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Register for the 2012 ASERTTI Fall Meeting in Seattle

The ASERTTI Fall Meeting will be held October 10-12 in Seattle, WA.  Hosted by Washington State University’s Energy Program and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the meeting is shaping up to be an outstanding event, including presentations from leading energy researchers, networking opportunities, and off-site activities.  Event highlights include focused discussion sessions on: smart grid, energy storage, bioenergy, high performance buildings, waste heat recovery, and advanced manufacturing. Experts from Boeing, the California Energy Commission, Ingersoll Rand, NEEA, EPRI, the WSU Energy Program, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, among others, will share the latest trends in research and technology at the Fall Meeting.

Register for the Upcoming Advancements in Energy Storage Webinar

ASERTTI is launching its Emerging Technologies Webinar Series on August 20th, with Advancements in Energy Storage: Utility-Scale Technologies and Demonstration Projects.  Guest speakers will present on cutting-edge, energy storage research and demonstration projects.  Barbara Tyran (EPRI) and Dr. Carlos Coe (Xtreme Power) will discuss the world’s largest wind battery storage system, being installed on the Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas.  And Michael Razanousky (NYSERDA) will explore NYSERDA’s work to advance innovative energy storage technologies, including flywheel systems.  The webinar will be held on Monday, August 20th, at 1:00 p.m. (ET) / 12:00 p.m. (CT) / 11:00 a.m. (MT) / 10:00 a.m. (PT).  Register online at no cost. 

ASERTTI New Members

ASERTTI is pleased to welcome the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium (WERC) as new ASERTTI members in 2012!  These two organizations share impressive accomplishments in developing effective partnerships to advance energy research, technology deployment and market transformation. 
 
NEEA is a nonprofit regional organization based in Portland, OR and founded in 1997 that uses the market power of a four-state region (ID, OR, MT, and WA) to accelerate the innovation and adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices.  To date, NEEA and its partners have saved enough energy to continuously power over 500,000 homes.  NEEA is supported by, and works in collaboration with the Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon and over 100 Northwest utilities on behalf of more than 12 million energy consumers.  NEEA brings long-term value to the Northwest by identifying and pursuing opportunities that can only be achieved working regionally.  These opportunities seek to result in market transformation – shifting Northwest energy markets toward long-term, sustainable energy standards.  NEEA led energy efficiency initiatives include programs supporting the following consumer sectors and research areas: residential, commercial, industrial, emerging technology, and codes and standards.  Each initiative is put through NEEA’s rigorous Initiative Lifecycle Management process, systematically moving energy-savings opportunities from early discovery and development through implementation and market adoption.  NEEA’s new Executive Director, Susan Stratton, had been an active member of ASERTTI during her tenure leading the Energy Center of Wisconsin, and ASERTTI looks forward to the results of Ms. Stratton’s efforts to lead NEEA’s participation as a new member of ASERTTI. 
 
WERC is a statewide nonprofit membership organization, located in Milwaukee, WI, that formed in 2010 as an expansion of the Southeast Wisconsin Energy Technology Research Consortium (SWETRC). Founding members include Wisconsin’s four largest engineering research universities (University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, and Milwaukee School of Engineering).  WERC’s membership has grown to include a diverse set of organizations from industry and academic institutions throughout the state that collaborate on three core areas: research and technology, workforce development, and strategic partnering and industry development. WERC led research initiatives combine the leading faculty and laboratory capabilities of Wisconsin's top engineering universities and leading technical colleges to conduct research in the energy, power and control fields.  The WERC Research Committee identifies pre-competitive research opportunities that develop new technologies that will drive the future of industry.  Areas of recent research have included power distribution and control, alternative power and energy technology, energy storage, energy conversion, energy efficiency and emissions reduction, and advanced materials for energy applications. John Bobrowich, Executive Director of WERC, readily identified the value in ASERTTI membership after attending the NASEO/ASERTTI Energy Policy & Technology Outlook Conference in February 2012.
 
To learn how your organization can join ASERTTI contact Sarah Ruen Blanchard, ASERTTI, Program Director, sarah@asertti.org, 303.425.6800 ext. 463.

Advanced Energy gains EPA recognition to certify HVAC Contractors for ENERGY STAR® New Homes Installation

Advanced Energy recently announced that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an independent, third-party HVAC Quality Installation Oversight Organization (H-QUITO) -- one of only two in the country.  Advanced Energy launched its Quality-Assured Professional (QAP) Program in the summer of 2012 at the request of contractors, builders, utilities and other stakeholders in the residential construction industry nationwide. The QAP for HVAC program will certify HVAC Contractors who meet the organization's high standards for performing HVAC installations through the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program.

California Energy Commission Awards $225,000 Loan to Improve Lighting Efficiency at Prison Facility

The California Energy Commission today approved a loan of $225,483 to an existing low interest to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The loan will be used to upgrade the lighting systems in the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran (Kings County).  Upon completion of the project, the upgrade will enable the facility to reduced its annual energy use by 3.83 million kilowatt hours of electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,321 tons of CO2 equivalent. The energy cost savings will enable the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to repay the loan in just over six years.  The loan was made under the Energy Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA). To encourage energy efficiency, the act grants energy loans at a low three percent interest rate for local governments, schools from K-12, special districts, and public and private care facilities.  In existence since 1979, the ECAA low-interest loan program has allocated $270 million to more than 750 recipients to fund energy conservation projects.

LIPA to Expand Transmission Line from Wildwood to Riverhead

In order to meet eastern Long Island’s growing energy demands, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announced plans for a major transmission line upgrade increasing LIPA’s reliability and transmission capacity to the South and North Forks of Long Island.  LIPA will be upgrading the transmission line from 69 kV by installing insulators capable of supporting 138 kV transmission using existing conductors and poles. The transmission line is located in a right-of-way that runs between LIPA’s Wildwood and Riverhead Substations. The line is approximately 10.6 miles and utilizes approximately 170 structural poles.

NEEA Exceeds Savings Targets for 2011

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) recently released its 2011 Annual Report to the public. The non-profit, which collaborates with more than 100 Northwest utilities, Bonneville Power Administration, and the Energy Trust of Oregon to accelerate energy efficiency, reports 2011 energy savings of 44.6 average megawatts (aMW).  The total regional savings associated with NEEA’s initiatives is 802 aMW since it was started in 1997 - enough energy to power almost 600,000 Northwest households annually.  The report highlights NEEA’s unique value to the Northwest as a regional organization working across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.  This year’s Annual Report highlights NEEA’s investment in Emerging Technology to ensure a robust energy efficiency pipeline and continued long-term delivery of cost-effective energy savings. NEEA launched several new initiatives in 2011 moving 750 aMW of long-term energy savings potential into the energy efficiency pipeline.  The 2011 Annual Report is available as a digital edition for the first time this year. Read it online at http://neea.org/annualreport.

First National Zero-Net Energy Planning Meeting a Success

On July 24th, NASEO and the New Buildings Institute (NBI) co-hosted a National Zero-Net Energy Planning Meeting in San Francisco, CA.  The meeting was convened with the goal of advancing the NASEO-NBI initiative to develop a National Zero-Net Energy Action Plan, aimed at expanding and accelerating net-zero energy commercial building policies and programs in several targeted states across the country.  Several representatives from ASERTTI member organizations were in attendance, including Doug Ahl (Energy Center of Wisconsin) and Todd Currier (WSU Energy Program), as well as David Terry, ASERTTI’s Executive Director.
 
This event was the first step in a planning process that includes a series of meetings with state and local government officials, energy efficiency advocates, and potential funding partners. The result of these meetings will be the development of a plan to create a policy framework, toolkit of resources, and delivery strategies that could be subsequently funded and implemented.  Additional meetings in Minneapolis, MN, and Washington, DC, will be held over the next few months to engage participants in the design and development of a policy framework. 
 
For more information about the upcoming planning meetings or the development of the National Zero-Net Energy Action Plan, contact Stacey Hobart, NBI Communications Director, at stacey@newbuildings.org  or 360-567-0950 ext. 103.

NATIONAL NEWS

Funding Opportunity: Improving Marine and Hydrokinetic and Offshore Wind Energy Resource Data

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a Request for Information (RFI) inviting input from the public regarding currently lacking data and technologies for characterization of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) and offshore wind energy resources in support of deployment of wind and MHK technologies. For MHK power, comments regarding the advancement of wave and tidal resource characterization and data gathering for characterization of far-field hydrological and wave environment interactions with MHK energy devices are specifically requested. For wind power, comments regarding research and observation activities and partnerships for offshore wind energy resource characterization to complement, augment, or expand upon ongoing and planned offshore wind meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) data activities are specifically requested.  The sole purpose of the RFI is to gain input from industry, academia, local, state and federal government agencies, and other offshore wind and marine and hydrokinetic power stakeholders. For more information, see the full solicitation.

BP Commits $100m to Fund Materials Research Center
Environmental Leader

BP has pledged $100 million to establish an international research center aimed at developing advanced materials and coatings that can be used in oil and gas exploration and production as well as in the biofuels industry.  The BP International Centre for Advanced Materials, or BP-ICAM, will focus on research in seven areas of direct interest to industry: structural materials, smart coatings, functional materials, catalysis, membranes, energy storage and energy harvesting.
 
The 10-year program will be primarily housed at the University of Manchester in the UK with smaller branches of supportive research extending to other academic institutions, including Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  BP already has partnerships with all of these universities. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is one of three partners in the BP Energy Biosciences Institute, a 10-year $500 million program launched in 2007 that aims to support BP’s biofuels business.

New Solar Cell Sets World Record for Efficiency
University of Toronto – U of T News

According to a story published by U of T News, an international group of researchers led by U of T Engineering Professor Ted Sargent has created the most efficient CQD solar cell the world has ever seen – with a record-breaking 7.0% efficiency.  CQD stands for colloidal quantum dot – a type of semiconductor only a few nanometres in size which is used to harvest electricity from the entire solar spectrum, including both visible and invisible wavelengths.  The U of T cell represents a 37% increase in efficiency over the previous certified record. In order to improve efficiency, the researchers needed a way to both reduce the number of “traps” for electrons associated with poor surface quality while simultaneously ensuring their films were very dense to absorb as much light as possible.  The solution was a so-called “hybrid passivation” scheme.  This advance opens up many avenues for further research and improvement of device efficiencies, which could contribute to a bright future with reliable, low cost solar energy.

EVENTS

Advancements in Energy Storage: Utility-Scale Technologies and Demonstration Projects
ASERTTI Emerging Technology Webinar Series
Monday, August 20, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

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
 
Balancing Competing Interests: Achieving Efficiency at the Energy-Water Nexus
ASERTTI Emerging Technology Webinar Series
Monday, September 17, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

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

NEW RESOURCES

Capital Ideas - New Climate Change Blog by Joel B. Stronberg
 
Map of University Energy Research Institutions – An Interactive Map of Nearly 200 Energy Research Institutions around the nation.