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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

SEER Webinar #1 SEER Webinar #1: Underwater Noise & Entanglement Considerations for Offshore Wind Farms November 30, 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 first webinar covered topics related to: Underwater Noise Effects on Marine Life Associated with Offshore Wind Farms and Risk to Marine Life from Marine Debris and Floating Offshore Wind Cable Systems.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: Regional Collaboration on Wildlife & Fisheries Research September 15, 2021

Please join NYSERDA on Wednesday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET for an offshore wind webinar as part of NYSERDA’s Learning from the Experts series. Emily Shumchenia with the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC), and Lyndie Hice-Dunton with the Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) will discuss regional wildlife and fisheries research and upcoming regional wildlife science activities. Emily Shumchenia is an ocean data scientist and the Director of the Regional Wildlife Science Entity (RWSE).

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: Offshore Wind Stakeholder Engagement July 28, 2021

Please join NYSERDA on Wednesday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET for an offshore wind webinar as part of NYSERDA’s Learning from the Experts series. Kris Ohleth with the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind will provide an overview of the roles of federal, state, and private entities in offshore wind stakeholder engagement and compare successful engagement approaches. Kris has worked in the offshore wind industry for over 15 years and has held senior positions with offshore wind developers, non-governmental organizations, and state agencies.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: The Science of Visibility June 23, 2021

In this webinar, Gordon Perkins and Kiva VanDerGeest with Environmental Design & Research will discuss the environmental factors that affect visibility of wind farms from shore and methods for modeling visual impacts. Gordon is one of the leading expert consultants in visualization and visual impact assessment in the Northeast and has 20 years of professional experience. Kiva has over six years of professional experience in planning, design, geographic information systems, and visual impact assessments.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: Digital Aerial Surveys to Inform Offshore Wind Development June 9, 2021

In this webinar, Julia Robinson Willmott with Normandeau Associates will describe the technology behind digital aerial surveys and how they can inform offshore wind development. Julia works to design, test, and deploy innovative technology systems for remote monitoring of wildlife, and she has over 30 years of experience in 23 different countries assessing both offshore and onshore ecological impacts of anthropogenic and natural stressors on birds and other taxa.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: Article VII Permitting Process for Offshore Wind April 28, 2021

Please join NYSERDA on Wednesday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET for an offshore wind webinar as part of NYSERDA’s Learning from the Experts series. Bill Flynn from the Harris Beach law firm will discuss how Article VII of the New York State Public Service Law sets forth a review process for offshore wind projects seeking to deliver power to New York’s electricity grid. Bill, a former president of NYSERDA, is a partner at Harris Beach and is known for his experience in regulatory policies and legislation related to electricity, gas, water, cable television, and telecommunications services.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: Offshore Wind Technology 101 April 7, 2021

Please join NYSERDA on Wednesday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET for an offshore wind webinar as part of NYSERDA’s Learning from the Experts series. Walt Musial with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will provide an introduction to offshore wind technologies. Walt is a Principal Engineer and leads the offshore wind research platform at NREL, which focuses on a wide range of industry needs and critical technology challenges.

NYSERDA NYSERDA Webinar: Siting and Leasing Offshore Wind Energy Areas March 24, 2021

Please join NYSERDA's Offshore Wind team on Wednesday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET for the first webinar in this series and hear from Luke Feinberg of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) as he discusses the federal process of siting and leasing offshore wind energy areas. Luke is an Energy Program Specialist in BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs and is currently working to coordinate all renewable activities offshore New York.

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 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.

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

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory 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.

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

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory 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.

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

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory 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.

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

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory 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.

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

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory 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.

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

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory 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.

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

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory 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.