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Energy Policy Watch:  
Electricity reliability under pressure

Reliable electricity affects everyone in all sectors and aspects of life - business, safety, health, transportation, communication. 

As new technologies and new environmental standards change how we obtain and use electricity, the old regulatory and market structures are not keeping up with the pace of change.  

The Allegheny Conference has began an outreach campaign to public and private sector leaders about the risks to electric grid reliability and the need for a coordinated strategy at the national level on down.

Read the Conference's Sunday op-ed in Post-Gazette here.

Read the Conference's testimony to the EPA here.

Energy Funding Watch

Pollution Prevention Assistance Account Program (PPAA)

Assistance for small businesses to implement energy-efficiency and pollution-prevention projects through the installation of equipment that reduces energy use or raw materials.

Program covers 75% of total eligible project cost,up to a maximum of $100,000, for machinery and equipment acquisition and installation.  A 2% interest rate until September 30, 2014 is available, up to 10-year term.

Small businesses in PA with 100 or fewer full-time employees can qualify.  For more info:  http://www.newpa.com/

Don't forget:  PEDA applications due tomorrow at 4pm

The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) is offering approximately $12.5 million in funding for clean, advanced energy projects, and for businesses interested in locating or expanding their alternative energy manufacturing or production operations in the Commonwealth.  Applications must be submitted online by August 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. 

To apply:  https://www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us/LearnMore.aspx?GrantProgramId=102

Hiring the right people is hard.

Introducing a new program to help your HR team succeed.

Generating Resources for Industry Development (GRID) is a yearlong, peer-to-peer industry development program led by CONSOL Energy and EQT.  Its objective is to gather best practices and bridge knowledge gaps that are identified in energy company’s human resource departments.  

This year's program will kick off on Friday, October 10th at the Consol Energy Center.  Please pass this information to your HR team to nominate a representative to participate.

More information is available on the website: http://gridpgh.com/

You're Invited

Penn State Natural Gas Utilization Conference
October 14-15 2014
Hilton Garden Inn - Canonsburg, PA

Agenda topics include regional infrastructure development, global geopolitical implications, meeting electricity demands, combined heat & power (CHP) applications, and an overview of downstream petrochemical projects in the Appalachian Basin.

To Register:  http://www.2014utilization.org/

Save the Date

Electric Power Industry Conference
Nov. 17-18, 2014

Theme: "Industry and Technology in Transition"
Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering
For more information:  http://engineering.pitt.edu/epic/

News Clips

In case you missed it...

COAL  NRG to Shutter, Repower Illinois Coal Units in Modernization Bid (Power Magazine)
GAS   Shell Chemical Details Plans for PA Cracker in First Permit Application  (Natural Gas Intelligence)

NUCLEAR  PSEG moves into site permit reviews for new nuclear reactors (Delaware Online)
SOLAR    Energy innovation in the northeast boosts the solar market  (Lexology)
WIND   IRS Relaxes Tax Credit Rule; Ruling Could Provide a Boost to Wind Power Industry (Wall Street Journal)

TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION  Report: Distributed generation and new technologies are reducing need to replace generation capacity (Black & Veatch)

BUILDINGS & SYSTEMS  Siemens Gets Nationwide Test for Demand Response Software (Greentech Media)

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