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Energy Policy Watch

With the Clean Power Plan finalized, states react differently

Since the EPA released the final rule for the Clean Power Plan (which sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions on a state-by-state basis), state responses have been divided.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf immediately released a statement of commitment to achieving the new targets.  OhioWest Virginia, and 13 other states filed to block the new rules with the D.C. federal appeals court last week.  Meanwhile, New York, Washington D.C., and 14 other states and cities released a letter on Friday saying they will support the EPA if the rule is challenged.

energyalliancegreaterpittsburgh.orgKeep track of it all on the *new* Energy Alliance website

Get updates on what the Clean Power Plan means for our region, as well as other energy issues, events, and funding opportunities, by visiting the new Energy Alliance website.

Energy Funding Watch

Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Competition

The Pittsburgh region has been selected for a collegiate student energy entrepreneurship competition by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office.  The regional first place winner will receive a $50,000 prize, with additional prizes available. The Scott Institute is co-hosting the competition with Innovation Works, Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Energy. An advisory committee that goes beyond the Pittsburgh area is being formed.

Additionally, the competition needs volunteers as mentors, judges, sponsors, subject matter experts, and advisory committee members. The event is tentatively scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 16. The deadline for submission of statements of intent is likely to be January 18, 2016 with final submissions by February 15, 2016.  Go to for additional details and to sign up.

DOE Innovative Nuclear Research Funding Opportunity

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) conducts crosscutting nuclear energy research and development to develop innovative technologies that offer the promise of dramatically improved performance for advanced reactors and fuel cycle concepts. This funding opportunity is to support strategies and technologies for the safe, long-term management and eventual disposal of used nuclear fuel and advanced nuclear fuel and fuel cycle technologies that enhance the accident tolerance and enable sustainable fuel cycles to be demonstrated and deployed.

Current challenges include the development of high burnup fuel and cladding materials to withstand irradiation for longer periods of time with improved accident tolerance; development of simplified materials recovery technologies, waste management (including storage, transportation, and disposal), and proliferation risk reduction methods; and development of processes and tools to evaluate sustainable fuel cycle system options and to effectively communicate the results of the evaluation to stakeholders. 

Estimated Total Program Funding: $56,200,000.  Applications due by Feb 18, 2016.  
Full program and application details available at the National Energy University Programs website, and


The 2015 Natural Gas Utilization Conference marks the fifth year energy leaders will gather to discuss natural gas use trends, as well as near-term opportunities and challenges. This year’s conference will provide special emphasis on the vital role infrastructure plays in getting gas to end-users.  

The conference is in Canonsburg at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe on October 28-29th.   Agenda, registration, and sponsorship opportunities are available here:

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.

News Clips

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NUCLEAR  Sweden Better Not Close Its Nuclear Power Plants -- It Gets Really Cold There (Forbes)

COAL  Opinion: Five myths about coal (The Washington Post)
NATURAL GAS   Marcellus Shale 2.0:  We need the infrastructure to get gas products to markets (Post-Gazette)

SOLAR    Solar is having a great year, except on Wall Street  (Reuters)
WIND     Energy Department Reports Highlight Trends of Growing U.S. Wind Energy Industry (DOE)

TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION   ISO-NE Tariff Changes Make Renewables More Easily Dispatchable (RTO Insider)

BUILDINGS & SYSTEMS  View Has Raised More Than $500 Million for Smart Adaptive Windows (Greentech Media)
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