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June 16-20, 2014
Washington, District of Columbia
2014 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting Each year, the Annual Merit Review provides a forum for evaluation and discussion of the Vehicle Technologies Office's projects. Reviewers evaluate the projects' contributions to the program's mission and goals and take into account the breadth, depth, appropriateness, accomplishments, and potential of these activities. Based on these criteria, reviewers provide numeric scores and meaningful comments to create a comprehensive project report card. The recommendations from the reviewers are taken into consideration by DOE in generating future work plans.

Connie Bezanson
Education & Outreach Vehicle Technologies Office
202-586-1600
connie.bezanson@ee.doe.gov

July 29-30, 2014
Washington, District of Columbia
DOE Biomass 2014 Conference: Growing the Future Bioeconomy Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Biofuels USA, this year's conference will take place at the Washington Convention Center. As in past years, Biomass 2014 will bring together top government officials and members of Congress—with industry leaders and experts from across the bioenergy supply chain—to continue ongoing dialogue about the critical challenges and key opportunities for the industry. The event will focus on the innovative technologies, priority pathways, financing strategies, and public policies needed to grow the bioeconomy of the future.

Register online. For more information, email biomass2014info@bcs-hq.com 

July 29-30, 2014
Washington, District of Columbia
Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy On July 29–30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host its seventh annual conference—Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy. Biomass 2014 will bring together top government officials and members of Congress—with industry leaders and experts from across the bioenergy supply chain—to continue ongoing dialogue about the critical challenges and key opportunities for the industry.  
August 4-6, 2014
San Francisco, California
AESP Summer conference The Association of Energy Services Professionals summer conference will focus on the unique relationship between energy efficiency program evaluators and implementers. This conference will showcase innovations, case studies, best practices and more in utility program evaluation and implementation.

August 8, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and O&M Attendees will become familiar with the last two steps of the five-step energy project development framework: Project Implementation (Step 4) and Operations and Maintenance (Step 5). Information on project management, reporting, monitoring, and commissioning will be provided. Other topics the presenters will cover include project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks, and equipment installation. The webinar will stress the importance of developing a long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) plan, establishing a maintenance schedule, replacing worn or disabled equipment, establishing and enhancing an effective and motivated O&M staff, evaluating warranty agreements and extensions, and budgeting for O&M.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.

August 17-22, 2014
Pacific Grove, California
ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings The 2014 ACEEE Summer Study is the 18th biennial ACEEE conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. A diverse group of professionals from around the world will gather at this preeminent meeting to discuss the technological basis for, and practical implementation of, actions to reduce energy use and the climate impacts associated with buildings. The 2014 Summer Study allows for the sharing of ideas and for the engagement in dialogue with leading thinkers, visionaries, and luminaries in the field, while providing the experience of the magnificent natural setting of Asilomar.

August 26-28, 2014
Boone, Iowa
2014 Farm Progress Show  

rssmith@farmprogress.com

August 27, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Introduction to Facility- and Community-Scale Project Financing Although smaller in scale than commercial projects, these projects often cannot hurdle the financing barrier. Attendees will become knowledgeable about the types of financing that exist for smaller projects that serve an individual facility or community and their advantages and disadvantages to tribal communities. They will also learn about the importance of including cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in the project design and how to calculate the life-cycle cost of various options under consideration.

Register online.

September 2-5, 2014
Denver, Colorado
TCS 2014 Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products This four-day biofuels conference will focus exclusively on thermochemical processing of biomass into fuels and chemicals. Program topics include advances in pyrolysis and solvent liquefaction, advances in gasification, and catalytic upgrading of bio-oil and syngas to fuels and chemicals. There will be a poster competition, interactive breakout sessions, and tours of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  
September 8-11, 2014
Savannah, Georgia
NASEO Annual Meeting The National Association of State Energy Officials will be holding its annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia.

For more information contact Shemika Spencer at 703.299.8800 x15

September 9-11, 2014
Berlin,
Gemany
International Energy Policies & Programmes Evaluation Conference Policies and programmes for increased energy efficiency, energy savings and reduction of GHG emissions are ranked as top priorities by EU, IEA and UN to help the world face the critical issues of climate change and resource conservation. The increasing focus on energy policy and programmes has resulted in more challenging objectives and growing investment. There is therefore a need to improve the assessment of potential and actual impacts and to really understand what works and what does not. That’s why high-quality evaluation practices are essential: to overcome the barrier due to the lack of confidence in the results, and to foster experience sharing.

September 10-13, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Native Learning Center Second Annual Indian Housing Training Conference The Native Learning Center (NLC), a Seminole Tribe of Florida program dedicated to the development of cultural and quality of life skills for all Native and Indigenous people, announces the expansion of our trainings outside the state of Florida! The Indian Housing Training Conference has been moved to the DoubleTree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown. The NLC will provide housing professionals with the tools to maintain good homes, build affordable homes, improve public safety, and provide essential building blocks to a healthy community in the heart of Indian Country. Over the course of this four-day conference, participants will be able to join critical sessions related to Tribal housing programs that are imperative to HUD’s Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program.

To register for the conference and see a preliminary agenda, visit the NLC website at http://nativelearningcenter.com/indianhousingtrainingconference

September 17-18, 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah
CEE Industry Partners Meeting The Consortium for Energy Efficiency will be holding its annual industry partners meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

September 23-25, 2014
Fairbanks, Alaska
Alaska Rural Energy Conference The Alaska Rural Energy Conference is a three-day event offering a large variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities. The 2013 conference in Anchorage attracted almost 500 people from more than 75 villages and towns in Alaska and beyond. Building on the growing success, the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power have joined forces again to organize and sponsor the 9th annual Alaska Rural Energy Conference. This year's agenda will include two half-day tours on Sept. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: 1) Aurora Energy/Superior Pellets/Fairbanks Foodbank Micro-turbine, and 2) UAF Power Plant/ACEP Energy Technology Facility/Fairbanks Natural Gas. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register for the tours on the main registration page as soon as possible.

Register online. To learn more and download the agenda, visit the event website.

September 24, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Successful Project Financing Mechanisms - ESPCs and UESCs The attendees will learn about two popular mechanisms developed for federal agencies to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs). The discussion includes how these two methods allow tribes to develop the projects with limited to no up-front capital costs, thus minimizing the need for including the project costs in budgets or requesting congressional appropriations for them. The speakers will also identify best implementation practices developed over nearly 15 years and hundreds of projects.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.

October 7-8, 2014
Atlantic City, New Jersey
AWEA Offshore Windpower Conference & Exhibition 2014 Engage with leaders and newsmakers, forge strategic relationships, identify investment opportunities, and grow your wind energy business at the U.S. wind energy industry's annual event.

Phone: 202-282-2500

Fax: 202-383-2505

October 13-14, 2014
Chicago, Illinois
OPSI Annual Meeting NARUC's Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI) will be holding its annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

For more information contact: Gregory V. Carmean (greg@opsi.us) 

October 15-17, 2014
Keshena, Wisconsin
SDI Shifting Seasons Summit Hosted by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), this three-day summit will focus on different levels of climate change adaptation training for tribes. There will also be ample opportunities for networking among indigenous practitioners, tribal leaders and land managers, federal agencies, and climate change scientists. The information is specific to the Northeast region but is open to all who are interested in the issues of climate change and tribes. The event is being planned with assistance from the Northern Arizona University Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and Michigan State University faculty and is funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs Climate Change program and the Northeast Climate Science Center. Additional assistance will be provided from the Penn State University-led Sustainable Climate Risk Management Strategies network. For tribes in the northeast who may not be able to travel to the summit, some funding is available to set up satellite locations for participation via live streaming broadcast.

Please contact pwaukau@menominee.edu for more information.

October 26-31, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia
NCAI 71st Annual Convention Save the date for the National Congress of American Indians 71st Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

For the latest information, visit the event Web page.

October 29, 2014
Online
DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Putting It All Together Attendees will hear a recap of the information covered in the previous webinars and the tremendous opportunities that are waiting to be taken advantage of. Attendees will hear about the data from a 2012 National Renewable Energy Laboratory report, which cites that American Indian land comprises 2% of U.S. land but contains an estimated 5% of all renewable energy resources. Presenters include participants in the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program and the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group. Attendees will learn about the DOE Office of Indian Energy collaborations and tribal experiences that identified obstacles and opportunities in energy and related infrastructure development and capacity building in Indian Country. The question-and-answer session will emphasize the need to get feedback from the key stakeholders on the topics for the 2015 Tribal Webinar Series.

Register online. For more information, contact the Tribal Energy Program Help Desk.

November 16-19, 2014
San Francisco, California
NARUC Annual Meeting The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners will be holding its 126th annual meeting in San Francisco, California.

For more information contact: (mamalloy@naruc.org) 

December 7-10, 2014
Washington, District of Columbia
Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference is the premier event focusing on understanding individual and organizational behavior and decision-making related to energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and sustainability. BECC 2014 will build on the overwhelming success of previous BECC conferences, at which 700 participants will discuss innovative policy and program strategies, share important research findings, and engage in building dynamic new networks and collaborations.