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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 16 September 2002



H E A D L I N E S

* Press Conference: Invasive Species Legislation
* Briefing: Manufacturing
* Briefing: Power Quality and Reliability
* Briefing: Winter Fuels Outlook
* Briefing: Renewable Energy and Emissions Markets
* Letter: LIHEAP Funding
* Book: Invasive Species

 

PRESS CONFERENCE: INVASIVE SPECIES LEGISLATION
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Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), and other lawmakers on Wednesday, September 18, will hold a press conference to introduce legislation that will slow the onslaught of aquatic organisms invading U.S. waterways. These organisms -- such as the snakehead fish discovered in Maryland, the Asian carp moving up the Mississippi River, or the zebra mussel that first invaded the Great Lakes -- cause enormous damage to our economy and environment.

The press conference will begin at 2:00 pm in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.

Contact: Allegra Cangelosi at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

 

BRIEFING: MANUFACTURING
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The Manufacturing Task Forces, along with the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions, will sponsor a series of briefings throughout the fall on manufacturing. The first session, "Manufacturing Matters!" will feature presentations by representatives of the National Association of Manufacturers, AFL-CIO, and U.S. Business and Industrial Council. It will begin at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 17, in room 2253 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Contact: Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).

 

BRIEFING: POWER QUALITY AND RELIABILITY
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The House Northeast-Midwest Coalition and the Northeast-Midwest Institute on Wednesday, September 18, are sponsoring a briefing on power quality and reliability, focusing on the value of distributed generation from the customer’s perspective. Speakers from the Berkeley Livermore National Laboratory and First National Bank of Omaha (which has installed a fuel cell power system) will outline how modern technologies and distributed systems can provide uninterrupted, consistent energy supplies to the market.

The September 18 briefing will run from 10:00 am until 11:00 am in 2456 Rayburn House Office Building.

Contact: Joe Abe at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

 

BRIEFINGS: WINTER FUELS OUTLOOK
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The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Wednesday, September 18, will host a Senate and a House briefing on the outlook for fuel oil, natural gas, and propane supplies and prices during the upcoming heating season.

The Senate-side briefing on September 18 will begin at 8:30 am in room 412 Russell Senate Office Building. The House-side session will begin at 2:00 pm in 2456 Rayburn House Office Building.

Contact: Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).

 

BRIEFING: RENEWABLE ENERGY AND EMISSIONS MARKETS
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The House Northeast-Midwest Coalition, World Resources Institute, and Energy Efficiency and Renewables Task Force on Thursday, September 19, are co-hosting a briefing on "Renewable Energy and Emissions Markets: A Corporate Buyer’s Perspective." The session will run from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Contact: Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).

 

LETTER: LIHEAP FUNDING
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Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are circulating a letter asking President Bush to release the remaining $200 million in fiscal 2002 LIHEAP contingency funds. The Northeast-Midwest House Coalition is circulating a similar letter. Senate offices interested in signing should contact Kris Sarri (224-0606) by September 20, while House offices should contact Olwen Huxley (226-9497).

 

BOOK: INVASIVE SPECIES
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A new book on invasive species features a chapter by Allegra Cangelosi, a senior policy analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. The chapter, based on work conducted through the Great Lakes Ballast Technology Demonstration Project, focuses on filtration as a ballast treatment measure. Information on the book, Invasive Aquatic Species of Europe: Distribution, Impacts, and Management, can be found at http://www.ku.lt/nemo/links.htm.