Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DOE ZERO ENERGY READY HOME TRAINING: IS THE HOUSING MARKET READY FOR ZERO ENERGY READY HOMES?

This 3.5-hour seminar will provide builders and energy raters with a comprehensive review of U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home construction including the business case, consumer messaging and marketing resources, detailed specifications, and opportunities to be recognized as an industry leader. In the process, attendees will learn the answers to the following questions:

  • What is the future of housing and why is it headed there?
  • What new business approach is critical for builders in a slow housing market?
  • What critical components define a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home?
  • How are builders offering DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes today at market-based prices?
  • Why are DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes often the lowest cost option for homebuyers?
  • What eight compelling value propositions are unique to DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes?
  • How can DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes substantially lower home builders’ risks?
  • How can DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes be constructed with readily available, tried-and-true technologies and practices?
  • How can builders achieve significant recognition for providing zero energy ready performance?
  • What local resources are available to assist home builders with US DOE Zero Energy Ready Home projects?

Presented By:

Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect, DOE Building Technologies Office

Jamie Lyons, Senior Engineer, Newport Partners

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Green Ports: New Front for China’s War on Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation

On July 26, join CEF for a panel discussion with Green Port experts as they assess how China’s new policies and on-the-ground efforts—such as port/vessel emissions inventories and emission control zones—are reducing pollution and climate emissions at major Chinese ports. Dr. Peng Chuansheng (China Waterborne Transport Research Institute) will lead the discussion in exploring how and why China is taking action on green ports. Ms. Freda Fung (Natural Resources Defense Council) will summarize the regulatory and incentive programs adopted in Hong Kong to control shipping and port pollution and how Hong Kong and international experiences have served as examples that inspired China’s actions. Dr. Dan Rutherford (ICCT) will draw on a port study in Shenzhen produced for the China Environment Forum to discuss how shore power and fuel-switching offer critical solutions in reducing port emissions in China.

This meeting—part of CEF’s Choke Point: Port Cities initiative—is co-sponsored with the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.

– See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/green-ports-new-front-for-chinas-war-pollution-and-climate-change-mitigation#sthash.H0o2LOAy.dpuf

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Global Nuclear Landscape to 2040 — US still in Premier League, or relegated?

The USA cannot idly let its leadership position wither away in the global nuclear energy landscape. In the nuclear arena, leadership cannot be simply “restored” based on the old “push” model of Supply-side dominance from the 20th Century. Urban demand-side factors outside Europe and North America now are pulling nuclear power construction forward in the 21st Century to satisfy burgeoning electric demand, primarily in Asian cities, and for growing populations and water needs in the Middle East and Africa. USA and allies must redefine leadership in nuclear energy via international partnerships and alliances that are unfolding now.

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GLOBAL NUCLEAR LANDSCAPE TO 2040 — US STILL IN PREMIER LEAGUE, OR RELEGATED?

Expanding populations in Asia, high levels of economic growth, and increasing urbanization are combining to create demand for large amounts of reliable and affordable base-load electricity. Governments in Asia and some in the Middle East have recognized this need and have made nuclear power a major part of the energy mix they are developing to meet this demand. China alone is expected to have eight mega-cities (population over ten million) and more than 200 cities with over one million residents by 2030. Affordable baseload electricity is crucial for these countries to sustain the high level of economic growth they have experienced during the last decade. Government support, via regulations and financing, has been pivotal to the accelerated growth of nuclear energy. In China and India, as well as most of Asia and Europe, government enterprises are responsible for the construction and operation of nuclear power plants.The USA cannot idly let its leadership position wither away in the global nuclear energy landscape. In the nuclear arena, leadership cannot be simply “restored” based on the old “push” model of Supply-side dominance from the 20th Century. Urban demand-side factors outside Europe and North America now are pulling nuclear power construction forward in the 21st Century to satisfy burgeoning electric demand, primarily in Asian cities, and for growing populations and water needs in the Middle East and Africa. USA and allies must redefine leadership in nuclear energy via international partnerships and alliances that are unfolding now.

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Tribal Science 2016 Webinar Series

The U.S. EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Seminar Series presents the Tribal Science Webinar Series, co-hosted by EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) and Office of Science Policy. The webinar series provides a forum for discussion of the complex environmental issues facing many tribal and indigenous communities, and features a wide variety of expert guest speakers from government, academic institutions and other organizations. This month’s webinar focuses on the 2016-2017 EPA Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program, which partners EPA scientists with Tribal Colleges and Universities professors to address environmental problems. The Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program has given more than 150 students the opportunity to work directly with professors and scientists.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Solar “Panel”: Recent Changes in Net Metering Policies and the Future of Distributed Solar

This program is sponsored by the Energy Committee of the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section and is cosponsored by the Environmental Law Institute


Thousands of Nevada consumers purchased solar arrays expecting to sell their electricity back to the grid at the same rates they pay for power – called “net-metering.” Solar companies expected to continue booming sales – and leasing – based on this high rate of return. That all changed last December when the Nevada Public Utility Commission significantly reduced net-metering rates. Existing customers were furious and sales of new systems basically ground to a halt. A few months later, after a similar fight, the California Public Utilities Commission reached a different result, maintaining full net-metering rates until 2019. And just this April, a coalition including Con Edison, Solar City, and Sunpower, Inc., submitted a net-metering proposal to the New York Public Service Commission billed as a breakthrough in utility-solar collaboration. The coalition claims their proposal will continue to incentivize residential solar while also providing utilities with protections necessary to insure that distributed solar will not cause the ever-dreaded Death Spiral for the utility industry. These recent developments are only a sample of the debates raging before Public Utility Commissions across the country, where numerous proposals to change net-metering policies are pending, with important implications for the future of residential solar. Please join us for a panel discussion of these ongoing developments.

Speakers:

  • Jeff Cramer, Executive Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access
  • Sean Garren, North East Regional Manager, Vote Solar
  • Joe Mendelson, Director, Policy and Electricity Markets and Regulatory Counsel, Solar City
  • Steve Wemple, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Con Edison Energy (Invited)
  • Rick Umoff, Regulatory Counsel and Director of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association (Moderator)
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U.S. Wind Energy Market Forecasts: Where, When and How Much?

Following the success of the most popular session at WINDPOWER 2016, the American Wind Energy Association brings you a reprisal examination of U.S. wind energy market forecasts. Two top market consultants will present, defend, and debate their view of future market growth, providing insight into regional drivers and timing. Gain insights into market magnitude, growth opportunities in new project development; market and policy factors, including natural gas and power prices, the evolving cost of wind energy, retiring coal plants, federal tax policy, state policy, and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. These industry influencing factors will all be covered to provide a clear view of the market dynamics facing the industry. 

Speakers:

John Hensley (Moderator), Manager, Industry Data & Analysis, AWEA
Dan Shreve, Partner, MAKE Consulting
Bruce Hamilton, Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Green Chemistry: Losing the TSCA battle but winning the war?

Green chemistry, or sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances throughout the entire lifecycle. Significant time and attention has been placed upon green chemistry as a core component on the pathway for companies to meet their sustainability goals and be good corporate stewards.

A provision to increase green chemistry support was added Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act of the 21st Century but was removed from final version due to concerns that it would impede passage of TSCA reform. (Refer to the National Law Review’sarticle Inside EPA Reports On Loss Of Green Chemistry Provision From TSCA Reform.) The measure was originally added to the Senate version by Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and was crafted to increase funding the research and development of green chemistry.

Will the absence of this provision help or hinder green chemistry and/or development of sustainable chemistry? Are there other provisions in the new TSCA reform that will help or hinder green chemistry and/or development of sustainable chemistry? What does this mean for the future of green chemistry?

Join WCEE in a discussion with Steve Bennett, Ph.D., Senior Director of Scientific Affairs and Sustainability at the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) as we explore these questions.

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Law & Policy of Products Regulation (ELI Summer School, 2016)

The life cycle of industrial, agricultural, and antimicrobial chemical products, especially those embedded in consumer products, has gained increasing public attention. Regulators are beginning to look at the entire product life cycle, including after the discard of a product at the end of its useful life, not just toxicity data. This course will:

  • examine the regulation of chemicals that are used in industrial and consumer products, as well as pesticides, and
  • describe the new governance and stewardship initiatives being considered globally by a wide variety of stakeholders to diminish the potential for adverse effects from chemicals.

Faculty:
Lynn Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C

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WCEE Board of Directors July 2016 Meeting

The WCEE Board of Directors meets every month to discuss WCEE matters. All WCEE members are invited (and encouraged) to attend these monthly board meetings which take place every fourth Thursday.

Come meet the board of directors. Learn about WCEE’s upcoming programs and volunteer opportunities. Come share your thoughts and ideas. Get involved!

Date: Thursday, July 8th, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: will be sent after registration (and verification of your WCEE membership)


Please register so that you receive venue address (or conference call-in number), agenda and other pertinent documents. 

Please register for this event by 3:00 pm, Wed, July 27th as the registration list must be given to the venue’s “security” desk ahead of time. Your name must be on the registration list to enter the venue.

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