Education Opportunities

Upcoming Events

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager 301

December 18, 2018
12 p.m.

With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, participants will 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.

MREA: Solar Training Academy

January 12, 2019 to March 09, 2019

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association will host the Solar Training Academy over several weekends, where participants will learn photovoltaic (PV) fundamentals, PV site assessment practices, and considerations and principles of design. Upon completion, students qualify to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners PV Associate Exam.

RENEW: Renewable Energy Summit: Scaling up for the Job Ahead

January 17, 2019
7:30 a.m.

RENEW Wisconsin’s summit will focus on advancements in Wisconsin’s renewable energy landscape, thinking big and thinking about tomorrow. The summit will include breakout sessions about renewable energies, storage, and expanding the workforce to serve the clean energy marketplace as well as the infrastructure to support continued growth.

Wisconsin Academy: Powering Local Leadership: A Summit on Energy & Resilience

January 24, 2019 to January 25, 2019

The Wisconsin Academy, UW-Extension, Office of Energy Innovation, and Boardman Clark are hosting their fourth summit for local government officials to share practical resources and explore emerging issues in local energy planning and resilience in Wisconsin communities. Topics include local leaders’ engagement in energy decisions, practical planning for resilience, preparation for electric transportation, and urban and rural energy equity. The summit, which will be held at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, will discuss microgrids and include a tour of the Bubolz microgrid, the most advanced in the Midwest.

ACEEE: 2019 Hot Water Forum

March 11, 2019 to March 13, 2019

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will host the 2019 Hot Water Forum, where participants will gain insights from experts on the latest technologies and techniques for making, distributing, and using hot water. Topics include cutting-edge water heating technologies, innovative utility programs, and strategic carbon reduction strategies. This conference is designed for equipment and component manufacturers; water, gas, and electric utilities; local, state, and federal agency personnel; energy efficiency program planners, operators, and evaluators; plumbers and installers; policymakers; NGOs; and consultants.

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ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager 201

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Participants will 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.

Uses for Smart Meter Data Webinar: Customer Segmentation Applications to Existing Rates and Programs

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Utilities are unsure where to begin, now that over 55 percent of US households have smart meters. The Uses for Smart Meter Data webinar series will continue with Applications for Existing Rates and Programs. Speakers will discuss how the more advanced analytical techniques described in the previous webinar can be applied to existing rates or programs in order to gain a much richer understanding of which customers are doing what, and how to use that information to improve program design and implementation.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager: Ask the Expert

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

ENERGY STAR holds a live webinar that gives all Portfolio Manager users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum.

Energy Storage Summit 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 to Thursday, December 13, 2018

The U.S. Energy Storage Summit will bring together utilities, financiers, regulators, technology innovators, and storage practitioners for two full days of data-intensive presentations, analyst-led panel sessions with industry leaders, and high-level networking. Day 1 will provide an overview of the current energy storage market on both sides of the meter, examining utility strategies, policies, and market designs. Day 2 will provide a closer look at emerging technologies, business models, and financing strategies.

Seventhwave Webinar: Solar Electric Systems for Your Business

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Seventhwave will host a webinar about the basics of solar integration for businesses. Participants will learn about different net metering policies, how much solar can fit on a roof, and how to factor in shade. The webinar will compare three existing installations of different sizes to highlight how roof space, facility consumption, energy conservation, and system size affect solar system parameters.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager Web Services: February 2019 V12.0 Release Overview

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Participants will learn about upcoming updates to the Portfolio Manager web services application programming interface (API) and associated schemas. These updates are set to go live in February 11, 2019 (and available in the Beta Test environment starting December 10, 2018). During this session, EPA will provide details on the specific schema elements that are being added or changed.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Every Drop Counts: Assessing and Evaluating Water Efficiency in Capital Improvement Projects

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Achieving significant water savings often requires going beyond the low-hanging fruit. Participants will learn to use information collected during a facility water assessment for evaluating and prioritizing larger-scale projects to maximize water, energy, and cost savings. The webinar will provide information about including water efficiency in capital improvements through equipment retrofits and replacements during a renovation or when designing a new facility or space.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Portfolio Manager 101

Monday, December 10, 2018

Attendees will learn how to navigate Portfolio Manager, add a property and enter details about it, enter energy and water consumption data, and generate template performance reports to assess progress.

ENERGY STAR Webinar: Electric Demand 101: Tracking and Benchmarking kW to Drive Savings

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Participants will learn the basics of tracking and benchmarking electric demand in Portfolio Manager. The webinar will review sample utility bills, tips to benchmark within Portfolio Manager, define commonly-used terminology, and share helpful resources.

Seventhwave: Insulating and Waterproofing High Performance Below-Grade Assemblies

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hosted by Madison Gas & Electric and Seventhwave, this workshop will cover the best practices for insulating and waterproofing below-grade spaces like basements, tuck-under, and underground parking garages in commercial and residential buildings. Benchtop testing will uncover which waterproofing techniques work.