Education Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar: Solar+Storage for Public and Affordable Housing

February 22, 2018
12:00 pm

This webinar will provide an overview of the technology, value proposition, and financing options for projects that pair solar with battery storage (solar+storage) for public and affordable housing. Speakers will present about the value of combining solar+storage to multifamily properties, including how it can reduce demand and cut energy expenses. Other topics include financing for solar+storage projects for public and affordable housing and a case study on developing a solar+storage project for a net-zero energy affordable housing property.

MREA Online Course: Navigating the National Electrical Code

February 26, 2018 to March 18, 2018

This six-hour online course introduces learners to the National Electrical Code (NEC). Designed for first-time users and beginning or non-electricians, this course explores the layout, format, and language of the Code. Participants will become familiar with the contents of the NEC by exploring Chapters, Articles, and Tables, and will learn how to effectively navigate the NEC. 

EUCI Course: Meteorology for Renewable Energy Systems

February 26, 2018 to February 27, 2018

This course will evaluate how meteorology fits in the big picture in the future of the utility system, discussing how and where it is important, and presenting a ‘soup to nuts' approach to studying, planning, and applying meteorology data for renewable project development and grid operations.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Preparing for EPA's ENERGY STAR metric updates

February 27, 2018
1:00 pm

In August 2018, EPA will update the models that power the 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores with new data, from the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Join this interactive session to hear about EPA’s methodology and schedule for updating 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores, discuss considerations for building owners and managers, and learn what to expect when new metrics are released.

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EUCI: Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Utility Solar Rates Summit

March 01, 2018 to March 02, 2018

This NEM utility summit will explore common NEM rate structures and many alternatives under consideration. It will examine the array of options that utilities and regulatory commissions are looking to as a means for striking the necessary balance between promoting the advancement of solar policy and development, facilitating appropriate rate recovery, ensuring grid reliability and enabling consumer choice.

MREA Online Course: 2017 National Electrical Code Update for PV (PV 618.02)

March 05, 2018 to March 18, 2018

This four-hour online course covers changes found in the 2017 National Electrical Code that affect PV system installations. Four new code articles will be discussed, as well as alternate methods for calculating voltage and current rating for larger PV installations. The course will also discuss changes to NEC language regarding PV system grounding and new requirements for Rapid Shutdown of PV systems on buildings. 

MREA Online Course: PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.02)

March 05, 2018 to April 01, 2018

This self-paced, online course uses presentations, assignments, quizzes, and webinars to demonstrate how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business, using the MREA PV Site Assessment Report Template.

Topics covered include load profiles and consumption history, energy efficiency and fuel switching opportunities, site-specific shade analysis, array and balance of system location recommendation parameters, and client financing options. Participants will learn how to access and use online tools for assessing the solar resource, perform site-specific PV system sizing, determine energy production of a recommended PV system size, estimate system costs, and evaluate existing infrastructure on the site.

EUCI Women in Engineering & Construction Conference

March 05, 2018 to March 06, 2018

This conference in Denver, CO brings together women and men across related sectors in the engineering and construction industry, leading the way on diversity and inclusion issues.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager 101, 201, 301

March 06, 2018 to March 20, 2018
12:00 pm

US EPA's ENERGY STAR program is hosting a webinar series on Portfolio Manager consisting of three separate programs each held on a separate date and more advanced than the previous one. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online tool developed by EPA and used nationally by building owners and cities to measure, track, and compare energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. It is used to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment.


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ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager 301

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Energy Rules - Closing the Circle between Design & Operations

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

This session explores the growing conversation around ENERGY that’s tying architects and customers together in new ways. Learn how to quantify energy use during design to help owners meet their performance goals when operating the building. Learn how to bridge the gap between design energy and actual operational energy use. Hear how energy disclosure policies, plug loads, carbon reduction, energy modeling, risk perception, and measured performance are sparking meaningful conversations between architects and building owners/operators.

Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar: Financing Solar Projects for Public and Affordable Housing

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This webinar will discuss ownership and finance pathways for solar projects for public and affordable housing. Speakers will include models using low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), tax equity investment, power purchase agreements and ownership flips, blocker corporations, and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager 201

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Ask the Expert

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Every Wednesday at 11:00 am ENERGY STAR holds a live webinar for users to ask questions to EPA Portfolio Manager experts. This is a public forum style webinar with a question and answer format.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: What You Should Know about Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.

Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar: State of the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: 2017 Year in Review

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This webinar is presented by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories as part of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) project with the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). The U.S. energy storage market experienced substantial growth in 2017. In this webinar, guest speakers from GTM Research will share insights related to recent developments in the U.S. energy storage market, including deployment trends, policy updates, and market outlook.

MEEA Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 to Friday, February 9, 2018

The 2018 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) will be held in downtown Chicago. The conference unites more than 650 of the region's leaders and innovators in energy efficiency for three days of educational panels and networking. This annual event celebrates industry accomplishments and looks ahead at the changing policy landscape and latest tecnological breakthroughs.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Learn about applying for ENERGY STAR certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and learn tips to help your property progress from application to award.

DOE Better Buildings Webinar: Buildings that Rebound: Resiliency Strategies for Commercial Buildings and Communities

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Resilient building design is a growing conversation among developers and building owners, and no wonder – the nation’s energy sector is subject to an increasing number of threats from natural and human events. A robust infrastructure and comprehensive plan are necessary if communities and businesses are going to avoid disruptions, minimize impacts, and recover and adapt to a changing environment. Join us for a discussion about the technologies, planning, and partnership strategies organizations are pursuing to address building resilience.