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Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar: REopt Lite: Sizing Solar+Storage for Savings and Resiliency with NREL’s New Tool

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In this webinar, presenters from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) will introduce the beta version of the lab’s new solar+storage web tool, REopt Lite. This free tool is designed to help building owners and planners quickly and easily evaluate the economics of solar PV and battery storage for their sites. It identifies the optimal PV and battery system sizing to minimize costs and maximize lifetime energy savings. The tool can also be used to size solar+storage systems to support a site’s critical loads during a grid outage. 

REopt Lite is an online version of NREL’s more comprehensive REopt model, which has been used by analysts to evaluate renewable energy opportunities at more than 10,000 sites, supporting decisions leading to more than 260 megawatts of renewable energy development.


Kate Anderson, Senior Engineer and Manager, Engineering and Modeling Group, Integrated Applications Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Emma Elgqvist, Engineer, Engineering and Modeling Group, Integrated Applications Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Solar Trifecta: Solar Decathlon, ASES SOLAR 2017, New Era Colorado/JCRES Metro Denver Green Homes Tour

Thursday, October 5, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017

Denver’s October Solar Trifecta will include Solar Decathlon 2017, ASES Solar 2017, and New Era Colorado/JCRES Metro Denver Green Homes Tour. SOLAR 2017, held at the University of Colorado, Denver, includes technical sessions, forum discussions, workshops, switch presentations, public solar displays, and networking events. The conference will highlight successful strategies working to reach a renewable energy society at home and around the world, technical innovations, and advances in building design. More information:

Ride with RENEW: Solar Bike Tour

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Spend one day visiting renewable energy installations by Riding with RENEW- a bike tour of renewable energy projects in northwest Dane County. The 22-mile bicycle tour will begin in Middleton, Wisconsin and include stops at:
- Sustainable Engineering Group's zero net energy office building, 
- Gundersen Health System and Dane County's biodigester,  
- MG&E's shared solar project, 
- Epic's Galactic Wind Farm, and 
- PDQ Middleton solar. 
The tour will conclude at the solar powered Capital Brewery. 

ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 to Friday, August 18, 2017

Advancing industrial energy efficiency through collaboration is the theme of this American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) 2017 summer study. This conference provides an opportunity to network with industry professionals and hear the latest thinking on managing plant energy use, national energy policy, and industrial energy efficiency program administration.
Learn more and register

Denver Marriot City Center
1701 California St
Denver, CO 

Grid Evolution Summit

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 to Thursday, July 27, 2017

The summit features a day devoted to roundtables with experts in Demand Energy Resources (DER), demand response, and smart grid and a discussion on how the electric sector will evolve to modernize the grid and better integrate distributed energy resources. Participants will:

M-WERC Annual Meeting

Thursday, July 20, 2017

This M-WERC Member Meeting will focus on growing the Energy, Power, and Controls regional cluster of industry and academia. Presentations will address state-wide Economic Development activities, Advanced Manufacturing, and EPC Supply Chain activities aligned on growing cross-cutting technologies in our region.

Register Here

WE Energies- Public Service Building Auditorium 

MREA: 28th Annual Energy Fair

Friday, June 16, 2017 to Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) will host its annual Energy Fair where more than 15,000 attendees get the most up to date clean energy and sustainability education, connect with others, and learn how to make a sustainable future.  There are over 250 beginner to advanced hands-on education workshops, 200 exhibitors, keynote speakers, and live entertainment.  The keynote speaker this year is JB Straubel, Chief Technical Office (CTO) and co-founder of Tesla. The Energy Fair is the nation’s longest running energy education event of its kind.

2017 USGBC Wisconsin Leader Awards & Transformation Awards Reception

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Honoring sustainability leaders who are driving market transformation within Wisconsin's built environment.

In today's ever changing world, there are individuals and organizations who are leading the way toward a brighter and more sustainable future. They understand that a sustainable approach can result in improved bottom lines, resilient communities and healthy ecological systems.

DOE Office of Indian Energy Webinar: Expanding Tribal Energy Development through Partnerships: Spending Energy Dollars Wisely

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

During this webinar, attendees will learn about a number of strategies, tools, and technical assistance opportunities to help develop a deliberate approach to maximizing energy dollars. Tribal guest speakers will share their successes and lessons learned in pursuing, developing and implementing strategic approaches to wise energy investments.


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Webinar: Regulatory Incentives and Disincentives for Utility Investments in Grid Modernization

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

LBNL hosts this webinar to discuss a new report, Regulatory Incentives and Disincentives for Utility Investments in Grid Modernization. The webinar features three speakers:

  • Steve Kihm, financial analyst from Seventhwave
  • Dr. Janice Beecher, from the Institute for Public Utilities, Michigan State University
  • Ronald Lehr, former commissioner and clean energy consultant