April 19-20, 2012 Renewable Energy Feasibility Workshop

Join us (The NEEI) for a two-day workshop filled with valuable technical information, useful tools and relevant resources designed to assist you in answering many of the initial questions that arise when designing and assessing renewable energy projects.

The workshop is free but offers limited enrollment. Please note: During the initial registration period priority will be given to representatives of city and county government, economic development districts, council of governments and tribal staff .
For details, view the [pdf] Renewable Feasibility Workshop Flyer.pdf

To enroll >> click Register Today.
Program Background

The Community Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund (CREFF) program, was established in 2007 to foster new renewable energy development in the state. Administered by the Oregon Department of Energy, the program delivers grants to study the feasibility of renewable energy, heat, and fuel projects in Oregon. More about CREFF online.

In 2011, funds were dedicated to a two-day feasibility tools workshop. This workshop is geared toward staff at the county, city, economic development district, council of governments, and tribal level that often form the frontline of first-stage renewable energy development.

To assist in creating and facilitating this workshop, the Oregon Department of Energy has enlisted the assistance of the Northwest Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College, a leader in energy education.

Expert presenters will give a technical overview of each renewable energy technology or topic, with an emphasis on the factors that most affect the feasibility of projects. Modeling tools, the electric grid and transmission, and financing analysis will be discussed.

The afternoon of Day 2 will cover the application of feasibility software that can be used with multiple technologies and will include hands-on practice.

Participants will also receive a workbook that will include further resources and reference material.
Tentative Program Schedule
Day 1

Check In and Introduction
Solar Energy – Ryan Mayfield, Renewable Associates, Solar Instructor
Wind Energy – Kirk Slack, Oregon Community Wind
Transmission and Interconnection – Bonneville Power Administration
Financial Fundamentals – Carolyn Roos, Washington State University
Hydropower – Kevin Crew, Black Rock Consulting
Evening Reception and Networking Opportunity

Day 2
Geothermal Energy – Andrew Chiasson, Oregon Institute ofTechnology, Geo Heat Center
Bio Energy – Matt Krumenauer, Oregon Department of Energy
Feasibility Software – Presentation, discussion and hands-on practice – Paul Gilman, RE Consultant
If you have questions about the workshop, please contact:
Elaine Vidal – vidale@lanecc.edu | phone: 541-463-3154