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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State of the Voluntary Green Power Market

Feb. 21, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership hosts this annual webinar examining the state of the green power market in the United States. This webinar will focus on the voluntary market, through which consumers and institutions voluntarily procure renewable energy for all or part of their electricity needs. This webinar will review:

  • The various green power product options
  • Where these products are available
  • Resource and pricing information
  • The most up-to-date statistics and trends in green power purchasing
  • The continued growth of new green power procurement options, including power purchase agreements, community solar programs, and community choice aggregations
  • Large green power customers.

The presentations will draw on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's recently published Status and Trends in the U.S. Voluntary Green Power Market and the Green Power Partnership's program data.

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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 | 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

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.

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DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Webinar: Steps toward Your Tribal Community Energy Future

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

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Western Area Power Administration will co-sponsor the 2018 monthly 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 in Indian Country.

Sovereign tribal nations across the United States have recognized the important economic value of developing and implementing community energy plans. The community energy planning process helps tribal members establish short- and long-range energy and economic development goals, and identify challenges and opportunities for meeting current and future energy needs in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable fashion. In this webinar, tribal leaders and community members will learn how to develop a community energy plan, including an overview of the five-step project development process developed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the Office of Indian Energy. Speakers will address the importance of using an inclusive planning process with tribal community participation to gain support for and ownership of all aspects of the plan. Speakers will describe barriers likely to be encountered during the planning process, provide tips on how to overcome those barriers, and identify tools and resources that can help tribes establish an energy plan based on developing natural resources with maximum local control and ownership.

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

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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 | 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

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.

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Past

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

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 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 second webinar will focus 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 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 first webinar will focus 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.

U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 Information Webinar

Oct. 18, 2016

An informational webinar held on October 18, 2016 to provide potential participants in the Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 with more information on the 3-day event taking place on May 7-10 in Chicago, Illinois at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER.

Informational Webinar: U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 Request for Proposals

Oct. 18, 2016

The Collegiate Wind Competition brings together students in engineering, business, marketing, communications, policy, and social science fields to engage the future energy workforce in a broad range of wind energy experiences.

For the higher education community interested in designing and engineering solutions for our clean energy future, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is seeking motivated teams of undergraduate students to participate in the Collegiate Wind Competition 2018.

An informational webinar held on October 18, 2016 provided potential participants in the Collegiate Wind Competition 2018 with more information on the 3-day event taking place on May 7–10 in Chicago, Illinois at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER.

Watch the full webinar or download the transcript.

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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

Wind Permitting Toolkit and Model Zoning Ordinance: A WINDExchange Webinar

March 16, 2016

The permitting process for wind energy projects can vary greatly from county to county, and this lack of uniformity often leads to inefficiencies for permitting agencies and their constituents.

Mia Devine, project manager at Northwest SEED, presented the new Wind Permitting Toolkit. The toolkit provides information on how jurisdictions can standardize their zoning regulations and permitting processes to ensure safe and cost-effective wind energy development that is appropriate for their communities. The toolkit includes examples of incorporating wind energy into comprehensive plans and a model zoning ordinance.

Dana Peck, executive director at the Greater Goldendale Chamber of Commerce, shared a rural county's experience on creating a programmatic environmental impact statement and related planning changes to shape renewable energy project permitting and the subsequent development of 1.2 gigawatts of wind projects, which doubled the county tax base and underpinned the financial viability of many ranching families.

Padma Kasthurirangan, vice president of Niagara Wind & Solar, Inc., presented two case studies that explained how certain tools have positively impacted the permitting process in the state of New York. With 62 counties and 932 towns with home-rule law, it is challenging to permit almost anything in New York. Small wind permitting is made more complex by a lack of awareness about the industry and applicable standards, resulting in small wind projects challenged to meet the requirements. Niagara Wind & Solar focuses on distributed wind for farms, primarily because of siting and relative permitting ease, and has had some success with the tools developed in the Distributed Wind Energy Association's Permitting & Zoning Committee.

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (MP4 45.4 MB). Download Windows Media Player. Time: 01:04:38. Text Version.

Download the presentations:

Wind Permit Toolkit

Putting Community Input First—Planning for Renewable Energy Development

Distributed Wind Permitting & Zoning in NY