The Power of 32 recently added an initiative to its regional agenda — Create a Regional Energy Plan and Strategy. The goal is to identify the region's energy future and develop strategies to assure economic competitiveness and high quality of life.
A first step toward achieving this goal is the upcoming event, "Energy for the Power of 32: 32 Counties, 4 States, 1 Energy Future."
The event, on December 11, 2014, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, will unveil a baseline assessment of energy production and its use among key sectors of the Power of 32 region. The baseline, in development with oversight by Fourth Economy Consulting, will provide the shared grounding for presentations and deliberations at the event. The goal is to begin to identify region-specific energy needs, issues, and opportunities and to develop preliminary recommendations for design of a process to create a Regional Energy Plan and Strategy.
"Energy for the Power of 32: 32 Counties, 4 States, 1 Energy Future" will unite the region around newfound understanding of where our energy comes from, where it's consumed, and how it gets from one to the other—and introduce a civic dialogue on plotting the course for our region's smartest energy future.
The December event is a collaboration, presented by a host of nonprofit and academic organizations. The event is intended to draw decision makers, thought leaders, civic leaders, energy investors, policy makers, researchers, developers and concerned citizens.
"Attendees will be inspired and grounded in a deeper fact-based understanding of our regions' current energy issues and opportunities," says Court Gould, Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh. "They will be in the pole position at the advent of a regional process —the important formative stage of giving early recommendations on what the regional energy process should focus on and how it should be designed."
The Power of 32 region was, in many ways, the birthplace of today's global energy industry, having commercialized oil and natural gas, and deployed alternating current and commercial nuclear energy. "Yet for all of our heritage and contemporary strengths," explains Gould, "we have yet to develop an energy plan and strategy to assure our region's competitiveness and high quality of life for the generation to come."
"By bridging borders and recognizing shared challenges and opportunities," Gould adds, "our region can be one of the first in the nation to develop a regional plan and to further accelerate the trend of regions stepping up to take control of their energy futures."
For more information on the event and to register, visit www.energy4p32.org.