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.


DoE Seeking Help in Identifying Challenges to Renewable Energy Deployment

New regulations on greenhouse gases, aging Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs), and falling renewable energy production prices are driving states to take a fresh look at renewable energy options. The Department of Energy is soliciting feedback from state-level entities, utilities, the solar and wind industry, energy companies, academia, research laboratories and other stakeholders on issues related to the development of new renewable energy targets and deployment strategies as the state level.

DoE specifically interested in information on the types of analysis, planning tools, processes, and other technical assistance that states and utilities need to plan for the expansion of renewable energy deployment.

For more information,

Responses to this RFI are due January 13.

More information can be found at the DoE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s website.

“Privacy vs Security” and barriers to adoption discussed at IoT event

Energy Alliance and Green Building Alliance members enjoyed a robust discussion with energy systems experts at the “Behind the Meter: The Internet of Things for Buildings” event on Wednesday.


Special Topic: Behind the Meter — the “Internet of Things” for Buildings

Registration for this event is now closed.
Wednesday, December 16th 2015
 Breakfast and Registration
8:30am – 10:00am: Presentations
11 Stanwix St, Main Floor Auditorium, Downtown Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Event is free to attend; RSVP is required.
Continental breakfast will be provided. 

“Internet of Things” is a handy way to refer to the growing world of connected devices that can monitor and respond to events without humans lifting a finger.  While these devices are becoming prevalent in every aspect of our modern world, building systems have been a primary frontier for deployment and are already impacting energy consumption and patterns.  Not only is this a shift in operations best practice, but it is also a major new market opportunity.

Join us to learn about trends in the Building Internet of Things, and to hear about cutting-edge research and new business activity happening right here in Pittsburgh.


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Early bird registration for ACEEE Intelligent Efficiency conference open

ACEEE’s second Intelligent Efficiency Conference to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, December 6-8 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel.

The 2015 Intelligent Efficiency Conference will bring together people from the IT, telecom, energy efficiency, utility, solution provider, policy, and energy consumers sectors to share and learn how information and communications technology (ICT) can improve the use of energy.

More information is available at their website – http://aceee.org/conferences/2015/ie