ASERTTI Webinar: Using Infrared Thermography to Identify Building Retrofit Needs

The ASERTTI Buildings Committee will be holding a webinar at 1:00pm EDT on Monday, May 21.  Vince Scarfo, Director of Government Relations at General Electric Co. (GE), and Mark Johnson, of Accountmark, Inc., will present on the use of infrared thermography to identify building energy efficiency retrofit needs.  Discussion of the committee’s upcoming poster presentation for the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings will follow the speaker Q&A.  Please use the following to access the webinar:

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Ruen Blanchard, ASERTTI Program Director, at or 303-425-6800 ext. 463.

Save the Date for the 2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting
October 10-12 - Seattle, WA

Please mark your calendars for the 2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting, hosted by the Washington State University Energy Program, October 10-12, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  We hope you can join us for this two and a half day clean energy event. The agenda will include discussions and presentations addressing current research, site visits to industrial facilities, and networking with ASERTTI members and guests.  Agenda, lodging, and travel details will be posted on the ASERTTI website as they become available.  If you have any questions, please contact ASERTTI Executive Director, David Terry at or 703-395-1076. 


AEIC Report - U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold an oversight hearing on May 22 on a report produced by the American Energy Innovation Council titled "Catalyzing American Ingenuity: The Role of Government in Energy Innovation."  The hearing will be webcast live on the Committee's website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing is complete. Witnesses’ testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.  Witnesses include: Mr. Norman R. Augustine, Retired Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corp.; Mr. Ethan Zindler, Head of Policy Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance; and Mr. Jesse Jenkins, Director of Energy and Climate Policy, Breakthrough Institute.

DOE Announces Milestone in Fuel Cell Use

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on May 14 that more than 1,000 fuel cells were deployed as a result of support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Over the last three years, nearly 1,200 fuel cells have been deployed in emergency backup power units and material handling equipment, such as forklift trucks. This investment gives U.S. businesses more options to cut energy costs and reduce petroleum use.  Increasingly, companies are installing fuel cells to generate onsite primary or backup power for buildings, data centers, and cell phone towers, because of their high reliability and low emissions. To date, close to 700 fuel cells have been deployed to provide backup power with $18.5 million in ARRA funding.  See the DOE Progress Alert and the Fuel Cells Technology Program website.

Arent Fox and The George Washington University Energy Policy Forum

Arent Fox and the George Washington University will host an Energy Policy Forum on Tuesday, June 5th, in Washington, DC. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will each give a keynote address focusing on the outlook for U.S. energy policy. The addresses will be followed by a discussion on the future of energy tax incentives by a diverse group of panelists, representing a range of energy industry perspectives.  Following each speech and again after the panel discussion, audience members will have the opportunity to ask Secretary Salazar, Senator Murkowski, and the panelists questions related to U.S. energy issues.  The event will be held from 8:30 am–12:00 pm in the Continental Ballroom, on the third floor of the Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C., located on the George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom campus.  There is no charge for the event but there is limited space available, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact Paul Dumansky at


FY2012 Unconventional Gas and Oil Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to select and award projects in FY12 that focus on improving recovery from liquid-rich shale reservoirs and to advance the development of “next generation” carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technologies. This announcement is a critical component of the DOE portfolio to advance the sustainable development of domestic gas and oil resources and it will support ongoing programmatic efforts to (1) improve our understanding of the occurrence, producability, and environmental impacts of unconventional shale resources and (2) expand the use of a greenhouse gas to increase the recovery of domestic oil resources.  Applications are due June 28, 2012.


ASERTTI Buildings Committee Webinar
Monday, May 21, 2012 – 1 PM ET
Please contact Sarah Ruen Blanchard, to register.

SunShot Grand Challenge Event
June 13–14, 2012 – Denver, CO

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

Energy Services Coalition Market Transformation Conference
August 23-24, 2012 – Nashville, Tennessee

2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting
October 10-12 - Seattle, WA