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Upcoming events sponsored by NREL, industry partners and universities are listed below. If you have a question about an event, contact the person listed for the specific event. If no contact is listed, or if you have a more general question about the events page, send your comments to Sarah Barba.

Wind Turbine Gearbox Maintenance  

October 1 - 5, 2012

Topic areas include:

  • Wind turbine gearbox anatomy
  • Borescope and oil analysis report evaluation
  • Lubrication basics including oil life, additives, and contamination
  • Choosing the right oil change process for your application
  • Gear failure and root cause analysis
  • Component repair and replacement options

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2012 Saturday Open House 

October 6, 2012

  • Golden, CO - NREL Visitors Center
  • Contact: NREL Visitors Center 303.384.6565


Visitors of all ages are invited to a Saturday Open House at the NREL Visitors Center on Saturday, October 6. You are welcome to explore our interactive exhibit hall, enjoy special presentations, take virtual tours of our facilities and engage in hands-on activities.
NREL is again partnering with the Golden Solar Homes Tour and showcasing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Take a self –guided tour and learn about passive solar energy features, energy-efficient lighting, an energy management system and other strategies help cut energy costs and optimize building performance.
Information about the Golden Solar Homes tour routes will be available.


NREL Visitors Center
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO   80401

Maps, directions and security requirements

  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition  

October 9 - 11, 2012

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UVIG Wind Turbine/Plant Operations and Maintenance Users Group Meeting  

October 9 - 10, 2012

The morning of October 9 will consist of a plenary session open to user group members and interested parties from UVIG member organizations. The Plenary Session at this meeting will focus on maximizing the service life of gearboxes—operating, lubricating, inspecting, and rebuilding.

The afternoon of October 9 as well as the morning of October 10, will consist of vendor product-specific roundtable rorums for user group members only. The format consists of open discussions, moderated by a roundtable chair, centered on a specific wind turbine component or specific model of wind turbine. The roundtable provides the opportunity for frank and open discussion among users, who share their information, knowledge and experience.

The afternoon of October 10 will feature the inaugural meeting of UWIG's Balance of Plant Discussion Roundtable. This event is open to user group members only and will serve as an organizational meeting for this roundtable as well as a frank discussion about various aspects of balance of plant and other non turbine-specific issues.

Attendees choosing to skip the Balance of Plant Roundtable can participate in a tour of enXco's Palm Springs Turbine Maintenance Facility. This facility offers participants an opportunity to view maintenance being performed on a variety of components of sub-Megawatt nameplate capacity turbines.

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Energy Efficiency in Homes & Buildings, By Paul Kreischer, Lightly Treading Energy and Design

October 9, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 MDT

  • Golden, CO - NREL Visitors Center
  • Contact: NREL Visitors Center 303.384.6565
Energy Efficiency in Homes & Buildings: Paul will review ways to save money on your energy bill and optimize your comfort while reducing demand for electricity and the need for new power plants.

Maps, directions and security requirements

  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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NREL to Present Webinar on Geothermal FIT Design 

October 9, 2012, 1:00 - 2:00 EDT

  • Webcast

NREL will hold a webinar to discuss research, analysis, and results from a new report: Geothermal FIT Design: International Experience and U.S. Considerations. The presentation will explore specifics on how feed-in tariff (FIT) policies can be designed to address certain risks of geothermal power plant development.

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Time: 1–2 p.m. ET (10–11 a.m. PT)
Registration link:

Maps, directions and security requirements

  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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Southeastern Wind Energy Meeting

October 11 - 12, 2012

  • Virginia Beach , VA

Please join the North Carolina Solar Center and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy for the Southeastern Wind Energy Meeting, immediately following AWEA's Offshore Wind Conference & Exhibition. Presentations from regional developers, utilities, and others will be enhanced through open discussion with a focus on identifying solutions for regionally specific market barriers to wind deployment. Registration is free, but required before October 1.

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Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) - Green Buildings Open House 

October 13, 2012

  • Maine to Pennsylvania

Ever wanted to see a high performance building in action? You can, with the Green Buildings Open House tour. Occurring on October 13th, you’ll have the opportunity to tour buildings with sustainable features and meet the people who regularly occupy them. Learn from them what it’s like to live and work in a high performance building, and maybe even get inspired to upgrade your property. Search our online database for host sites near you. The 2012 Green Buildings Open House tour is powered by

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The Wildlife Society Annual Conference  

October 13 - 18, 2012

  • Portland , OR

Includes two symposiums about wind energy.

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SEI Workshop: Homebuilt Wind Turbines  

October 15 - 20, 2012

  • Guemes Island , WA

This workshop will guide participants through the process of building a small wind turbine from scratch. Brief sessions each day on wind generator theory will be followed by shop sessions. The workshop group will construct one to three working wind generators. Approximately three-quarters of this workshop will be hands-on construction of wind turbines.

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2012 Emerging Technologies Summit 

October 15 - 17, 2012

  • Pasadena, CA

The ET Summit is the insiders' biennial conference on advanced technologies and implementation approaches for the $35+ billion ecosystem of energy efficiency, demand response, customer-facing smart grid, and related programs. Founded in 2004 and organized by the California energy utilities, California Energy Commission, and the California Public Utilities Commission, the ET Summit highlights recent developments and best practices to generate and validate new measures and practices for utility and government programs. The intended audience is leading technologists, entrepreneurs, researchers, utilities, regulators, and investors.

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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development

October 16 - 17, 2012

  • Anchorage , AK

No registration fee is being charged for this event, but advance registration is required for meeting space and food service planning.

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WPA Webinar: Social Acceptance of Wind Energy

October 17, 2012

  • United States

3:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. MT)
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This free webinar is part of the Energy Department's Wind Powering America 2012 webinar series. Join Eric Lantz of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for an examination of the issues related to social acceptance of wind energy. The webinar is free; no registration is required. Log-in information is below.

Audio Access

Toll-free #: 800-988-9387

Toll #: 1-773-756-4665

Participant passcode: 5263973

Web Access


If you have trouble with the above link, try going to this website and enter the information separately:


Conference number: RW9341550

Audience passcode: 5263973

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RETECH 2012: 4th Annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition  

October 17 - 19, 2012

  • Washington , DC

RETECH 2012 is dedicated to delivering coverage on every discipline of renewable energy technology. Meet over 3,000 government, utility, finance, and technology professionals from 60 countries.

RETECH's conference sessions deliver educational content including business development opportunities, topical professional development, current trends, the newest technologies, and important up-to-date information on the changing legislative and regulatory landscapes. The exhibition offers opportunity to meet, network, and connect with companies and organizations in the renewable energy industry.

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Fifth Annual Nebraska Wind Conference  

October 22 - 23, 2012

  • Lincoln , NE

This 2-day conference will focus on Nebraska's future wind energy development challenges and opportunities, including the potential extension of the federal Production Tax Credit program and other federal wind incentives. It will include an array of national and state keynote speakers, as well as multiple educational tracks applicable for utilities, suppliers, landowners, economic development officials, students, environmentalists, and anyone interested in the Nebraska wind industry.

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UVIG Fall Technical Workshop

October 23 - 25, 2012

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Advanced Energy 12  

October 30 - 31, 2012

  • New York City , NY

Advanced Energy 2012 has joined with energy conferences from across the state to create The New York State Partnership of Energy Conferences. This initiative provides an opportunity to learn, share and network. Now in its 6th consecutive year, the Advanced Energy Conference has attracted thousands of participants from industry, government, and academia, and brought them together with innovators and energy research leaders.

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Marine Renewable Energy Technical Conference  

October 30 - 31, 2012

  • Warwick , RI

The 4th Annual Marine Renewable Energy Technical Conference will feature two days of technical presentations on research relating to wave, tide, ocean and river current, offshore wind, environmental monitoring, policy and regulations, industry lessons learned, and more.

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