Webinars and Conference Calls
July 2013: Lessons from MN: A Solar Success
In May 2013, Minnesota passed a landmark solar energy bill that will result in the development of 450MW of solar by 2020.
January 12, 2012
OREP Conference Call: Guest Speakers Debrief on Climate & Energy Study Tour to Germany (57 minutes)
Our January guest speakers were Representative Jules Bailey, a two-term state legislator representing inner SE Portland, and Jeff Bissonnette, Organizing Director for the Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon (CUB) since June 1998.
OREP was pleased to secure places for Jules and Jeff to participate in a Study Tour to Germany the first week in December 2011, sponsored by the American Council on Germany. Its purpose was to have participants learn directly from German government officials, business leaders and researchers about Germany's successful climate/energy policies.
October 26, 2011
OREP Conference Call: The Many Benefits of Decentralized, Local Renewable Energy Generation, Al Wienrub, Bay Area Clean Energy Alliance (59 minutes)
OREP's October guest speaker was Al Weinrub, Coordinator for the Local Clean Energy Alliance in the San Francisco Bay Area. Al is the author of Community Power: Decentralized Renewable Energy in California and of numerous commentaries on decentralized energy production. Al introduced the Bay Area Clean Energy Alliance, summarized their perspective that local, decentralized generation of clean energy offers many benefits to California's communities relative to large central-station solar or wind power plants in remote areas, and will help speed the transition from fossil fuel electric generation to renewable power.
August 24, 2011
OREP Conference Call: Ontario Canada's Feed-in Tariff, Adam Scott, Environmental Defence, Canada (1hr 15min)
OREP's August speaker was Adam Scott, Green Energy Program Manager at Environmental Defence, Canada, a key player in the broad-based citizen movement that enacted Ontario's 2009 Green Energy and Green Economy Act. The Act included a comprehensive European-style Feed-In Tariff (guaranteed pricing structure) for renewable energy.
In its first year alone Ontario's FIT and MicroFIT programs:
• Accepted applications for 22,000 separate RE installations throughout Ontario
• Signed contracts that will generate 5000 MW of renewable energy production
• Created 43,000 jobs to complete those contracts, and
• Attracted $9 Billion in capital investment to the province