DOE Announces New Webinars on Guidelines for Energy Savings Performance Contracting, Internal Benchmarking and Data Collection Techniques, and More

March 21, 2013

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.

Upcoming Webinars

March 26: Live Webinar on Developing, Staffing, and Overseeing a State Energy Savings Performance Contracting Program

Webinar Sponsor: DOE Technical Assistance Program

The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled "Energy Savings Performance Contracting: Guidelines for Developing, Staffing, and Overseeing a State Program" on Tuesday, March 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. These guidelines provide strategies, tools, and resources for state energy offices, state building administrations, and others that want to move beyond one-off contracts and develop or expand a sustainable Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) program. This webinar will present an overview of the guidelines and the many resources it offers to help you get a running start, as well as feature state peers that have already successfully taken this approach to ESPCs.

Register to attend the webinar here.

March 27, 2013: Understanding the Grid

Webinar Sponsor: DOE Office of Indian Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Tribal Energy Program, and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar titled "Understanding the Grid" on Wednesday, March 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar will provide an overview of electric power grid operations and maintenance programs. In addition to discussing generating entities and the types of loads they serve, presenter Jim Charters, a utility transmission system consultant and former WAPA employee, will cover the intricacies of the electric grid—including interconnections, power flows, line capacities, storage, and reserves—and explain how and why it works. There is no charge for the webinar, but registration is required.

Register to attend the webinar.

March 28: Live Webinar on Internal Benchmarking Outreach and Data Collection Techniques

Webinar Sponsor: DOE Technical Assistance Program

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled "Internal Benchmarking Outreach and Data Collection Techniques" on Thursday, March 28, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This webcast will present techniques to help public sector organizations conduct outreach and collect data for their internal benchmarking programs. The presentation will highlight effective communication methods for engaging stakeholders and producing better results when collecting benchmarking data. The webcast will feature the experience of other public sector organizations and detailed guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency on collection mechanics with Portfolio Manager.

Register to attend the webinar here.

April 3: Live Webcast on State Energy Strategic Planning

Webinar Sponsor: DOE Technical Assistance Program

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled "State Energy Strategic Planning" on Wednesday, April 3, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During this webinar, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) will discuss their recent analysis of 39 State Energy Strategic Plans and accompanying "Guide to State Energy Planning." This webinar will focus on the necessary steps to create an effective State Energy Plan, hearing from states who have recently completed the process and highlighting best practices from NASEO's research. States that are embarking on the planning process in 2013 are encouraged to attend.

Register to attend the webinar here.

April 3: Live Webinar on CHP and Resilient Energy Infrastructure

Webinar Sponsor: EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled "CHP: Enabling Resilient Energy Infrastructure" on Wednesday, April 3, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This webinar will discuss how combined heat and power (CHP) systems can fulfill the need for resilient critical infrastructure while making energy more cost- and fuel-efficient for the user and more reliable and environmentally friendly for society at large. Presenters will discuss the benefit of CHP systems in critical infrastructure applications, detailed case studies of how CHP systems powered facilities through Hurricane Sandy, and federal and state policies promoting the use of CHP technology in critical infrastructure.

Register to attend the webinar.

April 10: Live Webcast on the Energy 101 Course Framework

Webinar Sponsor: EERE Education and Workforce Development

The Energy Department and its Energy 101 project collaborators will present a live webcast titled "The Energy 101 Course Framework" on Wednesday, April 10th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The Energy 101 Course Framework is based on DOE's Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education. The framework proposes teaching principles of energy from an interdisciplinary perspective, challenging college students at two and four-year schools across the country to systematically explore the science and social science behind sound energy decision-making. This webinar is for educators, administrators, and other interested parties who would like to learn about the Energy 101 course framework and how their institutions can get involved in this effort, as well as how the framework has been used in the development of an ongoing pilot course at the University of Maryland.

Register to attend the webinar.

Past Webinars

March 18: Webinar on Alternative Fuel Laws and Incentives

Webinar Sponsor: EERE's Clean Cities Program, Vehicle Technologies Office

The Energy Department presented a webinar titled "Laws and Incentives Database Overview" on Monday, March 18. During the webinar, Alexis Schayowitz, who helps run the Clean Cities Technical Response Service, walked through how to use the Alternative Fuel Data Center's Laws and Incentives database. She described how to identify state and federal incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles and find recent changes to federal tax incentives, and she also discussed trends in state-level incentives.

View past webinar slides.

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