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State Energy Policy and Technology Outlook Conference

Register today for the 2012 ASERTTI/NASEO State Energy Policy and Technology Outlook Conference on February 7-10, 2012, at the Fairmont Washington, D.C.  The conference agenda is now available online.  Distinguished speakers include:

  • The Honorable John W. Warner, Senator, Retired
  • The Honorable Paul Tonko, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Rob Portman, Member, U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Invited)
  • Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Steve Chalk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Council on Renewable Energy
  • Phyllis Cuttino, Director, Clean Energy Program, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • John Felmy, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute
  • Christophe Tulou, Director, District of Columbia Department of the Environment
  • Brian Wynne, President, Electric Drive Transportation Association

This year's Conference will explore how State and Public Interest Research Institutions and State Energy Offices are encouraging economic development and technology innovation through private investment to modernize the nation's energy systems and infrastructure in public facilities, power systems, and the transportation sector.

Journey of the Electric Car Event Kicks-Off Electric Vehicle Usage Study

At the recent Journey of the Electric Car kick-off celebration held on January 28 in Raleigh, NC, Advanced Energy commenced its two-year Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV) Usage Study.  Participants in the study are employees of select workplace clusters in the Raleigh-Durham “Research Triangle,” some of which have participated in the  Blue Skies Corporate Campus (BSCC) program.  Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the BSCC program provides financial incentives for the installation of workplace charging stations. Advanced Energy administers the Blue Skies Corporate Campus program in cooperation with the Triangle J Council of Governments.  The kick-off event followed the recent dedication of two public electric vehicle charging stations and marked the completed delivery of 40 Nissan LEAF PEVs to individuals that purchased them using ARRA-funded financial incentives offered through the North Carolina State Energy Office.

Startup Company Uses Brookhaven National Laboratory's Technology to Compete in America's Next Top Energy Innovator 

Startup company, SynchroPET, is utilizing technology developed at Brookhaven National Laboratory to bring the next generation of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanners to market.  To grow its business, SynchroPET is competing in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) America's Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge, a competition that invites the public to vote online for the most innovative and promising startup companies that are using technologies from the DOE’s national laboratories to develop new products and businesses. Based on the public vote and an expert review, the top startup companies will be invited to be featured at the the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit at the end of February.

Program Matches Researchers, Industry to Develop New Technologies for Nevada

With its new Industry/Faculty Partnering Clinic, the Technology Transfer Office at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) are engaging the community in the work of scientists to develop new technologies for Nevada.  In the next few weeks, teams that include community mentors, faculty members, and science and business students, will begin reaching out to companies who have products in areas of faculty technical expertise. The program’s goal is to encourage faculty to learn about company technology needs and industry trends so that they can develop research proposals that will lead to new products.  Members of the business community are invited to become mentors, express their company’s interest in the Industry on Campus program, or join the Community Support Network by filling out a brief online contact form at http://tto.dri.edu/tto-form.php/.  The University and DRI mainly engage in primary research and partner with business and industry to develop new technologies to the commercialization stage.

New Seismic Model Will Refine Hazard Analysis at U.S. Nuclear Plants

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released a new seismic study that will help U.S. nuclear facilities in the central and eastern United States reassess seismic hazards. The Central and Eastern United States Seismic Source Characterization for Nuclear Facilities model and report is the culmination of a four-year effort among the participating organizations and replaces previous seismic source models used by industry and government since the late 1980s.  The report and model are available at http://www.ceus-ssc.com. To access FAQs, go to http://mydocs.epri.com/docs/Nuclear/SeismicSourceFAQs.pdf.

New York Announces Low-Cost Financing for Homeowners to Make Energy-Efficient Upgrades

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that New York consumers seeking to make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes can now obtain low-cost financing and repay the loan on their monthly utility bill. The program, known as On-Bill Recovery Financing, allows costs incurred by homeowners to be offset through energy savings, at the same time reducing energy consumption and air pollution, making it a win-win for New Yorkers.  On-Bill Recovery Financing was a signature part of the Governor's Power NY Act of 2011.  At an interest rate of 2.99 percent for 5-, 10- and 15-year loan terms, a homeowner can finance up to $25,000 of upgrades if the payback period (thetime it takes for the work to “pay for itself” in savings) is 15 years or less.  The credit application for On-Bill Recovery Financing is available at www.nyserda.ny.gov/residential.

Guidebook and Web-Based Tool Released to Aid in Best Use of Incentive Dollars for On-site Wind Energy
State and utility policy makers, county officials, and other interested stakeholders can now explore the best ways to improve the bottom line of consumer-owned wind turbines with a new Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool and accompanying Guidebook, available at www.windpolicytool.org.  As part of a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Policy Tool uses a dashboard-interfaced pro forma financial model to calculate the impacts that rebates, tax credits, feed-in tariffs and other incentives and policies have on project economics. Led by eFormative Options, the project team included experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the North Carolina Solar Center, thatplayed key roles in the developing the tool, which will help users learn what policy improvements are most needed for wind turbines up to 100 kW, and in which states.  The project helps address market challenges for distributed wind identified in the DOE 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, available at www.20percentwind.org.

NATIONAL NEWS

Call for Proposals: University Research & Entrepreneurship Symposium 2012

University Research and Entrepreneurship Symposium (URES) is currently accepting proposals for its 2012 conference to be held Wednesday, April 18th at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA.  If you are currently working on a project or technology developed out of a university lab, the URES invites you to submit your project for consideration to present at URES 2012. The event will feature breakthrough technologies in three focus areas: information technology, life sciences, and clean energy. Click here for submission guidelines. Please note, the submission deadline date is February 15.

Request for Information: Fuel Cell Technologies Early Market Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks feedback from stakeholders for technology deployment activities aimed at verifying the commercial readiness of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, consistent with DOE’s on-going efforts and mission. Areas of interest include the following:

  • Innovative, Commercially Ready Fuel Cell Systems for Specific Applications
  • Technology Deployment Projects for Other On- or Off-Road Transportation Markets

The purpose of this Request for Information is to gather feedback from stakeholders prior to DOE potentially issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement.

DOE Announces Second Round of America’s Next Top Energy Innovator

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is kicking off a second year of America’s Next Top Energy Innovator, a program that allows startup companies to license groundbreaking technologies developed by DOE’s 17 national laboratories for $1,000 and build successful businesses.  Entrepreneurs and start-ups must identify the technology of interest and submit a business plan to be considered for the program. Participants will have until December 10, 2012 to make their submission to the laboratory.  Learn more about America’s Next Top Energy Innovator here. Learn more about the Obama Administration’s Startup America initiative here.

EVENTS

2012 NASEO/ASERTTI State Energy Policy and Technology Outlook Conference
February 7 – 10, 2012 - Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C.

DOE Webinar: Energy Efficient Lighting for Industrial, Commercial and Public Sectors Repeat Performance
February 22, 2012 – 1:00 PM EST

Biomass 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities – Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy
July 10-11, 2012 – Washington, D.C.