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Transitioning to the New AWEA Small Wind Turbine Standard

Dec. 13, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

After years of work by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Wind Standards Committee and stakeholders in the small wind turbine industry to update the original small wind turbine standard, AWEA Standard 9.1-2009 was released in 2017. This webinar will explore the changes and improvements in the new standard and discuss how turbine designers and manufacturers, test sites, certification bodies, and end users can transition to the new standard.

Featured speakers are:

  • Mike Bergey, President, Bergey Wind Power
  • Brent Summerville, Technical Consultant, Small Wind Certification Council
  • Robert Preus (Moderator), Program Manager V-Research, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

DOE Office of Indian Energy Webinar: Economic Market Potential on Tribal Lands and Interactive Tools for Assessments

Dec. 13, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

Developing conventional and renewable energy resources on tribal lands presents significant economic opportunities. Tribal lands consist of more than 56 million acres, representing about 2.3% of the total U.S. land base and an estimated 17.1 million acres of existing and potential fossil energy and mineral resources and vast, untapped renewable energy potential. Attendees will learn about the economic potential of indigenous conventional and renewable energy resources, and the tools available for economic and energy supply assessments. The webinar is free but registration is required. Recordings and slides of past tribal energy webinars are available.


WREN Webinar #13: Smart Curtailment: A Global Perspective

Jan. 17, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

This webinar is developed as part of the International Energy Agency’s Wind Task 34 (also known as WREN: Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy). This webinar series supports WREN’s goal to facilitate international collaboration that advances global understanding of environmental effects of offshore and land-based wind energy development.

Speakers Luísa Rodrigues, Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests Portugal, and Christine Sutter, Natural Power, will discuss smart curtailment from the European and North American perspectives. Rodrigues will present the European perspective on smart curtailment to reduce bat fatalities at wind farms. Between 2003 and 2016, approximately 8,300 fatalities of at least 28 bat species were found in Europe. Taking into consideration this situation, alternatives to decrease this negative effect will be explained, and their implementation in different countries will be analyzed.

Sutter will discuss smart curtailment for bats from a U.S. perspective. She will describe a study that utilized real-time bat activity at the nacelle to trigger curtailment in real time. This approach reduced bat fatalities by >80% and reduced impacts to energy yield by 40%. She will also discuss why bat exposure patterns are expected to make this approach useful and how to model this in advance of implementing smart curtailment.

How to Join the Webinar

Presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Past WREN webinars are hosted on Tethys, along with the associated video and presentations as available. Visit the archive.


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

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.

Download the presentations:
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