Webinars

WINDExchange hosts a series of webinars on current wind energy issues. Audiovisual files and text versions of each webinar are available.

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National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Webinar: First Look at a New Generalized Fatality Estimator

Aug. 23, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

Fatality estimates are a fundamental tool for evaluating the impacts of wind turbines on wildlife and identifying solutions to minimize those impacts. The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative will join WREN (Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy) to host a webinar providing a first look at GenEst, a free software tool developed by statisticians to improve the accuracy of fatality estimates at wind facilities. After the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to request access to GenEst, test it with their own data, and provide feedback before the tool is finalized and submitted for publication. DOE provides funding support for the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative and WREN.

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2018 Tribal Energy Webinar: Utility-Scale Energy Development

Aug. 29, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Western Area Power Administration will co-sponsor the 2018 webinar series Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development. The series is intended for tribal leaders, tribal staff, and others interested in energy development on tribal lands.

Utility-scale energy development is similar in many ways to smaller-scale energy development, but it can present unique challenges in key areas such as permitting, financing, interconnection to the grid, and finding customers for the energy produced. During the August webinar, attendees will hear about common challenges faced by tribes for utility-scale energy development and ideas for how to approach these challenges.

If you cannot attend the live webinars, you can access recordings and slides of past webinars.

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Lessons from Germany and Regulatory Considerations for Offshore Wind Transmission in the United States

Sept. 6, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

One of the major challenges to realizing offshore wind in the United States is the development of offshore transmission and interconnection to onshore substations. The availability and development of offshore wind’s associated transmission is a primary concern for investors and developers. Join Clean Energy Group to learn about Germany’s offshore transmission experience from TenneT, a transmission service operator in Germany and the Netherlands with significant experience connecting offshore wind energy and integrating it into the grid. Tennet has connected more than 5,300 megawatts of offshore wind power and forecasts that it will provide more than 10 gigawatts of transmission capacity in the German North Sea by 2025.

Attendees will also hear from Mark Kalpin, Partner at Holland & Knight LLP, about potential ownership structures and mechanisms for developing offshore wind transmission in the United States, mechanisms for cost recovery, and risk management.

A Q&A session will follow the panelist presentations. This webinar is free and open to the public, but registration is required. This webinar is presented by Clean Energy Group for the Northeast Wind Resource Center.

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2018 Tribal Energy Webinar: Facility- and Community-Scale Project Development

Sept. 26, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Western Area Power Administration will co-sponsor the 2018 webinar series Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development. The series is intended for tribal leaders, tribal staff, and others interested in energy development on tribal lands.

Taking on facility-and community-scale energy projects can be a good way for tribes to gain experience and expertise in project development while limiting risk, but like utility-scale projects, these projects also have their own unique challenges. For example, tribes often run into difficulty when it comes to finding money to build these smaller-scale projects. This webinar will outline options for financing and addressing other challenges related to facility- and community-scale project development. Attendees will learn about available financing mechanisms that can allow tribes to develop projects with limited to no upfront capital costs, including community solar models, third-party vendors, energy savings performance contracts, and utility energy service contracts.

If you cannot attend the live webinars, you can access recordings and slides of past webinars.

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2018 Tribal Energy Webinar: Distributed Energy Technology Trends and Costs

Oct. 31, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Western Area Power Administration will co-sponsor the 2018 webinar series Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development. The series is intended for tribal leaders, tribal staff, and others interested in energy development on tribal lands.

The capabilities and costs of distributed energy technologies continue to evolve rapidly. This webinar will provide tribes with an update on recent technological and cost trends for distributed energy. Speakers will discuss the latest developments in conventional and renewable distributed generation technologies, along with energy storage options that in some cases can make these energy sources more reliable and valuable. Attendees will learn unique characteristics of these technologies, find out how they are competing in the marketplace, and understand how to use them separately or combined for the greatest benefit to their tribal community.

If you cannot attend the live webinars, you can access recordings and slides of past webinars.

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2018 Tribal Energy Webinar: Tribal Microgrid Case Studies

Nov. 28, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Western Area Power Administration will co-sponsor the 2018 webinar series Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development. The series is intended for tribal leaders, tribal staff, and others interested in energy development on tribal lands.

As microgrid technology continues to become more affordable, reliable, and advanced, tribes are looking at microgrids as a viable option to provide electric service to their members. This webinar will provide an overview of microgrid systems and technologies and how they can be used in tribal communities for emergency situations, to provide reliability, or to increase independence. Speakers will highlight the benefits and challenges for tribes considering developing, owning, and operating a microgrid. Case studies will share the reasons for and lessons learned by tribes that have successfully developed their own microgrids.

If you cannot attend the live webinars, you can access recordings and slides of past webinars.

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Past

Webinars from the past 2 years are listed below. For previous webinars, contact us.

U.S. Wind Turbine Database: Data and Online Viewer Webinar

April 23, 2018

This webinar provides an overview of the U.S. Wind Turbine Database and Viewer—a comprehensive dataset of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics that is easily accessible, more accurate, and updated more often than existing wind turbine datasets. The database contains more than 57,000 turbines, constructed from the 1980s through 2018, and includes characteristics such as the turbines' make and model, height, rotor diameter, year of installation, and rated capacity. This project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Energy Technologies Office and developed in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the American Wind Energy Association.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Webinar Series: Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes: Comparing Strongly Annoyed Individuals with Symptoms near U.S. Turbines to Those in Surveyed European Communities

March 13, 2018

Achieving continued increasing wind energy deployment levels will require coordination and cooperation with the communities and community members in which the wind power projects will be located, including local authorities, citizens, landowners, businesses, and non-governmental organizations. In 2015, DOE funded Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to lead a 4-year project collecting data from individuals living near U.S. wind power projects. The aim was to widen the understanding of how U.S. communities are reacting to the deployment of wind turbines and to provide insights to those communities considering wind projects.

To share the results of their analysis, the Lawrence Berkeley researchers will host a four-part webinar series, Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes, every other Tuesday starting January 30 at 1 p.m. ET. This fourth webinar will focus on an investigation of individuals who are “strongly” annoyed (i.e., annoyed with symptoms) and will compare results between this U.S. study and other studies in Europe to examine differences and correlates.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Webinar Series: Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes: Predicting Audibility of and Annoyance to Wind Power Project Sounds Using Modeled Sound

Feb. 27, 2018

Achieving continued increasing wind energy deployment levels will require coordination and cooperation with the communities and community members in which the wind power projects will be located, including local authorities, citizens, landowners, businesses, and non-governmental organizations. In 2015, DOE funded Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to lead a 4-year project collecting data from individuals living near U.S. wind power projects. The aim was to widen the understanding of how U.S. communities are reacting to the deployment of wind turbines and to provide insights to those communities considering wind projects.

To share the results of their analysis, the Lawrence Berkeley researchers will host a four-part webinar series, Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes, every other Tuesday starting January 30 at 1 p.m. ET. This third webinar will focus on an investigation of various predictors of reported ability to hear turbines and stated sound annoyance, including modeled project sound levels, local background sound levels, objective measures of people and place, and self-reported subjective descriptors.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Webinar Series: Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes: Wind Power Project Planning Process Fairness and Attitudes

Feb. 13, 2018

Achieving continued increasing wind energy deployment levels will require coordination and cooperation with the communities and community members in which the wind power projects will be located, including local authorities, citizens, landowners, businesses, and non-governmental organizations. In 2015, DOE funded Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to lead a 4-year project collecting data from individuals living near U.S. wind power projects. The aim was to widen the understanding of how U.S. communities are reacting to the deployment of wind turbines and to provide insights to those communities considering wind projects.

To share the results of their analysis, the Lawrence Berkeley researchers hosted a four-part webinar series, Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes, starting January 30, 2018. This second webinar focused on an investigation of various predictors of stated planning process fairness and relative influences of planning process fairness on attitudes.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Webinar Series: Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes: Overall Analysis of Attitudes of 1,700 Wind Power Project Neighbors

Jan. 30, 2018

Achieving continued increasing wind energy deployment levels will require coordination and cooperation with the communities and community members in which the wind power projects will be located, including local authorities, citizens, landowners, businesses, and non-governmental organizations. In 2015, DOE funded Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to lead a 4-year project collecting data from individuals living near U.S. wind power projects. The aim was to widen the understanding of how U.S. communities are reacting to the deployment of wind turbines and to provide insights to those communities considering wind projects.

To share the results of their analysis, the Lawrence Berkeley researchers hosted a four-part webinar series, Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes, starting January 30, 2018. This first webinar focused on results from an investigation of relative influences of correlates of attitudes across all 1,704 respondents, with focus on pre- vs. post-construction differences.

Overcoming Wind Siting Challenges II: Radar: A WINDExchange Webinar

April 15, 2017

Moderator Patrick Gilman from the U.S. Department of Energy, Bill Van Houten from the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse, and Jason Biddle from the Lincoln Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discussed radar, technologies, research, and siting processes during this April 2015 webinar. Their presentations are available.

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (WMV 13.4 MB). Download Windows Media Player. Time: 00:53:28. Text Version.

Energy Department's Distributed Wind Industry Update: A WINDExchange Webinar

Sept. 28, 2016

Compared with traditional, centralized power plants, distributed wind energy installations supply power directly to homes, farms, schools, businesses, manufacturing facilities, and communities. Turbines used in these applications can range in size from a few hundred watts to several megawatts. The Energy Department and its Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently published the 2015 Distributed Wind Market Report, which shows that U.S. wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of more than 934 megawatts from approximately 75,000 turbines—enough to power more than 142,000 average American homes.

One segment of the distributed wind industry involves wind turbines deployed in the built environment: in, on, or near buildings. The built-environment wind turbine niche of the wind industry is still developing and is relatively less mature than the utility-scale wind or traditional distributed wind sectors. The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently published Deployment of Wind Turbines in the Built Environment: Risks, Lessons, and Recommended Practices, a report that investigates the current state of the BEWT industry by reviewing available literature on BEWT projects as well as interviewing project owners on their experiences deploying and operating the technology.

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (MP4 38.8 MB). Download Windows Media Player. Time: 00:45:11. Text Version.

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2015 Distributed Wind Market Report Presentation
Built-Environment Report Summary for WINDExchange

Energy Department's Wind Industry Update: A WINDExchange Webinar

Sept. 21, 2016

The United States ranks second in the world for wind power capacity and remains first in the world for electricity generated from wind power, according to the 2015 Wind Technologies Market Report released by the Energy Department and its Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Total installed wind power capacity from turbines rated at more than 100 kilowatts in the United States grew at an impressive rate of 12% in 2015 and stands at nearly 74 gigawatts, meeting an estimated 5.6% of U.S. end-use electricity demand in an average year. The nearly 8.6 gigawatts of capacity installed during 2015—representing more new deployment than any other electricity source—is a 77% increase over total installations in 2014. The report also finds that wind energy continues to be sold at attractive prices through power purchase agreements, making this renewable energy source fully cost-competitive with traditional power sources in many parts of the United States. In fact, wind generated a total of more than 190 million megawatt hours of electricity in 2015—enough to power more than 19 million average U.S. homes and save the equivalent of more than 130 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015.

The report also illustrates how the U.S. wind industry has positively impacted the American workforce by currently supporting 88,000 jobs related to development, siting, manufacturing, transportation, and other industries—an increase of 15,000 jobs in 2015.

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (MP4 49.5 MB). Download Windows Media Player. Time: 00:53:40. Text Version.

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2015 Wind Market Report Presentation