In February 2012, energy conferences offer a wide cross-section of technical, industry, regulatory, policy and consumer topics. Here are a few outstanding offerings:
February 2-3 12th Coaltrans USA, Miami, Florida
Offers coal industry executives an opportunity to examine and discuss solutions for overcoming challenges posed by dwindling capital, regulations, the changing dynamics of U.S. coal markets, infrastructure bottlenecks and the impact of competition between coal and natural gas.
February 5-9 APEC 2012: The Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, Orlando, Florida
Plenary sessions and professional education seminars covering everything from photovoltaic power conversion to systems modeling, battery management, and digital controls. Technical sessions span topics such as converters, motor drives, vehicular electronics, and sustainable energy.
February 6-9 AESP 22nd National Conference & Expo, San Diego, California
The AESP (Association of Energy Services Professionals) conference is designed for managers, policy makers, marketers, evaluators, consultants and vendors in energy efficiency. Over 60 sessions will cover topical energy-related challenges and trends in program design, implementation, pricing, policy, demand response, marketing and evaluation. Formats include speaker presentations, panel discussions, interactive roundtables, networking events, as well as post-conference training. The keynote presentation will be delivered by actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr.
February 8 Siting, Zoning and Taxing Conference for Wind Farms in Illinois, Normal, Illinois
The conference offers a pre-session event – Wind Energy 101 – for those new to wind farm projects. Additional sessions and workshops include environmental and wildlife issues, sound and setback requirements, shadow flicker, current and future wind farm permitting, school district revenue analysis, economic impact analysis and anticipated trends.
February 8-10 Utility Customer Experience Management Conference, San Antonio, Texas
An event for customer service, customer relations, customer communications and credit and collections functions that presents leading senior executives from electric, gas and water utilities to discuss best practices from utilities known for customer satisfaction. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of energy conservation and smart energy usage; using communication channels for customer outreach; working with low-income customers; and strategies for satisfying commercial customers.
February 14-15 Mexico WindPower 2012, Mexico City
This first forum of its kind in Mexico will bring together major wind energy players, including developers of strategy, policy and sustainable energy regulators, as well as leaders of project development companies, equipment and component manufacturers, suppliers of financial and technical services, researchers and developers. Proceedings include topical sessions on the Mexican wind power market, long-term strategy for the industy, financing, business opportunities, sustainability in Mexico, and infrastructure concerns.
February 14-16 Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America / Solar Power-Gen, Long Beach, California
Sessions present best practices, latest technological advancements, in-depth training and professional development. For utility and cooperative personnel, independent power producers, government representatives, energy advisory and planning agencies, research and training institutions, renewable energy architects, engineers and construction representatives.
February 21-22 22nd Annual Energy Design Conference & Expo, Duluth, Minnesota
This event has grown from a one-day local builders meeting to a regionally recognized conferenece that attracts over 1,000 participants and more than 75 exhibitors. Offering a diverse selection of seminars and workshops on construction techniques for wise use of energy and resources, the event is designed for a variety of building, housing and environmental professionals, as well as educators, students, homeowners, and others.
February 21-24 NAPE Expo, Houston, Texas
The NAPE Expo and Business Conference provides a marketplace for buying, selling and trading of oil and gas prospects and producing properties via exhibit booths. NAPE offers a venue for discovering what's going on throughout the entire oil patch, bringing together prospects and producing properties worldwide with capital formation, services and technologies in one location for doing business.
February 22 Renewable Power Technologies, Boston, Massachusetts
This is a one-day introductory course covering technologies used to generate clean power, with emphasis on the key aspects of the various renewable power solutions, and explanations technologies in a clear and business-focused manner. The course is designed for those in non-technical positions, such as finance, legal, marketing or other commercial functions, and the instructional approach assumes no prior technical knowledge. General topics covered include solar, wind, wave and tidal, biomass and geothermal power generation.
February 22 Renewable Power Economics, Boston, Massachusetts
This is a one-day introductory course covering key components that should be incorporated into an evaluation of the competitiveness of renewable power. The course assumes no prior knowledge in finance or financial planning and is especially relevant to those in job roles such as business planning, policy, marketing and technology development. The course works through determinants of costs, cash flows and profitability and examines how the various renewable power options compare in terms of their market application and economic structure, discussing how each might compete with current large-scale power generation facilities.
February 22-24 Offshore Wind Power USA 2012, Boston, Massachusetts
Connect and network with major players in global offshore wind power with a focus on the United States as the prime market. Over 15 leading offshore wind developers and utilities are expected to attend, as well as leaders from financiers and government officials.
February 26-March 1 Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy, Clearwater, Florida
This symposium explores challenges and innovations in materials for energy and power components and systems, as well as scientific developments in batteries and energy storage, biomass and electrical grids, geothermal, nuclear, solar power grid and related renewable and alternative energy platforms. Presenters and participants are scientists and engineers active in energy and materials research, as well as administrators and business professionals in the field.
February 27-29 2012 RESNET Building Performance Conference, Austin, Texas
RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) is an organization for certified energy auditors/raters and qualified contractors/builders. The annual RESNET conference offers information and training sessions focused on home energy ratings, ENERGY STAR for homes, improving the energy efficiency of existing homes, and marketing energy efficiency to home owners. Sessions are also offered on commercial building energy modeling.