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Jane Price Hill, PE, MBA
For more than 35 years, Jane Hill has been involved in developing computer models for a wide range of
applications: predicting vehicular traffic patterns and volumes, forecasting economic impacts of
transportation facilities, estimating commuter choice among various forms of transportation, evaluating the
expected impacts of demand side options for electric utilities, and predicting the technical operation and
resulting economics of distributed electric generation.

In recent years, her work has been concentrated in energy applications, specifically determining the
expected impact of on-site generation and demand side options.  To facilitate this work, she has
developed detailed analysis models which permit extensive manipulation and evaluation of hourly interval

Much of her experience has been in the industrial sector.  However, she has also worked with universities
and state and local governments to evaluate energy options and to develop reporting tools to document
the results of energy efficiency programs.

She has published a number of papers in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  These papers address
cogeneration, peak shaving, waste-to-energy, and economic implications of electric generation options.

She currently serves on the board of the
Southeastern Energy Society and is a past board member of the
South Carolina Chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council.  A registered professional engineer in Georgia
and South Carolina, she is also a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Cogeneration Professional. She
is an associate at James J. Hirsch and Associates.  
Energy Ace, Inc.
Georgia Interfaith P&L
Southface Energy Institute

Having numerous publications relating to
energy issues, Jane Hill has now published
two works of fiction.  

Clarendon Island is an historical fiction
about the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
This middle grade fiction tells the history of
the Lowcountry from the Huguenot
immigration of the late 1600s through the
Charleston earthquake of 1886.  Colorful
characters include pirates, ghosts,
moonshiners, and most unusual neighbors.  

Only a Ghost of a Chance, the feisty
ladies of Clarendon Island are faced with a
new challenge: to save an innocent man
from a murder conviction.

Both books are available from
Salt Marsh
Cottage Books and Amazon.com.  For
readers with eReaders, both books can be
downloaded for Kindle or Nook.

Jane was a featured speaker at BRAVO,
Beaufort County's month-long celebration of
the arts.  She recently won third place for
her short story "No Time like the Present" in
a national literary contest.  

She was also the editor for the German
version of
Gulag, by Peter Schwarzlose, and
she did the interior layout and cover design
Hilton Head Island: Living the Dream
Soldiers, Cookies & the Crumbs.
Southface's monthly Sustainable Atlanta Roundtables are held on the
first Friday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at All Saints Church-Ellis Hall,
634 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308.

To RSVP for roundtables, call 404/872-3549 or register

To learn about training opportunities at Southface, click
The Sustainability Institute
Innovations in Energy
Green Houseboats
While more popular in Europe and Asia, house boats may provide an interesting
alternative in the U.S.for homes as well as recreation.  These zero-emission house
boats provide much the same facilities as loft-style homes.
The Silberfisch houseboat is a floating home by Bernhard Urich and design firm
Confused-Direction architects Flo Florian and Sascha Akkermann. This eco-friendly
project represents a balanced mix of design and maritime romance. Two of the
primary “green” methods used in the house’s construction are a green roof planted
with vegetation and the use of reclaimed wood wherever possible.
Can we expect to see these innovative houseboats at Harbour Town in Hilton Head?
Have your heard about solar coffee roasting?
Dave and Mike Hartkop invented their first solar coffee roaster in the summer of 2004. They built it in their
parents' backyard using mirrors, a broccoli steamer, and an old satellite dish.  Today, they use their newest
custom-built machine, which roasts at temperatures between 450 and 500 degrees Fahrenheit.  This may well be
the only carbon neutral coffee roasting facility in the world.

While photovoltaics are no where near economically viable in most applications, passive solar applications, such as
developed by the Hartkok brothers, may offer a wide range of economic, environmentally friendly options.
Energy Webcasts
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Publishing News
On March 18 Peter K. Floyd, Esq., Partner, Alston and Bird LLP presented:  "Solar programs in Georgia and
Proposed Amendments to the Georgia Cogeneration and Distributed Generation Act and Electric Territorial

At the
April 15 SEES meeting, Ciannat M. Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiative at Emory University
discussed "
Emory University’s Energy Efficiency Programs."

May 20 Tony Tramonte, Plant Manager of Georgia Power's Plant McDonough/ Atkinson, gave an update on
the conversion of Plant McDonough's conversion from coal to new gas fired combined cycle units.
Southeastern Energy Society 2013 Programs
The 16th annual Greenprints conference was held March 13th
and 14th at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Midtown
Atlanta.  This year's speakers included Rob Watson, the
"Founding Father of LEED;"  Bill Reed, AIA, LEED,
former board member of the US Green Building Council; Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, FAICP, Director of the
Metropolitan Research Center at the University of Utah; and other leaders in the field of sustainability.
Accoring to an article in cnet, the Epiphany One Puck may well be the world's
most awesome coaster. It may also be the most useful. The One Puck
doesn't just protect your coffee table from drink sweat, it also charges up
your smartphone.

You don't have to plug the Puck into an outlet. It uses a small Stirling engine
to provide the power. The device has two sides, one red and one blue. Place
a hot drink on the red side, or a cold drink on the blue side.
An Innovative Smartphone Charger
Archived articles
The 2013 SC Clean Energy Summit was held on Thursday, July 11, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention
Center, 1101 Lincoln Street.  Sessions included: Solar, Wind, Biomass, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Energy Efficiency,
Clean Energy Project Finance, Clean Transportation and Recycling.

The keynote speaker was South Carolina State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen.  Other
speakers were from industry and academia.  
Click here to view the agenda.
On September 16 Ben Taube spoke on Atlanta's Better Building Challenge and PACE Financing Program.  
The program, which was launched in 2011, is an initiative
to engage local building owners and
operators, encouraging them to reduce their energy and water consumption in accordance with the
City's energy and environmental goals.  
Mr. Taube provided an update on how Atlanta used a public-
private partnership to develop and lead the program.

October 21st program featured Georgia PSC Commissioner Tim Echols,
who spoke on Alternative Fueled Vehicles (NGV and EV).  Commissioner Echols
provided highlights from this summer’s Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow
which he established in Georgia and which has spread throughout the Southeast.  
Newer technology, more cost-effective infrastructure, and growing demand are
pushing alternative fuel markets forward rapidly, often led by municipalities.

November 18 Ted Photakis of Energy Systems Group will present  an update on the DeKalb County
Renewable Fuels Facility at the Seminole Road Landfill.  This facility processes raw landfill gas into
Renewable Natural Gas.  The Facility is owned by DeKalb County, with Energy Systems Group having
directed the design, engineering, and construction of this state-of-the-art facility.  The gas processing
involves removing CO2 and harmful trace constituents to provide a gas which is 98% methane.  The
Renewable Natural Gas is piped to a CNG Station which will provide gas for the County's sanitation fleet,
which is being converted  to CNG.  The station will also provide CNG to the public, with surplus injected
directly into the natural gas pipeline to be transported to other CNG fueling stations.   
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, noon EST:  
Streamlined Utility Network Design and
On demand: The Promise of Smart Grid -
Improving Operations Today for a More
Profitable Future
Can mushrooms replace plastic?
October 22, 2013, theguardian.com

A company in New York uses mushrooms
to turn agricultural biowaste into an
array of environmentally friendly
materials that perform like plastics.  
Ecovative, founded in 2007, is using
webs of thread-like roots of mushrooms,
known as mycelium, to make packaging,
home insulation, and fiberboard  
SolePower developing device to charge
electronics using the energy generated
by walking
ASME, October, 2013

A device developed by two Carnegie
Mellon University mechanical engineering
graduates transforms the energy
generated by walking into
battery-charging power for phones and
tablet computers.  Originally developed
as a "light-up" shoe, so that students
could be seen when walking to and from
campus at night, the developers realized
that it had farther reaching applications.  
They are now expanding the technology
to provide a means for charging
cellphones for campers and hikers.
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