DEP extends comment period on Act 78 drilling regs to May 19th
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An Insider's Guide to Combined Heat and Power CHP diagram 

Wednesday, April 22 2015
8:00am  Breakfast and Registration
8:30am – 10:00am  Presentations
11 Stanwix St, Main Floor Auditorium
Downtown Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is growing in popularity as a way to leverage a single fuel to produce both electricity and heat for your building and operations.  CHP applications often operate at 65-75% efficiency, beating the national average of 45% for these services separately.  

This is an information session to provide real-world examples of CHP applications and implementation scenarios, followed by a Q&A with the presenters.

DOE Mid Atlantic CHP Technical Assistance Project - James D. Freihaut, Director
Pew Clean Energy Initiative - Meredith Montalto, Pennsylvania Representative
Phoenix Contact, Inc. - Mr. Doug Ferguson, VP Americas Operations
Gatter & Diehl, Inc. - Mr. Jeff Crist, PE, President
Duquesne University - Rod Dobish, Executive Director, Facilities Management

Continental breakfast will be provided ~ Event is free to attend ~ Registration is required.

Co-sponsored by
BOMA Pittsburgh 

Energy Policy Watch

DEP extends comment period for Act 78 drilling regulations
The Pennsylvania DEP has released the  long awaited, and much revised, proposal to update oil and gas regulation. The proposed rule changes will impact nearly every facet of operations:  from data management, to increased setbacks, to phasing out the use of impoundments.    DEP anticipates the rules will become effective in spring 2016.    

Comments will be accepted until May 19th.  Visit DEP's website for additional information.

Energy Funding Watch

DOE Funding Opportunity:  Advanced Components for Next-Generation Electric Machines

DOE's Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM) program announced up to $20 million is now available to develop a new generation of energy efficient, high power density, high speed integrated MV drive systems for a wide variety of critical energy applications. This funding opportunity is focused on developing medium voltage (MV) integrated drive systems that leverage the benefits of state-of-the-art power electronics (i.e., wide band gap devices) with high RPM, high power density and energy efficient megawatt (MW) class electric motors in three primary areas: (1) chemical and petroleum refining industries; (2) natural gas infrastructure; and (3) general industrial applications.  

View the full Funding Opportunity for complete details and instructions.  
Concept Papers are due by April 16, 2015. Applicants must submit a Concept Paper to be eligible to submit a full application. 

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