Sustainable Energy Fund Newsletter

 

DEP's Small Business Advantage Grant

Applications Now Being Accepted


     As of July 24th, the Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for their Small Business Advantage Grant for 2020-21. This grant provides 50% matching grants, up to a maximum of $7,000 to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment, or adopt waste reduction processes. Pennsylvania-based businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Eligible applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and must save the small business a minimum of $500 and at least 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution prevention related expenses (Natural Resource Protection projects are exempt).

     To check out the webinar, which discusses the guidelines for the 2020-21 in detail, or find more information about this grant, please click the button below to visit the website. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis.
 

Apply today
 

PA C-PACE Update: Summer 2020

     While COVID-19 has presented many challenges to businesses in the spring and summer of 2020, the Pennsylvania C-PACE program has still seen a lot of great success. With county governments moving to virtual public meetings and/or socially distanced services, SEF staff conducted virtual outreach and education initiatives on C-PACE to county officials as they were available. This resulted in Bedford County and Centre County adopting C-PACE programs in June and July respectively, increasing the number of counties that have passed a C-PACE resolution to eleven. These counties are Allegheny, Bedford, Centre, Chester, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Wayne Counties.
 
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Featured Event:

C-PACE for Brokers and Developers

Why Have 2,400 Other Property Owners Used This Tool?


Wednesday, September 23rd    |    1:00 - 2:00 PM 

  
     Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) was established in 2018 in Pennsylvania. Nationally, the program is active in 22 other states, where it has helped 2,400 property owners make significant capital improvements. This session will examine what makes C-PACE work and how $1.5 Billion was invested in just 8 years.  Join Maryrose Myrtetus from Philadelphia Energy Authority and representatives from PACE Nation as they discuss the following:

  • National Data: PACE Nation
  • The Basics:  Holly Edinger, SEF
  • Philadelphia's First C-PACE Deal:  Maryrose Myrtetus, PEA
  • Case studies from across the nation
Register Today
 

Events

Industry Forum on Energy Efficiency
Starting September 10
Virtual Event Series 

 
    This four week virtual event series will showcase energy efficiency in Healthcare, Food Services, and Higher Education. Attendees can access all events in the four week series. Events will take place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday starting at 11 am throughout the duration of the event.

    To register for this event, pleaseclick here.
 
Annual Update for Certified Energy Managers (CEM)
Starts September 21
Virtual Training

 
    This two-day program presented by AEE is designed to update CEMs on the most current energy-related trends, strategies, best practices, technologies, and regulations. This training costs $1,550 for non-members and $1,450 for members.

    To register, please click here.
 
LV Sustainability Summit
Friday, September 25
8:00 - 10:30 AM
Virtual Event

 
    This year's theme is Protecting Your Business and Bottom Line from Climate Change. The event will discuss how tackling climate change can affect your business and how different sectors can adapt to address climate change.

    Sustainable Energy Fund is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for this event. To register, please click here.

News

Clean Energy Jobs Energize State, Report Says

    The 2020 Pennsylvania Clean Energy Employment Report has been released, and Governor Tom Wolf is energized by it.

    This "comes at an opportune time, as government and industry leaders look to strengthen Pennsylvania's workforce and economy in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic," Wolf said Monday in a prepared statement. "This detailed analysis of data and trends in clean energy employment demonstrates the sector was a top job generator statewide and shows which industries were hiring and looking for trained workers."

    Foremost among the findings, released Monday, is that the clean energy sector was responsible for adding 7,794 jobs from 2017 through 2019.

    Click Here to read more.
 
Philadelphia Daycare the First Solar Project to Use C-PACE in Pennsylvania

    The Capers Company is borrowing $519,020 in C-PACE financing from Greenworks Lending to install a 212-kilowatt solar system. The project will generate 266,673 kWh in its first year, meeting nearly 100% of the building's electricity needs. By using solar energy, the building will reduce its carbon footprint by 6,900 metric tons of CO2e emissions.

    Under the leadership of Councilmember Derek S. Green (At Large), Philadelphia City Council passed legislation enabling C-PACE in Philadelphia in June 2019.

    Click Here to read more.
 

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Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Updated Inspection Plan (Inspection Report 05000387/2020005 and 05000388/2020005)
 
ADAMS Accession No.  ML20240A279
 
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Updated Inspection Plan (Inspection Report 05000277/2020005 and 05000278/2020005)
 
ADAMS Accession No.  ML20240A275
 
BRAIDWOOD STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2; CALVERT CLIFFS NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, UNITS 1 AND 2; CLINTON POWER STATION, UNIT 1; R. E. GINNA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT; LIMERICK GENERATING STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2; NINE MILE POINT, UNITS 1 AND 2; AND PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION, UNITS 2 AND 3 – REQUEST TO USE ALTERNATIVE CODE CASE OMN-26 (EPID L-2020-LLR-0012)
 
ADAMS Accession No. ML20232A171
 

ML20209C312

https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML20209C312 

Document Title:    FRN - Notice of Issuance of Multiple Exemptions Regarding Various Parts of 10 CFR Due to COVID-19 Impacts for July 2020
Document Type:    Exemption from NRC Requirements
   Federal Register Notice
Document Date:    08/21/2020


On 08/31/2020 7:28 PM Michael J Keegan wrote:

Force on Force Exemptions

COVID - Policy and Program Guidance

Placed into ADAMS today.

ML20237F508

https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML20237F508 

Document Title:    IP 92707 One-Pager
Document Type:    Policy and Program Guidance
Document Date:    08/24/2020
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 - Updated Inspection Plan (Inspection Report 05000387/2020005 and 05000388/2020005)
 
ADAMS Accession No.  ML20240A279
 
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Updated Inspection Plan (Inspection Report 05000277/2020005 and 05000278/2020005)
 
ADAMS Accession No.  ML20240A275
 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: 20-042 August 25, 2020
CONTACT: Scott Burnell, 301-415-8200
 
NRC Fines TVA More Than $600,000 for Discrimination Violations; Cites Two Managers for Their Roles
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has issued a $606,942 civil penalty to the Tennessee Valley Authority, an order prohibiting a senior TVA executive from NRC-licensed activities for five years, and a Notice of Violation to another TVA manager.
 
The enforcement actions stem from NRC investigations finding that two former TVA employees were subjected to adverse actions after raising concerns about a chilled work environment in which employees are less likely to report safety issues for fear of reprisal.
 
The NRC found that TVA’s former vice president of regulatory affairs and former director of corporate nuclear licensing violated the NRC’s employee protection rule and engaged in deliberate misconduct. The NRC is prohibiting the former vice president of regulatory affairs from any involvement in NRC-licensed activities for five years, since he was a decisionmaker for the adverse employee actions. The NRC is issuing a Notice of Violation to the former director of corporate nuclear licensing.
 
The NRC staff continues to review and inspect work environment issues and TVA’s corrective actions at the utility’s corporate office and its three nuclear power plants (Browns Ferry, Sequoyah and Watts Bar). As stated in the most recent annual assessment of Watts Bar, the NRC staff has determined that TVA has made progress in addressing these issues.
 
TVA and the two individuals have 30 days to respond to the NRC’s enforcement actions.
 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - News Release
No: I-20-017 August 18, 2020
Contact: Diane Screnci, 610-337-5330 Neil Sheehan, 610-337-5331
 
NRC Names New Senior Resident Inspector at Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has selected Gwynne Eatmon as the new senior resident inspector at the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant in Shippingport, Pa.
 
Eatmon joined the NRC in 2011 as a reactor inspector as part of the agency’s Nuclear Safety Professional Development Program in the Region IV Office in Arlington, Texas. Upon completion of the program, she worked as a reactor inspector in the Region IV Division of Reactor Safety, conducting inspections at operating nuclear power plants.
 
In 2014, she began serving as the resident inspector at the North Anna nuclear power plant near Mineral, Va. More recently, she was the acting senior resident inspector at the Vogtle nuclear power plant near Augusta, Ga.
 
Eatmon holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University.
 
Each U.S. commercial nuclear power plant has at least two NRC resident inspectors, who serve as the agency’s eyes and ears at the facility, conducting inspections, monitoring significant work projects and interacting with plant workers and the public.
 

It’s Back!  NEIS “Night with the Experts” Returns!

Greetings All—

NEIS would like to invite you to the second installment of our newly reconstituted online program  --  Night with the Experts.

In August our selected expert will discuss:

Nuclear Power as an Environmental Justice Issue

Thursday, August 27,  7 p.m.

ZOOM link:  click here to join the session (use a computer with camera and microphone for best experience)

Our guest expert this month is Diné activist :

Leona Morgan

Director, Diné No Nukes

Nuclear Issues Study Group, based at Univ. of New Mexico

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Leona has long-standing expertise and firsthand experience with uranium mining issues on Indigenous lands worldwide; has presented on Indigenous rights issues at COP-24; and is the co-founder of the Radiation Monitoring Project, providing radiation monitors and professional training on their use to frontline contaminated communities.  She is currently involved in a national organizing effort to prevent the construction “centralized interim storage” dumps for high-level radioactive wastes in southeast New Mexico and West Texas.  Indigenous lands and impoverished tribes are routinely targeted by the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the nuclear industry to serve as dump communities for this deadly waste. The Diné Reservation in New Mexico is also the site of the largest human-made spill of radioactive material in the history of North America, the Church Rock mill tailings spill into the Puerco River, July 16, 1979.

How “Night with the Experts” Works:

With most webinars, especially online, speakers talk for the majority of the time, often leaving little time for detailed questions or genuine discussion.  With NWTE, we reverse that format.  The guest expert(s) will be given about 10 minutes to introduce their information on the topic.  Then, the remainder of the time will be given to the watching/listening participants to ask questions and engage in moderated discussion.  Participants will indicate in the ZOOM “Chat Box” their wish to speak or ask a question, and will be acknowledged in the order received.

NEIS will conduct the series at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month, so mark your calendar.  Next Up:  “Nuclear Power in a COVID World,” our experts TBD; Thursday, September 24th, 7 p.m. Central TZ.  Hope to see you at both of these events!

 

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