Learn how utilities can support renewable projects in schools

Free webinar series helps utilities save money and better serve their customers

Join the Clean Energy Ambassadors (CEA) Tuesday, Sept. 20, at noon Central Time for the next free event in the Lunchtime Webinar Series, Utility Support for Renewables in the Schools External link information.
An executive at GE stated a few years ago, that “wind is not a science project anymore,” meaning, of course, that wind technology had become a reliable, mainstream resource for utilities. The same is true of photovoltaic systems. By the time today’s fourth-graders graduate high school, wind and solar power could well make up 20 percent or more of most utility resource portfolios. So what can utilities do to introduce school kids to the resources that will be a part of their not-too-distant energy future?

This webinar explores how community-owned utilities nationwide are helping to bring working renewable energy demonstration projects and curricula to local schools and how you can join them—whether your utility prefers to own the generation or to facilitate school- or third-party ownership.

Speakers will share current success stories of consumer-owned utilities that encourage renewable energy in the schools, including a school-based wind projects in Iowa and South Dakota and school-based solar projects at co-ops and public power utilities nationwide. Larry Flowers, who helped initiate the Wind Energy for Schools program for US DOE and is now promoting school programs through the American Wind Energy Association External link information will talk about his experience working with electric co-ops and public power. Jill Cliburn, a regular contributor to the Clean Energy Ambassadors’ blog, brings her field experience to a discussion of School Solar Best Practices, including using voluntary subscriptions, low-cost financing and power purchase agreements to help support school solar projects.
CEA Webinars are held from 12-1 pm Central time (11 a.m. – noon Mountain Time) on the third Tuesday of each month. Because they are focused on the needs of consumer-owned utilities primarily in the Midwest and Plains states, the discussion can be specific, candid and informal. Register today for this free webinar to secure your place.

AWEA hosts utilities and wind power seminar

In conjunction with its Fall Symposium, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is holding a pre-conference seminar Nov. 17 on the key issues facing electric utilities as they integrate more wind power into their systems.

Attendees will explore the latest issues from utility perspectives related to wind power.  The agenda will cover such topics as new business models and strategic partnerships for developing wind projects, as well as operations and maintenance issues associated with wind projects.  

Separate registration is required for the seminar, which is scheduled the day before the AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Ariz.  AWEA estimates that over 500 wind energy professionals will attend the symposium.