GREEN SHEET :: FEBRUARY 2012
This month, we welcome our newest members at Pearson Fuels and FlexEnergy Inc. Pearson Fuels opened in 2003 as the nation's first alternative fuel station. Specializing in bringing alternative fuels to the public, Pearson brought the first ethanol station to the state of California, the first biodiesel station to San Diego and the county's first dual pressure natural gas station. Pearson featured San Diego's largest electric vehicle charging facility, the county's first propane vehicle fueling station and was the first independent station in San Diego to offer ultra low sulphur diesel. Three grades of gasoline rounded the offering to a total of 10 different vehicle fuels. FlexEnergy is the developer of the world's cleanest energy platforms, transforming a range of gases into a clean energy source. FlexEnergy manufactures a product line of gas turbines - the energy-efficient Flex TurbineTM MT250, a leader in its class with hundreds of thousands of field operating hours burning low to high Btu gases and the Flex PowerstationTM FP250 with the patented thermal oxidizer, the only turbine that offers both pollution control and energy generation from low quality methane. We also welcome the membership renewals from our partners at Consulate of Canada in San Diego and City of Santee.
Iberdrola Renewables' Tule Wind Power Project Heads to County Planning Commission
After receiving federal permits in December 2011, The Tule Wind Power Project next seeks San Diego County approval before the project can come to fruition. CleanTECH San Diego member company Iberdrola Renewables expects to go before the County Planning Commission in late March or early April, and then before the County Board of Supervisors in May. After more than five years of environmental studies, Iberdrola Renewables seeks to receive its final permits and approval to bring up to 200 MW of clean energy to SanDiego - enough for 60,000 San Diego area homes. The project will produce $3.5 million in annual property tax revenue; over 900 regional jobs during construction, and 10-12 permanent jobs post construction. As the first of several large renewable energy projects now being evaluated in San Diego, the County will decide whether wind energy development is welcome here. To lend your voice to this ongoing initiative visit: http://www.iberdrolarenewables.us/tulewind/stay_informed/index.html
American Council for Renewable Energy Invites CleanTECH San Diego to Capitol Hill
CleanTECH San Diego's Jason Anderson, along with OSIsoft and Soitec executives attended a Capitol Hill conference hosted by the American Council for Renewable Energy (ACORE). This invitation-only senior leadership forum examined strategies around technological and financial opportunities and challenges related to the expanded use of renewable energy in support of national defense. The forum explored creative ways around the purchasing power of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the ingenuity of private sector industries and financiers to drive down costs and advance the DoD's mission. The DoD is employing a host of strategies to harness the power of renewable energy, conserve energy resources, and efficiently manage energy demand. As of April 2010, over 450 renewable initiatives including solar, wind, geothermal and biomass were in use or being developed on military bases.
CleanTECH San Diego Joins CONNECT in Making the San Diego Case for New U.S. Patent & Trademark Satellite Office
CleanTECH San Diego lent its support in tandem with CONNECT's efforts to persuade the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to establish a San Diego satellite office. A group of regional stakeholders met with the USPTO's Director of Governmental Affairs to discuss the suitability of the region as a satellite office location. Recent patent reform legislation stipulates that 3 or more satellite offices be established to (1) increase outreach activities to better connect patent filers and innovators with the Office; (2) enhance patent examiner retention; (3) improve recruitment of patent examiners; (4) decrease the number of patent applications waiting for examination; and (5) improve the quality of patent examination. The USPTO recently announced a satellite office in Detroit, Michigan and will announce its second satellite expansion somewhere in the West Coast. The USPTO is an agency in the US Department of Commerce that issues patents to inventors and businesses for their inventions, and trademark registration for product and intellectual property identification.
EDGE Showcases at Bio-Based Chemicals Summit
CleanTECH San Diego co-sponsored the 3rd Annual Bio-Based Chemicals Summit on January 23 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. This next-generation conference is where technology meets investment and innovators meet global commercial partners. Over 200 stakeholders attended this event, also co-sponsored by Stoel Rives and Wilson Sonsini. The EDGE Initiative was also among the sponsoring partners as it exhibited its program success on the main floor of the summit. With the rapid growth of San Diego's biofuels sector, the EDGE program exhibit demonstrated the critical nexus between advanced biofuels companies and a readily skilled workforce.
CleanTECH San Diego & SEPA Co-host Solar Energy Symposium - Save the Date
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 6 as CleanTECH San Diego and The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) present the 2012 San Diego Solar Energy Symposium, sponsored by SDG&E. A recent report identified San Diego as having the most rooftop solar installations and solar potential throughout the state. To ensure its leadership position with its high market adoption, CleanTECH San Diego and SEPA will offer a half-day symposium at the University of San Diego (USD) to discuss the region's future in solar power. Experts will share information about the regional expansion of solar energy and the market drivers and benefits, while addressing misconceptions and identifying creative pathways for sustainable growth. CleanTECH San Diego President & CEO Jim Waring will emcee as USD's Scott Anders and the California Center of Sustainable Energy's Andrew McCallister both moderate. Stay tuned for registration details.
CleanTECH San Diego Introduces City Councilmember DeMaio to the Region's Cleantech Cluster
As part of its Leadership Series, CleanTECH San Diego will host a February 22, Meet & Greet with San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, introducing the councilmember to the region's cleantech community leaders. CleanTECH San Diego members Martin Sabarsky of Cellana, Mike Armstrong of Soitec, Dave Roberts of OSIsoft, Daniel Sullivan of Sullivan Solar Power and Jim Avery of SDG&E will discuss the role their companies and sectors are playing in the clean economy as well as addressing the challenges impacting their company's growth. Those interested in attending should contact email@example.com
Grid ComForum West 2012 Comes to San Diego - Special Discount for CleanTECH San Diego Members
CleanTECH San Diego is the official associate sponsor of Grid ComForum West held March 7-9, 2012 at The Westin San Diego. This coveted annual industry event will bring together over 600 members of the western smart grid community including all of the major electric power utilities, regulators and key stakeholders involved in the deployment of the region's smart grid technology. Featured executive speakers include Michael R. Niggli, President and COO, SDG&E; Bob Shapard, Chairman & CEO, Susan Story, President & CEO, Southern Company Services; John Estey, President & CEO, S&C Electric Company; Anne Pramaggior, President & COO, ComEd; and many more. As theofficial associate sponsor of GCF West 2012, special reduced pricing is available to CleanTECH San Diego members and partners. Register today and enter promotional code GCF20CTSD to save 20% off the registration fees.
CAPITAL FORMATION - SCRUB Introduces Local Waste Management, LED and Storage Companies to Capital Formation Committee
On January 12, CleanTECH San Diego's capital formation committee held its popular, quarterly SCRUB event hosted by member company Luce Forward. The CleanTECH San Diego SCRUB is an opportunity for a set of prescreened early-stage companies to present their business to a wide cross-section of CleanTECH San Diego members for business guidance and connections. This round's SCRUB candidates included NuLEDs, who aims to be a leader in LED lighting and control systems for commercial environments. Also in the mix was Interra Energy who develops innovative biochar that provides a sustainable solution for waste management. The technology will support an agricultural revolution of locally sourced and abundant food, and alter the future of climate change. The program rounded out with TransPower, who focuses on an advanced electric propulsion system for heavy-duty trucks and a modular energy storage system used with EV technology. We thank Luce Forward for its sponsorship and support of this event. We thank Mike Elconin, the committee chair and Glenn Mosier for their leadership on the SCRUB. If you are interested in attending a future SCRUB or know of company candidates, contact paulinem@cleantechsandiego.
Greening San Diego
January's City Council approved the Santee City Hall EECBG Design-Build Lighting Upgrade Project to proceed to contract with the lowest bidding vendor winner with aFebruary installation. This comprehensive lighting upgrade will affect 818 fixtures and over 1,500 lamps. Old 32-watt T-12 and T-8 fluorescent lamps will be replaced by 25-watt T-8's with new low wattage energy efficient ballasts, and 75-watt incandescent lamps will be replaced with 7-watt LED's for a 90% energy reduction. In addition, 15-year old occupancy sensors will be replaced, and additional sensors will be installed in critical locations. At the City of Lemon Grove council meeting, the EECBG project to retrofit all of the 436 city-owned streetlights was approved to be awarded and installationwill commence as soon as the induction fixtures are available. The City of Lemon Grove was able to expedite this procurement by "piggybacking" off the City of Santee's street light procurement. Notice to all Public Agencies: The Energy Technical Assistance Program (ETAP) just announced a first-come, first-served special incentive for Bi-Level LED Stairwell Fixture retrofits that can be installed before the March 31, 2012 deadline. At a net cost after incentives of just $60-$100 per fixture for approximately 70% energy savings and 1-3 year payback, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Either contact your ETAP agency lead or contact Marty Turock at CleanTECH San Diego if you need a point of contact at ETAP.
Street/Parking Lighting Working Groups
Special notice to Cities of Coronado, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Solana Beach and San Juan Capistrano. In mid-January the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced a first-come, first-served $10 million EECBG Phase-2 Small City and County Grant Program that these 6 cities are eligible for. There are no minimum or maximum funding award restrictions and no matching funds requirements. There are only five eligible projects that are T8 fluorescent lamp and electronic ballast replacements; LED traffic signals, LED pedestrian signals, LED streetlights, and induction streetlights. If you have any of these lighting application upgrade opportunities submit your applications by the February 14 deadline.
With the February month-end installation deadline for the CEC's original ETAP Bi-Level Parking Lighting Retrofits special incentives, the Energy Management and Sustainability Teams at UCSD and SDSU are working feverishly to complete lighting retrofits on multiple parking lots and parking structures that will deliver a combined 500 kWh in annual energy savings.
The cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Santee, Poway, County of San Diego and Port of San Diego have all identified potential parking light retrofit projects that were unable for completion in time for the special ETAP incentives, but are scoped out and ready for implementation as soon as personnel and funding resources become available. With DOE specifications for both parking lot and parking garage retrofits now available to all regional stakeholders in our Parking Lighting Working Group, the Working Group will now be shifting focus to complete its regional specification for post top streetlights, particularly in support of the needs of the City of San Diego and CCDC. At the completion of several review and feedback sessions with the PLWG membership, the City of San Diego Development Services Department sent out the draft of the new amendments to outdoor lighting regulations ordinance to a general interested persons list maintained by the planning division for review and comment as part of the typical code amendment process within the City of San Diego. The City's revised outdoor lighting regulations are intended to minimize light pollution and promote good lighting design that conserves electrical energy.
CleanTECH San Diego Partners with AUSTRADE on G'Day USA Event
CleanTECH San Diego partnered with the Australian Trade Commission on January 13 to promote the third annual G'Day USA event, presented by the South Australia Defence State. CleanTECH San Diego Executive Vice President, Holly Smithson, provided introductory remarks at the Scripps Seaside Forum. This year's showcase focused on maritime science, biofuels andAustralia's industrial maritime capability. As part of CleanTECH San Diego's continued efforts in the area of international collaboration, the event highlighted Australian maritime technology capabilities and promoted collaborative opportunities for both the Australian and San Diego regions to meet energy and environmental needs.
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
ClearEdge Power Signs $500 Million Agreement to Deliver 50 Megawatts of Clean Energy to Gussing Renewable Energy
ClearEdge Power entered a $500 million multi-phased agreement - one of the largest ever signed in the stationary fuel cell industry - to provide 500 megawatts of its fuel cell systems to Austrian energy company Gussing Renewable Energy GmbH. Headquartered in Gussing- the first European Union community to produce 100 percent of its energy from renewable resources - Gussing Renewable Energy agreed to sell, install and service ClearEdge systems in Austria in an effort to curtail its use of natural gas to provide electricity. ClearEdge Power will deliver 8.5 megawatts of capacity by 2015, with roughly 25 percent of those systems running on biogas. Gussing Renewable Energy is ClearEdge Power's first European customer.
OSIsoft Announces Its Selection as a Technology Provider to the Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program
OSIsoft was selected to provide its real-time data infrastructure solution to the Western Electricity Coordinating Council's (WECC) Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program (WISP), designed to improve reliability and efficiency of western North America's major alternating current (AC) power grid. Funded as part of the US Department of Energy's 2009 American Recovery and Reinvention Act (ARRA), WISP involves high-speed measurement of the Western Interconnection electricity grid properties and advanced analysis of evolving grid disturbances. Slated for completion in 2013, WISP will act as an early warning mechanism to help grid operators avoid widespread blackouts. In addition to data collection and management, OSIsoft's PI System will provide analytic and visualization tools to WISP participants.
CleanTECH San Diego and Mayor Sanders Honor PowerGenix for its Global Award
Following the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) Later Stage Awards Announcement in November 2011, CleanTECH San Diego and the City of San Diego honored PowerGenix for its global award in the energy storage category. CleanTECH San Diego's Holly Smithson attended the award ceremony in Dublin, Ireland to accept the award on behalf of PowerGenix. On January 30,CleanTECH San Diego and the Office of Mayor Sanders presented PowerGenix a plaque for representing the region's cleantech community. PowerGenix CEO, Dan Squiller, along with Mayor Sanders and CleanTECH San Diego were in attendance for the City Hall award ceremony.
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EDGE Advisory Council Meeting (San Diego, CA)
February 1, 2012
9:30am - 11:00am
Association of Energy Service Professionals National Conference and Expo (San Diego, CA)
February 6 - February 10, 2012
Infocast's Wind Power Finance Summit (San Diego, CA)
February 8 - February 10, 2012
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CleanTECH San Diego Advocacy Meeting (San Diego, CA)
February 8, 2012
2:00pm - 3:30pm
CleanTECH San Diego Education & Outreach Meeting (San Diego, CA)
February 8, 2012
4:00pm - 5:00pm
CleanTECH San Diego Executive Committee Meeting (San Diego, CA)
February 21, 2012
7:30am - 9:00am
CleanTECH San Diego Hosts CPUC Commissioner Simon (San Diego, CA)
February 21, 2012
CleanTECH San Diego's Meet & Greet with Carl DeMaio (San Diego, CA)
February 22, 2012
Infocast's Solar Power Finance Summit (San Diego, CA)
February 27 - March 1, 2012
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