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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 13 January 2003



H E A D L I N E S

 

* Briefing:  Distributed Energy Generation

* Briefing:  Healthy Buildings

* Funding Update:  LIHEAP

* Funding Update:  Manufacturing Extension Partnership

 

 

BRIEFING:  DISTRIBUTED ENERGY GENERATION

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The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Wednesday, January 15, will host its final briefing in a series on distributed energy technologies, which can improve the efficiency, environmental performance, and reliability of the nation's power system.  This roundtable will focus on how distributed generation can help integrate national energy, security, and environmental goals.

 

Speakers will include Dennis Hughes, director of property management at the First National Bank of Omaha; Alden Hathaway with Environmental Resources Trust; David Bassett, an entrepreneur who recently retired from DOE's Office of Distributed Energy and Electricity Reliability; Peter Molinaro with Dow Chemical Company; and Joel Bluestein from Energy & Environmental Analysis, Inc.

 

The January 15 briefing will run from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon in 2456 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

Contact:  Joe Abe at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).

 

 

BRIEFING:  HEALTHY BUILDINGS

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The Coalitions on Thursday, January 16, will host a separate briefing on energy use and healthy buildings.  Steve Slayzak of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will discuss desiccant technologies, which reduce a building's humidity in order to increase comfort, remove indoor air pathogens, and cut fuel costs.  The January 16 briefing will run from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon in 2456 Rayburn House Office Building

 

Contact:  Joe Abe at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).

 

 

FUNDING UPDATE:  LIHEAP

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The Department of Health and Human Services last week released $545 million of second-quarter allocations for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  While this represents an increase from the previous quarter, the administration considers an annual $1.4 billion sufficient for this program -- rather than the $1.7 billion approved in the Senate appropriation bill.  The need for LIHEAP is great, however, as evidenced by the Energy Information Administration's most recent data showing a 34 percent increase in natural gas prices, with residential heating oil and propane prices increasing 43 percent and 20 percent, respectively, since last winter.

 

Contacts:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606) or Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9497).

 

 

FUNDING UPDATE:  MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

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The House Commerce, Justice, State (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee last week unofficially recommended $110 million for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for fiscal 2003.  Although the "markup" details have not been released, contacts say the House will use that number in negotiations with the Senate.  MEP received $106.5 million in fiscal 2002 appropriations, but the administration had requested only $12.9 million for fiscal 2003.  The Senate appropriations panel previously endorsed $106.5 million for fiscal 2003, and the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions had requested $110 million.

 

Contacts:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606) or Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9497).