Event: What’s Next for PA DEP?  A Conversation with Secretary Patrick McDonnell

Thursday, December 1st
1:00pm – 1:30pm Registration and Networking
1:30pm – 2:30pm Presentation and Q&A
First Floor Auditorium, 11 Stanwix Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222

Join us for a conversation with the Acting Secretary of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Patrick McDonnell. McDonnell has been serving as Acting Secretary since May, and was nominated to fill the position permanently by Gov. Tom Wolf in September.

McDonnell has worked for the DEP for the last 13 years, and will share his thoughts about his priorities for the Department, as well as take questions and comment on issues that the Department works on, such as permitting, regulatory coordination, energy efficiency, and energy production in Pennsylvania.

Registration is required; please RSVP using the link below by Monday, Nov. 28th.


About Patrick McDonnell:

Prior to his appointment as Acting Secretary, Patrick McDonnell was most recently the director of policy for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where he oversaw the agency’s regulation and policy development processes. In addition, Mr. McDonnell ran the State Energy Office and was charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.

Prior to returning to DEP, Mr. McDonnell was executive policy manager for former Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues as well as cybersecurity and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets.

Previously, Mr. McDonnell spent 13 years with DEP in a variety of roles. As deputy secretary for administration, he managed the budget, human resources, information technology and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency. He also previously served as policy director and as an assistant to the special deputy secretary. He began his career at DEP working in the State Energy Office on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building projects.

Mr. McDonnell received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from DeSales University.



Special Topic Briefing — More than Fuel: A Strategy for Shale Gas & Manufacturing

Friday, October 21st, 2016
First Floor Auditorium, 11 Stanwix Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Presentation and Q&A

The shale gas revolution is about more than just taking it out of the ground. It’s about using the gas and the associated natural gas liquids as building blocks to drive petrochemical and advanced manufacturing in the region. The Shell cracker is just the start.

Please join us on Oct. 21 as David Ruppersberger, President of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference, describes how they are working to maximize this opportunity. He will be joined by Ken Zapinski, Senior Vice President for Energy & Infrastructure for the Allegheny Conference, who will outline how Pennsylvania is working together with Ohio and West Virginia to help the tri-state region compete globally.


This event is free to attend – Registration is required – Light breakfast will be provided


RSVP: 2016 Energy Alliance Annual Meeting – Apr 25

Monday, April 25th 2016
8:30am – 10:30am
Lobby Auditorium, 11 Stanwix Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222

8:30 – 9:00am    Breakfast, Networking, & Registration
9:00 – 9:30am    2016 Energy Alliance programs and opportunities
9:30 – 10:30am   Keynote Speaker with Q&A


Keynote Speaker:  PUC Commissioner Robert F. Powelson

Commissioner PowelsonWe are pleased to welcome Pennsylvania Utilities Commissioner Powelson as our keynote for this year’s Energy Alliance Annual Meeting.  The PUC is responsible for oversight of public utility and services operations in the commonwealth, including water, energy, and transportation.

Commissioner Powelson will share his perspective and answer questions about the impacts of major new policies on Pennsylvania, such as the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the start of Phase III of Act 129 (PA’s electricity energy efficiency and conservation program), and other significant energy-related issues before the PUC today.


Commissioner Powelson was first appointed to the PUC by Gov. Rendell in 2008, then later appointed to serve as PUC Chairman by Gov. Corbett from 2011 through 2015. Under Powelson’s leadership, Pennsylvania ratepayers have had an active voice on issues such as ratemaking, utility infrastructure replacement, broadband development, and expanded use of natural gas throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  On March 8, 2011, Governor Corbett invited Powelson to serve as a member of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. The Advisory Commission reviewed the Commonwealth’s existing statutes, regulations and policies and provided recommendations to ensure that Pennsylvania maximizes the opportunity that Marcellus Shale presents in the most responsible manner possible.

Commissioner Powelson also is a voting member of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI). In 2012, he was appointed to serve on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Council and was recently re-appointed to serve another term, which expires August 2018. Previous to his tenure with the PUC, Powelson served as the President of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry and was was the Director of Government Relations for the Delaware County Chamber.


Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 20th.
Light breakfast will be served.    Capacity for this event is limited; RSVPs will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


WPXI’s Our Region’s Business: On Location at CMU’s “Energy Week”

Catch the show on Sunday, May 1 at 11:00 a.m. on WPXI-TV


IMG_0889-2Last month, Our Region’s Business, a co-production of the Allegheny Conference and WPXI-TV, hit the road to record a special edition of the program at CMU’s inaugural “Energy Week.” The show was shot inside the newest edition to the campus, Scott Hall, the home of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. CMU and the Scott Institute are helping to put Oakland and the Pittsburgh region at the epicenter of a revolution in energy research. Not only are we central to enormous fossil fuel reserves – both coal and natural gas – but researchers at CMU are at the frontier of wind, solar, smart grid and intelligent building design

Guests featured on the broadcast include:

  • Dr. Jared Cohon, former president of CMU, and now the director of the Scott Institute
  • Dr. Jay Whitacre, founder and CTO of Aquion Energy, and a professor at CMU
  • Dr. Erica Cochran, UDream program director at the Remaking Cities Institute

The show airs Sunday, May 1 at 11:00 a.m. on WPXI-TV.


Our Region’s Business is a Sunday-morning business affairs program co-produced by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and WPXI-TV that aims to play a positive role in the Pittsburgh region by providing business news, information and commentary in a lively and entertaining format. The program is hosted by veteran broadcast journalist Bill Flanagan, who is chief corporate relations officer at the Allegheny Conference and its affiliated organizations. 

Energy Networking Mixer at the Energy Innovation Center | March 22nd

Tuesday March 22, 2016, 5 – 7 pm
Energy Innovation Center
1435 Bedford Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15219

You are invited to join the The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA, and Chevron for a Networking Mixer at the Energy Innovation Center, located in Hill District of Pittsburgh.

This is an opportunity to develop valuable business and social relationships, with an emphasis this month on the energy industry including:

  • Oil & gas
  • Green energy
  • Renewables
  • Power & utilities
  • Advanced Manufacturing

RSVP required by March 18th

Call 412-392-0610 or email information@aaccwp.com

This event is sponsored by