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Conti Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. Changes Name To Conti Federal Services, Inc.

Posted December 20, 2007 by

Effective November 21, 2007 Conti Environment & Infrastructure, Inc., a division of The Conti Group, has changed its name to Conti Federal Services, Inc.

The name change was effected to better reflect Conti’s mission to support the Federal sector/customer in a broader scope of services.  Environmental and civil work will continue to be our foundation, and new opportunities in support of our US Governmental customer will be pursued to allow for future expansion and growth.

The Conti Group is a dynamic and entrepreneurial business organization that is dedicated to providing their diversified customer base with unparalleled differentiation through paragon project execution through a wide range of construction and engineering services through their division of Conti Enterprises, Conti Federal Services, Conti of New York, Conti of Pennsylvania, and Sundurance Energy.  The Conti Group has offices in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and recently celebrated their 100th anniversary.


Trevor Gilbert Joins Asia-Pacific ASA as Senior Scientist

Posted December 20, 2007 by

NARRAGANSETT, RI – ASA welcomes Trevor Gilbert to its Asia-Pacific, Gold Coast Australia office.  Trevor brings 27 years career experience working as an environmental scientist, marine pollution emergency responder, chemist and oil exploration geochemist with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO), electricity and coal mining industries and a term with the United Nations South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

As Senior Scientist: Maritime, Environment and Chemical Services, Trevor Gilbert will bring to the Asia-Pacific ASA team a broad range of chemical and environmental knowledge and skills from the oil and gas, shipping, and power generation industries as well as oil spill/HAZMAT response and maritime casualty experience.

Prior to joining ASA Gilbert was Chemical and Environment Response Manager for AMSA and Principal Advisor, Scientific and Environment in Canberra. Over the past 12 years he was the Australian federal governments’ chemical/environmental advisor on the National Response Team for marine pollution incidents (oil, noxious, and hazardous substances) in Australian waters. He has provided scientific, technical and environmental advice and support in a number of maritime accidents and spill incidents in the Pacific, Asia and New Zealand.

At AMSA Gilbert  managed a series of projects on marine spill response and preparedness on behalf of the National Marine Pollution Contingency Plan, which also involved the provision of expert witness testimony in court proceedings for ship sourced marine pollution investigations and prosecutions in Federal waters and other state jurisdictions.

Among Trevor Gilbert’s major successes at AMSA was the establishment for Australia of a national chemical/HNS marine spill response plan, support systems and response training programs. He was AMSA’s principal trainer for HNS maritime incident response for 12 years.  Trevor was also responsible for a variety of initiatives of the Australian Contingency National Plan, with tasks including the strategic management of an Australian wide Oil Spill Response Atlas (OSRA), and the National Oil Spill Trajectory Modeling System (OSTM) which were based upon ASA products HYDROMAP and OILMAP. “I worked with the APASA team in Australia over the past decade implementing the system for AMSA and constantly improving the system and underlying datasets.  It was my responsibility to maintain the OSTM system as a 24-hour 7-day a week national service for federal and state government stakeholders so I have an in-depth understanding of the needs of government, ports and the maritime industry for this modeling technology and other GIS services,” Trevor stated as a new ASA employee.  “I am proud to be a member of such a dynamic and talented global ASA team.”

Trevor Gilbert has authored and co-authored 99 papers and book chapters in the international and local scientific literature relating to hazardous substance incident emergency management technology, decision support systems, pollution response, shipwreck response, marine pollution risk assessment, and oil and gas exploration geochemistry.

About Applied Science Associates (ASA):

ASA is a global science and technology solutions company. Through consulting, environmental modeling, and application development, ASA helps a diverse range of clients investigate their issues of concern and obtain functional answers.

ASA’s solutions are based on applied science and advanced research. Our services and products, along with our staff’s diverse technical backgrounds, are specialized in the analysis of marine, freshwater, air, and land resources; computer modeling of physical, chemical, and biological processes; geographic information systems (GIS); operational research; and data display.

Headquartered in Narragansett, RI, ASA also has offices in Australia, Brazil, and Dubai. The company’s website, www.asascience.com, contains numerous scientific reports written by its staff and extensive information about its products and services.


CJ Beegle-Krause, Ph.D., Joins ASA as Senior Scientist

Posted December 20, 2007 by

NARRAGANSETT, RI – ASA welcomes Dr. CJ Beegle-Krause, Ph.D. to its team of oceanographic experts.  With over 25 years of experience in the physical oceanography field, Dr. Beegle-Krause has spent the last nine years as an oil spill response specialist for NOAA’s Hazmat office in Seattle.

CJ will work from ASA’s new satellite office in Seattle, WA where she will lead ASA projects for the U.S. West Coast region.  Dr. Beegle-Krause will team on opposite U.S. coasts with ASA Principal and Director of Impact Assessment Services, Dr. Deborah French-McCay, to cater to oil and gas industry clients for environmental modeling, decision support and analysis.

Beegle-Krause’s areas of expertise include hydrodynamic modeling, chemical and hydrocarbon trajectory modeling, diagnostic modeling, numerical modeling, sampling experience, and data analysis.  Her employment history spans consulting, corporate, academic, and most recently (1999-2007), for NOAA/NOS/ORR/ERD as a physical oceanographer.  Her latest work was as lead trajectory modeler and 24-hour spill response trajectory analyst and modeler of oil spills, airline disasters, search and rescue, floating items and debris, including support for Department of Defense (U.S. Joint Forces Command and Naval Oceanographic Office).  She was also co-lead on development of the research and development portion of the 2008 Hazmat operating plan and team leader for the GNOME (General NOAA Operational Modeling Environment) development.

“The next generation of models for environmental decision support will better integrate physical oceanography, toxicology and biology both for emergency response and planning.  The chance to work with Debbie, a leading biological oceanographer and modeler, in combination with my own skills in physical oceanographic modeling is a great opportunity to expand our modeling to fully integrate ecological recovery and restoration planning,” Beegle-Krause explains.

Throughout her career, she has accumulated decades of management and shipboard experience.  She also comes to ASA with an exhaustive list of accolades, awards, and special recognition.   She has received awards such as the 2006 Individual – Joint Warfare Analysis Center’s JWAC Challenge Coin for accuracy of the GNOME trajectory model awarded by JWAC Commander Captain David T. Ott, U.S. Navy, a 2004 Department of Homeland Security US Coast Guard Public Service Certificate of Merit to the NOAA Office of Hazardous Materials Response, as well as a host of others from NOAA, U.S. Coast Guard and International agencies.

“CJ brings to ASA an ideal combination of real-world experience and expertise that immediately enhances ASA’s services and software-we are thrilled to have her join us,” announces Eoin Howlett, ASA’s Chief Executive Officer, “I have had the pleasure of working with CJ on the U.S Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) initiative and look forward to the continued expansion of services and software that ASA offers to the ocean observing and modeling community.”

Dr. Beegle-Krause expressed her excitement for her career move, “NOAA HazMat is a place where science really makes a difference during emergency response – you have to answer the questions and provide the information needed to make tough response choices.  I’m now looking forward to also applying science that makes a difference with the ASA team to expand their range of environmental decision support tools. ASA is a global company with diverse capabilities and clients, so what I’ve learned can be transferred to new audience.  Seattle is great combination of environmental awareness and high tech, perfect for a new ASA office.”


Patrick Administration Announces Commonwealth Solar, an Ambitious Solar Rebate Program

Posted December 20, 2007 by

Patrick Administration Announces Commonwealth Solar, an Ambitious Solar Rebate Program

Cash back from existing renewable energy funds will fulfill Governor Patrick’s pledge to spur installation of solar power, stimulate job-creating clean energy industry

BOSTON – Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles today announced the Patrick Administration’s new program to encourage the use of solar photovoltaic (PV) power by offering rebates that reduce the cost of solar panels and installation. The new program, which makes use of existing renewable energy funds, is expected to result in the installation of more than 27 MW of solar power capacity over the next four years.

Called “Commonwealth Solar,” the rebate program is the first step toward fulfilling Governor Deval Patrick’s pledge to increase installed solar power from 4 MW today to 250 MW by 2017, made in April in connection with Marlborough-based Evergreen Solar Inc.’s commitment to locate its first full-scale U.S. manufacturing facility in Massachusetts.

“Putting state government behind solar energy is a key element in growing the clean energy sector of the Massachusetts economy,” said Governor Patrick. “Before the world becomes our customer for clean energy technology, we need to become customers ourselves.”

Leaders of both branches of the Legislature support Commonwealth Solar as a way of reaching clean energy goals they share with Governor Patrick.

“Rising energy costs are a burden to residents and a threat to economic development,” Senate President Therese Murray said. “It is a matter of urgency that we act on all fronts to explore opportunities for alternative energy resources, including solar energy. Such alternative resources could bring much needed relief to homeowners, schools and businesses. We have to keep an open mind about our energy options and promote incentives to develop new resources.”

“This is the kind of renewable energy program envisioned in the Green Communities legislation that unanimously passed the House of Representatives last month,” said House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi. “It is important to move swiftly and to use all available resources to reduce our dependence on imported fuels. I am pleased that Governor Patrick and Secretary Bowles are joining with me in encouraging the use of alternative sources of energy by both commercial and residential consumers and look forward to continuing to collaborate on similar projects in the future.”

The Commonwealth Solar rebate plan, which will begin taking applications January 23, will provide cash back to owners of commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential property who install solar PV capacity, defraying substantial portions of the cost of solar panels and installation and shortening the payback period of the investment, after which the panels produce electricity that is essentially free.
“Solar power is an important piece of a clean energy future for Massachusetts, but it is expensive today, and it will stay expensive until the market for solar power achieves economies of scale,” said Secretary Bowles. “A rebate for solar installed power is the most efficient, cost-effective way to reduce the cost of solar PV and hasten its acceptance in the marketplace. This program will put solar panels on the rooftops of businesses, homes, and municipal buildings, and in doing so, it will stimulate the growth of our clean energy industry.”

Under Commonwealth Solar, businesses and residences that install solar power over the next four years will be eligible for rebates averaging $3 per watt at the start, reducing their costs from roughly $8 per watt for commercial installations, $9 per watt for residential. Details on the rebate are still under development, but commercial customers installing a typical 50 kW solar power system can expect to reduce their costs by at least 40 percent, achieving payback from reduced electricity costs in six years, and with federal tax credits, enjoying a return on investment of at least 8.5 percent. Rebates will be higher for installation of Massachusetts-manufactured solar panels, and they will decline with the size of the installation.

Residential customers will be eligible for rebates on installation of solar arrays up to 5 kW, with rebates higher for low-income households and for installing solar products manufactured by Massachusetts companies. Also, $2 million per year for the first two years will be reserved for installing solar power on the roofs of school buildings.

At a cost of $68 million over the next four years, the rebates provided through Commonwealth Solar will be financed entirely by existing ratepayer funds for renewable energy. The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative will dedicate $10 million per year from the Renewable Energy Trust, representing 40 percent of annual spending, for Commonwealth Solar, up slightly from the $8-$9 million per year MTC has awarded for solar projects through its grant programs in recent years. The remaining $28 million will come from the Division of Energy Resources? Alternative Compliance Payment fund, consisting of payments from electricity suppliers that are unable to meet their obligations under the Commonwealth?s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires them to obtain a minimum percentage of electricity supplies from renewable sources.

“This new solar initiative will help more businesses, communities and homeowners in Massachusetts tap into clean energy from the sun,” said Massachusetts Technology Collaborative executive director Mitchell Adams. “It builds on our strong commitment to solar, which has already led to more than 700 installations across the state.”

“These rebates will put an important clean energy choice within the reach of many more consumers – store owners, municipalities, and homeowners alike,” says DOER Commissioner Phil Giudice.

Based on experience in California, as well as Japan and Germany, which shows a declining need for public subsidies as the market for solar power grows and costs fall, Commonwealth Solar rebates will decline slightly each year. At the end of the four-year program, it will be determined whether there remains a need for subsidy in order to achieve the 2017 goal of 250 MW of installed solar power, and how that need will be met.

“This initiative not only sends a clear message that the Commonwealth supports the growing clean energy sector but will create jobs for solar manufacturing companies and encourage both individuals and businesses to adopt these technologies,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Dan O’Connell.

At the Evergreen Solar announcement in April, electric distribution utilities also made a first-in-the-nation pledge to help identify good candidates for solar energy among their customers. Commonwealth Solar will provide support for those efforts, utility executives said.

“National Grid stands ready to make this important initiative happen by utilizing our accomplished team of professionals,” said Tom King, president of National Grid’s U.S. operations. “We also will continue to focus on developing and supporting other renewable initiatives as Massachusetts and the region focus on mitigating climate change. We look forward to working with the Administration as they establish these goals to help deliver their benefits to our customers, communities and the Commonwealth.”

“This rebate program is exactly the kind of shot in the arm that’s needed to get more solar panels on homes and businesses throughout the Commonwealth,” said Tom May, NSTAR Chairman, President & CEO. “We’re proud of the work we do to support customers who want to connect these clean energy sources to our system and we applaud the administration’s efforts to encourage more customers to do the same.”

“We commend Governor Patrick for creating a solar program that will bring high tech jobs, projects and clean solar power to Massachusetts,” said Chris Cook, Senior Vice President Regulatory Affairs and New Markets for SunEdison, a leading national solar services provider, based in Beltsville, Maryland. “With the new incentives created under this program, SunEdison looks forward to implementing solar on a wide scale basis in the Bay State, and we look forward to working with Governor Patrick’s administration as we optimize this and future incentives for renewable energy.”

“We need to be doing everything we can to meet the challenge of global warming and reduce our dependence on polluting fossil fuels,” said Philip Warburg, president of Conservation Law Foundation. “The focused funding announced today by the Patrick Administration will provide much-needed momentum for the development of clean solar energy in communities throughout Massachusetts. We’re also thankful to the House and Senate for their leadership in crafting legislation that will set the stage for even more investment in renewable energy.”


Peter H. Anderson Appointed Vice Chair of EBC Climate Change Committee

Posted December 19, 2007 by

Peter H. Anderson has been appointed the new Vice Chair of the EBC’s Climate Change Committee.
Peter Anderson is a Principal with ERM, a global leader in providing environmental health and safety management and technical consulting services.  With over 135 offices in 40 countries, ERM combines its global capability with local regulatory and cultural understanding.  ERM’s global team includes over 3,000 professionals representing more than 30 disciplines.

Peter has over 25 years of environmental and management consulting experience.   He is ERM’s Northern Region Air Practice lead.  In this role he is responsible for providing technical leadership and directing staff and projects, particularly in the areas of regulatory analysis, permitting, compliance assessment, pollution control technology applications, and risk management.  He has worked with clients throughout North America helping them develop and implement environmental programs that achieve compliance, conserve resources, promote social responsibility, and achieve corporate stewardship goals.

Mr. Anderson is a leader of ERM’s client services program focusing on building long-term relationships with clients in the Energy, Forest Products, Automotive, PharmaChem, and General Manufacturing industry sectors. His work with these clients ranges from supporting the siting and construction of new capital projects to assisting in resolving enforcement actions and regulator agency negotiations.

Peter, a native of New England, received his MBA from Babson College, an MS from the University of Connecticut, and a BS from the University of Hartford.