ASERTTI News

Preliminary Agenda Now Available 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.  A preliminary agenda is now available.  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 dterry@asertti.org or 703-395-1076. 

ASERTTI Moderates Panel at Biomass 2012

Working with our partners at the DOE Biomass Program, ASERTTI is moderating a state focused panel titled "Bioenergy Coast-to-Coast: State Strategies for Accelerating Advanced Biofuels".  David Terry, ASERTTI Executive Director, will lead the panel with presentations from W. Steven Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, Biofuels Center of North Carolina; Daniel S. LeFevers, Executive Director, Washington Operations, Gas Technology Institute; and Bill Brandt, Director of Strategic Integration, Arizona State University.  For more information please visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/biomass/biomass_2012.html.

Brookhaven Lab Chemists Win R&D 100 Award for Fuel Cell Research

Chemist Radoslav Adzic and his research team at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have won a 2012 R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine for their work designing durable electrocatalysts for use in fuel cells. Their work could make future fuel cell vehicles more reliable and economical. The R&D 100 awards recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. Brookhaven scientists have previously won R&D 100 awards for excellence in a diverse array of fields, including imaging techniques, cancer detection, and microscopes for nanomaterials.

CEC Awards More Than $23 Million to Encourage Use of Alternative Transportation Fuels

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved funding of $23,110,015 for projects that will advance the development of green fuels, and the installation of fueling stations. These investments help California to fulfill its pioneering climate change policies, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and improve the environment.  The awards are provided through the Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The program provides approximately $100 million annually to encourage the development and use of alternative and renewable fuels and new vehicle technologies. By leveraging outside funding, many of these projects also attract additional investment in clean energy technology.

Governor Cuomo Awards $10 Million Under Cleaner, Greener Communities Program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that all ten New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) regions have been awarded funding through the Cleaner, Greener Communities (CGC) program to develop and implement smart growth plans for regional sustainability. 
The $100 million CGC program was a major environmental initiative announced by the Governor in his 2011 State of the State address. By providing competitive grants, the program will reward communities across the State that develop comprehensive regional smart growth plans. The program will increase green jobs, improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution. The Regional Sustainability Planning program, which is the first phase of the CGC program, provides nearly $10 million in funding awarded through a competitive process.
 
The program is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA, said, "This funding is an excellent opportunity for all ten regions to develop plans that improve the state’s environmental quality by reducing air, water and land pollution and advance our citizens’ quality of life through smart growth principles and sustainable development. Governor Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities initiative provides a real opportunity for regions to tailor plans for their own resources and needs to invest in a sustainable future for all New Yorkers."  Visit the Cleaner, Greener Communities program for more information.

NATIONAL NEWS

EIA Releases the Annual Energy Outlook 2012

The projections in the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA's) Annual Energy Outlook 2012 (AEO2012) focus on the factors that shape the U.S. energy system over the long term. Under the assumption that current laws and regulations remain unchanged throughout the projections, the AEO2012 Reference case provides the basis for examination and discussion of energy production, consumption, technology, and market trends and the direction they may take in the future. It also serves as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in energy policies. But AEO2012 is not limited to the Reference case. It also includes 29 alternative cases (see Appendix E, Table E1), which explore important areas of uncertainty for markets, technologies, and policies in the U.S. energy economy. Many of the implications of the alternative cases are discussed in the "Issues in focus" section of the report.

Energy and Commerce Departments Announce New Centers for Building Operations Excellence

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Commerce announced selections for three Centers for Building Operations Excellence that will receive a total of $1.3 million to create and deploy programs aimed at training and expanding current and incoming building operators. The Centers are part of the Obama Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, which is working to improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020 with the potential to reduce American business’ energy bills by approximately $40 billion per year.  The three Centers for Building Operations Excellence will work with universities, local community and technical colleges, trade associations, and DOE’s national laboratories to build training programs that provide commercial building professionals with the critical skills they need to optimize building efficiency while reducing energy waste and saving money. The DOE and Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technologies’ Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) are jointly funding the Centers.

Obama Administration Launches $6 Million i6 Challenge to Promote Innovation, Commercialization and Proof of Concept Centers

The Obama Administration recently announced the third round of the i6 Challenge to promote American innovation, foster entrepreneurship, and increase the commercialization of ideas into viable companies. The $6 million competition funds Proof of Concept Centers and creates a network of experts to support innovators and researchers; spur sustainable startups, small businesses, and new ventures; expand access to capital to fuel growth; connect mentors and advisors to entrepreneurs; and spark job creation.  Six winning teams will be awarded up to $1 million each for innovative proposals to create and expand Proof of Concept Centers, such as the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the William J. von Liebig Center at the University of California, San Diego, and the Stevens Institute for Innovation at the University of Southern California. These centers incorporate a range of services-from technology and market evaluation, through business planning and mentorship, and on to early-stage access to capital.  The application deadline is July 20, 2012.  Interested applicants may access the application package through www.grants.gov under the Funding Opportunity Number I62012.  Awards will be announced September 2012. The competition is being led by the U.S. Commerce Department Economic Development Administration's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

EVENTS

Biomass 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities – Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy
July 10-11, 2012 – Washington, D.C.
 
BlueGreen Alliance Foundation Manufacturing Conference
Making It Here 2012: Manufacturing Our Energy Future
July 11-12, 2012 – Cleveland, Ohio
 
Energy Services Coalition’s Market Transformation Conference
August 23-24, 2012 – Nashville, Tennessee
 
NASEO 2012 Annual Meeting
September 9-12, 2012 - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
 
2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting
October 10-12, 2012 - Seattle, WA
 
CHP2012
October 15-17, 2012 – Houston, Texas