Event Recap: NECA Conference on
July 29, 2013
NECA’s annual Conference on Environmental Issues was a great success. The one-day conference featured four panels on the future regulations and challenges of environmental compliance affecting the energy industry. Epsilon was active in the planning process for this event, was a Premier Sponsor, and sponsored the lunch.
The conference started with welcoming remarks from George Lipka, Consulting Engineer for Tetra Tech. The keynote address, provided by Peter Furniss, Chief Executive Officer of Footprint Power and entitled “Why Salem, Why Now?,” focused on the Salem Harbor Station demolition, plans for the new plant, and what market it is looking to fill. During the lunch break, Wendy Heiger-Bernays, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health, provided an informative presentation on health issues associated with the noise from wind turbines.
Presentations during the four panels included practical experience with RICE MACT and air quality modeling case studies associated with the latest NAAQS and secondary particulate formation. Epsilon Senior Consultant Elizabeth Hendrick moderated the third panel on air quality issues. During the fourth panel, which included presentations related to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Epsilon Associate Steve Slocomb presented on the effects of shale gas on the power markets in the Northeast. If you would like a copy of Steve’s presentation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This conference provided a great opportunity to network with other people in the environmental consulting field and to learn about new projects and regulatory issues affecting the environmental sector. We are already looking forward to assisting in planning next year's conference!