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DOE Announces Webinars on Top Solar Tools, Building Energy Optimization Tool Training, and More

May 8, 2014 - 9:59am

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EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

May 14: Live Webinar on Top Solar Tools

Webinar Sponsor: EERE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Top Solar Tools: What are they and how do they help policymakers?” on Wednesday, May 14, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. As part of the Solar Technical Assistance Team's Do-It-Yourself Solar Market Analysis summer series, this webinar will give an overview of the basics behind some of the most popular solar energy tools available to policymakers. Attendees will learn the optimal approaches for using energy calculators such as PVWatts, financial estimators like JEDI, and solar data aggregators such as OpenPV.

Register to attend the webinar.

May 15: Live Webinar on Building Energy Optimization Tool Training

Webinar Sponsor: DOE Challenge Home

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Building Energy Optimization Tool (BEopt) Training” on Thursday, May 15, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time. This webinar will train attendees on how to use the BEopt tool, which was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory through the Energy Department’s Building America Program. Attendees will learn how this free software has helped to design and sell cost-effective high-efficiency homes and how the tool provides opportunities for builders to improve their home designs by finding the best efficiency measures for specific climate and budgets.  

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May 21: Live Webinar on Placing Utility Energy Service Contract Task Orders

Webinar Sponsor: EERE’s Federal Energy Management Program

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Placing UESC Task Orders with the GSA Areawide” on Wednesday, May 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar provides a step-by-step approach to placing a utility energy service contract (UESC) task order under a U.S. General Services Administration areawide contract. The training focuses on developing skills related to the acquisition plan, preliminary audit and findings, feasibility study and project proposal, contract for construction, construction and installation, performance assurance and acceptance, and post-construction and commissioning.

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May 21: Live Webcast on the 2014 Farm Bill's Renewable Energy for America Program

Webinar Sponsor: EERE’s WINDExchange

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “The 2014 Farm Bill's Renewable Energy for America Program” on Wednesday, May 21, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants and loan guarantees to farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses and electric cooperatives to install energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. During the webinar, Andy Olsen, a senior policy advocate for the Environmental Law and Policy Center, will describe the funding allocated to REAP in 2014, eligible recipients and technologies, application deadlines, and how to submit a complete application. In addition, Charles Newcomb, director of technology for Endurance Wind Power, will provide an industry perspective on the Farm Bill.

Registration is not required. Learn how to join the webinar.

June 5: Live Webinar on Energy Efficiency Expert Evaluations: A Customized Assessment Approach

Webinar Sponsor: EERE’s Federal Energy Management Program

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled “Energy Efficiency Expert Evaluations: A Customized Assessment Approach” on Thursday, June 5, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This webinar will describe a step-by-step method to conduct an "energy efficiency expert evaluation"—a customized process to meet site-specific energy goals. This approach combines the most effective features of an energy audit and retro-commissioning, while avoiding the limitations of each. Webinar participants will also learn about a multi-disciplinary process to streamline site visit planning and on-site discovery, recommend corrective measures, establish a master list of findings, and complete the project handoff.

Register to attend the webinar.

Past Webinars

May 1: Live Webinar on Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country: Human Health and Community Development

Webinar Sponsors: White House Office of Public Engagement, White House Council on Environmental Quality, and DOE’s Office of Indian Energy

The webinar sponsors presented a live webinar from the Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country series titled “Human Health and Community Development” on Thursday, May 1. The multi-agency Sustainable Communities program works to support state, local, and tribal governments in planning activities to develop their communities in more environmentally and economically sustainable ways. Developing more sustainable communities supports our national goals of strengthening our economy and creating good jobs now, using energy more efficiently to secure energy independence, and protecting our natural environment and human health. Webinar attendees learned about other programs federal agencies have in place to help local communities with climate change impact assessments, mitigation, and adaptation.

View the past webinar.

April 17: Webinar on Fuel Cells at NASCAR

Webinar Sponsor: EERE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office

The Energy Department presented a live webinar titled “Fuel Cells at NASCAR” on Thursday, April 17. Presented by NASCAR and Acumentrics, this webinar focused on the use of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) generators for powering broadcast cameras for NASCAR. Recently, Acumentrics Corporation completed a field test program with NASCAR to replace small portable gasoline generators with SOFC units operational on commercial propane. These generators demonstrated considerable fuel savings and emission reductions compared to the standard solution while providing reduced noise and vibration. With these attributes, the units have proven to be a viable power alternative for broadcasting needs for a host of different applications. During the webinar, this latest generation power solution was compared to the internal combustion engine, and the lessons learned and potential paths forward were shared with participants.

View the past webinar.

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