Land-Based Wind Webinars & Events

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Materials from NEWF and NEWEEP

The land-based portion of the NWRC builds on two previous projects, the New England Wind Forum (NEWF) and the New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP). Materials from these projects are archived on this webpage.

The New England Wind Forum (NEWF), a project from 2005 to 2013, created a place where regional stakeholders could turn for objective information on wind development and policy in New England. NEWF was a Wind Powering America (WPA) initiative, with a dedicated website within the broader WPA website. Sustainable Energy Advantage (SEA) managed the project, working with an advisory committee, developing the NEWF newsletter and website content, including an interactive map of wind project development by location, an events calendar, and content on and links to information on wind resources and wind-related issues. The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) maintained the website and distributed the newsletter.

The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP), which was funded by WPA in 2011-2012. It was managed by SEA in partnership with NREL. A Steering Committee was comprised of New England state agencies, regional and national research and advocacy organizations, and New England’s regional grid operator. The project consisted of a webinar series and an in-person conference/workshop designed to provide siting decision-makers and the potentially-impacted public with accurate, objective information on critical wind energy issues on which to make informed decisions about the siting of proposed wind energy projects throughout New England. The proceedings were made available online. NEWEEP’s role was to attempt to cut through the clutter of competing, conflicting and sometimes misleading information on critical issues. In recognition of SEA work on NEWEEP, SEA was awarded WPA’s Eastern Regional Wind Advocacy Award in 2011.

The materials are organized into the following categories:


Newsletters


As part of the NEWF project, SEA has published several newsletters, covering wind energy in the Northeast. The newsletters are available below:


New England Wind Energy Education Project Webinars


Here you can learn about New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) webinars,  as well as find audio visual files and transcripts of past webinars.

The objectives of the NEWEEP webinar series include:

  • cutting through the clutter of competing, conflicting, and sometimes misleading information on critical issues pertaining to wind energy generation
  • helping to address concerns in communities where wind projects are proposed
  • identifying areas for future research for example data gaps.

The free NEWEEP webinars were designed for the general public, local officials, facility siting decision-makers, policy-makers, and others interested in objective information on wind energy impacts.


Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values
Speaker(s): Heather Hunt, New England States Committee on Electricity; Ben Hoen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Robert Grace, Sustainable Energy Advantage LLC.
Date: 5/5/2010
Running time: 2 hours
Documents associated with the presentation are found below:


Understanding the Impacts of Wind Turbine Sound
Speaker(s): Mark Bastasch, CH2M Hill; Jim Cummings, Acoustic Ecology Institute; Ken Kaliski, Resource Systems Group
Date: 7/13/2010
Running time: 2 hours
Documents associated with the presentation are found below:


Wind Turbines Noise and Health: Fact vs. Fiction Simulcast
Speaker(s): Dr. Robert J. McCunney, M.D.
Date: 7/15/2010
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Documents associated with the presentation are below:


Wind Power’s Impact on Grid Reliability, Backup Supply, and Fossil Fuel Use in New England
Speaker(s): Ed DeMeo, Utility Wind Integration Group; Michael Milligan, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Bill Henson, Independent System Operator of New England
Date: 10/26/2010
Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Documents associated with the presentation are found below:


Understanding the Current Science, Regulation, and Mitigation of Shadow Flicker
Speaker(s): Thomas Priestley, CH2M Hill; Matthew Allen, Saratoga Associates; Richard Lampeter, Epsilon Associates
Date: 2/10/2011
Running time: 2 hours


Wind Power as a Neighbor: Experience with Techniques for Mitigating Public Impacts
Speaker(s): Charles Newcomb, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; John Knab, Sheldon, NY; Nils Bolgen, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Date: 12/7/2011
Running time: 2 hour, 20 minutes


New England Wind Energy Education Project Conference and Workshop


The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) was a one day conference and workshop held July 7, 2011. The event focused on presenting objective information relevant to issues of importance to individuals affected by wind energy proposals throughout New England.

Session I: Opening Plenary: Welcoming Remarks and Overview of New England Wind Project Development Activity (video)

  • Welcoming Remarks: Michele DesAutels, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Introduction to NEWEEP, Conference Objectives, Ground Rules: Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Robert Grace, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC (slides)
  • Overview of New England Wind Project Development Activity: Jason Gifford, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC

Session II: Public Acceptance Experiences with Operating Wind Projects (video)
Moderator – Warren Leon, senior advisor, Clean Energy States Alliance

  • Christopher Senie, Senie & Associates, PC
  • Dylan Voorhees, Natural Resources Council of Maine
  • Jonathan Fitch, Princeton Municipal Light
  • Suzanne Pude, Island Institute

Session III: Topics in Public Acceptance (video)
Moderator – Mark Sinclair, Clean Energy States Alliance

  • Environmental Impacts: Habitat Fragmentation and Wildlife Impacts
  • Wildlife Impacts: Carol Foss, New Hampshire Audubon (slides)
  • Habitat Fragmentation: Sarah Barnum, Normandeau Associates (slides)

Human Impacts: Property Values, Aesthetics, Sound, and Flicker

  • Aesthetics/Flicker: Jean Vissering, Jean E. Vissering Landscape Architecture (slides)
  • Sound/Flicker: Ken Kaliski, Resource Systems Group, Inc. (slides)
  • Property Values: Ben Hoen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (slides)

Session IV: The Context for New England Wind Power: Energy, Climate, and Sound Science (video)
Kevin Knobloch, President, Union of Concerned Scientists

Session V: Parallel Panel Sessions

Session V (A): Wind Energy Economics
Moderator – Patrick Quinlan, former associate director, UMass Wind Energy Center (slides)

  • Ryan Chaytors, First Wind (slides)
  • Mon-Fen Hong, Black & Veatch (slides)
  • David O’Brien, former commissioner, VT Dept. of Public Service (slides)

Session V (B): Searching for Best Practices in Regional Planning: Comparing Models & Strategies
Moderator – Sue Reid, Conservation Law Foundation

  • Alec Giffen, Clean Air Task Force, former chair, Maine Governor’s Wind Energy Task Force
  • Eric Steltzer, New Hampshire Office of Energy & Planning (slides)
  • Kenneth Payne, Director, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Discussion Panel

  • Steven Clarke, Massachusetts assistant secretary for renewable energy
  • Jon Groveman, Gen. Counsel, VT Agency of Natural Resources

Session V (C): Offshore Wind: Finding the Right Balance between Benefits and Impacts
Moderator – Fara Courtney, U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative

  • Marine Spatial and Environmental Planning: Brandi Colander, attorney, NRDC
  • Coordinating Offshore Wind with Multiple Uses: Jon Weber, Northeast Regional Ocean Council
  • Weighing the Public Costs & Benefits of Offshore Wind: Beth Nagusky, Environment Northeast (slides)
  • Economic Development Opportunities: Paul Williamson, Maine Wind Industry Initiative (slides)
  • Social Acceptance and Public Polling: Willett Kempton, University of Delaware
  • Grassroots Issues: Richard Elrick, Clean Power Now

Session V (D): Current Mitigation Techniques: How to Balance Their Costs & Benefits (video)
Moderator – Charles Newcomb, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Technical Mitigation Options: Benjamin Bell, Garrad Hassan America, Inc. (slides)
  • Non-technical Mitigation Options: Kevin Schulte, Sustainable Energy Development
  • How to walk the costs/benefits line?: Charles Newcomb, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (slides)

Discussion Panel

  • Sound: Ken Kaliski, Resource Systems Group, Inc.
  • Shadow Flicker: Matt Allen, Saratoga Associates
  • Property Values: Ben Hoen, LBNL
  • Aesthetic/Visual: Jean Vissering, Jean E. Vissering Landscape Architecture
  • Wildlife: Carol Foss, NH Audubon

Session VI: Parallel Panel Session and Facilitated Workshops

Panel Session VI: Moving Toward More Wind Power: Will the Lights Stay On?
Moderator – Ed DeMeo, Renewable Energy Consulting Services, Inc.

  • Charlie Smith, executive director, Utility Wind Integration Group (slides)
  • John Norden, manager of renewable resource integration, Independent System Operator of New England

Discussion Panel

  • Lisa Linowes, executive director, Industrial Wind Action Group (slides)

Workshop VI (A):Advancing the State of Knowledge—Building and Funding a Credible Research and Education Agenda

  • Martha Broad, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Zywia Wojnar, Pace Energy and Climate Center

Workshop VI (B): Using Stakeholder Networks to Engage the Undecided

  • Jasmine Tanguay and Aviva Rothman-Shore, CLF Ventures (slides)

Workshop VI (C): Building Better Bylaws

  • David McGlinchey, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Workshop VI (D): Learning from Experience: Using Planning and Mitigation to Find Better Outcomes

  • Suzanne Pude, Island Institute
  • Peter McPhee, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Session VII: Workshop Plenary—What Have We Learned? (video)
Moderators – Conference Co-Chairs

  • Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Robert Grace, Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC
  • Designees from Workshops A, B, C & D

Session VIII: Closing Remarks
Michele DesAutels, U.S. Department of Energy
As a follow up to the June 7, 2011 NEWEEP Conference and Workshop, an online survey was distributed to all attendees. The purpose of this survey was to provide the NEWEEP team with feedback on the conference, to help guide, shape and build future NEWEEP discussions and conferences. Read the results here.


October 2012 Workshop: Injecting Useful and Credible Information into Wind Power Siting


Agenda

Opening Plenary, featuring Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Robert Grace and Deborah Donovan, Sustainable Energy Advantage, and Stacie Smith, Consensus Building Institute (slides)

Pre-Workshop Survey, Open-ended questions and analysis

  • Survey I Question 11: List the top 3 topics and/or issues you would like to discuss at this workshop with a brief explanation describing why
  • Survey II Question 5: Please offer your thoughts on what attributes or characteristics of the information examples provided here enhance or detract from; legitimacy, credibility, or usefulness
  • Survey I Results Analysis

Panel 1: The Use of Information in Wind Siting – Identification, Categorization and Prioritization

  • Rob Garrity, MA Climate Action Network
  • Juliet Browne, Verrill Dana, ME (slides)
  • Andy Brydges, MA Clean Energy Center
  • Sandy Levine, Conservation Law Foundation (slides)

Breakout Session 1 (report)

Panel 2: Developing information in Wind Siting – Overcoming Obstacles and Setting Priorities

  • Stacie Smith, CBI (slides)
  • Marty Suuberg, MA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Danny Musher, University of Rhode Island (slides)
  • Suzanne McDonald, Island Institute (slides)
  • Andy Finton, The Nature Conservancy (slides)

Breakout Session 2 (report)

Closing Plenary: Putting Ideas into Actions (results)