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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 14 October 2002



BRIEFING: DISTRIBUTED GENERATION AND THE ELECTRICITY GRID

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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Monday, October 21, will host a briefing on how innovative technologies can plug into, or interconnect with, the electric utility grid.  The session will describe how existing barriers block the introduction of systems that increase efficiency and reduce pollution, and it will highlight the just-approved technical interconnection standards from the national association of electrical engineers.  Speaking will be representatives of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Environmental Resources Trust, and U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association.

 

     The October 21 briefing will run from 10:00 am until 11:30 am in room 2456 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

 

     Contact:  Joe Abe at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4021).

 

 

LIHEAP: FUNDING RELEASED

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     At the urging of the Northeast-Midwest Senate and House Coalitions, the Bush administration released $816 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds to allow states to open their winter heating programs.  The Office of Management and Budget originally had planned to release only $680 million, which was not sufficient to fund states during the first quarter of the fiscal year.  The president’s fiscal 2003 budget proposed a $300-million cut to the LIHEAP program.  At the end of September, the administration failed to release the remaining $200 million in LIHEAP contingency funds.  Additional funding for LIHEAP is vital this year as the Energy Information Administration forecasts that home heating oil prices will increase 45 percent this winter and natural gas will be 19 percent more expensive.

 

     Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).

 

 

REPORT: GUIDE TO OPPORTUNITIES IN THE 2002 FARM BILL

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     The Institute’s Agriculture Policy Program has issued a guide to select USDA grant and entitlement programs in areas of marketing, community development, conservation, management assistance, energy, nutrition, credit and finance, and research. Developed for a workshop for departments of agriculture from Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, the guide makes available information relevant to the entire Northeast-Midwest region.  The report is available at http://www.nemw.org/workshopguide.pdf.

 

     Contact:  Allen Hance at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4015).