Webinars

WINDExchange maintains a list of upcoming webinars of interest to wind energy stakeholders. Presentations and recordings of past webinars are also available below.

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Technology and Innovation in Wind and Wildlife – Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: Acceptance

Feb. 9, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

Presented by Cris Hein, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Moderator); Ben Cowan, Locke Lord LLP; Amanda Hale, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.; Amber Schorg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Stu Webster, American Clean Power Association

The Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute and National Renewable Energy Laboratory are hosting a Technology and Innovation in Wind and Wildlife webinar series in January and February 2023, broken down by topic into four hour-long events:

  • Jan. 26, 2023, 3–4 p.m. ET, Virtual: The Future of Wind Energy Technology and Wildlife Considerations
  • Jan. 31, 2023, 3–4 p.m. ET, Virtual: Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: From the Bench to the Field
  • Feb. 9, 2023, 4–5 p.m. ET, Virtual: Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: Acceptance
  • Feb. 16, 2023, 2–3 p.m. ET, Virtual: Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Technology & Innovation Discussions Continued.

This Feb. 9, 2023, event will focus on technologies that monitor and minimize wildlife impacts and take at wind energy facilities face uncertain paths to acceptance. The meaning of acceptance can differ depending on the stakeholder, and it is important to use a common language across industry, regulatory agencies, and researchers. This webinar synthesizes the discussions that occurred at the Technology Acceptance Workshop, hosted by the Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the Spring of 2022. Lessons learned, outcomes from those discussions, and paths forward for wind energy and wildlife technologies will be explored.

Speakers include:

  • Cris Hein, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Moderator)
  • Ben Cowan, Locke Lord LLP
  • Amanda Hale, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
  • Amber Schorg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Stu Webster, American Clean Power Association.
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Technology and Innovation in Wind and Wildlife – Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Technology & Innovation Discussions Continued

Feb. 16, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

Presented by Taber Allison, Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute (Moderator); Sarah Fritts, Texas State University; Adam Rusk, Stantec; Greg Forcey, Normandeau Associates, Inc.; Jennifer Stucker, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.

The Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute and National Renewable Energy Laboratory are hosting a Technology and Innovation in Wind and Wildlife webinar series in January and February 2023, broken down by topic into four hour-long events:

  • Jan. 26, 2023, 3–4 p.m. ET, Virtual: The Future of Wind Energy Technology and Wildlife Considerations
  • Jan. 31, 2023, 3–4 p.m. ET, Virtual: Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: From the Bench to the Field
  • Feb. 9, 2023, 4–5 p.m. ET, Virtual: Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: Acceptance
  • Feb. 16, 2023, 2–3 p.m. ET, Virtual: Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Technology & Innovation Discussions Continued.

This Feb. 16, 2023, event will synthesize the discussions at the WWRM, as well as the lessons learned and outcomes from those discussions. It will also identify a path forward for wind energy and wildlife technologies.

Speakers include:

  • Taber Allison, Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute (Moderator)
  • Sarah Fritts, Texas State University
  • Adam Rusk, Stantec
  • Greg Forcey, Normandeau Associates, Inc.
  • Jennifer Stucker, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc..
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Past

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

Technology and Innovation in Wind and Wildlife – Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: From the Bench to the Field

Jan. 31, 2023

Presented by Isabel Gottlieb, Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute (Moderator); Carlos Jorquera, IdentiFlight; Brogan Morton, Wildlife Imaging Systems; Anupam Sharma, Iowa State University

The Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute and National Renewable Energy Laboratory are hosting a Technology and Innovation in Wind and Wildlife webinar series in January and February 2023, broken down by topic into four hour-long events:

  • Jan. 26, 2023, 3–4 p.m. ET, Virtual: The Future of Wind Energy Technology and Wildlife Considerations
  • Jan. 31, 2023, 3–4 p.m. ET, Virtual: Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: From the Bench to the Field
  • Feb. 9, 2023, 4–5 p.m. ET, Virtual: Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: Acceptance
  • Feb. 16, 2023, 2–3 p.m. ET, Virtual: Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Technology & Innovation Discussions Continued.

In this Jan. 31, 2023, event, minimization and monitoring technology vendors share their experiences and lessons learned about how new technologies are developed from early to late-stage testing to validation studies at commercial wind energy facilities. Building on the Technology Acceptance Workshop, hosted by the Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the Spring of 2022, this webinar will convene technology vendors to explore challenges to integrating market-ready wind-wildlife minimization technologies that come from timing mismatches in permitting, stakeholder input, project funding, and technology lifespan.

Speakers include:

  • Isabel Gottlieb, Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute (Moderator)
  • Carlos Jorquera, IdentiFlight
  • Brogan Morton, Wildlife Imaging Systems
  • Anupam Sharma, Iowa State University.

Technology and Innovation in Wind and Wildlife – The Future of Wind Energy Technology and Wildlife Considerations

Jan. 26, 2023

Presented by Shilo Felton, Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute (Moderator); Eric Lantz, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Misti Sporer, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions; Sara Weaver, Bowman

The Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute and National Renewable Energy Laboratory are hosting a Technology and Innovation in Wind and Wildlife webinar series in January and February 2023, broken down by topic into four hour-long events:

  • Jan. 26, 2023, 3–4 p.m. ET, Virtual: The Future of Wind Energy Technology and Wildlife Considerations
  • Jan. 31, 2023, 3–4 p.m. ET, Virtual: Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: From the Bench to the Field
  • Feb. 9, 2023, 4–5 p.m. ET, Virtual: Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: Acceptance
  • Feb. 16, 2023, 2–3 p.m. ET, Virtual: Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Technology & Innovation Discussions Continued.

This Jan. 26, 2023, event will focus on the state and direction of land-based wind turbine technology and its implications for wildlife. As wind turbines grow in size, including taller hub heights and longer blades, and become more efficient at relatively low wind speed conditions, the types of wildlife impacted and the nature of those impacts may change. Changing turbine technology will also likely change how we monitor and minimize wind energy and wildlife interactions.

Speakers include:

  • Shilo Felton, Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute (Moderator)
  • Eric Lantz, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Misti Sporer, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions
  • Sara Weaver, Bowman

2023 Tribal Energy Webinar Series: Federal Funding for Tribes

Jan. 25, 2023

The previous two years of the Biden Administration unleashed an unprecedented amount of funding and incentives for climate change solutions.

Join the first session of the 2023 Office of Indian Energy Tribal Energy Webinar Series and learn about some of the current federal funding opportunities available for tribes and tribal energy projects.

Technical Assistance for Energy Communities Webinar Series – Webinar 3

Jan. 24, 2023

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization is hosting a three-part webinar series highlighting federal and nonfederal technical assistance opportunities to benefit energy communities.

The third webinar will highlight nonfederal technical assistance programs.

Learn more and register for the webinars.

Technical Assistance for Energy Communities Webinar Series – Webinar 2

Jan. 17, 2023

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization is hosting a three-part webinar series highlighting federal and nonfederal technical assistance opportunities to benefit energy communities.

The second webinar will focus on the thriving communities and environmental justice programs led by the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Learn more and register for the three webinars.

Technical Assistance for Energy Communities Webinar Series – Webinar 1

Jan. 10, 2023

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization is hosting a three-part webinar series highlighting federal and nonfederal technical assistance opportunities to benefit energy communities.

The first webinar will focus on the federal READY Appalachia and Rural Partners Network technical assistance programs. Experts will delve into the details of these programs and how energy communities can access them.

Learn more and register for the three webinars.

Webinar: Recommended Practices for Offshore Wind Development

Dec. 13, 2022

It is critical that companies and organizations working in the U.S. offshore wind market understand the developing U.S. offshore wind compliance standards. Join the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, at 11 a.m. ET, for a one-hour webinar to learn about the national offshore wind standards initiative and its objectives. There will also be an overview of the five guidance documents and their release dates. The five offshore wind recommended practice documents are:

  1. Offshore Compliance Recommended Practices (OCRP), Edition 2 (Approved)

  2. U.S. Floating Wind Systems Recommended Practices

  3. U.S. Offshore Wind Metocean Conditions Characterization

  4. U.S. Recommended Practices for Geotechnical and Geophysical Investigations and Design

  5. U.S. Recommended Practices for Submarine Cables

These guidance documents consider the unique offshore conditions on the U.S. outer continental shelf (OCS) and state waterways (e.g., Great Lakes). They provide guidance for offshore wind projects, covering a range of project implementation activities, including project design, construction and deployment practices, operation, safety, and decommissioning, while anticipating the new and evolving nature of offshore wind technology.

Office of Indian Energy Clean Energy Technology Deployment on Tribal Lands FOA

Nov. 29, 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy will conduct an informational webinar on Nov. 29, 2022, (3 p.m. ET) to provide information on the Clean Energy Technology Deployment on Tribal Lands 2022 (DE-FOA-0002774) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to potential applicants.

In addition to describing the FOA, information will be provided on who is eligible to apply, what an application needs to include, cost share and other requirements, how to ask questions, and how applications will be selected for funding.

If you are unable to attend the webinar, it will be recorded and posted for later viewing.

Read the announcement about this FOA.

(Webinar) Offshore Wind Energy Basics: Navigating Offshore Wind Energy Decision-Making Processes

Oct. 27, 2022

In this webinar, wind energy experts presented a high-level summary of decision-making processes for offshore wind energy siting and permitting. As part of WINDExchange’s Offshore Wind Energy Basics webinar series, this webinar focused on the points at which community leaders, property owners, coastal residents, and other local stakeholders can meaningfully engage with these processes.

Attendees learned about offshore wind decision-making processes at the federal, state, and local level, as well as how to connect the dots across agencies and processes. This helps prepare attendees for the next webinar in this series, which will highlight additional opportunities for community engagement in the offshore wind energy development process.

Registration for this webinar is now closed. Missed this event? Watch the webinar recording!

Speakers at the webinar, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office’s WINDExchange initiative, represented the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Rhode Island, and the Special Initiative for Offshore Wind and included:

  • Karen Baker, chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Jennifer McCann, director of U.S. Coastal Programs at the University of Rhode Island
  • Kris Ohleth, executive director at the Special Initiative for Offshore Wind
  • Suzanne MacDonald, senior researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Wind Energy Monitoring and Mitigation Technologies Tool Webinar

Sept. 21, 2022

Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy (WREN) is developing a free, online Wind Energy Monitoring and Mitigation Technologies Tool to serve as a reference of available technologies for monitoring and mitigating the environmental effects of land-based and offshore wind energy development. To officially launch the tool, WREN is hosting a short, instructional webinar on Sept. 21, 2022, at 8-8:30 a.m. PT (3:00-3:30 p.m. UTC). Register now.

WINDExchange Offshore Wind Webinar: Technology Below the Water

July 13, 2022

Want to elevate your understanding of offshore wind energy technology?

In this webinar, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s WINDExchange initiative, offshore wind energy experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will discuss below-the-water offshore wind energy technology, including foundations and cables. Specific aspects of offshore wind energy that are covered by the final webinar in NREL’s Offshore Wind Technology Basics series include fixed bottom turbines, floating turbines, mooring lines for floating turbines, cabling options and installation, and decommissioning. This virtual event will also address the technology options and development considerations for diverse seafloor and oceanographic characteristics.

Join us to also discover more about the technology options and development considerations for diverse seafloor and oceanographic characteristics. Register now and build your offshore wind knowledge as this industry grows! Can’t join the live event? Register anyway! After the webinar, we’ll send the recording to all registrants. Now, you can view the recording.

Distributed Wind Energy Futures Study – Exploring Opportunities for Distributed and Community-Scale Wind During the Next Two Decades

May 24, 2022

This Zoom-based webinar will feature the just-released Distributed Wind Energy Futures Study. National Renewable Energy Laboratory analysts will discuss the technical and economic potential of distributed wind applications from the kilowatt to community scale in behind-the-meter applications and when interconnected directly into the distribution system. In addition, the presenters will consider opportunities for distributed wind energy in disadvantaged communities and for agricultural, commercial and industrial, and residential lands specifically. Overall, this webinar will illuminate the important role that distributed wind energy can play in support of energy transition.

UPDATE: Missed the event? Catch up with the webinar slides and/or presentation.

2022 Tribal Energy Webinar Series: Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs – How Can We Help?

April 13, 2022

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, the 2022 Tribal Energy Webinar Series will focus on how tribes can position themselves to participate in the energy transition to the benefit of their communities and future generations.

The Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (Office of Indian Energy) is growing and evolving. This webinar will introduce (or reintroduce) the Office and its leadership and share information on offerings, opportunities, and resources available through the Office, including a demonstration of the wealth of informational resources on our website.

Eagle Behavior and Risk Modeling for Wind Energy Webinar

March 29, 2022

NREL will present recent progress in the development and validation of new eagle behavioral models, highlighting applications for wind-plant siting and operations. Following the presentations, a Q&A session will solicit feedback on model capabilities and future directions, followed by a hands-on working session for those interested in exploring the models. Learn more and register for the Eagle Behavior and Risk Modeling for Wind Energy webinar.

U.S. Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) Webinar: Bat and Bird Interactions with Offshore Wind Energy

Feb. 8, 2022

This SEER webinar will cover topics related to how birds and bats interact with wind turbines and how that relates to potential collision events and behavioral responses. Learn more.

U.S. Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) Webinar: Effects of Offshore Wind Farm Structures on Fish Ecology & Benthic Disturbance

Dec. 15, 2021

At the direction of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are jointly leading the U.S. Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) project, a multi-year collaborative effort designed to facilitate knowledge transfer for offshore wind environmental research around the world. Learn more about SEER.

Through significant stakeholder outreach and engagement efforts, the SEER team identified a set of research topics pertinent to offshore wind development on the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. The SEER team is now developing a corresponding set of educational research briefs that synthesize key issues, identify existing knowledge gaps, and prioritize future research needs.

As part of this effort, the SEER team will host a series of free, public webinars that will present findings from the briefs and feature panel discussions with subject matter experts, followed by question-and-answer periods. The second webinar will cover topics related to: Introduction of New Offshore Wind Farm Structures: Effects on Fish Ecology and Benthic Disturbance from Foundations, Anchors, and Cables.

American Wind Wildlife Institute Public Webinar Series: Bat Behavior and Interactions with Wind Turbines

Dec. 14, 2021

Research on bat interactions with wind turbines can improve technology-based approaches to minimizing bat mortality.

This webinar, hosted by the American Wind Wildlife Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will explore several research questions related to bat behavior near wind turbines and its implications for mitigating the impacts of wind energy on bats. The webinar will include presentations and a facilitated Q&A from experts on bat behavior.

WINDExchange Offshore Wind Webinar: Technology Above the Water

Dec. 1, 2021

Want to elevate your understanding of offshore wind technology?

In this webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's WINDExchange initiative, National Renewable Energy Laboratory offshore wind expert Walt Musial discusses above-water offshore wind technology, including wind turbine technology and wind resource assessments and modeling. Build your offshore wind knowledge as this industry grows!

Overview of Fixed-Bottom Offshore Webinar

June 16, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office WINDExchange Program hosted a webinar where NREL offshore wind researcher Walt Musial introduced an offshore wind fixed-bottom foundation technology. The presentation offered basic technical information, including offshore wind basics, a discussion of foundation types, and construction considerations.