Wind Powering America Past Workshops
This page documents many of the Wind Powering America workshops that have been held across the United States. Audio visual files and text versions of Wind Powering America's monthly webinars are available below and as a series.
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Offshore Wind Energy Update: A WPA Webinar
This information was last updated on 4/24/2013
Jim Lanard, Offshore Wind Development Coalition and Greg Matzat, U.S. Department of Energy provided an update on the offshore wind market. Topics included an update on DOE's offshore wind demonstration projects and recent research conducted as part of the DOE's offshore wind activities.
Renewable Energy Project Development Program
Date: 3/26/2013 to 3/28/2013
Location: La Crosse, WI
Contact: Gundersen Health System
Integrated Center for Education, 1827 Sims Place
This information was last updated on 1/4/2013
Gundersen Health System implements renewable energy projects in healthcare. Learn about what it takes to develop a renewable energy portfolio for hospitals and projects in action. Class sizes are limited. An agenda for the Renewable Energy Project Development program is available.
Water's Impact on the Energy Sector: A WPA Webinar
This information was last updated on 4/2/2013
Stacy Tellinghuisen, senior energy/water policy analyst at Western Resource Advocates, shared new research on the national impacts of water scarcity on the energy sector, including how the expanded use of renewable energy and energy efficiency can help reduce the potential impacts that prolonged droughts will have on the energy sector.
LBNL Webinar: Revisiting the Long-Term Hedge Value of Wind Power in an Era of Low Natural Gas Prices
This information was last updated on 3/11/2013
Join Mark Bolinger of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for a webinar presentation of the new LBNL report, Revisiting the Long-Term Hedge Value of Wind Power in an Era of Low Natural Gas Prices. This report, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, investigates the degree to which wind power can still serve as a cost-effective hedge against rising natural gas prices, given the significant reduction in gas prices in recent years and expectations that prices will remain low.
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association: An ASES Wind Division Webinar
This information was last updated on 3/13/2013
NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Wind Division co-hosted this webinar. Russel Smith, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association executive director and co-founder, provided an overview of the trade association founded in 1984. Mr. Smith has 34 years of experience in the renewable energy industry promoting renewable energy issues in Texas; working with governmental, educational, and non-profit boards; and serving on state committees and task forces promoting the development of Texas' solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydro resources.
NREL Webinar: Costs of Integrating Renewable Energy into the Electric Grid
This information was last updated on 2/11/2013
12:00 p.m. ET
Join NREL for a webinar examining the practices and issues associated with assessing the costs of integrating renewable energy into the electric grid. Panelists will explore the challenges of calculating integration costs and explain how other types of generators also impose costs to the system. They will examine the relative magnitude of costs assessed by utilities and grid operators based on a survey of Western utilities and address the implications of the recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruling on variable generation.
The webinar presenters are Kevin Porter, Exeter Associates; Aaron Bloom, NREL; and Michael Milligan, NREL. Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now.
Production Tax Credit Extension, Process and Impacts: A WPA Webinar
This information was last updated on 4/2/2013
Paul Holshouser of the American Wind Energy Association and Jon Chase from Vestas provided an insiders' perspective of the last-minute Production Tax Credit extension, including details about how this extension differs from past extensions, current status of the rule implementation, and the potential impacts on the wind industry.
Date: 2/18/2013 to 2/21/2013
Location: New Orleans, LA
Source: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Ernest Morial Convention Center
This information was last updated on 11/20/2012
The annual TechAdvantage Conference & Expo presents the latest technologies available to electric cooperative engineers, information technology staff, and supply chain and member service professionals. The U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program also recognizes the Wind Cooperative of the Year.
Regulatory Considerations for Developing Distributed and Utility-Scale Generation Projects on Federal Land Webinar
This information was last updated on 2/1/2013
The purpose of this webinar was to educate federal agencies on regulatory issues related to the development of distributed generation or utility-scale generation projects on federal land. The webinar addressed issues such as:
- What types of transactions fall under FERC jurisdictional?
- What are the pertinent federal laws and how do they apply?
- Does any party qualify as a "public utility" or "transmitting utility" under federal law before or after the transaction? If so, what does it mean?
- Does any party need to register with NERC as a result of the transaction? If so, what is the process?
- How are the considerations different for renewable projects that are owned by a federal site versus those where a federal agency hosts a third-party developer's renewable energy project and purchases some/all of the energy?
This is a follow-on to the "Regulatory Considerations for Developing Distributed Generation Projects" webinar that can be accessed on the FEMP Power Purchase Agreements website.
Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting
Location: Waltham, MA
Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley-Hoag,1000 Winter St., Suite 4000
This information was last updated on 1/31/2013
The topic will be offshore wind. Speakers include:
- Fara Courtney, executive director, U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative
- Bill White, director of offshore wind, Mass. Clean Energy Center
- Mark Rodgers, communications director, Cape Wind
- Adam Wade, associate, Foley-Hoag, LLP
- Jim Manwell, director, UMass Amherst Wind Energy Center
- Bryan Lin, technical sales manager, Siemens Energy, Inc.
Economic Development from Wind Power: Recent Results from Two Novel Studies that Quantify Impacts from Existing Plants and Industry Activities: A WPA Webinar
This information was last updated on 2/25/2013
This free webinar featured Cai Steger of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Ryan Wiser of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Steger detailed recent findings of employment resulting from the development, construction, and operation of an illustrative 250-megawatt (MW) wind power plant. These results rely on original data gathered from a series of interviews across the supply chain, conducted to better understand the employment effects associated with 14 key industry activities. Steger's study indicates that nearly 1,100 jobs result from developing, building, and operating a 250-MW wind power plant and confirm prior findings that much of the economic development potential of the industry is in construction and manufacturing activities.
Wiser detailed the findings of a recently published collaborative study among the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, LBNL, and NREL. This work relies on statistical methods to evaluate the actual (empirical) county-level impact from wind power development on personal income and employment, focusing on the effects from 2000 to 2008 in the wind-rich Great Plains and Rocky Mountain Region. Findings indicate that wind projects placed in service during this period resulted in net increases in income and employment within the counties where they were sited. Moreover, these results are noteworthy in that they support the conclusions of prior estimates derived from more conventional input-output modeling tools such as NREL's JEDI models.
Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model: An ASES Wind Division Webinar
Contact: Samantha Rooney
Source: American Solar Energy Society Wind Division
This information was last updated on 1/28/2013
NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Wind Division co-hosted this webinar that introduced the suite of NREL Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models, including a sneak peek at the small wind model that is currently under development. The presentation covered what the models are, how they work, what they can do, and how they can be used. Questions or comments were welcome to help maximize the usefulness of tools and presentations offered by NREL.
David Keyser, research analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, presented. David joined NREL in 2012. Previously he was an economist for the State of Colorado, where he worked with local governments to help them understand their population, economies, and how these socioeconomic forces impact long term planning. David has an MA in economics from Colorado State University and eight years of experience working with economic impact models.
The GRID: An ASES Wind Division Webinar
This information was last updated on 1/29/2013
NREL and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Wind Division co-hosted this webinar that introduced the GRID, an Internet-based communication tool provided by ASES.
Community and Small Wind Webinar Series: Cashton Greens Project, Wisconsin
This information was last updated on 1/22/2013
Windustry and the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America initiative hosted a webinar examining the Cashton Greens Project, a Wisconsin community wind project built by Gundersen Health System and Organic Valley Cooperative. Wind Powering America, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Community Wind Across America sponsored this free webinar designed for the general public, local officials, state and federal regulators, permitting officials, facility siting officials, state and federal policy makers, health care officials, and others interested in community wind development. The webinar explored the partnership between two private enterprises, Gundersen Health System and the Organic Valley family farm cooperative. Webinar speakers Jeff Rich (executive director, Envision, Gundersen Health System), Cecil Wright (director of operations and employee support, Organic Valley), and Wes E. Slaymaker, PE. (Wind Energy Systems Engineering) discussed:
- Project highlights
- Federal and state incentives
- Goals and motivations
- The project partnership
- Project economics
- Project partner perspectives.
Windustry Executive Director Lisa Daniels moderated.
DOE FY2013 Stakeholder Engagement and Workforce Plans: A WPA Webinar
This information was last updated on 1/2/2013
Wind Powering America Director Jonathan Bartlett and National Technical Director Ian Baring-Gould provided an overview of programmatic plans for the upcoming year, including discussions of the soon-to-be-released request for proposal for the inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition and new Regional Resource Centers. This free webinar is part of Wind Powering America's 2012 webinar series and follows a tradition of fall webinars that provide an overview of program activities for the upcoming year.
GLWC Webinar: Renewable Energy Futures Study
Source: Great Lakes Wind Collaborative
This information was last updated on 11/20/2012
2:00-3:30 p.m. EST
Featured speaker Edgar Demeo of Renewable Energy Consulting Services, Inc., will present the key findings from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Renewable Electricity Futures Study in this webinar hosted by the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative. The study is an initial investigation of the extent to which renewable energy supply can meet the electricity demands of the continental United States over the next several decades. The webinar is free, but registration is required.