Thursday, September 21, 2017

Future of Germany’s coal sector hangs on elections

Three in four Germans want to phase out coal. If Merkel wins, which seems likely, then she'll have to deliver, writes Arne Jungjohann

If Angela Merkel is to win another term in Germany’s upcoming election on September 24, then winning the western state of North-Rhine/Westphalia (NRW) will be essential.

NRW is the country’s most populous state, making up a fifth of the electorate. It’s also the epicentre of another political tussle: What to do about Germany’s coal sector?


Friday, September 15, 2017

Webinar :Identifying Potential Markets for Commercial Behind-the-Meter Battery Storage

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clean Energy Group have released the first national public analysis estimating the potential size of the commercial behind-the-meter battery storage market in the United States. The analysis of building load profiles and more than 10,000 utility tariffs found that approximately 5 million of the 18 million commercial customers across the country may be able to cost-effectively reduce their utility bills with battery storage technologies. In this webinar, report coauthors Joyce McLaren and Seth Mullendore will present their research and answer questions from the audience.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Webinar: Solar Carports: Turning University Parking Facilities into Renewable Electricity Plants

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

There are an estimated 5,300 colleges and universities in the United States, and together, those campus facilities contain millions of parking spaces. This webinar will explore how colleges and universities can transform their underutilized parking facilities into solar power generation systems. By installing on-site solar, institutions can better control their energy costs, reduce their carbon footprints, meet stated renewable energy goals, and develop real-world teaching tools. In addition, solar carports shade and protect cars from the elements, reduce parking lot temperatures, and are a highly visible reminder of an institution’s commitment to renewable energy. 

The webinar will feature two case studies of universities with solar carport projects.
  • Michigan State University is outfitting five of its parking lots with solar parking bays for a total of 10 megawatts, which are anticipated to meet five percent of the campuses power needs.
  • University of Massachusetts is home to 11.6 acres of solar carports financed through a 20-year power purchase agreement.
  • Christopher Kent, Program Manager, U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership
  • Lynda Boomer, Director of Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University
  • Wolfgang Bauer, University Distinguished Professor and Senior Consultant in the Office of the Executive Vice President, Michigan State University
  • Ezra Small, Sustainability Manager, University of Massachusetts Amhers

Friday, August 11, 2017

Solar Consumer Education Videos

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), in conjunction with the George Washington University Solar Institute, has released three short videos for consumers who are considering adopting solar.

Check them out here:

Monday, July 24, 2017

College Professor Biking 1,250 Miles To Promote Midwest Wind

Check out this story on Jim Tinjum, an avid bicyclist and professor of energy engineering and sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is in the middle of a 1,250-mile biking trip dedicated to promoting wind energy.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Webcast: July 24 - Creating Jobs in Offshore Wind: Challenges and Opportunities for Wind and Oil & Gas

New Webcast:
The pipeline for offshore wind energy projects keeps growing as more and more states see the business and economic benefits these giant renewable energy installations can provide.

Join us in this webcast to learn from the experts how offshore oil and gas industry stakeholders can help build America’s offshore wind industry.
What You'll Learn:
The types of offshore wind jobs
Regulations and requirements for working in offshore wind
The roll of labor unions in building offshore wind farms off the U.S. east coast
Financial risks associated with worker coverage in offshore wind

Monday, July 10, 2017

DGIC Solar Webinar July 19

Join the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) on July 19 for a free webinar on the topic of plug-and-play solar.

To date, the solar interconnection process has involved a narrowly defined set of equipment, installed by professionals in a particular manner. However, new technologies are proposing to radically simplify the construction, wiring, and interconnection of these systems. Learn how these new "plug-and-play" technologies and techniques could deliver equipment and labor cost savings, necessitate changes to interconnection standards and procedures, and even reduce utility effort required for analysis and inspection.

Date and Time: July 19, 2017, 12–1 p.m. Mountain Time

Speakers: Matthew Kromer (Director of Grid Integration, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems) and Justin Woodard (Principal Engineer, NES New Grid Offerings, National Grid)
Register here to attend.

Monday, June 12, 2017

CREATE Feautured on ATE @20

Check out this awesome article about CREATE on ATE @20 - "CREATE Prepares Faculty to Meet Demand for Renewable Energy Technicians."

Monday, June 5, 2017

Clean Jobs Webinar Now Available for Download

The webinar held on May 12, 2017, titled "Now Hiring: America's Clean Energy & Sustainability Jobs," is now available for download on the CREATE website at You have the option to download the full webinar with the audio, including the closed caption file or just the PowerPoint slideshow. More webinars to follow this fall.