manufactures, technology providers, scientists and teachers, policy makers, authorities and other organisations. This is a place where you can meet all the key players.

    Conference                       Exhibition               Call for Papers

    Exhibition & Conference Information:

     Conference Program Information:

    Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo
    Held jointly with the2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress

    When: September 9-11, 2013

    Where: Hawai'i Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii


    The event is the preeminent meeting place for international leaders and energy experts at the forefront of the clean energy movement. Securing energy independence and developing a clean energy industry that promotes the vitality of our planet are two reasons why it is critical to reaffirm already established partnerships and build new ones throughout the Asia-Pacific region and the world.  The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and the Islands & Isolated Communities Congress provide a forum for the high-level global networking necessary to advance this emerging clean energy culture.

    Chilled Water Plant Design Course

    When: September 10-12, 2013

    Where: Pyle Center,  702 Langdon Street, Madison, Wisconsin

    The University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development will offer the short course, Chilled Water Plant Design.

    This intensive course features experienced instruction by specialists in chilled water plant design and construction. An interactive format, small group problem-solving, and valuable reference materials will give you a practical and immersive learning experience. This is a fast and highly effective way to gain knowledge and confidence in designing successful chiller plants.

    Information: http://epd.engr.wisc.edu/webN845

    Sustainable Sweden - An educational tour of Sweden's smart energy communities

    WHEN: September 14 - 21, 2013

    WHERE: Sweden

    Registration open: May 6 - June 15, 2013 Go to the register form

    The Swedish Trade and Invest Council, in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden, QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, CUI and the Swedish Energy Agency, has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in an educational tour to Sweden. Get inspired and come back informed about Smart Energy Communities and how their businesses, utilities and citizens are committed to sustainable building and transportation development.

    Sweden is an internationally recognized leader in integrated energy solutions through sustainable development.

    This tour will take participants during the week of September 14-21, 2013 to communities across Sweden that are accelerating their sustainability strategies by integrating the energy activities associated with buildings, the supply and treatment of water, transportation and goods movement, the management of waste and energy infrastructure.Participants will have a weeklong opportunity to become immersed in the financial, regulatory, political and cultural environment that has enabled for rapid growth of integrated energy systems as part of a complete sustainable development.

    Participants will learn more about:

    • Government legislation, regulation and incentives for sustainable development.
    • Visit 4 cities in 5 days: Stockholm, Jönköping, Växjö and Malmö.
    • Community involvement. Greenest City in Europe, Växjö, and learn about their integrated energy systems,energy mix and university programs relating to entrepreneurship in the region.
    • The Swedish utility sector through a workshop with representatives from the Swedish Energy Agency and the largest utility companies in Sweden.
    • Visit two international world-winning urban development and former brownfield Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm and Western Harbour in Malmö. Presentation of Stockholm's new urban development RoyalSeaport (a Clinton Foundation project)
    • Intermodal transportation development and integrating "green" features into existing and new developments.
    • Integration of fuels, technologies and services for meeting heating, cooling, and power needs through site visits to plants.

    Learn more about the program here


    When: September 17 & 18

    Where: Louisville, KY

    Fellon-McCord is hosting this EnergyVISION energy education event, which focuses on the various cost components that must be managed for a comprehensive approach to energy. 

    Seminar attendees, who are professionals from various classes of energy end-users, will receive continuing professional education (CPE) credits for the sessions they select to attend. 

    Clients of Fellon-McCord attend at no cost and non-client registration is only $175. All meals and drinks are included. 

    To register for Energy Vision, CLICK HERE. To view a full agenda of the seminar, CLICK HERE.

    Please feel free to reply to this e-mail with any questions.

    10200 Forest Green Blvd., Suite 601
    Louisville, KY 40223
    p: 502-214-9400 | f: 502-357-0502

    THE CANADIAN URBAN FORUM: a conference to identify new models for tomorrow's infrastructure

    Presented by the Canadian Urban Institute and the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa in collaboration with the Institute for Policy Studies’ International Urban Fellows Program at the Johns Hopkins University and Sustainable Cities International

    When: June 17 - 19, 2013
    Where: Centre on Governance - University of Ottawa

    Canada's cities must replace aging infrastructure but also invest in new infrastructure to stay competitive. At a time when federal and provincial funding is limited, this is a huge challenge for Canada's municipalities, universities, schools, hospitals and housing agencies. The Canadian Urban Forum is a conference dedicated to exploring the many innovative new ways publicly funded institutions are using to get that infrastructure built. See the program for sponsorship opportunities or contact Todd Latham at todd@actualmedia.ca

    Who will speaking? Scheduled speakers include the Hon. Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary, The Hon. Glen Murray, MPP, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, and Brock Carlton, CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

    Join politicians, policy makers and practitioners from municipalities, the "MUSH" sector as well as the private sector and major utilities - all of whom have a vested interest in contributing to an expanded and stronger infrastructure system to spur a more competitive urban environment. Early Bird rates in effect.

    ACORE: Renewable Energy Press Conference, New York City

    Tuesday, June 25th at 12:30PM

    Renewable Energy Finance Forum - Wall Street (REFF-WS)
    , Media Room off the Grand Ballroom at The Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022

    PRESS CONFERENCE: The U.S. Renewable Energy Finance and Policy Landscape - The suite of policies needed to ensure stable, certain, and continued growth for America's renewable energy industry.

    America is at another crossroads in the energy debate.  Renewable energy provided 49% of all new electrical generating capacity in 2012 and prices of renewables are cost-competitive and even beating conventional energy sources in many parts of the U.S.  But America's abundance of natural gas along with uncertainty surrounding policies such as the Production Tax Credit (PTC), Investment Tax Credit (ITC), 1703 and 1705 Loan Guarantee Program, Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), and Master Limited Partnerships are impacting the industry. By attending this press conference, you will hear top leaders discuss these issues with the announcement of their new paper, "Scale Financing Strategies for United States Renewable Energy."

    Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, President & CEO, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
    Dan Adler, President, California Clean Energy Fund
    Uday Varadarajan, Senior Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative
    Todd Foley, VP Policy and Government Relations, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)

    ACORE Media Contact:
    Noah Ginsberg

    REGISTER for REFF-WS by emailing:
    Turner Houston, Communications Director, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), 202-777-7552 + Houston@acore.org

    About ACORE:
    ACORE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization, is dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. ACORE seeks to advance renewable energy through finance, policy, technology, and market development and is concentrating its member focus in 2013 on National Defense & Security, Power Generation & Infrastructure, and Transportation. Additional information is available at www.acore.org.

    EPA CHP Partnership WEBINAR: "Introduction to Commercial PACE and Potential for CHP"

    WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2013; 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

    Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is an innovative way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings repaid as a property tax assessment over a period of years.  There are 25 PACE programs in 12 states, up from four programs in two states in 2010.    Through the highly efficient and reliable generation of electricity and useful heat for commercial buildings, combined heat and power (CHP) systems can be excellent candidates for PACE financing.

    Recognizing this opportunity, the EPA CHP Partnership will host a webinar featuring David Gabrielson (Executive Director, PACENow).


    • An overview of Commercial PACE, including:
      • Status of PACE programs in the U.S.
      • Program fundamentals
      • Program accomplishments
    • The potential for CHP project financing through PACE
    • PACE program experience with CHP

    Click here to register


    36th Euroheat & Power Congress: Smart and competitive: DHC for cities of the future


    When: May 27–28, 2013
    Where: Vienna, at Aula der Wissenschaften

    The Congress will take a closer look at key challenges: How can the next generation of District Heating and Cooling systems best serve the future smart city? How to support communities seeking cost-effective strategies to deliver more sustainable but also affordable energy services for their citizens? What are the cost-optimal choices between insulating buildings and systematically using waste-heat? Which are the decisive factors to be taken into account for future-proof decisions? What are the most promising strategies for the 21st century?

    Our Congress host is Fernwärme Wien, serving more than one third of Vienna's citizens with green heat and domestic warm water, and an increasing number of customers with green cooling. With a network of more than 1100 km it is one of the biggest DHC company in Europe, showcasing a large variety of heating and cooling sources, including renewable energies, combined heat and power, waste-to-energy and industrial waste heat.

    Come to Vienna and join us: With two full days of panel debates, presentations, workshops, followed by site visits, and enriched by networking opportunities, a full programme is awaiting you!



    Steam System Optimization Seminar

    When: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT; Reception and dinner for attendees, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 7:00 p.m. local time; RSVP by May 15, 2013 

    Where: Spirax Sarco, Inc., North American COE for Metering, 2150 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO 80501

    Cost: FREE (Attendees are responsible for all travel and hotel expenses)

    Click here for more detailed information and to register now.

    Who Should Attend? Engineers, designers, energy engineers/managers and utility managers who are responsible for steam system design and performance.

    Why Should I Attend? Participants will learn how to effectively manage and validate their energy conservation measures within their steam system. The seminar will cover boiler operation optimization, steam distribution best practices, heat transfer best practices, condensate recovery optimization and best practices, and flowmeter best practices for energy conservation. 

    Come see our state-of-the-art factory where our flowmeter product line is manufactured. Spirax Sarco will host a reception and welcome dinner on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Lunch will be served on-site.

    Contact: Brenda Holton, bholton@spirax.com; 1-800-356-9362; spiraxsarco.com/us

  • Dr. V. Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego 
  • Daniel S. LeFevers, Vice President, Federal Public Affairs, Waste Management 

  • USCHPA Spring CHP Forum

    When: May 8, 2013

    Where: Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington, D.C.

    Webinar—U.S. EPA: CHP as a Boiler Replacement Opportunity

    When: Tuesday, April 30th,  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

    Many facilities in the U.S. are considering replacing their aging boilers due to increased maintenance costs, new regulations that may require investments in existing boilers, corporate or institutional sustainability objectives, and increasing steam demands.

    Recognizing the challenges faced by such facilities, the EPA CHP Partnership will host a webinar describing how CHP can effectively replace on-site boilers and grid-supplied electricity, with a focus on economic, operational and environmental benefits.


    Susan Wickwire (Manager, US EPA CHP Partnership) will moderate the webinar and provide background on the opportunity and benefits of replacing a boiler system with a CHP system.

    Jay Weist, P.E. (Business Development Director, Worley Parsons) will present the project developer perspective on key considerations when evaluating CHP as a boiler replacement option.

    Paul Moser (Superintendent of Steam Services, Penn State University) will talk about Penn State's experience replacing an aging boiler with a CHP system.


    With nearly one-half of the U.S. boiler population with a capacity greater than 10 MMBtu/hr at least 40 years old, many facilities with boilers are confronting a number of issues leading them to consider boiler replacement:

    • Increased maintenance costs for units nearing the end of their useful lives.
    • New regulations that may require investments in existing boilers (e.g., the Industrial/Commercial/Institutional Boiler MACT).
    • Current and future corporate or institutional sustainability objectives.
    • Steam demands that are increasing beyond current boiler capacity.

    Facilities considering boiler replacement have a number of potential options:

    • Install emissions control systems on existing boilers.
    • Install new natural gas boilers.
    • Install a natural gas combined heat and power (CHP) system.
    • Cease operations.

    CHP, a proven technology that has been used for decades, can replace on-site boiler use and grid-supplied electricity, often referred to as separate heat and power. CHP is used in every state and in the District of Columbia at over 4,100 facilities including factories, commercial buildings, hospitals, and universities.  Approximately 12 percent of the total electricity generated in the United States comes from CHP.

    Contact: Gary McNeil, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Combined Heat and Power Partnership, McNeil.Gary@epa.gov; 202-343-9173

    Harnessing Landfill Methane to Benefit Local Economies and the Environment

    When: Friday, April 26, 2013, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

    Where: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building

    Free and open to the public 


    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on the benefits of capturing and harnessing methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills. Landfills are the third largest source of anthropogenic methane gas produced in the United States; between 1990 and 2011, landfill gas (LFG) composed 17.7 percent of all U.S. methane emissions. Because of the high methane content in LFG, the captured gas can be refined and used to produce heat, electricity, and/or vehicle fuels. More than 590 landfill projects in 47 states capture enough LFG to power more than one million homes and heat 740,000. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are more than 500 additional landfills that are candidates for LFG energy projects. The briefing will discuss the economic, health, and climate benefits of tapping the energy potential of the nation's landfills.

    Speakers for this event include:

  • Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) 
  • LFG capture can significantly reduce the emissions of methane and other compounds. LFG is composed of approximately 50 percent methane and 50 percent carbon dioxide (CO2), with trace levels of volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants which cause respiratory issues and can increase the risk of cancer. Methane has a significant climate change impact - 72 times that of CO2 over a 20-year period. Reductions in methane, which has a relatively short average atmospheric lifetime of 12 years, can provide significant near term climate benefits.

    Currently, all U.S. landfills larger than 2.5 million metric tons (or cubic meters) of waste are required to combust landfill gas. While many landfills continue to flare LFG, local governments and private waste managers are increasingly opting to convert LFG to electricity or thermal energy. EPA assists landfill owners and operators to develop and implement LFG projects through its voluntary Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP).

    Miramar Landfill, San Diego's only active landfill, is an LMOP partner. The 42 million ton facility generates 9.6 MW of power for the city. An additional 3.2 MW of capacity was installed in 2012 for use at the nearby Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, meeting up to 50 percent of the base's electricity needs while improving its energy security. The project also provides a nine percent return on investment over 15 years.

    This event is free and open to the public.
    Please RSVP to expedite check-in

    • Materials from this briefing will be posted here after the event.
    • For more information, contact John-Michael Cross at jmcross@eesi.org or (202) 662-1883.

    COGEN Europe Annual Conference & Dinner

    When: Conference: 18-19 April 2013; Dinner: 18 April 2013 (evening)

    Where: Crowne Plaza; Rue Gineste 3, B-1210 Brussels

    Dinner Venue: Panoramic Hall, Square Brussels Meeting Centre, rue Mont des Arts, Brussels

    COGEN Europe is pleased to announce its upcoming Annual Conference & Dinner 2013. The Conference is the biggest annual gathering of cogeneration stakeholders in Europe and the dinner is an opportunity for policy, business and research experts to meet and exchange views


    To participate, please fill in the Registration Form below and send it by email or by fax to:

    Tanya Carre, Tel: +32 2 772 82 90; Fax: +32 2 772 50 44; Email: info@cogeneurope.eu

    Contact: Stefan Craenen, Tel: +32 2 772 82 90; Fas: +32 2 772 50 44; Email: stefan.craenen@cogeneurope.eu

    Exploring District Energy - Presented by Arup

    Moderator Alisdair McGregor will be joined by panelists Peter Alspach and Jordan O'Brien, who will speak about their recent district energy system experiences in Seattle and beyond. Bring your questions and be prepared for an engaging evening of conversation on the topic of District Energy. Hors d'ouevres and refreshments will be provided.
    Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    Time: 5:30-7:00pm

    403 Columbia Street, Suite 220
    Seattle, WA 98104

    RSVP to event@arup.com

    Midwest CHP & Cogeneration Networking / Informative Dinner Meeting

    When: Thursday, April 4, 2013; Social Hour: 5:30 p.m.; Dinner: 6:30 p.m.; Featured Speaker: 7:15 p.m.
    Where: Westwood Tavern & Tap (Chicago Room - Lower Level), 1385 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, Illinois  60173                             

    Learn about the current status of the CHP & cogeneration industry at the National and Regional levels. Join fellow MCA members, friends and guests on Thursday, April 4, 2013 for a networking and informative dinner meeting as attendees learn of the current status of the CHP/cogeneration industry:

    • emerging drivers
    • related energy outlook
    • impacting regulations
    • support from federal, legislative, and state agencies
    • market uncertainties,
    • where are the projects being installed
    • future outlook

    The featured guest speaker, Bruce Hedman (Technical Director, Institute for Industrial Productivity), has been providing technical support to the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. EPA CHP Partnership for many years.  Attendees receive 1.0 PDH credits for attending.

    The Midwest Cogeneration Association (MCA) promotes a greater public understanding of cogeneration, combined heat and power, independent power production, and distributed generation.  The non-profit organization provides pertinent information for its members to conduct research, publish reports, and hold various seminars and workshops with the goal to advance the concept of cogeneration throughout the Midwest.



    Midwest Cogeneration Association, Inc., P.O. Box 87374, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188; (630) 323-7909; http://www.cogeneration.org

    Westwood Tavern; 847-969-9500; www.westwoodtavern.com

    Public Perceptions about Global Warming and Government Involvement in the Issue

    When: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Where: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Free and open to the public 

    Please RSVP to expedite check-in 

    Live webcast will be streamed at 3pm EST on Thursday, March 28
    (wireless connection permitting)

    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing discussing American perceptions of climate change. This briefing will provide a broad review of survey evidence and explain what may lie behind variations in public attitudes toward climate change. The speaker for this forum is:

  • Professor Jon Krosnick, Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment 
  • Professor Jon Krosnick will highlight the results of a meta-analysis of public opinion polls on climate change conducted over the last 20 years. He will also present the results of new surveys documenting change over time in public beliefs, and the causes of those trends.

    In addition, the briefing will include a state-by-state breakdown of public opinion, an analysis of the impact of global warming on voting in the 2012 elections as well as the impact of Superstorm Sandy on the public's perception of climate change. Finally, Dr. Krosnick will assess the extent of public support for government action aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change.

    Dr. Krosnick has been studying how the American public's political attitudes are formed, change, and shape thinking and action for 30 years. A world-recognized expert on the psychology of attitudes, especially in the area of politics, he has been the co-principal investigator of the American National Election Study, the nation's preeminent research project exploring voter decision-making and political campaign effects. Dr. Krosnick's publications explore the causes of people's decisions about whether to vote, for whom to vote, whether to approve of the President's performance, whether to take action to influence government policy-making on a specific issue, as well as many other topics.

    • For more information, contact Amaury Laporte at alaporte@eesi.org or (202) 662-1884.
    • Materials from this briefing will be posted here after the event.

    2013 Canadian Wood Pellet Heating Conference

    When: February 27 to March 1

    Where: Quebec City

    Recent years have seen the emergence of wood pellet heating in various applications and industries. Highly common in Europe, the development of this renewable fuel in Canada is in its early stages and shows great potential.

    The 2013 Canadian Wood Pellet Heating Conference and Trade Show is the first event strictly dedicated to wood pellet heating in Canada. Organized by the Wood Pellet Association of Canada and the Quebec Wood Export Bureau, this event will allow you to learn, share and discuss issues and opportunities regarding the wood pellets heating sector. The goal is to introduce the concept and the benefits of modern pellet-based heating systems to a wider audience, from consumers and small businesses to heating specialists and installers, agricultural professionals and more.

    The conference will treat a wide range of topics: the Canadian heating market, international development, environmental aspects, installation and innovation in heating systems, the regulatory framework, distribution network, and more.

    The conference offers a tour of Quebec's La Cité Verte ("The Green City"), one of the best district heating projects in Canada. 

    To register

    • An online registration form is available here.
    • Make hotel reservations on line or call the Hilton Quebec City at 1 800 447-2411 or 418 646-6500 and mention "Wood Pellet Conference" to get the conference rate of $159+tax/night.

    Webinar: Boiler MACT Technical Assistance

    Provided by: U.S. Department of Energy Southeast Clean Energy Application Center (SE-CEAC)

    When: Wed., Feb. 20, 9:00-10:00 a.m. CST

    The DOE Southeast Clean Energy Application Center (SE-CEAC) is conducting this Boiler MACT Technical Assistance  webinar to inform major source boiler owners and operators, and other stakeholders of the US Department of Energy's Boiler MACT Technical Assistance program. Register for this webinar to learn about the SE-CEAC's plans over the coming months to provide Southeast and Gulf Coast facilities this assistance. More information is below.

    On December 20, 2012, the US EPA finalized the Clean Air Act pollution standards known as ICI Boiler MACT. This standard applies to large boilers in a wide range of industrial facilities and institutions.

    The DOE Southeast Clean Energy Application Center is hosting this webinar on February 20th, 2013 from 9:00-10:00 am CST (10:00-11:00 EST) to inform stakeholders of DOE's Boiler MACT technical assistance program to ensure that major sources burning coal or oil have information on cost-effective clean energy strategies for compliance, such as natural gas-fueled combined heat and power. 

    On the webinar, Keith McAllister, SE-CEAC Senior Technical Analyst, and Isaac Panzarella, SE-CEAC Director, will provide an overview of the program, discuss the CHP compliance strategy, and provide information on potential funding and financing opportunities to assist with CHP, boiler tune-ups and/or energy assessments.

    Register here

    Contact: U.S. DOE Gulf Coast Clean Energy Application Center, 4800 Research Forest Drive; The Woodlands, Texas 77381, Website | E-mail

    FREE U.S. DOE EERE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Webinar: Combined Heat and Power: An Integrated Approach to Energy Resources

    When: Live Training Feb 7, 2013; 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time; duration 1.5 Hours Add to my calendar

    FEMP First Thursday Seminar


    FEMP First Thursday Seminars provide training for Federal energy and environmental professionals. Leading experts address timely topics in 90-minute sessions, offered live via satellite or through streaming video at your desktop.

    Register now to learn about technologies, applications, and successful examples to optimize heat and power resources at your site. This seminar will help you:

    • Select and evaluate thermal and prime mover technologies to maximize available resources
    • Understand heating and cooling technologies, mechanical drive systems, and local electric generation
    • Learn from successful examples that include contracting and financing options, including energy savings performance contracts
    • Comply with Federal drivers, environmental impacts, regulatory requirements, and other operating environment factors
    • Access available resources throughout the country.

    FEMP CEUs awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice assessment.

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    • Bob Slattery , R&D Staff Member , Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read bio.
    • Patricia Welesko Garland , Program Manager , Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read bio.

    More information: Joe Konrade, joseph.konrade@ee.doe.gov

    Geothermal Conclave I-Ground-Source Geothermal Resources: An Important Source of Renewable Energy

    When: February 11-13, 2013

    Where: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

    Presented by:  Ball State University

    Deadline for Abstracts: December 1, 2012

    BSU Geothermal Conclave I: Ground-Source Geothermal Resources:  An Important Source of Renewable Energy February 11-13, 2013 Ball State University, Muncie, IN Visit www.bsu.edu/sustainability for more information.

    This September Ball State University will provide updates on, and tours of, the nation's largest geothermal system. VIDEO

    Ball State University provides the perfect context for the exchange of ideas and experiences about ground-source geothermal system; the only campus in the U.S. with a 47-building geothermal district heating/cooling system.

    We will share:

    • Briefings on the background and decisions to move forward with the project
    • Information about the design and installation of the system
    • Serendipitous discoveries regarding energy management
    • First-generation operational data and
    • Research activity using extensive monitoring technology

    Industry representatives, engineers, allied design professionals, faculty and students are encouraged to attend.

    Call for Papers: The call for proposals is now open and the deadline for submissions is August 6. Call for Papers Submission Form.

    More information: Go to the Geothermal Conclave button on this site: www.bsu.edu/sustainability and click on the Geothermal Conclave button.


    Fort Drum Biomass Generation Facility Pre-proposal Conference

    When: January 24, 2013

    Where: Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, New York

    The pre-proposal conference for the Fort Drum Biomass Generation Facility RFP took place at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, New York on January 24, 2013 from 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. ET. The purpose of the conference is to provide participants with an overview of the potential biomass project, a tour of the proposed site and address questions about the project/ solicitation, which closes on March 15, 2013.

    More information: www.armyeitf.com

    Commissioning Agent Rookie Bootcamp

    When: January 16, 2013

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    Recently, the Center for Building Knowledge at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) released a Beta Test version of Commissioning Agent distance learning training course.  On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST) in Philadelphia, PA, NJIT hosted a panel of experts to discuss the Commissioning Agent training from both the developer and user standpoint. The Rookie Boot Camp is a fun, interactive session, where 4 recognized commissioning experts used "war stories" to discuss what every rookie commissioning authority should know, as they enter the field. 

    Our panel consisted of:

    • Deane Evans, NJIT
    • Saverio Grosso, ENERActive Solutions
    • Sam Doria, Concord Engineering Group
    • Mark Miller, SBS
    • Mike Eardley, Cannon Design

    Attendees received 2 CEUs for this event.

    Registration was available via http://cbk5.eventbrite.com/

    U.S. EPA Webinar: U.S. Heat Metering Standard: Assessment of Need and Path Forward

    When: January 10, 2013


    The 132nd New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable Presents:
    "U.S. Climate, Air, and Energy Policy in the Second Obama Administration; and Bracing for Storms in New England"

    When: Friday, December 21, 2012; 9 am to 12:30 pm
    Where: Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02210

    U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy provided the keynote address at the 132nd Roundtable on what we can expect from U.S. Climate, Air, and Energy Policy in the Second Obama Administration and what this might mean for New England. As the former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and having held several high-level environmental positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Gina is well-versed in New England climate, air, and energy issues.

    Next, a panel, Bracing for Storms in New England. In the wake of the destruction caused by hurricanes Sandy and Irene, utilities, New England state regulators, and cities and towns are implementing a variety of measures to shore up critical energy infrastructure to reduce the number, intensity, and duration of storm-related outages. Some of these measures can be implemented in the short-run, while others will require careful planning and significant grid modernization investment.
    The panel led off with Massachusetts Energy Undersecretary Barbara Kates-Garnick, who discussed lessons the state is learning from recent hurricanes. President of National Grid in Massachusetts, Marcy Reed, and Connecticut Power & Light Senior Vice President for Emergency Preparedness, Bill Quinlan, discussed their respective utilities' short, medium, and long-term plans to reduce transmission and distribution system vulnerability to storm-related outages, while striving to improve restoration capabilities and customer communication. Rob Thornton, President & CEO of the International District Energy Association, then presented "District Energy/Microgrids: Resilient, Efficient Infrastructure," and discussed the concept of using micro-grids to improve localized reliability, and shared information about how existing micro-grids fared during recent storms. Finally, Brian Swett, the City of Boston's new Chief of Environment & Energy, discussed the adaptation strategies in Boston's recent Climate Action Plan and how Boston is preparing for storms like Sandy.

    QUEST International Conference & Tradeshow

    When: November 18 - 21, 2012
    Where: Fairmont Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

    Preliminary Program

    Since 2007, QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow - has served as Canada's national voice for Integrated Community Energy Systems and Solutions (ICES). The QUEST International Conference & Tradeshow is Canada's only conference and tradeshow dedicated to ICES. ICES considers how energy is supplied and consumed in all sectors including transportation, land-use planning, industry, water and waste management and others.

    Navigating Turbulent Waters: Strategies for mastering the new challenges facing the Ontario power system: The 24th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre

    When: November 6 & 7, 2012

    Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario

    The annual APPrO conference is the destination of choice for leading players in the Canadian power industry. Focusing on Ontario, it’s your chance to connect with top industry experts and decision makers, and learn from authoritative speakers about the issues impacting your business.

    Keynote speakers include:

    • The Hon. Chris Bentley, Ontario Minister of Energy
    • Rosemarie Leclair, Chair of the Ontario Energy Board
    • Tim Hudak, Ontario PC Leader
    • Colin Andersen, CEO, Ontario Power Authority
    • Paul Murphy, President & CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator
    • John M. Beck, Chairman & CEO, Aecon Group Inc.
    • Peter Gregg, Executive Vice President - Operations, Hydro One Networks Inc.
    • Greg Lyle, Innovative Research Group

    This year’s program will tackle critical issues of concern to District Energy such as:

    • Innovations in contracting for gas
    • Toronto Hydro on smart technology options for integrating generation in a heavily-loaded urban system
    • Effective use of distributed energy resources to enhance grid efficiency and reliability
    • Expectations for the next round of generation procurement
    • The role of gas in addressing system issues
    • Options for achieving more meaningful price signals

    … and a top-notch panel on political issues.

    Click on these links for the full program or the conference brochure (PDF).

    Visit the APPrO 2012 website http://conference.appro.org.

    Clean Energy Financing: What Works?

    When: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Cannon Caucus Room, 345 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

    Free and open to the public

    The Embassy of Germany and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing hosted in coordination with the Congressional Study Group of Germany that will examine how we can fully unleash the clean energy sector to reap powerful economic growth and job creation benefits. The speakers will compare investment policies in the United States and Germany, to see what is working and what isn't. What type of regulatory framework is necessary to give clean energy companies a stable investment climate? What works best, loan guarantees, tax credits, feed-in tariffs, quotas? Speakers are:

    Contact: Amaury Laporte alaporte@eesi.org or (202) 662-1884. 

    Proceedings: Materials from this briefing will be posted here after the event.    

    Advanced Energy 2012: The Premier New York State Partnership of Energy Conferences

    When: October 30- 31, 2012

    Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY, USA

    Advanced Energy 2012, a joint venture of energy conferences from across New York State, will provide a unique opportunity for participants from industry, government and academia to share ideas about energy and the environment. The conference offers a rare chance to learn from technology innovators, policy makers, energy providers and business leaders first hand and witness the newest technologies and emerging concepts that will revolutionize the production, transmission and storage of tomorrow's energy.


    Course: "Introduction to Efficient Boiler Plants"

    When: October 22-25, 2012

    Where: University of Wisconsin-Madison

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Professional Development, will offer the course, "Introduction to Efficient Boiler Plants," October 22-25, 2012, on its campus at Madison, WI. IDEA members receive $100 discount--please mention when enrolling.

    Ontario Geothermal Association Conference 2012

    When: Thursday & Friday, November 1–2, 2012

    Where:  Kingbridge Conference Centre, 12750 Jane Street, King City, Ontario, L7B 1A3

    Thursday, November 1—Gala Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Cocktails, 7:00 p.m. Dinner.
    Keynote Speakers: Jeff Urlaub, PE, and Michael Luster, PE, LEED AP, MEP Associates, LLC presenting "Going Geothermal: 3,600 Boreholes, 10,000 tons of cooling, 152,000,000 BTU/hr heating load, North America's largest geothermal energy project... The Story behind Ball State University's Conversion to a Campus- wide Geothermal System."
    BACKGROUND: On May 11, 2009, Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana broke ground on the largest vertical closed-loop geothermal system to be installed in North America. Phase I is now complete and in full operations. Construction of Phase II has begun. When completed, the Ball State University's geothermal system will heat and cool more than 40 buildings, 5.6 million gross square feet, across 660 acres. At an estimated cost of $93 million, the system is expected to lower annual energy costs by $2 million and eliminate 80,000 tons of carbon emissions a year, cutting the campus's carbon footprint in half. The replacement of four coal-fired boilers, the drilling of 3,600 400-ft-deep boreholes and the installation of four 2,500 ton heat-pump chillers are under way. Jeff Urlaub, PE, and Michael Luster, PE, LEED AP, of MEP Associates, designer of the system, will show you the complete transition including drilling and installing over 1,000 miles of loop field pipe, the construction of a new 12,000 SF District Energy Station, the installation of ten miles of buried distribution piping and the conversion of all the buildings the system serves.

    Friday, November 22012 OGA Conference

    Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Microgrid Series

    Following are exciting upcoming events from Connecticut DEEP that might add value to your development of a microgrid project submissions. For more information on any of these events, please contact Veronica Szczerkowski at veronica.szczerkowski@ct.gov.


    • 2012 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition: Mon., Nov. 5, 2012, 12:30-4:30pm EST - This event will be held at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville, CT. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) specifically invites you to attend the workshop: "Fuel Cells for Municipalities."
      There is no cost to attend, however you must register in advance:
      Fuel Cell Seminar website
    • WEBINAR: Energy Storage Solutions for Microgrids: Weds., Nov. 7, 2012, 2:00-3:00pm EST -This free webinar is hosted by DEEP in conjunction with the DOE Office Electricity, Clean Energy States Alliance, and Sandia National Laboratories. This webinar will address energy storage and microgrids, distributed generation and renewables integration, siting and permitting, interconnection and other topics. The energy storage webinar will take place on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 2:00-3:00pm EST.
      Please register in advance at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/792267576.
    • Renewables Workshop and "Meet and Greet": Thursday, November 8, 2012, 2:00-6:00pm EST, at DEEP offices, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT.
      • The Renewables Workshop will address integrating and financing renewables into a microgrid project. This workshop will take place during the "Meet and Greet" event that is referenced in the following paragraph. When you RSVP to the Meet and Greet, you will also be included in the renewables workshop; there is no need to register separately for the renewables workshop.
      • "Meet and Greet" for Potential Microgrid Project Host Sites and Project Developers: DEEP in association with the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association (REEBA), is hosting this event to serve as a networking opportunity for participants to interact with and potentially form partnerships that could support exceptional microgrid project submissions.

        If you plan on attending this event and/or reserving table space, RSVP by Nov. 2nd to Jackie Rowe at 860-240-6140 or jrowe@murthalaw.com.
    • WEBINAR: "Community Energy Planning: How to incorporate Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and District Energy," Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 2:00-3:00pm EST - This free webinar is hosted by DEEP in association with the International District Energy Association. This webinar will review the materials in "Community Energy: Planning, Development & Delivery" the IDEA guidebook and will walk participants through the process of navigating the development process from conception to completion and commissioning.
      Please register in advance

    QUEST 2012 International Conference & Tradeshow: "Smart Energy Communities in Cold Climates"

    When: November 18 - 21, 2012

    Where: Fairmont Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB

    Organized by: Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)

    "Cold climate communities present a unique challenge with respect to energy use. I invite you to participate in QUEST's 6th annual conference - the only conference and tradeshow in Canada that is taking an integrated approach to addressing our current infrastructure and investment challenges. This year's event will showcase the latest research, proven solutions, and the most innovative opportunities relating to ICES, and all within the context of creating smart energy communities in cold climates.   I hope you can join us."— Michael Harcourt Chair & CEO QUEST


    NYSERDA's "CHP in NY State: The Next Generation" CHP Conference

    When: June 20-22, 2012

    Where: New York University Kimmel Center, New York City, NY

    Conference attendees will learn about future NYSERDA CHP program elements that are intended to provide $75 million in funding, as well as successes and lessons learned from numerous CHP projects, regional and national perspectives on CHP, and much more.

    Speakers include NYSERDA President & CEO Francis J. Murray Jr. and The Honorable Garry Brown, Chairman, New York State Public Service Commission. A workshop and road-mapping event coordinated by the Northeast CHP Initiative (NECHPI) and the Northeast Clean Energy Application Center (NECEAC) will be held on the final day of the event.

    Tours of the CHP system at NYU are being offered; space is limited, so register early!  Register now!

    FREE: 15th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum

    When: Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (ET)

    Where:  Cannon House Office Building, Caucus Room & Veterans Affairs Committee Room (#334), U.S. House of Representatives, Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue SE; Washington, DC

    Host: The Sustainable Energy Coalition - in cooperation with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses


    The theme of the 15th annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum is "Renewable Energy + Energy Efficiency = Domestic Energy & American Jobs to Strengthen the U.S. Economy".

    This year's EXPO will bring together about fifty sustainable energy industry trade associations, businesses, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations to showcase the status and near-term potential of the cross-section of renewable energy (biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) and energy efficiency technologies (inc. fuel cells, CHP).  Members of the U.S. Congress and Administration spokespersons will address the EXPO at noon-time while throughout the day other speakers will discuss the role sustainable energy technologies can play in meeting America's energy needs.

    In recent years, the annual EXPO + Forum has attracted between 500 and 650 visitors, including Members of Congress, key congressional staff, representatives of Executive Branch agencies, the media, advocacy organizations, sustainable energy businesses, and other interested members of the general public. A video documenting aspects of the 14th EXPO + Forum held in June 2011 can be found at: http://www.eesi.org/14th-annual-congressional-renewable-energy-energy-efficiency-expo-policy-forum-h16-jun-2011.


    The EXPO is free, open to the public, and no RSVPs are required.

    For more information, please contact: Ken Bossong, Sustainable Energy Coalition* 301-270-6477 x.11; kbossong614@yahoo.com


    Workshop: "Opportunities for Implementing District Energy Systems in Virginia"

    When: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 8:00am to 12:00pm

    Where: Urban Land Institute, 1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Washington DC,  20007


    A Workshop Assessing the Legal, Policy and Business Frameworks that Support District Energy Implementation in Virginia


    The Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments held this half-day workshop at the Urban Land Institute to review and assess the potential for implementing district energy systems under existing Virginia law.  This workshop explored the ways in which district energy systems can be designed, built and operated under existing Virginia law, and was followed with a session exploring the business framework for district energy systems.

    This workshop was presented in conjunction with the November 14, 2011 District Energy Forum sponsored by Arlington County in which system operators and building owners presented their experience with district energy systems.

    Contact:  receptionist@novaregion.org.

    Webinar: "Regional Focus on Biomass Energy: the West"

    When: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 4:00 p.m. ET

    This webinar offered by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is the second in a three-part series examining biomass heating markets and policies in different regions of the United States. This event is made possible with funding from the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). 

    Though the Western U.S. may have started the movement towards advanced biomass heating, using pellets and high efficiency stoves, overall it has not widely the adopted technology compared to other regions. However, the Western region views biomass thermal as a forest lands management tool and methods for reinvigorating local economies, while also pursuing sustainable energy resources on a state level. The 11th BTEC webinar will discuss the current situation in the West, examine challenges and opportunities for market development, and analyze successful state policies and regional advocacy.

    The webinar's presenters include Chad Davis, the director of the Forest Stewardship Program with Sustainable Northwest, Marcus Kauffman, a leading consultant and biomass resource specialist for the Oregon Department of Forestry, Angela Farr of the USFS and formerly of the Fuels for Schools program and  Joseph Seymour, BTEC Executive Director, who will moderate the event.

    REGISTRATION: Free: www.biomassthermal.org/resource/webinars.asp#west

    Emanuel Wagner 
    Program Coordinator - Outreach, Education and External Affairs  
    Biomass Thermal Energy Council

    New Mexico Recycled Energy in Action

    When: September 30, 2011         
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

    Flyer • Agenda

    Contact: Christine Brinker, U.S. DOE Intermountain Clean Energy Application Center, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project; tel. 720-939-8333; cbrinker@swenergy.org

    3rd Annual Alternative Energy for Defense Summit: "Increasing Strategic Sustainability for the DoD"

    When: October 24-26, 2011
    Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner Hotel, Vienna, VA

    At this event, organized by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA), senior-level experts from the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, other government agencies, and key industry leaders discussed strategic and cost-efficient alternative energy solutions for defense that will increase energy independence and “green” the military.

    DoD speakers included: The Honorable Katherine Hammack , Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Installations & Environment); MG Dana Pittard, USA, 1st Armored Division Commanding General, Dr. Kevin Geiss, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Energy and Tom Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy).

    IDEA President and CEO Rob Thornton and Ted Borer, Energy Plant Manager at Princeton University, presented "Achieving Economic, Reliability, Sustainability, and Security Objectives of EO 13514 Through District Energy and Combined Heat & Power (CHP) – Lessons Learned in the Real World."

    More Information

    USCHPA Conference, EPA CHPP Annual Meetings

    When: October 6-7, 2011
    : Washington, D.C.

    The U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association (USCHPA) and U.S. EPA CHP Partnership (CHPP) juxtaposed their annual meetings in Washington, D.C.  Both meetings  addressed national issues facing CHP such as germane federal legislation, permitting processes, and utility models.

    For more information visit USCHPA or EPA-CHP or contact: Neeharika Naik-Dhungel.

    14th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO & Forum, Washington DC—IDEA to Participate

    The EXPO was free, open to the public.

    When: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Where: Cannon House Office Building - Caucus Room (3rd floor), U.S. House of Representatives,
    Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC

    On June 16, the Sustainable Energy Coalition, in cooperation with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses, hosted the 14th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum. The event brought together over fifty businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, including IDEA, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations to showcase the status and near-term potential of the cross-section of renewable energy (biofuels/biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) and energy efficiency technologies. The late morning program featured Members of the U.S. Congress. Speakers throughout the day discussed the role sustainable energy technologies can play in meeting America's energy needs. Speakers included:

    • Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
    • Sharon E. Burke, Assistant Secretary for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, U.S. Department of Defense
    • Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment, U.S. Navy
    • John R. Norris, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    • Philip D. Moeller, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    • Henry Kelly, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

    For more information: Click here or contact Ken Bossong, Sustainable Energy Coalition, 301-270-6477 extension 11; kbossong614@yahoo.com


    Webinar: "An Effective State Policy for Clean, Efficient Energy: Massachusetts APS (Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard) for Combined Heat & Power (CHP)"

    When: December 17, 2010

    Conference: "33rd World Energy Engineering Congress"

    When: December 8-9, 2010

    Conference: "District Energy Systems & Microgrids"

    When: November 19, 2010

    Energy Policy Webinar:
    An Effective State Policy for Clean, Efficient Energy: "Massachusetts APS (Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard) for Combined Heat & Power (CHP)"

    When: December 17, 2010

    This Webinar was broadcast free-of-charge to attendees by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Energy Regional Application Centers.


    When: December 8-9, 2010
    Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

    Host:  Science Applications Int'l. Corp. (SAIC)

    Contact: Ted Kurklis, 770-271-7869, ted@aeecenter.org, http://www.energycongress.com


    When: November 19, 2010, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
    The Judicial Institute, Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

    Conference was presented by Pace Energy and Climate Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Northeast Clean Energy Application Center. The event is sponsored by IDEA. Conference partners include New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, The Galvin Electricity Initiative and the Dormatory Authority of the State of New York.

    Conference agenda included four panels and a keynote address.  Breakfast, lunch and coffee were provided.

    Panel 1: District systems, what are they?  What are their benefits?
    Panel 2: Legal, financial, and other considerations
    Panel 3: Business models - can we implement this?
    Panel 4: Vision for high efficiency municipal, school, university and industrial campuses


    More Information

    Loretta Musial. Pace Energy and Climate Center, lmusial@law.pace.edu, 914-422-4227

    Briefing: "Shaping a Low-Carbon World: Lessons from Nordic Countries"

    When: October 21, 2010
    Where: Washington, D.C., October 21, 2010

    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Nordic Council held a briefing entitled "Shaping a Low-Carbon World: Lessons from Nordic Countries," examining how and why Nordic countries have achieved global leadership in low-carbon technologies and strengthened their economic competitiveness.


    Copenhagen District Heating and the UN Climate Change Conference

    When: December 7-18, 2009
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    After experiencing first-hand the benefits of Copenhagen's stunningly successful district energy system, we hope that the delegates at COP15 came away with a new awareness of this proven technology.

    District Energy Summit 2009: "Leading the Way to Copenhagen"

    When: November 2–4, 2009
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Held in Copenhagen, Denmark, jointly convened by Danske Fjernvarme (the Danish District Heating Association), the Danish Board of District Heating, Euroheat & Power, and the International District Energy Association, attended by delegates from 27 countries.


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