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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State and Local Energy (SLOPE) Platform Beta: Leveling the SLOPE on Achieving your Clean Energy Goals

Feb. 20, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Mountain | Add to calendar

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will demonstrate and answer questions about SLOPE Beta. The demonstration will feature an introduction to SLOPE Beta’s components that include electricity and natural gas consumption, energy efficiency potential, renewable energy technical generation potential, levelized cost of energy, and much more. The demonstration will also include example use cases that will allow state and local governments to effectively leverage SLOPE’s capabilities.

The SLOPE Platform, a collaboration between eight DOE technology offices and NREL, is a tool to enable more data-driven state and local energy planning by integrating dozens of distinct sources of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and (coming soon) sustainable transportation data and analyses into an easy-to-access, online platform that supports state and local decision making.

Access SLOPE Beta. For more information on the Beta, please view the SLOPE fact sheet.

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2020 Office of Indian Energy Webinar Series: Energy Efficiency Basics

Feb. 26, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Mountain | Add to calendar

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs is pleased to sponsor the 2020 Tribal Energy Webinar Series with the theme of “How to…” Intended for tribal leaders, tribal staff, and others interested in energy development in Indian Country, the monthly webinars will focus on how to accomplish specific tasks related to energy development on tribal lands. Presenters will provide instruction and share tools and resources. Tribal case studies will emphasize the processes and tools used rather than the specific details of a particular project. Ten webinars will be offered at no cost, with most webinars scheduled at 11 a.m. Mountain Time (MT) on the last Wednesday of each month, beginning in February and concluding in December.

The 2020 series will begin with Energy Efficiency Basics. When trying to lower energy bills or reduce environmental impact from energy generation, the first step is to look for opportunities to increase energy efficiency. This webinar will define energy efficiency and explore how to identify potential measures to reduce your Tribe’s energy use.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register for this webinar, and learn more about the 2020 webinar series.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Webinar: Overview of BOEM-Funded Research about Fish and Fisheries on the West Coast

March 11, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Pacific | Add to calendar

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is presenting the West Coast Renewable Energy Science Exchange, a series of webinars about scientific research offshore California, Oregon, and Washington that will inform decisions about the planning, leasing, and development of ocean renewable energy.

Presenter: Donna Schroeder, Marine Ecologist, BOEM

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Webinar: Overview of BOEM-Funded Research about Marine Mammals on the West Coast

May 13, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Pacific | Add to calendar

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is presenting the West Coast Renewable Energy Science Exchange, a series of webinars about scientific research offshore California, Oregon, and Washington that will inform decisions about the planning, leasing, and development of ocean renewable energy.

Presenter: Desray Reeb, Marine Biologist, BOEM

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Webinar: Overview of BOEM-Funded Research about Benthic Habitats on the West Coast

July 8, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Pacific | Add to calendar

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is presenting the West Coast Renewable Energy Science Exchange, a series of webinars about scientific research offshore California, Oregon, and Washington that will inform decisions about the planning, leasing, and development of ocean renewable energy.

Presenter: Lisa Gilbane, Biologist, BOEM

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Webinar: Overview of BOEM-Funded Research about Cultural Resources on the West Coast

Sept. 9, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Pacific | Add to calendar

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is presenting the West Coast Renewable Energy Science Exchange, a series of webinars about scientific research offshore California, Oregon, and Washington that will inform decisions about the planning, leasing, and development of ocean renewable energy.

Presenter: David Ball, Marine Archaeologist, BOEM

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Past

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

National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Webinar: U.S. Department of Energy Research on Wildlife Monitoring at Offshore Wind Energy Facilities

Jan. 16, 2020

The recording and presentations from the January 16 National Wind Coordinating Collaborative webinar are now available. New Research on Wildlife Monitoring at Offshore Wind Energy Facilities Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) featured presentations on new and upcoming DOE-supported research on systems and technologies for monitoring wildlife, including birds, bats, and North Atlantic right whales at offshore wind energy facilities:

  • Coastal Acoustic Buoy for Offshore Wind (CABOW), presented by Jason Wood, SMRU Consulting
  • Advanced Collision Detection and Site Monitoring for Avian and Bat Species for Offshore Wind Energy, presented by Matthew Johnston, Oregon State University
  • A Multi-Sensor Approach for Measuring Bird and Bat Collisions with Offshore Wind Turbines, presented by Rhett Good, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
  • Thermal Tracker, presented by Shari Matzner, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Webinar: Overview of BOEM-Funded Research about Birds and Bats on the West Coast

Jan. 8, 2020

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is presenting the West Coast Renewable Energy Science Exchange, a series of webinars about scientific research offshore California, Oregon, and Washington that will inform decisions about the planning, leasing, and development of ocean renewable energy. A presentation is available for this webinar.

Presenter: David Pereksta, Avian Biologist, BOEM 

National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Webinar: Updates on Research Presented at the 12th NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting

Dec. 4, 2019

The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) hosted a webinar with presentations on progress and updates from research presented at the 12th NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting in November 2018:

Offsetting Behavioral Displacement: An Avian-Impact Offset Method
Presenters Jill Shaffer, U.S. Geological Survey and Chuck Loesch, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided research updates on their presentation "Estimating Indirect Impacts of Wind-Energy Development for Breeding Grassland Birds and Waterfowl in the Northern Great Plains" and discussed the avian impact offset method and a complementary geospatial decision-support tool.

Ongoing U.S. Offshore Wind Research Efforts and Available Resources: Motus Wildlife Tracking System
Presenter Catherine Jardine, Bird Studies Canada, shared updates from her Offshore Wind & Wildlife Workshop presentation on the Motus Wildlife Tracking System.

Webinar and presentation materials are available.

Wind 101: An Introduction to Wind Energy Siting and Development

Nov. 7, 2019

The recording and presentation slides from the NWCC webinar Wind 101: An Introduction to Wind Energy Siting and Development are available. Presenter Michael Speerschneider gave background on wind project siting and development and discussed opportunities and constraints for wind energy from the perspective of permitting, engineering, and economics, as well as the application of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines.

Collegiate Wind Competition 2021 Webinar

Oct. 17, 2019

The DOE Collegiate Wind Competition challenges interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students from a variety of programs to offer a unique solution to a complex wind energy project. The competition provides students with real-world experience as they prepare to enter the wind industry workforce. Interested parties are invited to view a recording of the October 17, 2019 informational webinar to learn more about the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition and hear from organizers. Read the Collegiate Wind Competition solicitation.

International Energy Agency Task 28 Webinar: International Perspectives on Social Acceptance of Offshore Wind Energy

Sept. 26, 2019

By the end of 2018, global offshore wind capacity exceeded 22.5 gigawatts (GW) from 176 operating projects. Capacity is expected to exceed 150 GW by 2030, and long-range projections estimate more than 500 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2050, with broadening international participation. This rapid growth is driven by technology improvements, rapid cost declines, increased demand for renewable electricity, and policy mechanisms, often targeted at mitigating climate change. Despite increasing technological, market, and political acceptance of offshore wind, the acceptance by local communities and stakeholders is a key determinant of deployment. Indeed, social opposition to proposed offshore wind projects has delayed and derailed multiple projects across the globe. Although a rich literature exists on social acceptance and attitudes toward land-based wind, there is less understanding and consensus regarding social responses to offshore wind.

Hosted by the International Energy Agency Wind Task 28, this webinar shared lessons learned from four international researchers.

Jeremy Firestone (USA)–University of Delaware
“Can Offshore Wind Power Find a Place at the U.S. Table?”

Gundula Hübner (Germany)–Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
“On the Long Run - Longitudinal Impact of Offshore Turbines on Residents and Tourism”

Patrick Devine-Wright (United Kingdom)–University of Exeter
“Understanding Community Acceptance of Wind Energy in Different Offshore Locations”

Yasushi Maruyama (Japan)–Nagoya University
“Benefit Sharing Ideas of an Offshore Windfarm with the Fishery Community”

Facilitators:
Suzanne Tegen (USA)–National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Joe Rand (USA)–Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards: Berkeley Lab’s Annual Status Report

Sept. 4, 2019

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released U.S. Renewables Portfolio Standards: 2019 Annual Status Report, a report published as a slide deck that covers recent legislative revisions, key policy design features, state renewables portfolio standards compliance with interim targets, past and projected impacts on renewables development, and compliance costs.

In this webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the RPS Collaborative, lead author Galen Barbose presented key findings from the report. A webinar recording is available.

See more information and resources from CESA's RPS Collaborative.

Business Network for Offshore Wind Webinar: Release of DOE/NREL Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report

Aug. 22, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) continues to play a key role in tracking the developments of offshore wind. The Business Network for Offshore Wind and Winston & Strawn LLP hosted a webinar with the key findings of the 2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report. The webinar provided an opportunity to pose questions to NREL about the report findings.

Welcome and introductory remarks by co-hosts:

  • Charlie Papavizas, Chair, Maritime & Admiralty Practice, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Elizabeth Barminski, Program Manager, Business Network for Offshore Wind

Webinar presenter: Walt Musial, Principal Engineer, Manager Offshore Wind, NREL

Download the presentation.

Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative Webinar: Research Priorities to Address Bats and Wind Energy Issues

April 12, 2019

For the last 15 years, the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC) has been developing tools and science-based solutions to reduce bat fatalities at wind turbines. At the most recent BWEC All Committee Science Meeting, representative stakeholders developed a list of research priorities for 2019 to 2021. This webinar provided a summary of the issues related to bats and wind energy, a brief history of the BWEC, and its current strategy to address bats and wind energy issues. A presentation and webinar recording are available.

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 hosted a four-part webinar series, Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes. This fourth webinar focused on an investigation of individuals who are “strongly” annoyed (i.e., annoyed with symptoms) and compared 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 hosted a four-part webinar series, Understanding Wind Project Neighbors through a National Survey of Attitudes. This third webinar focused 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.