Webinars for Marine and Wind Energy and the Environment

Tethys hosts regular webinars pertaining to topics of environmental concern, as a means to effectively disseminate new information and research efforts to a large international audience of stakeholders. Anyone is welcome to attend these live webinars and participate in a live question and answer session with the presenters. Information for attending these live webinars is distributed to a public mailing list (separate lists for wind and water). Ongoing webinars on Tethys are sponsored by OES-EnvironmentalWREN, SEER, and other projects.

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Below is a list of past webinars, containing video/audio files of the presentations and Q&A sessions when available.

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ECO Wind Webinar Perspectives on Wind-Wildlife Constraints to Buildout Webinar 1: Siting June 21, 2024

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Enabling Coexistence Options for Wind Energy and Wildlife (ECO Wind) project is pleased to announce a multi-part webinar series, “Perspectives on Wind-Wildlife Constraints to Buildout”, which will feature experts from diverse fields related to, but outside of, the wind-wildlife domain. Over the three-part series, experts will address three major constraints to wind energy buildout: siting, operations, and technology.

PNNL & NREL Marine Energy Career Panel Two February 7, 2024

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosted an informational Marine Energy Career Panel on February 7, 2024. The panel featured National Laboratory staff from PNNL, NREL, and Sandia National Laboratories working to advance the marine energy industry.

WREN Webinar #24 Wind Energy and Terrestrial Mammals February 5, 2024

The International Energy Agency Wind Task 34, Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy (WREN), hosted a webinar, "Wind Energy and Terrestrial Mammals", on 5 February 2024 from 11:00am-12:00pm EST (4:00-5:00pm UTC). During the webinar, presenters from Brazil, Portugal, and the United States discussed how jaguars and pumas, wolves, and pronghorn antelope interact with wind energy facilities.

WREN Webinar #23 Impactos de la Energía Eólica en Latinoamérica January 10, 2024

La Agencia Internacional de Energía en su Tarea 34 de Energía Eólica (WREN, por sus siglas en Inglés)  organizará su 23º seminario web y su primer seminario web en español, “Energía eólica y vida silvestre: perspectivas desde América Latina”, el 10 de enero de 2024 de 11:00am-12:00 pm PST (7:00pm-8:00 pm UTC). El seminario web contará con ponentes de Argentina, Chile y México.

Vea el folleto en español aquí. 

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PRIMRE Introducing Telesto: PRIMRE’s Knowledge Hub for Marine Energy Development Resources and Guidance November 28, 2023

The Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMRE) team recently launched a new and improved version of Telesto, which is home to open-source wiki pages, structured databases, and tools that provide information about the development life cycle of marine energy.

REWI/NREL Compensatory Mitigation Webinar Series Compensatory Mitigation Webinar 4: Thinking Outside the Box November 1, 2023

In some cases, alternatives to traditional compensation measures may provide significant conservation value. Examples include conservation actions that occur outside the region of the potential impact and funding research as a means of compensation. This webinar will explore outside-the-box ideas, examples of successful compensation alternatives, and situations in which innovative conservation actions may be necessary. Expert stakeholders will discuss the tradeoffs of implementing alternative compensation measures and when these may or may not be appropriate.

REWI/NREL Compensatory Mitigation Webinar Series Compensatory Mitigation Webinar 3: Grouse Management and Conservation October 20, 2023

Grouse are considered an umbrella species because of their close connection to the surrounding habitat. The prairies and sage-brush where grouse reside are disappearing as a result of many stressors, including invasive species, climate change, and human development. Thus, any new disturbance or loss of habitat can significantly impact the species. Proper siting of wind energy facilities can avoid potential impacts to the species or their habitat, but it is likely that compensation measures will be needed to ensure there is no net loss.

Tethys Introducing Offshore Wind Environmental Metadata on Tethys October 10, 2023

The Tethys team has partnered with IEA Wind’s WREN Initiative to collect information, or metadata, on the environmental effects of offshore wind energy projects on marine animals, habitats, and ecosystem processes. By making this information available, Tethys and WREN aim to enhance transparency around environmental monitoring efforts to progress the global state of knowledge and advance the industry in an environmentally responsible manner.

REWI/NREL Compensatory Mitigation Webinar Series Compensatory Mitigation Webinar 2: Funding Mechanisms October 2, 2023

This webinar will introduce two of the more common methods for instituting compensatory mitigation: mitigation banks and in lieu fee programs. Speakers will provide backgrounds on how each of these mechanisms work and provide case studies under which these programs have been used to conserve wildlife affected by wind energy development.

Moderator: Cris Hein, NREL

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OES-Environmental Coordinating and Disseminating Research on Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy September 28, 2023

OES-E Environmental provided updates on progress to date and what's to come in the 2024 State of the Science report. OES-Environmental talked about the important role of coordinating and disseminating research on environmental effects of MRE and practical applications of OES-Environmental resources. Joe Haxel from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) Triton initiative and Doug Gillespie from the University of St. Andrew's Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) joined OES-Environmental to discuss their efforts to expand our understanding by highlighting examples from their research around two key stressor-receptor interactions - underwater noise and collision risk.

REWI/NREL Compensatory Mitigation Webinar Series Compensatory Mitigation Webinar 1: Regulatory Landscape September 13, 2023

The initial webinar will focus on the regulatory mechanisms that determine requirements for compensation. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) both require compensatory mitigation for individual species if adverse impacts occur at wind energy facilities. Experts will present U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state-specific policies and regulations, including recent policy updates for compensatory mitigation under the ESA, that influence the implementation of compensation measures.

SEER Webinar Environmental Considerations for Nearshore Ecosystems from Cable Landfall, Navigation, and Port Development for Offshore Wind Energy September 13, 2023

The U.S. Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) project is hosting a free, public webinar series to share the latest research on the potential environmental effects of offshore wind energy development, including minimization and monitoring strategies. Each webinar will feature brief presentations from experts, a panel discussion, and an audience Q&A period.

PRIMRE A Demonstration of the MODAQ, Marine Energy Data Pipeline, and MHKiT Workflow August 23, 2023

The Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMRE) hosted a public webinar on 23 August 2023 from 10:00-11:00am MDT (4:00-5:00pm UTC).

SEER Emerging Technologies and Infrastructure for Monitoring Bats and Birds Offshore July 12, 2023

The U.S. Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) project is hosting a free, public webinar series to share the latest research on the potential environmental effects of offshore wind energy development, including minimization and monitoring strategies. Each webinar will feature brief presentations from experts, a panel discussion, and an audience Q&A period.

SEER Recent Advances in Autonomous Environmental Monitoring Technologies to Support Offshore Wind Energy Development July 6, 2023

The U.S. Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) project is hosting a free, public webinar series to share the latest research on the potential environmental effects of offshore wind energy development, including minimization and monitoring strategies. Each webinar will feature brief presentations from experts, a panel discussion, and an audience Q&A period.

ETIP Ocean Resources and Tools for Faster Permitting of Ocean Energy June 5, 2023

To accelerate the roll-out of renewables, the EU aims to significantly shorten renewable energy permitting processes, in some cases to one year. To hit that one-year mark, guidance and information must be readily available. These will help regulators to set up appropriate requirements for applicants and developers to provide quality applications.

SEER Regional Surveys to Improve Understanding of Ecosystems and Relevance to Offshore Wind Energy Development May 31, 2023

The U.S. Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) project is hosting a free, public webinar series to share the latest research on the potential environmental effects of offshore wind energy development, including minimization and monitoring strategies. Each webinar will feature brief presentations from experts, a panel discussion, and an audience Q&A period.

WREN Webinar #22 Compensating the Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy on Birds May 16, 2023

The International Energy Agency (IEA) Wind Task 34, Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy (WREN), hosted a webinar, Compensating the Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy on Birds, on 16 May 2023 from 11:00am-12:00pm EDT (3:00-4:00pm UTC). The webinar provided an overview of the mitigation hierarchy, and discuss compensation measures from the United Kingdom and the United States. 

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WREN Webinar #21 Influence of Offshore Wind Turbines on Marine Habitats and Ecosystems May 3, 2023

Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy (WREN) is hosting a webinar, Influence of Offshore Wind Turbines on Marine Habitats and Ecosystems, on 3 May from 10:00-11:00am EDT (2:00-3:00pm UTC). The webinar will discuss the state of the science on the impacts of offshore wind turbines on the marine environment, and how researchers monitor and minimize these impacts.

PNNL & NREL Marine Energy Career Panel April 10, 2023

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosted an informational Marine Energy Career Panel featuring National Laboratory staff working to advance the marine energy industry on April 10, 2023. The webinar was aimed at current students and those interested in working in the marine energy industry.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: Bird Monitoring Methodologies for Offshore Wind April 5, 2023

Speaker Pam Loring is a Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Migratory Birds and works on a range of projects related to the conservation and management of shorebirds and seabirds with a focus on offshore wind energy. She received a PhD in Environmental Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a MS in Biological and Environmental Sciences from the University of Rhode Island.

Technology and Innovation in Wind Energy and Wildlife Webinar #4 Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Technology & Innovation Discussions Continued February 16, 2023

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute are hosting a Technology and Innovation in Wind Energy and Wildlife webinar series to explore the evolution of turbine technology. The third webinar, "Wind Wildlife Research Meeting Technology & Innovation Discussions Continued ", will take place from 2:00-3:00pm EST (7:00-8:00pm UTC) on 16 February 2023.

Technology and Innovation in Wind Energy and Wildlife Webinar #3 Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: Acceptance February 9, 2023

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute are hosting a Technology and Innovation in Wind Energy and Wildlife webinar series to explore the evolution of turbine technology. The third webinar, "Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: Acceptance", will take place from 1:00-2:00pm EST (6:00-7:00pm UTC) on 9 February 2023.

Technology and Innovation in Wind Energy and Wildlife Webinar #2 Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: From the Bench to the Field January 31, 2023

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute are hosting a Technology and Innovation in Wind Energy and Wildlife webinar series to explore the evolution of turbine technology. The second webinar, "Technology Acceptance Workshop Results: From the Bench to the Field", will take place from 3:00-4:00pm EST (8:00-9:00pm UTC) on 31 January 2023.

Technology and Innovation in Wind Energy and Wildlife Webinar #1 The Future of Wind Energy Technology and Wildlife Considerations January 26, 2023

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute are hosting a Technology and Innovation in Wind Energy and Wildlife webinar series to explore the evolution of turbine technology. The first webinar, "The Future of Wind Energy Technology and Wildlife Considerations", will take place from 3:00-4:00pm EST (8:00-9:00pm UTC) on 26 January 2023.

OES-Environmental Webinar #22 OES-Environmental Webinar: Planning Ahead to Address Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy January 19, 2023

OES-Environmental is hosting a webinar on 19 January 2023, from 3:30 – 5:00pm UTC (7:30 – 9:00am PST) to share tools for designing and siting marine renewable energy (MRE; wave, tide, ocean current, salinity and temperature gradient) projects with environmental effects in mind. This webinar will highlight OES-Environmental's Management Measures Tool, AZTI's Wave Energy Converter - Environmental Risk Assessment (WEC-ERA) Tool, and the Marine Energy Environmental Toolkit for Permitting and Licensing developed by Kearns & West.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: Movement Models & Offshore Wind November 9, 2022

In this webinar Henrik Skov, with DHI, will discuss movement models within the New York Bight and explore the concept of movement models within the broader context of offshore wind.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: Outer Continental Shelf Air Permitting for Offshore Wind October 26, 2022

In this webinar, Stacey Snow and Melanie Holtz, with Jacobs, discuss air quality compliance for offshore wind, including permitting requirements, pollutions controls, and environmental justice considerations.

ECO Wind Webinar ECO-Wind Webinar: The State of Knowledge on Bat Populations October 25, 2022

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Enabling Coexistence Options for Wind Energy and Wildlife (ECO Wind) program is hosting a webinar on the state of knowledge on bat populations from 9:00-10:30 AM PT (4:00-5:30 PM UTC) on 25 October 2022. 

PRIMRE Wave Hindcast Webinar: High-resolution regional hindcast datasets for wave energy resource characterization in US coastal waters September 27, 2022

To support nearshore wave climate research and wave energy development in the U.S., long-term, high-resolution, regional wave hindcast datasets were generated using unstructured-grid Simulating WAves Nearshore (SWAN) models for the U.S. coastal waters, including those bordering U.S. territory islands. This large effort was funded by the US Department of Energy, Water Power Technologies Office and carried out by a joint research team of Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

OES-Environmental Webinar #21 From Science to Consenting: OES-Environmental 2022 Highlights September 22, 2022

OES-Environmental hosted a public webinar, “From Science to Consenting: OES-Environmental 2022 Highlights”, from 8:00-9:00am PDT (3:00-4:00pm UTC) on September 22, 2022. During this webinar the OES-Environmental team provided updates on risk retirement, guidance documents, and outreach efforts, and will also detail current focus areas for OES-Environmental research. View the recording and other materials below.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: Offshore Wind Flow Modeling September 21, 2022

In this webinar, Dr. Gregory S. Poulos, PHD (CEO and Principal Atmospheric Scientist ArcVera Renewables) discusses Offshore Wind Flow Modeling. Greg has developed detailed energy analysis for over 15,000-MW of operating wind since entering the technical-side of the renewable energy industry in 2007, and worked on over 35% of all installed wind energy projects in the US, and the first wind farms in several US states, and the countries El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

WREN Webinar #20 Wind Energy Monitoring and Mitigation Technologies Tool Webinar September 21, 2022

As part of its mission to support the global deployment of wind energy through a better understanding of environmental issues, Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy (WREN) recently launched a new technology tool as a reference of available strategies for monitoring and mitigating the environmental effects of land-based and offshore wind energy development.

PRIMRE PRIMRE Webinar: Release of the New Marine Energy Projects Database September 20, 2022

The Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMRE) recently developed a new Marine Energy Projects Database that provides a catalog of devices, projects, and test sites around the world. The database provides a history of past efforts so the industry may learn from past successes and failures, provides additional outreach for developers, and provides a broad overview of progress in the sector.

Triton Talks Triton Talk: Changes in Habitat, Marine Energy Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessments with Lenaig Hemery, Alicia Amerson and Tyler Harris September 1, 2022

On September 1st, join Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers to learn about environmental monitoring around marine energy devices. Lenaig Hemery will discuss changes in habitat followed by a discussion on marine energy sustainability and life cycle assessments with Alicia Amerson and Tyler Harris.

To find out more about Triton, visit https://www.pnnl.gov/projects/triton.

ECO-Wind Webinar ECO-Wind Webinar: Understanding Bat Interactions with Wind Turbines August 30, 2022

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is hosting a webinar, ‘Understanding Bat Interactions with Wind Turbines’, on 30 August 2022 from 12:00pm–1:00pm (EDT). The webinar will introduce three projects, led by Bowman, the Electric Power Research Institute, and Stantec Consulting Services, focused on using thermal video cameras to monitor bat behavior at wind turbines.

Triton Talks Triton Talk: Environmental Monitoring around Marine Energy July 27, 2022

You are invited to participate in session 6 of Triton Talks, a webinar series discussing the US DOE Water Power Technologies Office Triton Initiative’s research on environmental monitoring technologies and methods used to evaluate environmental stressors linked to marine energy devices.

On July 27th, join Joe Haxel, Alicia Amerson and Morgan Pattison to learn about Triton’s research on the environmental effects of underwater noise and anthropogenic light associated with marine energy.

WREN Webinar #19 International Assessment of Priority Environmental Issues for Land-based and Offshore Wind Energy Development June 29, 2022

Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy (WREN) hosted a webinar on 29 June 2022 from 10:00-11:00am EDT (2:00-3:00pm UTC) to present the results of the WREN Horizon Scan. 

The webinar highlighted results of stakeholder feedback from 294 responses across 28 countries identifying environmental priorities related to land-based and offshore wind energy development. Panelists from several WREN member countries will provide their perspective on the assessment and priority research within the next 5-10 years.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: Stakeholder Engagement & Offshore Wind June 22, 2022

In this webinar, Rebecca Karp and Andel Koester (Karp Strategies) will discuss stakeholder engagement and offshore wind. Karp Strategies has supported NYSERDA with the creation of a free, open source offshore wind curriculum aimed at teenagers and educators and developed the agency’s Guiding Principles for Stakeholder Engagement for developers; assessed the feasibility of port infrastructure for OSW; analyzed MWBE procurement in the supply chain in Maine; and supported Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind with their stakeholder engagement strategy.

Triton Talks Triton Talk: Collision risk with Garrett Staines June 16, 2022

On June 16th, join fish biologist Garrett Staines in the 5th session of the Triton Talks webinar series to learn about strategies and methods developed to assess collision risk associated with marine energy installations. He will dive into how Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers worked to understand these risks utilizing various technology such as acoustic cameras around turbines. 

PRIMRE Marine Energy Data Pipeline Updates June 14, 2022

The Marine Energy Data Pipeline effort, led by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has released the latest version of the data ingestion pipeline, Tsdat.

Tsdat is built to help users read, process, run quality control, and convert raw data to standard formats, with the goal of reducing the time spent on data wrangling while producing high-quality standardized datasets. It is a template-based, open-source Python framework that can be used both in a local environment and on commercial cloud pipelines.

Triton Talks Triton Talk: Electromagnetic Fields with Molly Grear May 19, 2022

You are invited to participate in Session 4 of Triton Talks, a webinar series discussing the US DOE Water Power Technologies Office Triton Initiative’s research on environmental monitoring technologies and methods used to evaluate environmental stressors linked to marine energy devices.

Triton Talks Triton Talk: Science Communication with Cailene Gunn April 21, 2022

You are invited to participate in Session 3 of Triton Talks, an engaging presentation all about science communication! This webinar series discusses the US DOE Water Power Technologies Office Triton Initiative’s research on environmental monitoring technologies and methods used to evaluate environmental stressors linked to marine energy devices.

PRIMRE Marine and Hydrokinetic Toolkit (MHKiT) Updates and Demonstration March 31, 2022

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory hosted a webinar on March 31st from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET to share new developments in the Marine and Hydrokinetic Toolkit (MHKiT), an open-source software package developed in Python and Matlab that includes modules for ingesting, quality controlling, processing, visualizing, and managing marine energy data. The webinar introduced new functionality in the package, and included demonstrations in Python.

Triton Talks Triton Talk: Predictive Modeling with Kate Buenau March 17, 2022

You are invited to participate in Session 2 of Triton Talks, a webinar series discussing environmental monitoring technologies and methods used to evaluate various environmental stressors linked to marine energy devices. The recommendations discussed in this series are based on an extensive environmental monitoring field trials campaign conducted in 2020 and 2021.

SEER Webinar #4 SEER Webinar #4: Electromagnetic Fields & Vessel Collision: Effects on Marine Life from Offshore Wind Energy February 24, 2022

The U.S. Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) team hosted a series of free, public webinars that presented findings from the briefs and featured panel discussions with subject matter experts, followed by question-and-answer periods. The final webinar covered topics related to: Electromagnetic Field Effects on Marine Life & Presence of Vessels: Effects of Vessel Collision on Marine Life. 

Triton Talks Triton Talk: Introducing the Triton Initiative and the Triton Field Trials February 17, 2022

You are invited to participate in Triton Talks, an interactive webinar series presented by the Triton Initiative that features a behind-the-scenes look at our extensive environmental monitoring field trials campaign conducted in 2020 and 2021. The series will kick off the first webinar by featuring speakers Samantha Eaves, Joe Haxel, and Alicia Amerson.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: A Panel on Nature Based Design Enhancements for Offshore Wind Farms February 9, 2022

Please join NYSERDA on Wednesday, February 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET for an offshore wind webinar as part of NYSERDA’s Learning from the Experts series. A panel of experts will be discussing considerations on nature based design enhancements for offshore wind farms. The panel includes Carl Lobe with The Nature Conservancy, Captain Dave Moni with No Fluke Fishing, Annie Murphy with Inspire Environmental Services, and Andrew Rella, with Eco-Concrete.

SEER Webinar #3 SEER Webinar #3: Bat and Bird Interactions with Offshore Wind Energy February 8, 2022

The U.S. Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) team hosted a series of free, public webinars that presented findings from the briefs and featured panel discussions with subject matter experts, followed by question-and-answer periods. The third webinar covered topics related to: Bat and Bird Interactions with Offshore Wind Energy. 

SEER Webinar #2 SEER Webinar #2: Effects of Offshore Wind Farm Structures on Fish Ecology & Benthic Disturbance December 15, 2021

The U.S. Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) team hosted a series of free, public webinars that presented findings from the briefs and featured panel discussions with subject matter experts, followed by question-and-answer periods. The second webinar covered topics related to: Introduction of New Offshore Wind Farm Structures: Effects on Fish Ecology and Benthic Disturbance from Foundations, Anchors, and Cable.