Southeastern Energy Society
Covering the Southeast from Atlanta
SEES is an educational professional energy
society that meets six times a year to learn
about regionally-relevant energy topics:
energy production, conservation, and
marketing; legislative & regulatory
develop-ments; new products, technology,
and government programs.
At the March 17th SEES meeting, Peter Floyd, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP,
moderated a panel which discussed: "Convergence of Electric and Natural
Gas and its Effect on Smart Grid and Demand Side Resources."  As the use of
natural gas for electric generation continues to grow, such reliance has
raised concerns regarding the need for coordination between the electric
and gas industries.  It, along with direct customer use of natural gas, has
also put price pressure on certain demand side resource technologies.  

Participants included
John N. Moura, Director of Reliability Assessment of
NERC, Keith Bass, of ESP, LLC, an energy consulting firm, and
Mike Frey, Vice
President of Gas Supply at the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia, and
Malme, Skipping Stone, LLC.  

The event was telecast nationally--a first for SEES.
Jason Bodwell, Senior Program Manager at the Georgia Environmental
Finance Authority (GEFA), presented the
April 21st SEES program: "Energy
Conservation Financing for Georgia’s Local Governments: Water, Wastewater,
and Municipal Solid Waste Facilities."  This program provided an update
regarding GEFA's financing program for energy efficiency improvement
At the
May 19th meeting, Michael Hall of Mas Energy, LLC, presented:
Landfill Gas Powers Coca-Cola Syrup Plant in Atlanta."  Mr. Hall described
the 6.5-megawatt combined heat-and-power system that supplies electricity,
steam, and chilled water to Coca-Cola's Atlanta Syrup Plant. The system
provides 100 percent of the plant's energy needs, offsetting the use of fossil
fuels. Coca-Cola expects the system to reduce its carbon footprint by
approximately 20,400 tons annually.
Spring, 2014, SEES Meetings
Meetings are held the third Mondays of March, April, May, September,
October, and November at the offices of Alston & Bird, LLP, 1201 W.
Peachtree Street, 49th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30309.  Meetings are also telecast
nationally.  To RSVP for meetings,  please contact Alston and Bird (404)
881-7761, fax (404) 253-8593, or e-mail with your
name, company and phone number.  The cost is $15 for members with
reservations, $18 without RSVP, and $18 for non-members with reservations
and $20 without RSVP.  The fee includes lunch and applies to those attending
by teleconference as well as those attending in person.
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