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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 30 November 1998

Posted on behalf of Glenn Starnes <gstarnes@nemw.org>

     A brown-bag briefing on Wednesday will focus on new government
and industry initiatives to advance innovative energy technologies,
paying particular attention to combined heat and power (CHP) and
community energy systems.  The hour-long session will be on Wednesday,
December 2, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in room HC-5 in the U.S. Capitol.
Soft drinks and coffee will be provided.

     Featured speakers include:  Dan Reicher, assistant secretary,
U.S. Department of Energy; Peter Carroll, acting chairman, U.S.
Combined Heat and Power Association; and Michael Wiggin, technology
manager, Canadian Community Energy Systems Program.

     The briefing will introduce the newly-formed U.S. Combined Heat
and Power Association (USCHPA), describe the potential for these
innovative electric and thermal systems, as well as report on the
Department of Energy's just-completed summit on combined heat and
power and the agency's new CHP Challenge program.

     Combined heat and power (CHP) systems, or cogeneration systems,
generate electrical/mechanical and thermal energy simultaneously.  By
such combinations, much of the energy normally lost can be recovered
and used for heating or cooling.  Since CHP doubles the efficiency of
separate heat and power generation, it offers important economic
development and environmental benefits.

     CONTACT:  Tina Kaarsberg at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a senior policy
analyst and a research assistant for a new project to examine
transportation, trade, and economic development opportunities in the
Upper Midwest.  Staff will review the region's potential for trade
development and estimate the adequacy of its transportation
infrastructure.  The three-year project, in essence, will help Upper-
Midwest policymakers to think proactively about the region's economic
future and then to recommend strategic actions that the region can
take to ensure economic vitality.

     More detailed job descriptions are located on the Institute's web
site  www.nemw.org.  Resumes can be faxed to:  202/544-0043.