Upcoming Aug. 2016 Fed. Government Webinars – Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager, Energy Efficiency Financing, Waste Management, Resilient Solar Retrofits, and More

A list of August 2016 webinars is shared below from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State and Local Agency Newsletter. For details, scroll down.

ENERGY STAR Webinars

  • August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Noon (ET) – Portfolio Manager: Ask the Expert
  • August 4, 1:00 (ET) – For Utilities: Designing and Implementing Successful Data Center Efficiency Programs
  • August 11, 1:00 PM (ET) – Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities – What Managers Should Know
  • August 16, Noon (ET) – What You Should Know About Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades
  • August 18, 1:00 PM (ET) – Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR
  • August 18, 2:00 PM (ET) – Introducing Waste & Materials Tracking in Portfolio Manager
  • August 23, 1:00 PM (ET) – Portfolio Manager 101
  • August 24, 1:00 PM (ET) – Portfolio Manager 201
  • August 25, 1:00 PM (ET) – Portfolio Manager 301
  • August 30, 2:00 PM (ET) – Update: EPA’s Research into a Potential 1-100 Water Score for Multifamily Housing

DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy Webinars

  • August 31, 11:00 AM (MT) – Project Regulatory Considerations

LBNL Webinars

  • August 2, 2:00 PM (ET) – Setting Baselines for Planning and Evaluation of Efficiency Programs

ACEEE and ECN Webinars

  • August 2, 3:00 PM (ET) – Utility Industry Transformation: Impacts and Opportunities for Cities

Clean Energy States Alliance Webinars

  • August 3, 2:00 PM (ET) – State of the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: Q1-Q2 2016
  • August 4, 2:00 PM (ET) – Resilient Solar Retrofits: Adding Storage to Existing PV and Making New Installations Storage Ready
  • August 15, 2:00 PM (ET) – Enhancing Community Resilience through Energy Efficiency

ENERGY STAR Webinars

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Noon (ET) – Portfolio Manager: Ask the Expert

This live webinar gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. Want to talk to a “real” person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join us, and we will answer all your questions about ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager in this public forum. Click to Register

August 4, 1:00 (ET)  For Utilities: Designing and Implementing Successful Data Center Efficiency Programs

Over the past decade, total data center energy use in the United States has almost quadrupled. Energy-efficiency program administrators can play a significant role in helping customers reduce data center energy use and demand. Based on the new ENERGY STAR guide on data center efficiency programs, this webinar will explore the energy saving opportunities available and share emerging practices for program design and implementation. Mark Bramfitt, former head of PG&E’s data center efficiency program, will lead the presentation and be available to answer questions. Click to Register

August 11, 1:00 PM (ET)  Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities – What Managers Should Know

This non-technical presentation on data center opportunities will: 1) Provide an overview of data center efficiency opportunities in an easy to understand manner; 2) Empower managers to identify opportunities; and 3) Describe resources available from ENERGY STAR. It should be attended by IT managers, energy managers, facilities, and energy efficiency advocates. Click to Register

August 16, Noon (ET) – What You Should Know About Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades

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. Click to Register

August 18, 1:00 PM (ET)  Computer Power Management with ENERGY STAR

This presentation describes an ENERGY STAR offering that is helping organizations realize substantial energy and financial savings available from computer and monitor power management. This training introduces an innovative software tool that enables monitor power management from a central location, as well as educational outreach material. Organizations utilizing this free software (which may be downloaded from the Web) can save $10 to $50 per computer. Who should participate? IT staff, energy managers, building managers, and upper management. Click to Register

August 18, 2:00 PM (ET)  Introducing Waste & Materials Tracking in Portfolio Manager

In August, in addition to tracking energy and water consumption in Portfolio Manager, you will be able to track your building’s waste & materials management. This 90-minute webinar will introduce the types of waste and disposal methods you can track, new metrics and reports, and how you can get started with the utility information you have on hand. About 30 minutes will be set aside for questions. Click to Register

August 23, 1:00 PM (ET)  Portfolio Manager 101

Learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. 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. Click to Register

August 24, 1:00 PM (ET)  Portfolio Manager 201

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. Click to Register

August 25, 1:00 PM (ET)  Portfolio Manager 301

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. Click to Register

August 30, 2:00 PM (ET)  Update: EPA’s Research into a Potential 1-100 Water Score for Multifamily Housing

Over the last couple of years, EPA has been actively researching data on water use for multifamily properties, to explore the possibility of our first 1-100 score for water use. Please join this webinar to hear about our research and findings to date. We will be soliciting your input on some specific questions we’ve encountered and are also open to any related observations and questions you may have. By joining this webinar you will participate in our research process as we move towards making a final decision about the feasibility of a water score in the next 1-2 months. Click to Register

DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy Webinars

August 31, 11:00 AM (MT) – Project Regulatory Considerations

Learn about the many permitting and project regulatory issues that need to be addressed when developing energy projects. Considerations include the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership (HEARTH) Act, land use, noise, birds, and other biological resources; visual impact; soil erosion and water quality; public health and safety; cultural and paleontological resources; solid and hazardous wastes; air quality; and climate. Click to Register

LBNL Webinars

August 2, 2:00 PM (ET) – Setting Baselines for Planning and Evaluation of Efficiency Programs

The third in a series of webinars designed to support states considering and implementing EM&V activities to document energy savings and other impacts of energy efficiency programs. The key challenge with quantifying savings from end-use efficiency activities is the identification of an accurate baseline from which to determine the savings. Regardless of the protocol or procedure applied, all savings values are determined by estimating likely energy use in the absence of the program or project (the “counterfactual” scenario, or baseline). This webinar will provide an introduction to considerations and common practices for defining baselines, the relationship between baselines and savings attribution, and examples of how different jurisdictions are addressing market baseline studies, setting baselines for retrofit measures, and market transformation program baselines. Speakers from Michigan, California and the Northwest will discuss their experience with these topics and issues. This webinar series is intended primarily for staff from public utility commissions, state energy offices, state environment departments, and non-profit organizations and offers an opportunity to engage with others in similar roles. The webinars will be of particular value for state officials starting or expanding their EM&V methods for a wide range of efficiency activities including utility customer-funded programs, building energy codes, appliance and equipment standards, energy savings performance contracting, and efficiency programs that support pollution reduction goals or regulations. Evaluation consultants, utilities, consumer organizations and other stakeholders also are welcome to participate. Click to Register

ACEEE and ECN Webinars

August 2, 3:00 PM (ET) – Utility Industry Transformation: Impacts and Opportunities for Cities

This is the first in a series of American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) and the Efficient Cities Network (ECM) webinars on cities and the transformation of the utility industry. Cities that are working towards sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewable energy objectives need to understand what changes are underway and how such changes will affect their efforts. Cities can benefit from working with their utilities to achieve common clean power objectives.

During this first webinar, Dan York and Dave Ribeiro of ACEEE’s Utilities, State, and Local Policy team will provide an overview of the many issues utilities are facing, such as new utility business models, changing rate structures, more stringent environmental regulations, and a variety of issues arising from the rapid advancement of smart technologies, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. They will also address metrics and tools with which to monitor and assess progress toward established energy efficiency priorities. Click to Register

Clean Energy States Alliance Webinars

August 3, 2:00 PM (ET) – State of the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: Q1-Q2 2016

Guest speakers from GTM Research will share insights related to recent developments in the U.S. energy storage market including deploying trends, policy updates, and market outlook (2016-2020). Click to Register

August 4, 2:00 PM (ET) – Resilient Solar Retrofits: Adding Storage to Existing PV and Making New Installations Storage Ready

This webinar will provide an overview of a new solar and storage resource, “Resilient PV Retrofit and Storage Ready Guidelines.” The fact sheet provides guidance on retrofitting existing solar PV with energy storage, and how to reduce future integration costs by making new PV installations “storage ready.” The resource was prepared by the City University of New York, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Meister Consultants Group as part of their three-yearResilient Solar Project. In this webinar, speakers will walk through design and financial considerations and example schematics. Click to Register

August 15, 2:00 PM (ET) – Enhancing Community Resilience through Energy Efficiency

In this webinar, hosted by Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project, ACEEE will give an overview of its work on efficiency as a resiliency measure and its new technical assistance offering. Clean Energy Group will also discuss how efficiency can complement resilient solar+storage system design. Click to Register


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