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-Environmental and WREN.

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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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OES-Environmental Webinar #20 OES-Environmental Public Webinar: Guidance Documents for Risk Retirement August 31, 2021

To facilitate the consenting/permitting of small numbers of marine renewable energy (MRE) devices, OES-Environmental has developed a risk retirement process, whereby interactions deemed low risk need not be fully investigated for every project. Rather, MRE developers and regulators may rely on what is known from already consented/permitted projects, from related research studies, or from findings from analogous offshore industries.

WREN Webinar #18 Raptor Behaviour and Physiology as it Relates to Wind Energy Development March 23, 2021

Raptor interactions with wind turbines are a concern for the wind energy and wildlife community. Raptors have relatively low reproductive rates and are often protected by local, national, and international laws. The webinar will share information regarding on-going research on raptor behaviour and physiology as it relates to interactions with wind turbines. The webinar is part of WREN’s priority activity to reduce uncertainty regarding risk for raptors at wind farms.

WREN/Tethys WREN/Tethys Webinar February 9, 2021

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) held a webinar on 9 February 2021 to discuss international efforts to address environmental issues associated with commercial development of land-based and offshore wind energy projects.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #9 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Future Priorities for Wildlife & Wind Energy - Multi-stakeholder perspectives on challenges and opportunities December 8, 2020

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Defenders of Wildlife hosted a free, nine-part webinar series, Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Considerations for Monitoring and Managing Impacts, between August and November 2020. All webinars were recorded and are available on Tethys.

Webinar #9: Future Priorities for Wildlife & Wind Energy: Multi-stakeholder perspectives on challenges and opportunities

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #8 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Economics of Wind Energy: Understanding wildlife minimization in the context of development and financing November 10, 2020

Experts from Invenergy, DNV GL, and Pattern will provide an overview of the process of securing financing, budgeting, and contracting for wind development and operation. Additionally, our speakers will discuss how the financing process relates to the adoption of minimization strategies and conservation investments. This understanding can inform permitting and maximize conservation from wind energy assets.

New PRIMRE Developments: Part 2 New PRIMRE Developments: Part 2 - New Features of Existing Knowledge Hubs October 28, 2020

Launched in 2019, the Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMRE) was developed to serve as a centralized access point that enhances the accessibility and discoverability of information relevant to marine renewable energy (MRE) development and operations in the U.S. Part two of this two-part webinar series will highlight new features of existing PRIMRE Knowledge Hubs: Signature Projects, the Tethys Engineering Photo Library, and the PRIMRE aggregate search.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #7 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Impact Reduction Strategies for Eagles and Bats October 22, 2020

This webinar provided an overview of each including benefits, challenges, considerations, and species-specific applications. Representatives from industry and regulatory agencies shared perspectives on the role of these strategies in advancing wind energy and wildlife conservation. Attendees also heard about a publicly available technology database and an exciting new tool in development.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #6 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Communicating Results: How to identify and produce robust monitoring reports October 15, 2020

Experts in field monitoring and statistical analysis reviewed the key considerations when planning a study, collecting and analyzing data, and completing reports. The webinar included an overview of mortality estimation and which estimator (i.e., Generalized Mortality Estimator or Evidence of Absence) is appropriate for your study.

New PRIMRE Developments: Part 1 New PRIMRE Developments: Part 1 - New Sites and Tools October 7, 2020

Launched in 2019, the Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMRE) was developed to serve as a centralized access point that enhances the accessibility and discoverability of information relevant to marine renewable energy (MRE) development and operations in the U.S. Part one of this two-part webinar series will highlight new sites and tools that have been developed within PRIMRE: the MRE Technology Database, MRE Software, and Telesto.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #5 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Eagles: Permitting process and best practices for monitoring and mitigation September 29, 2020

This webinar reviewed relevant permitting processes and guidance for conserving eagles as documented in the Wind Energy Guidelines and Module 1 of the Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance. Attendees learned about pre- and post-construction data collection methods, best practices, and recent developments that may further refine our understanding of risk to eagles from wind energy.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #4 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Bats - Methodologies and technologies used to study impacts of wind turbines on bats September 24, 2020

This webinar discussed the state of the science on the impacts of wind energy development on bats and the approaches used to better understand bats/wind turbine interactions. Experts from USGS, TCU, Stantec, and BCI reviewed the methodologies and technologies used to monitor bat activity, behavior, and fatality at wind energy facilities.

OES-Environmental Webinar #19 OES-Environmental Webinar: Risk Retirement September 24, 2020

This webinar provides an overview of the risk retirement process, its development, and several related tools, including the data transferability process and monitoring datasets discoverability matrix. OES-Environmental's outreach and engagement efforts in the development of the risk retirement and data transferability processes will also be highlighted, as well as the feedback received from the greater MRE community on risk retirement for underwater noise, electromagnetic effects, and habitat change. 

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #3 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Grouse - Considerations for developing wind energy in grouse habitat September 16, 2020

This webinar discussed the challenges and explored opportunities for advancing responsible wind development despite uncertainty. Grouse experts from Western EcoSystems, American Wind Wildlife Institute, Oregon Natural Desert Association, and EDP Renewables discussed 1) existing guidelines for development in grouse territory, 2) the state of the science on grouse and wind energy, and 3) current practices for monitoring for grouse and developing near grouse habitat.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #2 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: Federal and State Perspectives on Environmental Review of Wind Energy and Wildlife September 1, 2020

This webinar provided an overview of the Wind Energy Guidelines from the US Fish and Wildlife Service before delving into state perspectives with a panel of agency staff from states from diverse regions of the country. The state agency panel discussed their permitting processes, opportunities for wildlife conservation, complications to successful and wildlife-mindful permitting, how they have worked through challenges, and where there is still room for improvement.

Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar #1 Wildlife & Wind Energy Webinar Series: History of wind energy and wildlife interactions and overview of the webinar series August 28, 2020

This first webinar oriented attendees to the series’ objectives and establish the shared foundational knowledge for the nine-part course. This introduction covered 1) the basics of current and developing wind energy technology, 2) development projections for the wind industry based on market dynamics and climate change mitigation targets, and 3) the focal species and associated regulations at the center of wind energy and wildlife policy.

NWCC Webinar #20 Preliminary Results of Research on Wind Operational Impact Minimization Technologies: DOE-Funded Technology Development and Innovation Projects August 20, 2020

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researchers present preliminary results of two projects examining early-stage technologies aimed at minimizing the potential impacts of wind turbines on wildlife.

NWCC Webinar #19 Updated Wind Energy Development Scenarios in the U.S.: Tools to Understand Potential Wind-Wildlife Interaction August 18, 2020

NREL researchers present how intricate considerations are integrated into modeling and analysis to estimate the possible future of wind energy in the United States, and the relationship this has with wildlife.

OES-Environmental Workshop OES-Environmental Workshop: Monitoring Datasets Discoverability Matrix July 21, 2020

The monitoring datasets discoverability matrix (matrix) is an interactive tool that classifies monitoring datasets from already consented (or permitted) projects for six key environmental stressors.

WREN Webinar #17 Experiences from conducting environmental research at land-based and offshore wind energy facilities July 7, 2020

The American Wind Wildlife Institute hosted the 17th WREN (Working Together to Resolve Environmental Effects of Wind Energy) webinar entitled, Experiences from conducting environmental research at land-based and offshore wind energy facilities. 

OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Chapters Webinars #2 OES-Environmental State of the Science 2020: Collision Risk and Environmental Monitoring June 22, 2020

This public webinar shares the information from several chapters in the 2020 State of the Science Report.

OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Chapters Webinars #1 OES-Environmental State of the Science 2020: Underwater Noise, EMF, Habitat, Oceanographic Systems, and Mooring Entanglements June 17, 2020

This public webinar shares the information from several chapters in the OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report.

OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Public Release OES-Environmental State of the Science 2020: Public Release June 12, 2020

This webinar provides an overview of the information presented in the OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report.

OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Public Release OES-Environmental State of the Science 2020: Public Release June 11, 2020

This webinar provides an overview of the information presented in the OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report.

OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #3 OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #3: Updates on Monitoring and Research Around Wave Energy Devices April 23, 2020

OES-Environmental and ORJIP Ocean Energy invite you to join the first International Forum on MRE Environmental R&D that will present and review the latest in research and monitoring around marine renewable energy (MRE) sites. This forum consists of three different webinars, each running from 8am – 10am PT (3pm – 5pm UTC) on April 21, 22, and 23, 2020. The purpose of the forum is to share the most recent environmental research and monitoring results with a broad audience.

OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #2 OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #2: Design and Application of Integrated Monitoring Platforms for Monitoring Around MRE Devices April 22, 2020

OES-Environmental and ORJIP Ocean Energy invite you to join the first International Forum on MRE Environmental R&D that will present and review the latest in research and monitoring around marine renewable energy (MRE) sites. This forum consists of three different webinars, each running from 8am – 10am PT (3pm – 5pm UTC) on April 21, 22, and 23, 2020. The purpose of the forum is to share the most recent environmental research and monitoring results with a broad audience.

OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #1 OES-Environmental & ORJIP International Forum #1: Updates on Monitoring and Research Around Turbines April 21, 2020

OES-Environmental and ORJIP Ocean Energy invite you to join the first International Forum on MRE Environmental R&D that will present and review the latest in research and monitoring around marine renewable energy (MRE) sites. This forum consists of three different webinars, each running from 8am – 10am PT (3pm – 5pm UTC) on April 21, 22, and 23, 2020. The purpose of the forum is to share the most recent environmental research and monitoring results with a broad audience.

POET Webinar #1 POET Webinar: Potential Effects of Offshore Renewable Energy - Knowledge and Resources (Part 1: Marine Renewables and Offshore Wind) April 15, 2020

The Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET) is pleased to launch a series of Marine Energy related webinars and has teamed up with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to host a webinar on April 15th from 10 to 11:30am PT featuring speakers from PNNL's Coastal Division.

NWCC Webinar #18 New Research on Smart Curtailment for Bats at Wind Energy Facilities Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy March 26, 2020

Presentations on smart curtailment strategies aimed at minimizing energy loss from curtailment while reducing impacts to bats at wind energy facilities.

NWCC Webinar #17 New Research on Deterrents and Monitoring for Bats at Wind Energy Facilities Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy March 17, 2020

Presentations on advancements of the commercial readiness of bat deterrent technologies used to minimize impacts to bats and reduce the need for curtailment at wind energy facilities, and on advancements in monitoring technologies.

NWCC Webinar #16 New Research on Wildlife Monitoring at Offshore Wind Energy Facilities Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy January 16, 2020

New and upcoming research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy on systems and technologies for monitoring wildlife, including birds, bats, and North Atlantic right whales, at offshore wind energy facilities.

NWCC Webinar #15 Updates on Research Presented at the 12th NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting December 4, 2019

This webinar has presentations on progress and updates from research presented at the 12th NWCC Wind Wildlife Research Meeting.

OES-Environmental Webinar #18 ETIP Ocean & OES-Environmental Webinar: Marine Spatial Planning and Ocean Energy Development November 19, 2019

In this webinar practices will be discussed for MSP in terms of its support to ocean energy development. Member States are in different phases of MSP development, with some plans already implemented and others in preparation. In this webinar, you will hear experts discussing MSP approaches and opportunities to the ocean energy sector, how some national maritime spatial plans are being implemented and what they can offer to a more effective ocean energy deployment.

NWCC Webinar #14 Wind 101: An Introduction to Wind Energy Siting and Development November 7, 2019

This webinar provides an introduction to wind energy for those working in a wind-wildlife or related field.

Tethys Webinar Introducing the New Tethys Engineering Knowledge Base August 7, 2019

A new website, called Tethys Engineering, is being launched that will cover the technical and engineering aspects of the MRE industry. This webinar will walk through the new website, highlighting new content and features.

NWCC Webinar #13 Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative: Research Priorities to Address Bats and Wind Energy Issues April 12, 2019

This webinar will provide a summary of the issues related to bats and wind energy, a brief history of the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative, and its current strategy to address bats and wind energy issues.

WREN Webinar #16 Multiple Uses for Offshore Space: Incorporating Wind Energy Development April 5, 2019

This webinar will discuss perspectives from both Europe, where wind energy development has existed since 1991, and North America, where development is relatively new, but with hopes of rapid expansion.

NWCC Webinar #12 Tools for Collecting, Archiving, and Visualizing Bat Monitoring Data March 22, 2019

NWCC held a webinar on two tools intended to help monitor, track, and document bat movements and populations across the continent.

OES-Environmental Webinar #17 BioFREE (Biofouling in Renewable Energy Environments) March 1, 2019

The BioFREE (Biofouling in Renewable Energy Environments) project has commenced data collection from biofouling monitoring systems deployed across international marine renewable energy (MRE) test centres.  This webinar will  discuss current environmental research efforts in relation to tackling biofouling.

OES Annex IV Webinar #16 Optimizing Permitting/Consenting for Marine Renewable Energy through Data Transferability September 25, 2018

This webinar will detail Annex IV’s framework, best management practices, and implementation plan for data transferability and collection consistency. The webinar will also present on how the MRE community has been engaged throughout this process and aims to gather additional feedback from the larger MRE community.

WREN Webinar #15, NWCC Webinar #11 First Look at a New Generalized Fatality Estimator, GenEst August 23, 2018

This webinar will provide a first look at GenEst and how it can be used to estimate fatalities at wind facilities.

Tethys Webinar Using Underwater Video to Monitor Fish Around Ocean and River Energy Devices July 2, 2018

This webinar will discuss guidelines for using underwater video effectively and present a new software tool, EyeSea, developed specifically for underwater video analysis.

Tethys Webinar Tethys Wind Webinar June 25, 2018

This webinar will showcase the content and resources available on Tethys, from a wind energy perspective.

WREN Webinar #14 Reconstruction after Decommissioning - A Cross Industry Perspective May 4, 2018

The speakers will discuss reconstruction after decommissioning from both the offshore wind, land-based wind and adjacent industry perspectives.

NWCC Webinar #10 Status and Findings of Developing Technologies for Bat Detection and Deterrence at Wind Facilities March 14, 2018

This webinar provides updated on NWCC webinar #5 on bat detection and deterrence.

WREN Webinar #13 Smart Curtailment - A Global Perspective January 17, 2018

The speakers will discuss smart curtailment from both the European and North American perspective.

OES Annex IV Webinar #15 Tools and Resources for Environmental Assessments December 12, 2017

This webinar will discuss three tools that can be employed for environmental assessments: RADMAPP, a spatial data management, display and analysis tool; the Impact Assessment Tool (IMPACT) developed in the United Kingdom; and Tethys Management Measures developed in the United States and the United Kingdom as part of the Annex IV initiative.

OES Annex IV Webinar #14 Information Collection and Consenting Processes for Wave and Tidal Deployments - Lessons from the Field September 21, 2017

This webinar addresses consenting wave projects in Sweden with the necessary collection of environmental and socio-economic data and on consenting tidal projects in Canada with the necessary collection of economic data.

WREN Webinar #12 Upscaling Wind and Wildlife Individual Interactions to Population-Level Impacts September 20, 2017

This webinar covers a manuscript produced by the WREN collaborative on individual to population impacts and WEST’s development of a quantitative assessment of the direct effects of wind energy on small passerines and diurnal raptors in North America.

NWCC Webinar #9 Summary and Synthesis of the Latest Knowledge on Wind Energy and Wildlife July 18, 2017

This webinar presents a summary of wind energy and wildlife interactions, including raptors, bats, and grouse.

WREN Webinar #11 Research Programs to Understand the Environmental Impacts of Offshore Wind, Part 2 June 20, 2017

This webinar is the second of a two-part series covering research programs designed to understand the environmental impacts of offshore wind.