BRIEFING: DISTRIBUTED GENERATION
The Northeast-Midwest House and Senate Coalitions on Wednesday, September 4, are hosting the first in a series of distributed energy roundtables. Distributed energy technologies -- microturbines, fuel cells, wind power, and photovoltaic systems -- improve the efficiency, environmental performance, and reliability of the nationís power generation, while reducing its vulnerability to terrorism and other disruptions associated with centralized electricity delivery. This distributed energy industry also represents significant job growth potential in high-tech manufacturing, installation, and servicing.
Anne-Marie Borbely-Bartis of Battelle Memorial Institute will lead the first briefing, discussing new analytical work performed for the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Borbely-Bartis, a co-editor of Distributed Generation: The Power Paradigm for the New Millennium, is conducting seminars across the country to help building code officials, fire marshals, and city or county planners better understand the local regulatory issues related to distributed energy. The September 4 briefing will begin at 9:30 am in room HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.
Contact: Joe Abe at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).
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