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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.

2013 MIT Energy Conference 

March 1 - 2, 2013

  • Boston, MA

Every year, thought-leaders in energy descend on MIT for one primary reason: to formulate powerful, productive ideas in the face of a rapidly changing industry. Please join us on March 1st and 2nd, 2013 for our eighth annual MIT Energy Conference, which will explore the theme From Idea to Impact - Collaborating to Meet Global Energy Challenges.

The Conference will commence on Friday, March 1st with in-depth Friday panels and a keynote address held on the MIT campus that are free and open to the public. Panel topics include: “Utility of the Future”; “From Coal to Gas – The Emerging Reality of Fossil Generation”; “Breaking the Climate Stalemate”; and “Energy Innovation for Development.” The discussions will carry forward to the Friday Night Energy Showcase at the Boston Park Plaza Castle -- a free exhibit of innovative and breakthrough energy technologies from start-up companies and academic research.

The ticketed Conference on March 2nd will highlight the expertise of energy leaders and provide greater opportunities to participate in fact-based discussions with peers, learn about cutting-edge industry trends, and discover some of MIT’s newest innovations. For the first time, we will also feature an interactive "idea storm" to unite industry experts, policy makers and students in brainstorming solutions to address today's critical energy challenges.

We are also excited to announce the Friday keynote address will be delivered by NRG President and CEO David Crane.

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Renewable Energy Policy in the Midwest

March 8, 2013

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This course is offered in cooperation with the 2013 Sustainability Summit & Exposition and with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Continuing Education. Renewable energy policy is vital to market development and varies greatly between states. This course will cover the policy landscape for renewable energy in the Midwest including renewable portfolio standards, wind turbine siting, net-metering, interconnection standards, and other pertinent renewable energy policies in the Midwest.

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Power Lunch Lecture Series - Renewable Energy Futures to 2050: Current Perspectives

March 14, 2013, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Presented by Dr. Eric Martinot, Author, REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report

The future of renewable energy is fundamentally a choice, not a foregone conclusion given technology and economic trends. The new REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report illuminates that choice by showing the range of credible possibilities for the future of renewable energy. The report is not one scenario or viewpoint, but a synthesis of the contemporary thinking of many, as compiled from 170 interviews with leading experts from around the world, including CEOs and parliamentarians, and from 50 recently published energy scenarios by a range of organizations.

Dr. Eric Martinot is an internationally recognized scholar, writer, and teacher on the subject of renewable energy. He is report author of the just-released REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, and was lead author until 2010 of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, an annual synthesis that he first created in 2005. He currently serves as senior research director with the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Tokyo and teaching fellow with Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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

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  • Open to the Public
  • Free

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OWAP Webinar: Understanding Regional Offshore Wind Supply Chain Opportunities

March 19, 2013

  • United States

11:00 a.m. ET
The Energy Department recently awarded Global Wind Network (GLWN) a research project grant titled "U.S. Wind Energy Manufacturing and Supply Chain: A Competitiveness Analysis." CESA's OWAP and the GLWN will host this webinar to discuss the project and how coastal regions can participate in the development and implementation of this emerging energy industry. The webinar will provide an overview of how GLWN works with regional economies to identify opportunities for logistics, transportation, manufacturing, staging, and attraction—areas that will support the advancement of the offshore industry. Space is limited, so reserve your seat now.

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Renewable Energy Parks Webinar

March 19, 2013, 1:00 - 2:15 MDT

This Community Renewable Energy Deployment webinar will highlight how the City of Ellensburg, Washington, and the Town of Hempstead, New York, created renewable energy parks in their areas by integrating multiple renewable energy technologies. Learn more and register for the webinar.

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WPA Webinar: Water's Impact on the Energy Sector

March 20, 2013

3:00 p.m. ET
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Join Stacy Tellinghuisen, senior energy/water policy analyst at Western Resource Advocates, for a discussion of the wind energy/water nexus. She will share new research on the national impacts of water scarcity on the energy sector, including how the expanded use of renewable energy and energy efficiency can help reduce the potential impacts that prolonged droughts will have on the energy sector.

Audio Access

Toll-free #: 888-396-0679

Toll #:1-773-756-0107

Participant passcode: 8466385

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Conference number: RW3511409

Audience passcode: 8466385

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APPA Engineering and Operations Technical Conference

March 24 - 27, 2013

  • Kissimmee , FL
  • Contact: American Public Power Association 202-467-2900

The APPA Engineering & Operations Technical Conference is designed for public power technical personnel and safety managers. The conference also has much to offer to utility directors, public power professionals involved in electric utility management and operations, and city managers.

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Renewable Energy Project Development Program

March 26 - 28, 2013

Gundersen Health System implements renewable energy projects in healthcare. Learn about what it takes to develop a renewable energy portfolio for hospitals and projects in action. Class sizes are limited. An agenda for the Renewable Energy Project Development program is available.

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