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 Renewable Energy Calendar of Events

If you know of events that would be of interest to the renewable energy community, please email us with your information. For reference purposes, events will remain listed on this page for a week or two after the event.

Texas Events

Austin Energy's Green Building Program Events Calendar

Sustainable Building Coalition Activities
The Sustainable Building Coalition in Austin, Texas, is a network of individuals interested in sustainable and ecological building, design and development. The Sustainable Building Coalition provides educational services through programs, site visits, media, exhibits, video showings, and special events. Members frequently conduct workshops on various aspects of the built environment and its design. SBC encourages members as well as specialists to share their wisdom with one another. The SBC holds regular meetings and events.

Texas Institute for Practical Sustainability
Permaculture courses and workshops. Contact Selwyn Polit, (512) 926-7876.

Strawbale Association of Texas
The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The mission of the Straw Bale Association of Texas is to provide information and resources that promote the art of straw bale construction as a means toward sustainability for all species.

Wind Power Trail
Ongoing, Self-paced Tours
This SECO-sponsored Wind Power Trail is an interpretive driving loop that continues to grow. The trail takes you to commercial wind farms, vintage windmill collections, and interesting waypoints along the highways and back roads of Texas and Oklahoma with the aid of an interpretive driving map and an audio CD. See the sites on this tour map.

Texas Wind Farms Tours
The West Texas Wind Energy Consortium offers tours of the "world's largest wind projects" from Sweetwater. Reservations required at [email protected]. $20 per person includes lunch.

University of Texas’ ERCOT Energized
Austin, Texas
May 2, 2008

2009 is slated to be a pivotal year for the Texas electric market as it transitions to a nodal market design. Are the market participants ready? Who will thrive in this new electric market structure? What lessons can be learned from other restructured markets? The looming change forces many questions which this one-day symposium is poised to address. Attendees can expect to leave with answers to the following:

  • What is beneath the surface of the ERCOT nodal market that is coming in 2009?
  • What long-term implications does the "new" electric market structure bring?
  • What are the major issues to look out for when preparing for the changes?
  • Is it possible to understand and manage the risks?

Windpower 2008 Conference & Exhibition
Houston, Texas
June 1 - 4, 2008

Organized by leaders in the wind energy industry, WINDPOWER 2008 Conference & Exhibition benefits all wind professionals.  Whether you are an established industry veteran or a newcomer to this exciting and explosive industry, WINDPOWER 2008 has much to offer including 3 days of conference sessions, an interactive tradeshow of wind energy products and services, and numerous networking opportunities.  We hope you can join us in Houston, the energy capital of the world!

Introduction to Wind Power Systems: Technology and Economics
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
June 9 – 10, 2008

The course is designed to provide an overview of current wind power technology, from its technical aspects to operational, geographic and economic issues and is intended for those interested in obtaining a general overview of wind energy technology and its associated issues. Course attendees will learn about the architecture, design, configuration, operation, site placement, and economics of wind turbines, wind farms, and wind-driven power plants. The course will also provide an understanding of wind energy as it relates to the electric utility industry. Participants will receive 13 hours/1.3 CEUs for successful completion of the course.

Biofuels 2010
Houston, Texas
June 23-24, 2008

At Biofuels 2010, you will have the opportunity to discuss and explore the latest innovations, developments and regulations with your peers and leading experts in the industry.

EnergyOcean 2008
Galveston Island Convention Center
Galveston, Texas
June 24-26, 2008
The 5th Annual EnergyOcean conference is now established as the world's leading event focusing on renewable and sustainable energy from the oceans. The event is supported by the five leading international not for profit ocean energy organizations, including the Ocean Energy Council (OEC), the co-organizer of this event. Energy Ocean will co-locate with Subsea Survey, a forum dedicated to the state-of-the-art in seafloor, site, route and pipeline surveys, subsea positioning, inspection and mapping, search and location, scientific monitoring and ocean observing systems.. Each conference features 3 days of separate technical presentations, but one common exhibit hall provides an opportunity to network with top level personnel from each industry.

University of Texas’ Energy Technology and Policy
Austin, Texas
July 15-16, 2008

This exciting opportunity promises to offer an even-handed approach to energy options, each energy option’s trade-offs, latest technologies, global implications, outlook going forward, and Texas’ role, to name a few of the discussion points.  It is a great opportunity for individuals to attend a knowledge-based, informative two-day talk on ALL energy options. Guest speakers from the Cockrell School of Engineering and Austin Energy will be presenting. 

Solar Summit El Paso 2008
Tomas Rivera Conference Center
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas
July 25-26, 2008

Solar Summit El Paso 2008 will bring together industry insiders, state and federal legislative experts, and local community leaders to demonstrate community interest in renewable energy and facilitate dialogue among numerous key players. El Paso County’s goal is to establish itself as the "Solar Energy Capital of the Southwest," and the Solar Summit El Paso represents a significant step in that direction.

3rd Annual Texas Biofuels Conference & Expo
Hilton Austin Airport
Austin, Texas
September 17-18, 2008

The 3rd Annual Texas Biofuels Conference & Expo will take an in-depth look at the latest regulatory, agricultural, and technical developments impacting the renewable fuels industry in Texas. This event will offer networking opportunities for industry leaders, regulators, and interested end-users to interact, while learning about topics related to the industry. Special attention will be given to the Federal Renewable Fuels Program and the impact it will have on the future of renewable fuels in Texas.

Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair
Market Square
Fredericksburg, Texas
September 26-28, 2008

The Roundup is in its 9th year and continuing to grow. Come share knowledge and learn about these topics:
Solar - Wind - Geothermal - Water Use & Reuse - Energy Conservation - Rainwater Harvesting - Green & Sustainable Building - Organic Growing - Alternative Transportation - Straw Bale Construction - Exhibits - Free Guest Speakers - Natural Food - Family Activities.

Texas Renewables 2008
OMNI Austin Hotel Southpark
Austin, Texas
November 9-11, 2008

This conference is offered annually by the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association. The agenda for this year's Texas Renewables 2008 conference is already being developed.  The pricing, agenda, accomodations and other details will be posted later in the year and members and exhibitors will be able to register online or via regular mail. Until additional details are announced, please save the dates and plan to join us in November in Austin.

National and International Events

The International Solar Energy Society - A Global Alliance
Visit this web site for numerous international events.

SEI Renewable Energy Education Workshops
Solar Energy International's (SEI} Renewable Energy Education Program teaches the practical use of solar, wind, and water power. SEI workshops give individuals the knowledge and skills to design, install, and maintain renewable energy systems, and to build state-of-the- art solar homes that are efficient, practical, and earth-friendly. Download SEI's 2008 Workshop Catalog.

PV Design Online
This SEI course provides 60 cumulative hours of training, that may be used towards NABCEP certification purposes. This course is for the person who is interested in learning how to produce their own electricity from the sun. The course will be useful to the person seeking employment in the solar energy industry as well as the person seeking to apply solar electricity for his or her own use. Participants will learn the practical and economical design of photovoltaic power systems which are independent of the utility grid and those that are grid-tied.

U.S. Green Building Council Events Calendar
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a community of more than 7,500 organizations from every sector of the building  industry united by a common purpose: to transform the building marketplace to sustainability. USGBC's 75 regional chapters serve as the front door of the Council, providing green building resources, education, and leadership opportunities in their communities.

EPA and Partners Kick Off Green Building Design Challenge
With the Lifecycle Building Challenge, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and partners are calling on the nation's architects, builders and others to participate in a competition seeking designs that facilitate reuse and minimize waste. The Lifecycle Building Challenge is a web-based competition open to all residents of the U. S. and its territories. The Challenge has been divided into a professional and a student tier. Within the professional category, entries are invited from all interested applicants, including architects, reuse experts, engineers, designers, planners, contractors, builders, educators, environmental advocates, etc. The student tier is open to students in any program enrolled at any educational institution. Teams and interdisciplinary groups are encouraged to submit entries. The maximum number of team members is five. Rewards for teams will be divided among the team members. The electronic registration deadline is April 15, 2007, and entries must be received electronically by May 15, 2007.

Renewable Energy Teleconference Series
Welcome to the monthly Renewable Energy Seminar and Teleconference Series brought to you by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) in collaboration with the Renewable Energy Resources Committee of the American Bar Association SEER Section & Renewable Energy Committee of the Energy Bar Association. These monthly seminars provide an opportunity to network and discuss the subject matter with renewable energy lawyers, policy makers, and business experts.

Solar 2008
San Diego, California
May 3-6, 2008

Solar 2008 will explore the theme “Catch the Clean Energy Wave" - representing the growing movement towards renewable energy as a key component in climate recovery, a strong and healthy economy, and a secure energy future.

30th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals
New Orleans, Louisiana
May 4-7, 2008

In its 30th year, the Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals is uniquely well positioned to continue to attract experts from around the world who will gather in New Orleans May 4-7, 2008, to discuss the latest research breakthroughs and results in biotechnology for fuels and chemicals. With the two-fold increase in attendance last year, the Symposium has been encouraged to modify the meeting format to include 12 dual technical sessions to accommodate over 80 presentations, as well as a Plenary Session and two large poster sessions.

33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference 
San Diego, California
May 11-16, 2008 
The industry's most respected global gathering of leading scientists and engineers. Keynotes include SunPower, First Solar, SEIA, HeliVolt.  New this year: PV Velocity Forum to connect global PV scientists with policymakers and investors. Tim Coutts , National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference + Expo 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada
May 11-14, 2008

The 14th Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference + Expo 2008 is the premier fuel and vehicle neutral conference and exposition in the world. The Conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 11-14, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. This four-day event attracts 2,000 registered attendees and features a high-level conference and a well-organized Expo attended by public and private fleets as well as all of the major companies in the alternative fuels industry.

Optimizing Ethanol Plants
Minneapolis, MN
May 14-16, 2008

For owners of existing ethanol plants and for developers of new ethanol plants, the name of the game is “margins” and the way to win is by decreasing costs and increasing revenues. This conference will bring together leading plant developers, technology providers, engineering companies, investors, lenders and other experts to lay out a strategy for increasing ethanol plants margins and making plants more agile, adept competitors in the marketplace.

West Coast Energy Management Congress
Seattle, Washington
May 14-15, 2008
The West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) is the largest energy conference and technology expo held on the U.S. West Coast specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users. It brings together the top experts in all areas of the field to help you set a clear, optimum path to both energy cost control and energy supply security.

American Institute of Architects National Convention
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
May 15-17, 2008

The focus of the Boston convention, titled We the People, will explore the power of architecture on behalf of all people and society. It’s a big, important topic, which means the AIA 2008 National Convention and Design Exposition is a must-attend event.

Renewable Energy Finance and Investment Summit
Scottsdale, Arizona
May 19-21, 2008

Exploring Key Deals & Developments in the Renewable Fuel & Renewable Power Markets Featuring New sessions on: Utility-Scale Thermal, Geothermal, Tidal Wave Energy Projects, Biomass Gasification, Hybrid Plug-in Electric Vehicles, Opportunities in Coal, M&A Activity, Algae as the Next Biofuel...and much more!

Ecobuild America Conference
Anaheim, CA
May 19-22, 2008

Sustainable, Green and High-performance Solutions for the Built Environment. Ecobuild America represents your best opportunity to capitalize on the most comprehensive offerings of built environment resources under one roof:

  • Explore the latest in sustainability, spanning local to global perspectives
  • Uncover best practices in environmental design
  • Review new advances in green building products and techniques
  • Meet officials representing Building & Construction budgets and projects
  • Discover how to apply your expertise to government projects and expand your client base
  • See and hear from world-renown and industry experts in Keynote Presentations and in 100+ educational sessions
  • Network with product manufacturers and service providers
  • Benefit from your whole building team assembling in one location

CSI Cleantech 2008 Conference, Partnering, Ventures & Trade Show
June 1-5, 2008

CSI Cleantech 2008 is a multi-disciplinary and multi-sector conference on global sustainability addressing advancements in traditional technologies, emerging technologies and clean business practices. The mission of CSI Cleantech 2008 is to bring together the entire cleantech ecosystem with the goal of accelerating the flow of technologies from the research phase to the viable market phase. We do this by linking scientists, engineers and researchers with potential business, financial and government partners. The Cleantech ecosystem enables a growing set of knowledge-based technologies, products or services designed to improve operational performance, productivity or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste or pollution.

OPIS 2nd Annual E85 Station Conversion Clinic
Chicago, IL
June 9, 2008

In just one day you will learn how to market, price, sell and store E85, how to convert your stations to dispense it, and how to find and apply for the numerous grants and tax incentives available to E85 marketers. Last year, dozens of your competitors participated in the E85 Station Conversion Clinic and are now profitably selling E85 today.

BBI Fuel Ethanol Workshop
Nashville, Tennessee
June 16-19, 2008

BBI focuses on near-term development of commercial-scale ethanol and biodiesel production, and provides information and expertise that specifically targets regional challenges and opportunities for further development of the biofuels industry. Be part of a rapidly growing industry and network with current and future biofuels producers, industry suppliers, marketers, feedstock producers, policymakers, government officials, researchers and academia from your region.

5th Renewable Energy Finance Forum – Wall Street
June 18-19, 2008
New York City

The fifth annual REFF-WS, being held June 18-19, 2008 will build on the enormous success of the 2007 event where over 700 leading financiers, developers and investors gathered at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. REFF-WS will once again bring together a high profile speaker panel dedicated to the financing of RE projects and companies. This must attend event will assemble the financial community to identify the major opportunities and issues facing US and European investors into the US Renewables market.

Solar Summit El Paso 2008
Tomas Rivera Conference Center
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas
July 25-26, 2008

Solar Summit El Paso 2008 will bring together industry insiders, state and federal legislative experts, and local community leaders to demonstrate community interest in renewable energy and facilitate dialogue among numerous key players. El Paso County’s goal is to establish itself as the "Solar Energy Capital of the Southwest," and the Solar Summit El Paso represents a significant step in that direction.

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) – 21st Ethanol Conference & Trade Show
Omaha, Nebraska
August 12-14, 2008

The 2008 ACE Trade Show promises to be the premier ethanol meeting of the year, highlighting the best in public policy, technology, and education.

NREL to Host Meeting on Small Wind Testing
National Wind Technology Center
Boulder, Colorado
September 11-12, 2008
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will host a meeting on small wind testing at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado.  The meeting is targeted to people who want to develop small wind test centers in North America and will be held on September 11-12, 2008.  Anyone can attend, but attendance is limited to two people per organization.  For more information contact Rich Osgood by e-mail or by phone, 303-384-6949.

IGSHPA Technical Conference and Expo 2008
Nashville, Tennessee
October 1-2, 2008

The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association Technical Conference and Expo is the industry’s premier conference and will give you the information you need to become or remain a competitive member of the space conditioning industry. The conference will focus on expanding the ground source heat pump market and overcoming the challenges the industry faces. The conference will also feature research updates and a product showcase. Training Workshops begin September 29, 2008. The conference will begin October 1, 2008 and will include presentations from respected leaders in the business. This is an opportunity to develop relationships with some of the premier members of this industry.

31st World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC)
Washington, D.C.
October 8-9, 2008

Hosted by the Association of Energy Engineers. Now in its 31st year, the WEEC is well-recognized as the most important energy event of national scope for end users and energy professional in all areas of the energy field. It is the one truly comprehensive forum where you can fully assess the "big picture" – and see exactly how the economic and market forces, new technologies, regulatory developments and industry trends all merge to shape your critical decisions on your organization's energy and economic future.

Solar Power Conference & Expo
San Diego, California
October 13-16, 2008

This conference is organized by the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Electric Power Association. If you have a professional interest in solar energy (photovoltaics, concentrating photovoltaics, solar thermal electric or solar hot water), this event has something to offer your business. Whether you walk the show floor to our 400+ exhibitors or you attend the 60+ conference sessions to learn about the latest market, policy, finance and technology happenings in the industry, you'll walk away with invaluable information and relationships.

U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum X
Monterrey, Nuevo León
October 23-24, 2008

A vibrant and growing economy consistent with a clean and healthy environment for both sides of the border has been the vision shared by Border Energy Forum participants and organizers since the first forum was held in El Paso in 1994.

Wind Power and Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition
Guadalajara, México
November 5-7, 2008

The Latin American Wind Energy Association (LAWEA) and is organizing WIND EXPO LAWEA 2008, the First Wind Power and Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition in Mexico and the most important in Latin America. For additional information, contact Mauricio Trujillo at [email protected] or phone at +52 33 38178300.

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