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

This event is sponsored by


Folks gathered in the hallway surrounded by mock-ups of the future space.

University of Pittsburgh announces plans for new space at Energy Innovation Center

This morning the University of Pittsburgh along with its Swanson School of Engineering and the Center for Energy are announced plans for innovative research space at the Pittsburgh Gateways Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

The soft launch event, marketed as a chance for “Coffee and Conversation with Chancellor Gallagher“, was an informal opportunity for the Chancellor to make a few comments about the goals of the off-campus partnership, and speak to the opportunities the location would provide the university.

“We’re celebrating a new beginning,” remarked Chancellor Gallagher.  “Energy is one of those core enablers to our modern life…and an area of great opportunity.  Innovation is a team sport, and this space will help the university play a role in achieving this.”

The plan is for the University of Pittsburgh to occupy 19,000 sq ft of the building, with separate labs dedicated to performing research in collaboration with industry partners.

Dr. Greg Reed, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy, made some additional remarks about what the much-anticipated new lab space means for the greater Pittsburgh region.

“Energy resources, technology, and development have been a huge part of our region’s heritage,” said Dr. Reed.  “We will have some of the most advanced facilities here…of anywhere in the country.”  The labs will include space for the application of high-voltage power electronics, batteries, advanced materials, and also an energy-related incubator space.

Dr. Reed also commented on how the space will allow the University to foster industry partnerships, and the thanked several businesses for their support to get them this far, including Eaton, Duquesne Light, Universal Electric, Emerson Process Management, Ansys, and Dominion.

The space is in the process of being built out, and is expected to be fully ready for occupancy by this time next year.

Photos from the event