W&J Energy Webinar, Upcoming Chamber ‘State of the County’ Event | Business

The rise of the Pittsburgh International Airport Microgrid Project will be the focus of the upcoming webinar presented by the Center for Energy Policy and Management at Washington & Jefferson College.

“First in the world: an airport that generates its own energy” will take off at 11 a.m. on February 16 as part of the CEPM energy lecture series. The virtual event will be free and open to the public, but registration will be required.

Pittsburgh International Airport — located in Findlay and Moon Townships — last year became the first airport in the world to be powered entirely by a natural gas/solar microgrid. A microgrid is a source of electricity that can operate independently while remaining connected to the traditional grid.

The airport can thus generate 100% of its electricity needs and could operate even in the event of a major power outage. The airport also saves money on energy bills.

The Pittsburgh International Airport system includes five natural gas-fired generators, using gas from the Marcellus Shale wells on airport property; and about 10,000 solar panels, which can produce about 20 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 13,000 homes.

In 2019, the Allegheny County Airport Authority Board awarded Peoples Natural Gas a 20-year contract to design, build, maintain and operate the microgrid at no cost to the airport. IMG Energy Solutions owns and operates the solar component.

A representative from each of these entities will participate in the webinar: Tom Woodrowsenior vice president of engineering and smart infrastructure for the airport authority; Jeff Nehr, vice president of business development for the people; and Jamie HabberfieldHead of Business Development at IMG.

The seminar is approved for continuing legal education in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. For more information, email the Washington County Bar Association at [email protected]

State of the economy

The national economy, despite the pandemic, grew 5.7% in 2021, the fastest annual pace since 1984. And it continues to gain momentum, fueling positive projections through 2022.

Will this be the case here? Elected officials, energy officials and a top university teacher will discuss their views on the local economy on February 24, when the Washington County Chamber of Commerce hosts its 10th annual “Washington County: State of the economy”.

Three sessions are scheduled in person, with a virtual option, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe. Due to the pandemic, last year’s show on the state of the economy was held virtually and over three days.

The county’s economic successes, challenges and outlook for 2022 will be discussed. County Commissioners Diana Irey Vaughan, larry maggi and Nick Sherman discuss the current economy and their plans for 2022.

David CallahanPresident of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, will lead an energy roundtable with a panel of industry experts who will assess local, national and global energy markets.

Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson — interim president of the University of California, Pennsylvania, Clarion University and the University of Edinboro — will also speak. She will talk about the new Pennsylvania Western University; the upcoming consolidation of schools into the Pennsylvania State higher education system; and opportunities for students.

CNX Corp.

CNX Corp., based in Southpointe, has a new member on the board of directors and has strengthened its management team.

Robert O.Agbede joined the board of directors. He is President and CEO of Chester Group Inc., a holding company for technology, engineering and energy investments. Agbede was previously CEO and owner of Chester Engineers, the largest African American-owned engineering, water/wastewater, energy and environmental engineering company, before a 2017 merger with Hatch Associates. Agbede is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chester LNG, LLC, a subsidiary of the Chester Group.

Ravi Srivastava and Hayley F.Scott joined the management team.

Srivastava is President of New Technologies and is responsible for developing and commercializing emerging technology opportunities. He was previously vice president of data operations at CNX.

Scott is Chief Risk Officer, overseeing the management and governance necessary to identify, assess, mitigate and manage CNX’s strategic, operational, compliance and reputational risks. She served as Vice President of Internal Audit and Advisory Services.

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