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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), is hosting a free webinar titled “Distributed Energy Technology Trends and Costs” on Wednesday, October 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time.

The capabilities and costs of distributed energy technologies continue to evolve rapidly. This webinar will provide tribes with a broad update on recent technological and cost trends for distributed energy. Speakers will discuss the latest developments in conventional and renewable distributed generation technologies, along with energy storage options that in some cases can make these energy sources more reliable and valuable. Attendees will learn unique characteristics of these technologies, find out how they are competing in the marketplace, and understand how to use them separately or combined for the greatest benefit to their tribal community.

The following speakers will present at the webinar:

  • Robi Robichaud, Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL): Mr. Robichaud currently leads Federal Wind and Water activities in the Wind and Water Technology Deployment programs at the National Wind Technology Center. He supports federal agencies, tribes, and other clients by conducting wind/solar resource assessments, economic feasibility analyses, technology training workshops, and providing technical assistance/advice. In recent years he has branched into pumped storage hydro and marine hydrokinetics. He has worked at NREL since 1999. Prior to joining NREL, Robi worked for Altair Energy installing solar photovoltaic systems at schools and residences throughout Colorado.

  • Gil McCoy, Assistant Director, U.S. DOE Northwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership: Mr. McCoy has worked as an Energy Systems Engineer for the Washington State Energy Office and the Washington State University Energy Program for over 35 years. He currently provides technical support to the U.S. Department of Energy funded Northwest Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnership program. Mr. McCoy has been involved with CHP screening technical assistance and feasibility studies at a wide range of industrial, institutional, and commercial sector facilities. He holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register now for this webinar, and learn more about the 2018 Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development webinar series.