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Weekly Update 19 September 2005




·         Energy for Multi-Family Housing – Briefing

·         Energy Plan for the Great Lakes – Report

·         Great Lakes Congressional Report – New Issue

·         LIHEAP – Letter  

Energy for Multi-Family Housing – Briefing


A Capitol Hill briefing on Monday, September 19, will review the substantial opportunities to utilize combined heat and power (CHP) technologies in the multi-family housing market, and the barriers to their adoption that are only beginning to be broken down.  The briefing will review successful projects, challenges, as well as tool available for those wanting to assess the feasibility of CHP in particular applications.  Speaking will be representatives of Energy and Environmental Analysis, University of Maryland, and Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Sponsors include the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, Northeast-Midwest Institute, and Environmental and Energy Study Institute. 


The September 19 briefing will run from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm in 1539 Longworth House Office Building.  Contact:  Diane DeVaul with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4009).


Energy Plan for the Great Lakes – Report


The Great Lakes basin can and should become the center for electricity innovation, according to a new report by the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  The region already hosts shining examples of recycled energy, modern technologies, and far-sighted local plans.  Opportunities to further enhance the region’s economy and environment through electricity innovation are enormous.


The Great Lakes region is on the verge of a tremendous explosion in energy innovation.  Entrepreneurs advancing an array of modern technologies could double the electric system’s efficiency, cut the generation of pollutants and greenhouse gases, expand consumer choices, enhance productivity and economic development, and spawn a multi-billion-dollar export industry.  The technological revolution, however, needs to be matched by a policy revolution.  Click here to read the report – An Energy Plan for the Great Lakes.


Great Lakes Congressional Report – New Issue


The September issue of the Great Lakes Congressional Report is now posted at www.nemw.org/GLCRSep05.pdf.  The newsletter includes updates on invasive species legislation, Great Lakes restoration, Water Resources Development Act, and appropriations.


LIHEAP – Letter


Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are circulating a letter asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to include $1.276 billion in emergency Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds in a comprehensive supplemental. The signature deadline is Monday, September 19.  Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).



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