Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Cities, communities and campuses throughout the nation are actively seeking more resilient, sustainable energy infrastructure to support economic growth and achieve environmental objectives. District energy microgrids incorporate combined heat and power (CHP) to deliver greater energy efficiency and optimize the use of local resources while strengthening the local and regional power grids.
The International District Energy Association (IDEA), the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC), and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) are pleased to invite you to a briefing providing policy guidance and showcasing proven technologies and exemplary cases that illuminate the potential for more robust U.S. investment in district energy microgrids.
- Ted BorerEnergy Plant Manager, Princeton University
- Jim LodgeVice President, NRG Energy
- Grant ErvinChief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh, PA
- Michael RooneyManager of District Energy Initiatives, University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy
- Rob ThorntonPresident & CEO, International District Energy Association
District energy systems distribute thermal energy (steam, hot water, and/or chilled water) through a network of underground pipes to multiple buildings in an area, such as a downtown district, college or hospital campus. By aggregating the heating and air conditioning supply for multiple buildings, district energy systems optimize thermal energy efficiency. Moreover, they can use surplus heat from power plants, industrial processes and local renewable sources to cut emissions, reduce energy consumption and strengthen local economies. Combined heat and power (CHP) refers to facilities that simultaneously generate electricity and useful heat, thereby achieving very high efficiencies—more than 80 percent in many cases. Microgrids are robust electricity networks that can be operated in parallel with, or independently of, the utility grid. These three technologies complement each other and can be implemented together, optimizing the whole energy system and creating much greater resilience, which is especially important when extreme weather events occur.
Learn more with these brief informational videos:
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Environmental Causal Analysis:
Accounting for Differences in Data Quality
Roxolana Kashuba, Managing Scientist, Exponent
In a world where data is more available than ever, there is an emerging imperative to develop a framework for evaluating the quality of different data sources and incorporating their relative certainty into environmental decision-making.
Types of data potentially useful for answering questions about environmental causality may include geo-spatial information, remote-sensed satellite reflectance, in situ measurements, laboratory tests, surveys or interviews, professional opinions and expert knowledge, citizen science or crowd-sourced information, and model simulations. However, each type of data is not necessarily equally informative for a particular causal question. Additionally, a retrospective causal analysis typically relies on data not collected specifically for that purpose. For example, environmental monitoring efforts may collect samples across different time and space scales, in different ways, depending on the goals of the monitoring program.
Therefore, an important, often overlooked, element of incorporating, comparing, and combining different types of data sources to draw causal conclusions about potential environmental impacts, is determining the relevance and reliability of each data source.
Join WCEE as we discuss how data quality can affect what we think we know about the environment.
This is a Lunch & Learn event; please feel free to bring your own lunch.
“Community Solar Webinar” – Moderated by Sustainable Maryland
What: Discussion about the several aspects of a community solar project. How have advocates succeeded in passing the enabling law and regulations? How can municipalities, businesses, nonprofits, and people get involved? What are the technical challenges of such solar systems?
Where: Virtual event, register here.
Join us for SEIA’s Empowerment Series focused on educating, connecting, and providing thought leadership in the solar industry. This event will consist of a 30 minute tax equity panel and an hour and a half of networking with industry leaders.More Details
Thursday, December 8, 2016
The costs of not adapting to climate change are as important as calculating the costs of adaptation measures for decision makers at all scales. USAID’s December Adaptation Community Meeting, join ATLAS Governance and Evaluation Advisor Doug Baker for a discussion of the methods developed by USAID and others to reveal these coststhe potential costs of not adapting. After an overview of general approaches, Mr. Baker will focus on the methodology and findings from an ATLAS assessment of the future economic costs of climate change in Indonesia. The assessment, which relied on existing data sources, focused on aspects of agriculture, health, and long-term sea level rise (SLR) to provide actionable information for policy makers and donors on climate change adaptation programming and climate resilient development. The underlying spreadsheets are publically accessible through Climatelinks and can be modified for other countries and contexts.More Details
Green Drinks DC will be hosting our September Happy Hour in partnership with Citizens Climate Lobby. Together we will be screening an all new episode of National Geographic’s Years of Living Dangerously
In Episode 7 of this National Geographic climate change documentary, Modern Family star Ty Burrell looks into the progress of electric vehicles and automated vehicles, from Silicon Valley’s technology innovators to Atlanta, Georgia, where generous EV incentives were recently killed. In Washington, DC, the West Wing‘s Bradley Whitford looks at the progress of activists like Jay Butera on persuading Republicans to forge bipartisan efforts to act on climate change.
Doesn’t the documentary’s trailer give you chills? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juXzfwvVHZQMore Details