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HARC Newsletter | November 2018 | Future of Energy: Sustainable, Resilient and Profitable


HARC Researchers Prominent at 2018 Texas Energy Summit
HARC researchers headlined several events at the Texas Energy Summit held in September. The three-day conference in Houston was hosted by the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University Systems, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. This premier educational conference drew over 300 attendees from various sectors of the energy industry, including utilities, academia, manufacturing, and purveyors of clean energy technologies. The event also features a business expo with opportunities to engage in lively conversation about cleaner air, a better built environment, sustainability and a new energy economy.

HARC President and CEO, Lisa Gonzalez, kicked off the conference with remarks in the Keynote Plenary session “Houston: City in Recovery, City on the Rise” on Tuesday, September 25. The panel explored Houston’s post-Harvey recovery and quest to maintain its position as the energy capital of the world. The panel was moderated by Elizabeth Love (Senior Program Officer, Houston Endowment) and featured Julienne Sugarek (Vice President, Centerpoint Energy), Brett Perlman (President and CEO, Center For Houston's Future) and Niel Golightly (Chief Of Staff To The Recovery Office, City Of Houston).
"DOE NASA CHP Plant" by DOE
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Featured Project
DOE Southcentral and Upper West Combined Heat and Power TAP
The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) in The Woodlands, Texas has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to assist public and private entities considering Combined Heat and Power (CHP). The DOE Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program promotes CHP technology solutions for the industrial and manufacturing sector, critical infrastructure, institutions, commercial facilities, and utilities seeking to reap the many benefits of CHP. Building upon previous TAP program successes, HARC will manage program activities in eleven states over the next five years. The Southcentral TAP Region includes Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, with DOE funding of about $2.7 million. Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota comprise the Upper West TAP Region, funded with $1.48 million from DOE.
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Featured Application
Distributed Generation Interconnection Tool for Texas
Interconnection Tool for Texas is a step-by-step guide on how to interconnect a 10 MW or larger distributed generation or “generation resource” to the ERCOT transmission grid. This tool can help ensure a successful and timely interconnection process from beginning to end.
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Featured Researcher
Gavin Dillingham, PhD
Program Director, Clean Energy Policy
Dr. Gavin Dillingham is Program Director for Clean Energy Policy at HARC and Director of the US DOE’s Southcentral and Upper-West CHP TAP. Dr. Dillingham joined HARC in 2012 where he leads research and program efforts focusing on improving the climate resilience of the electric power infrastructure and built environment.

Dr. Dillingham has worked in the clean energy industry for the last twenty years in both the private and public sector. Much of this work focused on climate action planning, greenhouse gas mitigation strategies and strategic energy management for large institutions and cities.
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Press Release
HARC Welcomes New Hire, Dr. Meredith Jennings
The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) recently expanded its staff to hire Dr. Meredith Jennings to support the organization’s research on energy, air, and water issues.
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U.S. DOE approves HARC proposal under a non-competitive action to address flaring issues, solutions and technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy approved a proposal under a non-competitive action from Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) to conduct workshops regarding flaring mitigation and to update a related 2015 white paper as part of the research study.
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Announcements & Events
HARC’s LEED Platinum Headquarters featured at 2018 Greenbuild in Chicago on November 16th
HARC President and CEO, Lisa Gonzalez, will join a distinguished panel to lead a learning session at the Greenbuild 2018 International Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, November 16th.
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Dr. Gavin Dillingham presents at Living With Water forum as part of City of Houston’s Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities initiative
HARC Program Director, Gavin Dillingham, PhD, presented at the Living with Water Forum on November 8th.
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HARC to partner with the Ecologic Institute and the German Consulate General to present: Leveraging the Power of Cities
HARC’s Marina Badoian-Kriticos and Dr. Gavin Dillingham will be featured panelists discussing “Sustainable Cities and Communities” and “Responsible Consumption and Production" on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
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HARC’s Life Cycle Assessment Research on Combined Heat and Power is Published on Peer-reviewed Journal - Energy & Fuels
Life cycle assessment or analysis (LCA) is the technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life.
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HARC Researcher at ULI Coastal Forum Convening
Marina Badoian-Kriticos participated in the inaugural ULI Coastal Forum Convening on October 8, 2018.
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