Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Host Policy Briefing About Better Management of Renewable Energy Sources

May 02, 2013, 16:12 ET from Carnegie Mellon University

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Event: Carnegie Mellon University's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation will host a policy briefing about how to manage renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, which do not produce a consistent amount of power, so they can be better integrated into the nation's power grid.

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CMU's Scott Institute will release a new policymaker guide that summarizes research by the RenewElec project at a congressional staff briefing. Most states have a renewable portfolio standard — a policy designed to require or encourage electricity producers within a given jurisdiction to supply a certain minimum share (typically 15 to 30 percent) of their electricity from designated renewable sources. The three-year RenewElec project comes to the conclusion that reaching a 20 to 30 percent renewable portfolio standard is possible, but not without changes in the management and regulation of the power system.

The expert panel includes: Jay Apt, principal investigator for the RenewElec Project and a professor of technology at the Tepper School of Business and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP); Paulina Jaramillo, executive director of the RenewElec Project and an assistant research professor in EPP; Stephen Rose, an EPP Ph.D. graduate; and moderator Deborah Stine, associate director for policy outreach at the Scott Institute. To register for the event, go to

A key mission of the Scott Institute, established last fall, is to take a systems approach to energy issues — collecting information and research results throughout CMU — to provide an up-to-date understanding of energy issues facing today's policymakers.

When: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 10.

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-338, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, D.C. 20003.

About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon ( is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university's seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon's main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California's Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. The university has exceeded its $1 billion fundraising campaign, titled "Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University," which aims to build its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and facility improvements. The campaign closes June 30, 2013.


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