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Second Stakeholders Meeting: Thursday, June 8, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Carnegie Mellon University 

Rangos Ballroom, Jared L. Cohon University Center
5032 Forbes Avenue 
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Attendance list

Morning and Lunchtime Presentations

A Look at Energy Innovations at Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh (MP4, 139 MB)

  • Meeting Welcome --Dave Althoff, Principal Investigator, Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future 
  • Sampling of Interdisciplinary Energy Research at Carnegie Mellon University -- Jay Whitacre, Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Renewable Energy Initiatives in Pittsburgh and How the Scott Institute Supports Them -- Anna Siefkin, Associate Director, Scott Institute

Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future: Project Overview (MP4, 109 MB)

  • Dave Althoff

Models: Business-as-Usual vs 10% Increased Solar Energy in Pennsylvania by 2030 (MP4, 479 MB)

  • David Hill, Director of Distributed Resources, 
  • Damon Lane and Kate Desrochers, Analysts, Vermont Energy Investments Corporation

Where Are Municipalities Heading in Renewable Energy? (MP4, 453 MB)

  • Innovations in Pittsburgh  -- Grant Ervin, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Pittsburgh
  • Innovations in Millvale --  Zaheen Hussein, Sustainability Coordinator, Millvale 


9:30–10:00 am: Registration

10:00–10:30 am: Welcome 

  • Welcome, introductions – David Althoff
  • Opening remarks  – Dr. Jay Whitacre, Director & Anna J. Siefkin Associate Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Project background – David Althoff

10:30 – 11:15 am: Overview of modeling and results for reference and initial solar scenario (VEIC) 

  • Model overview
  • Reference and Initial Scenario results
  • Questions from Stakeholders


11:30 – 12:15 am: Demand and Transformation Analyses in the LEAP model (VEIC) 

  • Details and examples from Demand Module
  • Details and examples from Transformation Module
  • Questions from Stakeholders

Break Lunch (Boxed Lunches Provided)

12:30 pm: Working Lunch  

  • Remarks by Grant Ervin, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Pittsburgh
  • Zaheen Hussein, Sustainability Coordinator, Millvale 

12:50 – 1:00 pm:  Stakeholder Interaction (Rob & Facilitators)

  • Expectations for Afternoon Workgroup Sessions

1:00 – 3:00 pm:  Workgroup Breakouts (All)

Meet with workgroup facilitators 

  • Regulatory and Ratemaking (Wright Room): Ron Celentano
  • Markets and Business Models (Rangos Ballroom) : Sharon Pillar
  • Operations and Interconnection: (Peter Room) Prof. Jeffrey Brownson, PhD

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Reconvene - Rangos Ballroom

  • Workgroup report out – Facilitators and group leaders 
  • Next Steps  - Rob Altenburg
  • Final Thoughts – David Althoff

4:00 pm: Adjourn

Modeling Webinar: May 8

Thanks to the approximately 50 stakeholders who participated in the webinar on long-range energy alternatives planning (LEAP) modeling for Finding’s Pennsylvania’s Solar Future. Staff from Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) covered about 20 questions submitted in advance, as well as excellent inquiries along the way. The webinar provided interested stakeholders with a great opportunity for further insight into the modeling process. VEIC also gave us a heads up on some of the baseline modeling information they plan to present at the June 8 stakeholder meeting. We highly recommend that all project participants view the webinar at the above link prior to the June 8 meeting.

Project Kickoff Stakeholders Meeting: March 2, 2017, Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg:

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