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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.

8th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit 

February 1 - 2, 2012

  • Palm Springs, CA

The Clean-Tech Investor Summit, co-produced by International Business Forum and Clean Edge, and chaired by Technology Partners' Ira Ehrenpreis, is the premier clean-tech investment and innovation event of the year. Held each winter in Palm Springs, CA, the event brings together leading investors, Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, and service providers for two days of high-level presentations, conversations, and networking. Attendance is capped at 500 registrants to guarantee the optimum networking experience.

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Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

February 1, 2012

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
The agenda will feature the DEP/DPH Wind Turbine Health Impact Study. Presentation by DEP representative and independent expert panel members including Jim Manwell from UMass Amherst and Sheryl Grace from Boston University. There will also be a presentation by Mt. St. Mary's Abbey (invited) about their wind project; a legislative and regulatory update; and a showing of the film "Islands in the Wind" (about the Fox Islands wind project in Maine). Please RSVP.

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NARUC Winter Committee Meetings

February 5 - 8, 2012

Join regulatory colleagues at the two preeminent utility regulatory conferences in Washington—the NARUC Winter Committee Meetings and the National Electricity Forum. Policymakers from all over the utility spectrum, including energy, telecommunications, and water, will attend. These events offer in-depth, timely analysis of public policy issues related specifically to the utility sectors.

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AWEA Wind Power on Capitol Hill  

February 7 - 8, 2012

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National Electricity Forum  

February 8 - 9, 2012

  • Washington , DC

The 2012 National Electricity Forum is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and is held annually in conjunction with the NARUC Winter Committee Meetings.

Presenters and participants at the 2012 Forum will address cutting-edge issues and discuss how collaboration can successfully modernize the nation's electricity infrastructure. The Forum will feature national thought leaders from all sectors of the electric power industry, academia, policymakers, equipment manufacturers, consumers, and other affected parties. The first three panels will include futurists, senior DOE officials, industry representatives, state utility regulators, and business leaders who will provide their perspectives on what the world will look like in 2035 and discuss their visions for the 21st Century electricity industry and its successful execution.

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UWIG Workshop on Variable Generation Forecasting Applications to Utility Planning and Operations  

February 8 - 9, 2012

This workshop is intended for utility and wind industry personnel associated with producing and using variable generation plant output forecasts for power system planning and operation.

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NREL Visitors Center Saturday Open House

February 11, 2012, 9:00 - 4:00 MST

  • 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, February 11, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. You are welcome to explore our interactive exhibit hall, take virtual tours of our facilities, and engage in hands-on activities.
Then, join us for a special consumer-oriented workshop from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.!
From Townhouse to Green House
Kevin Donovan from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will show you how he took an ordinary townhouse and outfitted it for sustainable living.
Seating is limited, so call 303-384-6565 in advance to sign up.

Maps, directions and security requirements

  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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Solar POWER-GEN Conference and Exhibition 

February 14 - 16, 2012

  • Long Beach, CA

This event will delve into the specifics of developing, supporting, and growing large-scale solar power in the United States. Topics to be covered include solar policy, markets, finance, and technology. The event will be co-located with the 9th annual Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo North America.

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Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo North America  

February 14 - 16, 2012

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NREL Visitors Center closed President's Day

February 20, 2012, 8:00 - 5:00 MST

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

NREL Visitors Center will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2012.  We will reopen on February 21, 2012 at 9 a.m. 

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Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference  

February 23 - 24, 2012

  • Atlanta , GA

The conference is the nation's leading forum sharing ideas and strategies to build a green economy that creates good jobs and preserves America's economic and environmental security.

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AWEA Wind Power Project Siting Workshop

February 28 - 29, 2012

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Power Lunch Lecture: Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation

February 29, 2012, 12:00 - 1:30 MST

NREL Research Fellow Helena Chum will present "Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation" as part of the Power Lunch Lecture Series. Chum will discuss the release of the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report assesses existing literature on the current and future potential of renewable energy for the mitigation of climate change. It covers the six most important renewable energy technologies, as well as their integration into present and future energy systems. In addition, the report covers the environmental and social consequences associated with these technologies, the cost and strategies to overcome technical as well as non-technical obstacles to their application and diffusion.

More than 130 scientists contributed to the report, including several from NREL. NREL Director Dan Arvizu was a coordinating lead author for direct solar energy conversion.

Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation. Call 303-384-6565 to make a reservation for this free program.

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  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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