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OH, WV, and PA Governors sign landmark Regional Cooperation Agreement for shale gas development

Normally, states compete with each other to attract businesses and workers in high-demand industries.  This has been true of the development around Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia as well.

But business executives, government officials, civic leaders and others across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia have realized that all three states could benefit by working together to increase the attractiveness of their shared shale assets. Those parties gathered together last week at the first-ever Tri-State Shale Summit which featured the Governors of each state signing a Regional Cooperation Agreement.  The document outlines that the states will collaborate on efforts to develop shale-related infrastructure, train a skilled workforce, and attract downstream manufacturing businesses.  

Given the impact of shale gas on the economies of each state, this innovative cross-border collaboration is seen as a way to maintain a competitive edge over other markets.  As the states move forward, we will keep you posted of any outcomes from this new agreement.

Read more about this promising interstate collaboration on our blog, or at the links below:

♦ Tri-state officials talk up crackers' opportunities for entire region (Pittsburgh Business Times)

♦ Economic Organizations Hail Tri-State Shale Agreement (WESA 90.5fm)

♦ Pa., W.Va., Ohio to coordinate efforts to attract shale-related business  (Tribune Review)

♦ WV Gov. Tomblin joins other state leaders to promote natural gas development (The State Journal)

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Get updates on new developments like the Tri State Shale Summit, as well as other energy news, events, and funding opportunities, by visiting the new Energy Alliance website.

Energy Funding Watch

Carbon XPrize: New $20 million competition to reuse captured CO2

For decades, governments and the private sector have examined ways to capture CO2 and store it underground. These investments in research and development have led to significant improvements in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies, with several carbon capture solutions already being deployed today.

But what if instead of treating CO2 as waste, we turned that CO2 into something we can use?  The winning team will convert the most CO2 emissions into the highest value products. To be competitive, teams will have to make the business case for their approach as well as minimize their use of energy, water, land, and other inputs that have consequences for the environment.

Registration for the XPrize closes in March, and the first round of project submissions will be due in June. The grand prize will be announced in March 2020.  
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2015 Electric Power Industry Conference


The 10th Annual University of Pittsburgh Electric Power Industry Conference (EPIC) is will be November 16 - 17th at the University Club on the Pitt campus.  This year’s theme is “Reimagining Our Energy Future – Building Upon 10 Years of Public-Private Collaborations,”  The keynote speaker will be City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.

Registration, schedule, and preliminary agenda can all be found on the conference web site at  Corporate sponsorships come with free registration.


Grid AcademyFor its 2015-2016 Energy Lecture Series, W&J brings you the Grid Academy!  The Grid Academy is a four-session program that explores the risks, challenges and opportunities facing the electric power system as it modernizes the electricity grid.

The program was developed by the National Academy of Sciences’ and the
National Academy of Engineering’s Science and Engineering Ambassadors Program in partnership with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development to educate a group of high-level opinion leaders from the Pittsburgh area.

W&J Center for Energy Policy & ManagementThe Center for Energy Policy and Management draws together leaders in science, industry, government and academia in conversation on issues related t
o energy development and consumption and the variety of impacts that arise from those activities. Based in Washington, PA, at Washington & Jefferson College, the Center strives to include the surrounding community in these discussions by offering a host of programs, lectures and workshops. A key component of this programming is the Energy Lecture Series which is free and open to the public.

All four of the sessions have been organized by a leadership team from the Academies’ S&E Ambassadors Program, Pitt, CMU, and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and will be presented by energy researchers and professionals from those institutions and the power industry.  Join us and learn why we should not take access to electricity for granted.

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News Clips

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NATURAL GAS   The Shale Bargain: PennLive series follows natural gas boom from wells to pipelines (PennLive)

NUCLEAR  China to invest $78B to build 110 nuclear power plants by 2030, will overtake US (First Post)

SOLAR    "Solar + Ice": Long-term utility PPAs for bundling energy-storing rooftop air conditioners with solar PV systems (Greentech Media) 
WIND     For Pickens, Wind Claim May Be Last Power Play (NY Times)

TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION   Why battery storage is 'just about ready to take off' (Utility Dive)

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