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  • Sallan Event Pick: New York State Environmental Year in Review
    Center for Climate Change Law Columbia Law School Speakers Thomas Berkman Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel NYSDEC Donna DeCostanzo Senior Attorney Director Northeast Energy and Sustainable Communities NRDC Scott Fein Whiteman Osterman Hanna LLP Michael Gerrard Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Columbia Law School Counsel NYSDEC Philip Weinberg Professor Emeritus St John s University School of Law Moderator Michael Mahoney Pfizer Inc Chair Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association Date Monday February 22 8 30 10 00 am Location Bar Association of the City of New York 42 West 44 Street RSVP NYC Bar Assocation This event is free but both Bar Association members the general public must register February 2016 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Upcoming Events Around Town Data Driven Decision Analysis For The Urban Environment 11 Feb Data analytics and data driven decision making can revolutionize the provision of city services and the design and evaluation of urban policy Get up to speed on opportunities and challenges using existing and new streams of data to inform city operations focusing on building energy data and energy efficiency programs Event Details Around Town 4 Perspectives On Offshore Wind For NYC 19 Feb Get energized by learning about the wildlife labor environmental justice and business perspectives on the future of offshore wind power for the Big Apple Event Details Around Town New York State Environmental Year in Review 22 Feb Stay current Leading practitioners regulators and professors from New York City and Albany will review the past year s most significant developments in New York State

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  • Sallan Event Pick: Passive Buildings, Active Money
    include Is the financing of Passive House projects structured differently Do underwriters account for deep reductions in operating costs in appraisals of asset value How should anticipated performance be validated and what is the role of certifications in these appraisals Sponsor Building Energy Exchange BEEx Speakers Sadie McKeown Senior Vice President COO Community Preservation Corporation Justin Palmer CEO Synapse Development Group Arianna Sacks Rosenberg Senior Project Manager Hudson Companies Melissa Ruttner President Build It Forward Date Friday March 4 9 10 30 am Location Building Energy Exchange 31 chambers Street Suite 609 RSVP BEEx This program is available for 1 5 AIA CEU s February 2016 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Upcoming Events Around Town Data Driven Decision Analysis For The Urban Environment 11 Feb Data analytics and data driven decision making can revolutionize the provision of city services and the design and evaluation of urban policy Get up to speed on opportunities and challenges using existing and new streams of data to inform city operations focusing on building energy data and energy efficiency programs Event Details Around Town 4 Perspectives On Offshore Wind For NYC 19 Feb Get energized by learning about the wildlife labor environmental justice and business perspectives on the future of offshore wind power for the Big Apple Event Details Around Town New York State Environmental Year in Review 22 Feb Stay current Leading practitioners regulators and professors from New York City and Albany will review the past year s most significant developments in New York State environmental law Event Details Around Town Passive Massive 22 Feb Sign up now for a half day workshop

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  • News & Views: Search Results
    In the Media Events Partners Contact Us Search Results Instructions By default this search engine looks for all words in any order To search for an exact phrase enclose the phrase in quotes movable type The search engine also supports AND OR and NOT keywords to specify boolean expressions personal OR publishing publishing NOT personal Home About Sallan News Views In the Media Events Partners Subscribe to RSS Feeds Contact

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  • The Sallan Foundation | Services | Join Sallan
    Views Current Torchlight Snapshot Reports In the Media Events Partners Contact Us Connect with Sallan Now and again we send out email announcements about original Sallan content Sallan sponsored events reports and podcasts We do not share the names and e mail addresses of our subscribers with any third party We respect your privacy Home About Sallan News Views In the Media Post Event Wrap ups Partners Subscribe to RSS

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  • There'll Be Some Changes Made: Power System Realignment or Death Spiral | September 2014 Event | Event Wrap-up Posted September 2014
    instead of viewing renewable energy as a threat to their business model some utilities are starting to view renewable energy suppliers as potential partners as certain types of renewable energy such as solar begin to achieve scale and profitability Conference Panelists Martin Insogna and Michael Delaney For Insogna a primary goal of REV is to increase distributed energy resources throughout the state and build confidence in them The Public Service Commission s REV proposal views distributed generation such as solar combined heat and power and storage as an important tool in making the system more efficient and flexible and that REV recognizes the reality that there is no longer one way to achieve cost effective and reliable power Nachmais spoke about the utility company s past and current efforts to conserve energy He mentioned that Con Ed has been aggressive in its attempts to ramp up demand response programs such as a pilot program in Queens to encourage customers to conserve energy and that the company is actively pursuing these and other programs as a way to conserve electricity and defer capital investment When asked what customers want Nachmias said that Con Ed is looking for ways to make it easy for customers to engage such as being able to control wall mounted air conditioners remotely Delaney echoed Nachmais comments and pointed out that new technologies such as a combined heat and power CHP system at New York University continued to operate after Superstorm Sandy thereby raising customer consciousness about the advantages of alternative energy When asked what a low carbon grid would look like Insogna stated that it would include a reduction in overall consumption as well as a reduced reliance on carbon intensive resources From Delaney s New York City perspective such a grid would include utility scale renewables such as offshore wind power as well as imported hydropower Nachmais said that such a system would have a much greater reliance on demand response and renewable energy as well as continued investment in the production and transmission of clean energy Panel Two Technology Disrupters The second panel was moderated by David Biello Energy and Environment Editor at Scientific American and focused on companies and technologies that have the potential to make the traditional system of power generation and distribution obsolete The panelists were Steven Hellman President Eos Energy Storage Fred Zalcman Managing Director of Government Affairs Sun Edison and Jeremiah Miller Analyst Smarter Grid Solutions Zalcman s company manages over 1 200 MW of power at over 700 customer sites ranging from single family residential to large scale commercial installations Sun Edison was the first company to offer power purchase agreements PPAs which allow commercial and industrial customers to install renewable energy systems with no upfront cost and provides them with a stable and in some cases lower cost of electricity Conference Panelists Fred Zalcman Steven Hellman and Jeremiah Miller Hellman s company Eos Energy Storage is currently working with eight global utilities to design and commercialize a

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  • Gatekeepers: Unsung Heroes Of A Smart Economy? | Aleksi Neuvonen & Tuuli Kaskinen | Snapshot Column | the Sallan Foundation
    year without paying any attention to emerging technological opportunities What if these companies and professionals had a better understanding of the potetial for energy effiieciency to satisfy their clients and increase the size and competitiveness of their business What if they saw themselves as gatekeepers of energy efficiency to millions of consumers Energy efficiency has a clear value in the long run it creates savings for consumers Today this means gatekeepers have the potential to sell something that they have so far failed to properly commodify Once they manage to do that we the consumers will benefit from a number of new types of services that make us feel more confident and relaxed during stressful and investment intensive periods of remaking our homes In return these entrepreneurs companies and professionals are likely to make better business and gain additional appreciation for their work Over the past five years at the Demos Helsinki think tank we ve worked with over a dozen groups from different gatekeeper professions and helped them innovate their business concepts for energy efficiency Image This is how you identify gatekeepers of energy relevant decisions People make number of strategic decisions that lead to either higher or lower level of energy consumption Gatekeepers are people who they face during their decision processes Out of many successful examples the most illustrative was the process with hardware store companies Using our workshop for concept development retailers discovered two things about their businesses when trying to grasp this market opportunity First their hardware stores can access this market It s not rocket science and it would do wonders for customer retention and value Second to take practical steps to access the energy efficiency consumer market they need to understand customer needs much better and make the shift from selling goods off the shelf to providing solutions to customers individual needs As a result the biggest hardware store chain in Finland launched an energy refurbishment service and started training shop assistants as energy efficiency specialists For more detailed story on Demos Helsinki work with hardware stores and other gatekeepers can be found in Eric Lowitt s recent book Collaboration Economy The idea of nudging people towards clever healthy and sustainable choices has been widely discussed since the publication of Nudge Improving Decisions about Health Wealth and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in 2008 and probably before too Nudging is about deliberately altering the choice architecture people face and consequently making them more likely to choose wisely Identifying and activating energy gatekeeper professionals is an example of choice architecture redesign Hardware stores and a number of different construction professionals are an essential part of the choice architecture decision environment consumers operate in when refurbishing If companies and their employees are capable of offering good and timely services for energy efficiency related decisions people are very likely to follow their suggestions We are confident that sooner or later stricter construction regulations and price incentives for energy will lead to radical leaps in

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  • Energy Efficiency: Markets or Mandates? | Pat Sapinsley | Snapshot Column | the Sallan Foundation
    often disinclined to take on additional debt All of these reasons the limited reach of ESCO s utilities conflicted interests and the barriers to IRR driven energy efficiency tend to limit the effectiveness of market driven energy efficiency measures Mandates If it is true that market forces alone are inadequate are mandates better and can they get the job done In the US we have seen widespread use of federally mandated equipment performance standards limited use of more stringent building energy codes and a few local mandatory benchmarking audits building labeling laws These last two have been in effect for a longer period of time in other countries to great success In the US the most successful of these programs have been the federal appliance standards and product labeling programs Starting with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 and Energy Policy Act of 2005 appliance standards have been put into effect that allow for the best technological advances at economically feasible pricing The US Department of Energy runs the standards programs for 17 categories of residential products 13 lighting categories and 8 commercial categories The best example of the success of these federal standards can be seen in a comparison of a refrigerator bought today and the equivalent model bought in 1975 Such a comparison would show that today s model uses one third of the energy costs half as much and is 20 larger Federal standards such as these bring certainty to manufacturers and consumers alike By 2020 these appliance standards will have saved 275 million metric tons of CO2 70 Quads of energy and will have saved 50 billion in energy costs Elizabeth Doris 2009 In 2007 alone mandatory labeling saved US consumers 16 billion Elizabeth Doris 2009 Both local energy efficient building codes and building performance labeling and targets have been far less widespread in jurisdiction and impact than federal appliance standards Mandates have become unpopular in the US as our political leaders are veering away from Big Government Yet the scale of our energy delivery system the history of the government interventions and today s international need to cooperate to avert serious climate change all indicate that a comprehensive sensible government program is required to deliver energy efficiency of the magnitude and in the time frame that could be useful Positive examples such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI intervention and the current EPA 111d can provide useful models In the case of RGGI a group of Northeastern states that chose to participate in a cap and trade carbon emissions program have seen positive impacts Those states have returned an economic benefit of 5 9 times the original investment and 1 1 billion in consumer savings while creating 20 200 jobs over the life of the program EN 2011 If this program were mandated as a national program the benefits could be greatly multiplied Section 111d of the Clean Air Act already requires existing power plants to control emissions of air pollutants including CO2 This section of the Clean Air Act calls for action by all states to remedy emissions and offers a compliance path that includes energy efficiency But Other Countries Are Doing Better The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy ACEEE Scorecard 2014 spotlights Germany as the most successful country in its energy efficiency efforts of the 16 largest world economies and ranked the US 13th out of 16 The United States long considered an innovative and competitive world leader has progressed slowly and has made limited progress since the last International Scorecard in 2012 ACEEE 2014a Recent US improvements in CAFE standards appliance standards and some building codes were cited as a positive path for the US The success of the German system is due to mandatory building codes covering the residential and commercial sectors including code requirements for both new and retrofit buildings as well as mandatory building labeling disclosure and appliance and equipment labeling By contrast in the US we have 16 various standards used in local building codes with little in the way of mandated energy efficiency Some of these codes are woefully outdated Few are enforced well Our building labeling programs are not laws they are voluntary such as the LEED or Energy Star ratings The ACEEE study emphasizes that where the US system leaves energy efficiency issues to the states Germany has had great success with national mandatory building codes covering the residential and commercial sectors with code requirements for both new and retrofit buildings as well as mandatory building labeling Although our appliance standard program appears to be the best of the countries surveyed our building codes and building labeling programs lag far behind Unlike many countries surveyed we have no national greenhouse gas reduction plan no federal targets for utility energy savings and no national industrial energy efficiency audits nor oversight The advances in Germany and other EU states have been spurred by the EU Directive system a system of mandates that each member state must meet The recent Energy Efficiency Directive of 2013 requires member states to create plans to meet targets for building retrofits for combined heat and power CHP opportunities for energy audits of large buildings and for the creation of financing mechanisms These targets are mandated ECEEE 2013 It is up to the member states to devise plans that comply The Economic implications of the EED mandates is summed up here by European Parliament Member Claude Turmes This essential legislation is not only crucial for achieving our energy security and climate goals it will also give a real boost to the economy and create jobs Crucially it will reduce the sizeable and growing cost of our dependence on energy imports 488 billion in 2011 or 3 9 percent of GDP which is particularly stark in crisis hit countries Those countries that are pulling ahead on energy efficiency are not only able to address global warming but are able to stave off wasteful spending in the energy sector and

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  • Organic Wastes Are Energy-Rich Resources: Towards A New Era of Productive Alchemy | Kendall Christiansen | Snapshot Column | the Sallan Foundation
    if infrastructure is made available locally rather than outside of the region Today the systems to make all of that work are not yet in place but elements of it are being tested Case in point At DEP s flagship Newtown Creek plant which just completed a 5 billion expansion upgrade small amounts of contaminant free food waste such as collected at the city s green markets are delivered to its digesters after it is processed into a slurry by Waste Management in East Williamsburg plans are to bring that slurry making capacity on site to the plant and expand its capacity beyond the pilot phase to as much as 500 tons per day Other means of converting food scraps into digester ready slurry also are possible InSinkErator for which I am a consultant the world s leading manufacturer of food waste processing systems developed Grind2Energy an on site system for installation at hotels campuses arenas and food markets to produce clean contaminant free digester ready feedstock as efficiently as possible As a general rule organics collected at curbside from residences will not be suitable for wet anaerobic digesters because of the presence of yard waste and non organic contaminants Instead those resources will be directed to conventional compost facilities capable of working with that mix and screening contaminants out of finished compost What New York City is doing mirrors larger trends in the newly emerging field of organics management What used to be the pollution control and sewage treatment industry is rapidly morphing into the water resource recovery field with new found focus on the energy potential and nutrient processing opportunities of organics conveyed via sewers and trucks The operative theme is clear there is a transformational shift from disposal to production and it s happening now Embrace it About 15 wastewater treatment facilities in the U S are engaged in this practice a small number but that s up from one or two about a decade ago according to the American Biogas Council notes Rachel Cernansky in her recent Yale Environment 360 article Most comes from commercial and industrial sources including fats oils and greases and airport de icing liquids Case in point The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority commissioned a partnership of Waste Management and Save That Stuff a Boston recycler to prepare and deliver slurried commercial food scraps by barge from Boston to its Deer Island resource recovery plant Image MWRA Deer Island Digester Eggs Other approaches are being tested so called dry digesters capable of handling a mix of yard wastes and food scraps recently began operations in San Jose and Monterey California and Vancouver British Columbia In these cases the goal is to produce some biogas as an initial step in the production of compost products In Europe this resource not waste approach to processing all wastes at least once before disposing of residuals is known as mechanical biological treatment or MBT the goal is to recover as much recyclable material as possible and create

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