Education Opportunities

Upcoming Events

MREA Online Course: PV Exam Prep (PV 220.01)

March 19, 2018 to April 08, 2018

This six-hour, online course has been created for those ready to take the NABCEP PV Associate Exam or any entry-level exam in photovoltaics. We'll discuss test-taking strategies, review the logistics of NABCEP exams, and use practice questions to prepare you for test day.

KEEP Online Graduate Course for Educators: Biomass Energy Education (NRES 631)

March 21, 2018 to April 22, 2018
An online graduate course for educators is being offered by the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, UW-Stevens Point this spring. Partial scholarships are available from: Alliant Energy, We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Xcel Energy, WPPI Energy, and Madison Gas and Electric. 
Biomass Energy Education – NRES 631
Course participants will gain fundamental knowledge of biomass energy and discuss the benefits and challenges of utilizing these sources compared with conventional fossil fuels.

MATC Sustainability Summit: Moving Toward a Sustainable Economy

April 11, 2018 to April 12, 2018

This summit, hosted by Milwaukee Area Technical College, will highlight economic trends and business opportunities in energy, water, infrastructure, transportation, and workforce development. Presentations will emphasize examples of successful sustainability programs and initiatives in southeastern Wisconsin to raise awareness of opportunities for involvement in sustainability efforts.

International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 16, 2018 to April 18, 2018

The International Biomass Conference & Expo connects current and future producers of biomass-derived power, fuels, and chemicals with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy makers. More than 120 exhibitors are expected at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

M-WERC: Energy Efficiency Conference

April 19, 2018
8:00 am - 11:30 am

This Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) event will explore topics related to energy efficiency including energy efficiency trends and programs in the Midwest, industrial energy efficiency, commercial building energy efficiency, and energy efficiency policy. The event will be followed by a luncheon for organizations interested in dialogue and discussions on industrial energy efficiency topics. The meeting will be held at the M-WERC Energy Innovation Center in Milwaukee.

***Wisconsin Local Government Summit on Energy and Resilience

April 23, 2018 to April 24, 2018

The Wisconsin Local Government Summit: Leading the Charge is designed for municipal officials and staff, school board and committee members, and local groups working on energy to explore practical approaches to and emerging issues in clean energy and resilience in Wisconsin communities. Hosted by the Wisconsin Academy and partners, the program includes 2 days, each tailored to a specific audience.

Day 1 (April 23) for facilities managers, sustainability officers, energy managers, city planners, public works staff, sustainability & energy committee members - a half-day of practical interactive breakout workshops. Workshops cover transportation, community resilience, workforce development, and energy efficiency. Consider registering two staff to cover more sessions. Then come to the evening reception! All attendees will receive access to presentations from all sessions, regardless of those attended.

Day 2 (April 24) geared to local elected officials, this day features panels and speakers exploring local leadership and planning on clean energy and resilience, solar energy financing, and advanced energy systems of the (not too distant) future. These big-picture sessions will benefit anyone interested in learning more about these current and emerging energy issues in Wisconsin.

Midwest Solar Expo

April 30, 2018 to May 02, 2018

The 2018 Midwest Solar Expo returns to Minneapolis for its 5th annual conference, exhibition and Smart Energy Symposium. Join us as we continue to drive the conversation on the Midwest solar market – gain insights from industry experts, receive hands-on product training, enjoy Happy Hour and entertainment while networking with 400+ solar professionals from across the value chain.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place
1500 Park Place Boulevard 
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Energy Innovation Summit

May 23, 2018 to May 24, 2018

The Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation is hosting a two-day summit where participants will engage with state and federal expert panelists from the energy industry. Day one consists of the Biogas and the Geothermal Roundtables where day two includes a government panel that will address topics from market development and data driven leadership to program and project planning and project development and financing.

M-WERC: Energy Storage Global Innovation Forum

June 12, 2018 to June 13, 2018
This conference in Milwaukee will include in-depth presentations and panel discussions examining the latest and most promising advances in grid-level and on-site storage, business models for various deployment scenarios, and success strategies for stakeholders across the energy spectrum. Utility-grade storage advances and residential/behind-the-meter applications will be examined in depth over the two-day event. 


Energy Events ARCHIVE

DOE Webinar: Demand Savings from Smart Thermostats

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Participants will learn about two approaches to evaluating smart thermostat demand response programs. The first presenter will examine a bring-your-own-thermostat program designed to address system reliability and the second will consider methods for calculating demand savings without access to meter data using thermostat data analytics.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Ask the Expert

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 to Wednesday, April 25, 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.

MREA Online Course: Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.03)

Monday, March 12, 2018 to Sunday, April 8, 2018

This self-paced, online course uses a combination of presentations, assignments, quizzes, and webinars to teach the basics of solar electricity. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, compare and contrast different PV system types, identify necessary components, and understand the best applications for (and limitations of) each system type. Other topics include evaluating the solar window, investigating energy efficiency recommendations, and researching system costs. 

ENERGY STAR: Service and Product Provider Web Conference: 2018 ENERGY STAR metric updates

Thursday, March 8, 2018

During this 45-minute webinar, EPA will discuss the August 2018 ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager metrics updates including:  which metrics are changing and why, which types of buildings will be most affected by these updates, and what Service and Product Providers (SPPs) can do to prepare themselves and their clients. A Q&A session will be held at the end of the webinar.

UW-Madison Engineering Professional Development Course: Fundamentals of HVAC

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 to Friday, March 9, 2018

This practical course for facility managers, engineers, architects, project managers, and anyone in need of an HVAC system overview is being held on the UW-Madison campus. It covers the principles of heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems found in commercial building applications and the key characteristics that enable effective HVAC system functionality.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager 101, 201, 301

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 to Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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.

EUCI Women in Engineering & Construction Conference

Monday, March 5, 2018 to Tuesday, March 6, 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.

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

Monday, March 5, 2018 to Sunday, 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)

Monday, March 5, 2018 to Sunday, April 1, 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: Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Utility Solar Rates Summit

Thursday, March 1, 2018 to Friday, March 2, 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.