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Technical Tours Sunday, August 9, 2009

GovEnergy»s optional technical tours provide the chance to visit local energy-related projects while connecting with colleagues in an educational environment. Space is limited, register for a tour as part of the GovEnergy 2009 registration process. Tours are scheduled to depart from the GovEnergy registration desk at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Participants should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the listed time of departure.


American Locomotive Works Sustainable Site Redevelopment Tour

Along the Woonasquatucket River, one mile from the heart of Providence, a transformation is under way to convert the old American Locomotive factory into a modern, sustainable mixed-use office, commercial and residential community. The entire complex was initially listed as a federal brownfield site. The project currently includes the rehabilitation of dilapidated buildings and the establishment of a nearby river walk.  The project is part of a pilot program, LEED for Neighborhood Development. The tour may include a visit to one of the LEED-CI tenant spaces.

Tour Time:  9:00am – 11:00am
Tour Cost:  $20.00 per person
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MIT Tour

Come explore the new campus energy projects at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and learn how they are "walking the talk" on energy and the environment.  This tour will include a visit to the Central Utility Plant, detail various lighting applications (including day lighting), discuss continuous commissioning efforts, and include a visit to the solar panels at the new alumni pool.

Tour Time:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tour Cost:  $20.00 per person
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Green Building Tour

During this tour, you will learn how three Providence-area buildings are working to reverse the trend of commercial buildings contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. A box lunch will be provided during this tour.

  • 17 Gordon Avenue – Hear how the South Providence Development Corporation transformed a vacant and decaying industrial building formerly used to manufacture lead pencils into a vibrant, environmentally sensitive business incubator that has achieved Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design (LEED) Silver certification.
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island – See how this state-chartered, nonprofit health insurer plans to save costs and lower its carbon footprint by consolidating its 1,100 employees spread across six Providence sites into a 13-story, 325,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art LEED Silver building.
  • Wolcott Eco Office Building – Listen to an entrepreneurial local developer discuss how he spent $1.1 million of his own money to turn a dilapidated, cinder-block factory building into the first net-zero building in the state—all while refusing LEED certification. 

Tour Time:  9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Tour Cost:  $45.00 per person
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Wind Power in Portsmouth, RI, Tour

This tour will include both an on-site tour and technical presentation for two operating wind turbines in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  In March 2008, a 660 kW turbine went on-line at Portsmouth Abbey School, becoming the first utility–scale wind turbine in the state of Rhode Island.  Following that success, a 1.5 MW community wind turbine was installed at the Portsmouth High School in early 2009. 

Tour participants will see both turbines, and hear briefings about the decision process, project design, and other details about each project.  A box lunch will be provided with this tour.

Tour Time:  10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Tour Cost:  $45.00 per person
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ESPC at Naval Station Newport - New 2000 Ton Central Chiller Plant Tour

This tour is of an active Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) construction project. The Naval Station Newport (NAVSTA Newport) is a United States Naval Base located in the towns of Newport and Middleton, Rhode Island. Naval Station Newport is also the home of the Naval War College and once was the homeport for the cruiser destroyer, Force Atlantic (which now maintains inactive ships at its pier facilities, along with the US Coast Guard).

ESPC energy conservation measures include: installation of a 2,000 ton central chiller plant, 5,000 feet of a new HDPE chilled water distribution system, boiler upgrades, DDC control system, lighting upgrades, back pressure steam turbines, demand control ventilation, water conservation measures, and lighting control upgrades. The tour will include a walkthrough of the new chiller plant building and the main boiler plant for the new 275 kW back pressure steam turbine.

Tour Time:  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tour Cost:  $20.00 per person
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Providence Plant - Landfill Power Production Facility Tour

Join Ridgewood Renewable Power and the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation for a tour of Central Landfill in Johnston, Rhode Island.  The Central Landfill is soon to be the second largest landfill gas – to – electric - generation facility in the country.   Ridgewood Renewable Power currently produces over 20 MW of electricity using 15 landfill gas fueled reciprocating engines. This tour will provide insight on the exciting plans to redevelop the site, including a plan to build a new 41 MW state-of-the-art combined cycle combustion turbine power plant. This tour will address how a landfill gas collection system operates, the challenges of producing electric power from landfill gas, and the environmental benefits produced by generating electricity from landfill gas.

Tour Time:  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tour Cost:  $20.00 per person
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