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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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2019 Tribal Energy Webinar Series: Tribal Microgrids, Energy Storage, and Resilience

Dec. 11, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

In recent years, tribes have shown increased interest in microgrids. Among the reasons for this interest is the potential for microgrids to help tribal communities improve resilience, use local energy resources, and control energy costs. However, the potential benefits of microgrids are highly dependent on the variables of each specific situation. This webinar will provide attendees with information that can assist tribal governments and project leaders in identifying microgrid opportunities suited to their unique situations. Attendees will also learn the reasons other tribes have embarked on developing microgrids.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy will offer a series of tribal energy webinars in 2019. The series is intended for tribal leaders, tribal staff, and others interested in energy development in Indian Country and includes eight webinars, all offered at no cost and scheduled on the last Wednesday of each month through October, with one additional webinar in mid-December.

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

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

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will present 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 Pereksta, Avian Biologist, BOEM 

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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) will present 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) will present 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) will present 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) will present 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: Updates on Research Presented at the 12th NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting

Dec. 4, 2019

The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) will host 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 will provide research updates on their presentation "Estimating Indirect Impacts of Wind-Energy Development for Breeding Grassland Birds and Waterfowl in the Northern Great Plains" and discuss 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, will share updates from her Offshore Wind & Wildlife Workshop presentation on the Motus Wildlife Tracking System.

The Impact of Wind, Solar, and Other Factors on Wholesale Power Prices: An Historical Analysis, 2008 through 2017

Dec. 3, 2019

Wholesale electricity prices have fallen dramatically in most organized markets in the United States over the past decade, largely due to a steep reduction in the price of natural gas. But growth in wind and solar generation, fairly flat trends in electrical load, and new natural-gas power plant additions have also played a role.

A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, The Impact of Wind, Solar, and Other Factors on Wholesale Power Prices: An Historical Analysis—2008 through 2017, analyzes the drivers of price changes using two approaches. First, price dynamics between 2008 and 2017 are assessed using a supply curve model. Second, hourly wholesale prices at more than 60,000 pricing nodes are used to highlight the impacts of wind, solar, and other factors on geographic and temporal pricing patterns.

Hosts: Andrew Mills, Ryan Wiser

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

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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 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.