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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U.S. Wind Turbine Database: Data and Online Viewer

April 23, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) have teamed up to release of the United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) and the USWTDB Viewer to access this new public dataset. This exciting new database is made possible through support from the U.S. Department of Energy, the USGS Energy Resources Program, and AWEA.

The USWTDB is a comprehensive dataset of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics that is easily accessible, more accurate, and updated more often than existing wind turbine datasets. This dataset and its associated viewer allow federal agencies to share data to properly develop and plan around wind projects. The availability of these data are crucial to planning for government agencies, as well as other researchers.

The webinar will describe the data sources for the USWTDB, how it was put together, and how it will be continually updated in the future. Attendees will see a live-action display of the USWTDB online viewer and its features.

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2018 Tribal Energy Webinar: Best Practices in Tribal Energy Business Models

April 25, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Western Area Power Administration will co-sponsor the 2018 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. During the April webinar, attendees will learn best practices for tribal energy business structures, including their advantages and disadvantages, goals associated with different business models, and examples of various models. Tribal leaders and community members will also learn how to select the best structure for their goals, existing codes, and laws. If you cannot attend the live webinars, you can access recordings and slides of past webinars.

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FERC and Clean Energy

April 26, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

John Moore, director of the Sustainable FERC Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council, will discuss some of the issues currently before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the regional markets it regulates, including state renewable portfolio standards and related state energy policies. Among the issues he will discuss are the increasing tensions between state and federal energy policies, energy storage, resilience, aggregation of rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources, PURPA, and transmission planning. There will be time for audience questions.

This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance for the RPS Collaborative, which receives funding support from the Energy Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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WREN Webinar #14: Reconstruction after Decommissioning: A Cross-Industry Perspective

May 4, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

The International Energy Agency’s Wind Task 34 (also known as WREN: Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy) hosts a webinar series to support WREN’s goal to facilitate international collaboration that advances global understanding of environmental effects of offshore and land-based wind energy development. Speakers for Webinar #14 will discuss reconstruction after decommissioning from the offshore wind, land-based wind, and adjacent industry perspectives. Each speaker will provide a 20- to 25-minute presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

Featured speakers are:

  • Brendon Turvey and Kenny Taylor, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Deborah Luchsinger, renewable energy program manager, Enercon Services, Inc.

If you cannot join the live presentations, you can always access webinars archived on the WREN hub.

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2018 Tribal Energy Webinar: Understanding the Power Grid and Organized Markets

May 30, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Eastern | Add to calendar

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Western Area Power Administration will co-sponsor the 2018 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. During the May webinar, attendees will learn about transmission markets, management, and ownership structures; interconnection request processes and timelines; transmission planning and operations; and fundamentals of the power grid. Due to the ongoing changes in organized energy markets, this webinar will update and build on the September 2017 webinar Fundamental of Organized Energy Markets for Tribes. Attendees will learn about ongoing changes with the Southwest Power Pool and California Independent System Operator that will create greater opportunities for tribes to sell and buy energy. If you cannot attend the live webinars, you can access recordings and slides of past webinars.

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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: 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.

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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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.

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