Sunday, August 2, 2015 | Seattle, Washington | Task Force on Energy Supply
New technologies are allowing cities to turn their household waste into energy, often while meeting renewable electricity standards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Converting waste to energy can be cleaner, more efficient, and cheaper than simply burying trash in a landfill. This session will explore technologies and drivers behind the growth of waste to energy power plants.
- Larry Hiner, Manager, Product Lines, Babcock & Wilcox Company | PDF Presentation
- David McConnell, Vice President of Business Development, Enerkem | PDF Presentation
Planning for a Distributed Grid
Distributed energy resources—including rooftop solar, energy storage, electric vehicles and combined heat and power systems—can lower costs by reducing utility expenditures on transmission and other infrastructure. When combined with technologies that provide accurate information on customer energy production and consumption, these resources can also help meet customer demand, improve reliability and defer expensive capital investments. Presenters will explore the effects of distributed resources on the electric grid and how state policy influences the integration of distributed resources.
- Jeffrey Roark, Technical Executive in Power Delivery & Utilization Sector, Electric Power Research Institute | PDF Presentation
- Ken Nichols, Principal, EQL Energy | PDF Presentation
- Jan Ahlen, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association | PDF Presentation
Protecting the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure
Hurricanes, attacks on energy substations, severe cold, drought and cyber threats continue to demonstrate the importance of creating resilient energy infrastructure. The energy system failures and disruptions created by these incidents have serious economic and human welfare consequences. Federal regulatory actions also pose risks in how we plan our energy mix. This session will explore the major threats to the grid and how states can develop a more robust and reliable energy supply.
- Alice Lippert, Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy | PDF Presentation
- Robert W. Bradish, Vice President of Transmission Grid Development, American Electric Power | PDF Presentation
Natural Gas, Air Quality and Federal Regulation
The policy environment for the U.S. natural gas market is rapidly evolving. One focal point is the federal government’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector, where natural gas has played an increasingly prominent role during the last decade, and to cut methane emissions from oil and gas operations. This session will examine how new and evolving policy affects the U.S. energy system; how businesses make decisions in new policy environments; and the consequences of the interactions of these policies with the existing energy system.
- Richard Meyer, Manager, Policy Analysis, American Gas Association | PDF Presentation
Third Party Solar Financing
A majority of rooftop solar system growth is now being driven by third party ownership, where the home or building owner does not own the system, but leases it or buys the electricity from a company that owns and maintains the system. The dramatic rise in third party ownership is raising discussions about the role of third party solar companies, incentives, loan alternatives and consumer protection. This session will explore these questions and how state policymakers are addressing them.
Overview of Enwave Seattle (formerly Seattle Steam Company)
Tour of Enwave Seattle Steam Plant Facility (Task Force members and partners only)
This tour took the task force to the steam plant that provides heat for approximately 200 buildings in Seattle's Central Business District. The plant uses primarily biomass to generate steam that is distributed through 18 miles of pipe to many of the city's office buildings, hospitals, hotels and college campuses for heating buildings and heating water. This tour explored the steam plant technology and its role in providing low cost, low emissions energy for Seattle.